MODERN LIVING: Father & Mother Christmas

As a young man in Duluth, Roy Halvorson tried his hand at selling used cars, playing saxophone in a dance band, and packing tomatoes in a fruit-and-vegetable company. But when the Depression struck in 1930, he decided to look around for a business of his own. He did not have to look far. North of Duluth there were forests of scraggly spruce trees; the tops, thought Halvorson, would make fine miniature Christmas trees for use on dinner tables and in small apartments—if he could find a way to preserve them.

For months Roy...

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