An adventure full of misadventures: Hastings man reflects on a trip he took as a newlywedNearly 30 years ago, Jerome McCallson and his new bride, Sherri, went on a romantic retreat they’d never forget. While the trip was a fun one, they had more than their fair share of challenges during those few days north of Duluth.
By: Katie Thomas, The Hastings Star-Gazette
Nearly 30 years ago, Jerome McCallson and his new bride, Sherri, went on a romantic retreat they’d never forget. While the trip was a fun one, they had more than their fair share of challenges during those few days north of Duluth.
The two can look back now and laugh about the funny stuff that happened to them in Lutsen. At the time, though, those few days were almost too much.
“We both had a good time on the trip,” Jerome said. “On the train (back to Hastings) we just looked at each other and laughed. (It was the) most insane time of my life. It was like it was out of a book, but it was exciting and life is about making memories.”
In 1997, McCallson put his crazy story down on paper for the Preston/Lanesboro Republican-Leader newspaper. It was published shortly thereafter, and we reprint it here this week in its entirety. His story is attached to this article.
McCallson has always wanted to be a writer, he said, and he wanted to share his story with younger couples to let them know that marriages are never perfect. Nor, obviously, are honeymoons.
After McCallson delivered the essay here, we sat down with him to learn more about him and Sherri.
McCallson settled in Hastings just after serving in Vietnam, coming here in 1974 and settling in a home at Fourth and Maple streets. He said he never thought he’d make it out of the war alive after living through 90 raids.
“I couldn’t believe I made it back,” he said, “so I started over and moved to Hastings.”
The choice to move to Hastings had a lot to do with a compass. He drew a circle on a map that covered a 30-mile radius, and three towns stuck out in that circle: Stillwater, Rosemount and Hastings. He didn’t like the high taxes in Stillwater, Rosemount was too small at the time and Hastings had the hometown feel he was looking for.
In 1982, he and Sherri met at a restaurant, Sizzler on Robert Street, and six months later they were married in Las Vegas and they went on to have three daughters, Kerri, Kristi and Bonni.
He worked for Conwed Plastics for almost 24 years and has held a number of other jobs as well. He recently graduated from a culinary arts school in the Twin Cities and hopes to apply that knowledge in his own restaurant.