This past weekend I had the honor to attend the “Old Settler’s Reunion” in Barrett, Minnesota. The town was named after my great-great-grandfather, Theodore Harvey Barrett who was a general in the Civil War and had a large farm in the area. As far as I know, I was the first Barrett to ever visit the town and was welcomed with open arms. I didn’t know what to expect and to be honest was apprehensive about the visit. The local firefighters put me at ease immediately and we had a great time and made many new friends.
Barrett is a very small with less than 500 people living there but it is clean, has a prosperous feeling and the people are open and friendly. My overall impression is “small town America is doing well” and if more of us could visit towns like Barrett maybe it would make where we live better.
My column over at Rocklin & Roseville Today is about a new loan program for former homeowners who went through a short sale as a result of a divorce. If you want more detail check out, “New Loan for Short Sale Borrowers.”