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Thursday, May 26, 2016

'Happy' back home in his birthplace of SL

Thursday, September 20, 2001

After traveling many miles for most of his life, "Happy" is back home in Storm Lake - his birthplace.

On hand to greet him were two fellow dwarfs, "Doc" and "Grumpy" the lovely "Snowhite" and "Andy Bill," a mountaineer who performed in a comedy act.

Happy's creator, Mary North Sorgea from Yuba City, Calif., brought him with her when she returned to Storm Lake for her 60th class reunion.

Happy is at home now with his family after more than 60 years.

In 1938 Girl Scout Troop II made the marionettes, wrote the script, played the music and put on performances in Storm Lake, Alta and Albert City.

When Happy arrived he was still traveling in a Gold Medal flour sack (50 pounds) which he had used for transportation through the years.

He did quite a bit of traveling in the intervening years. It was his job to hang in the children's bedroom where he was frequently taken down and used as a means of telling stories to the young ones.

He has lost a little of his hair but at the ripe old age of 63 he is still spry and lives up to his name "Happy." Welcome back Happy.

The marionette display is part of a larger presentation dedicated to the Girl Scouts of Troop II. This troop existed from 1934 through 1941. It may be viewed at the Buena Vista County Museum at 214 W. 5th Street, in Storm Lake.