The History Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, has a hit play, “Glensheen,” running until July 31. Based on Cable Publishing’s best seller, Glensheen’s Daughter, by Sharon Darby Hendry, the play focuses on the misdeeds of Marjorie Congdon, the adopted daughter of heiress Elisabeth Congdon, and the brutal murders of Elisabeth and her night nurse at Glensheen mansion in Duluth, Minnesota.
I attended “Glensheen” on July 16 and had flashbacks to the time when my husband and I worked as estate managers for Elisabeth Congdon at Swiftwater Farm on Wisconsin’s Brule River. I cooked Elisabeth’s dinner for her one Sunday in late June many years ago, then bid her good-bye as she and her nurse were driven back to Glensheen. That night, Elisabeth was smothered with a pillow as she lay in her bed after her night nurse had been bludgeoned to death. Seeing Elisabeth walking and talking again brought tears to my eyes, making me realize how much that slice from my past is still part of my life.