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Frances Andrews

An environmentalist and daughter of a Minneapolis grain merchant, Frances Andrews met Ober in 1930. In the 1950s she began spending summers in Front House on the east point of Mallard Island. She worked preparing menus for guests and tending gardens, and she often provided financial assistance to Ober in his efforts to help his friends in the Ojibwe community. In the late 1950s she bought Wildcroft, a home on the mainland a short distance from the Mallard, perhaps hoping someday she and Ober would live there together. Joe Paddock describes her relationship with Ober as a “deep and loving friendship,” and he points out that “their tie was a platonic one, and Ober was careful it be seen as such.”

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