Viking, MN, had its 15 minutes of fame after WWII when it became known nationally as Bachelorville. Grandpa Elling was photographed by LIFE photographer Wallace Kirkland for a follow-up story.

Elling in Viking

The only problem is the notes on the back must be a bit off. Mom wrote he was at Zion Lutheran for Stanley Larson’s wedding, possibly in 1950. Stanley G. Larson married Delores J. Peterson in 1948, registering the marriage in Pennington County, which does not sound really likely. But the next Stanley Larson wedding registered in Marshall County was not until 1958, the year after Elling passed away.

The house pictured would be Barb’s, and the lot next to it would eventually have the house Mom and Dad purchased when they moved back to Viking.