Known as the "Red Swede" because of his radical ideas, Miles Bjornstam, the handyman, was considered by most Gopher Prairie citizens as slightly insane. To him there were only a few people in the town with imaginative brains, Carol being one. Before his marriage to Bea, Miles was free to go horse trading in Montana during the summer. After his marriage, he settled down and made a good husband and father until his wife and child died. Then Gopher Prairie turned on him, recalling among other things that he had refused to buy Liberty Bonds and that he had permitted his family to drink contaminated water. He, too, like Fern Mullins and Erik Valborg, left the town in disfavor, never to return.