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Lind: Crystal Ballroom owner’s daughter recalls Duke Ellington’s trip to Fargo

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Would there be anyone still around, Neighbors asked in a column about the appearance of Duke Ellington and his band at the Crystal Ballroom in Fargo in 1940, who was there that night?


Yes, indeed. Sheila Schafer was.

She had a special connection to the event, too. She was the daughter of R.E. “Doc” Chinn, who owned the Crystal.

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