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Neighbors: 1937 photo documents Great Depression in ND

This photo of a horse-drawn school bus was taken in Williams County, N.D., in 1937 by Russell Lee, a photographer for the federal governments Farm Security Administration. He took the photo as part of a photography project that documented the Great Depression. Archived in the Library of Congress

‘Given the interest your readers have in horse-drawn school buses,” Dan Koeck, Fargo, writes, “I thought they’d enjoy seeing this photo of a horse-drawn school bus taken in Williams County, N.D., in 1937.”

Yes, several stories have been carried here about those vehicles commonly called “hacks.”

This photo, Dan says, was taken by Russell Lee, a photographer for the federal government’s Farm Security Administration. He took the picture as part of a photography project documenting the Great Depression.

But unlike today in that area, there’s not an oil well in sight.

The Galloping Goose

Neighbors, however, hasn’t had any stories about the old Galloping Goose branch line trains recently. But Doris Dibley, Wolverton, Minn., hasn’t forgotten them.

“There used to be a Galloping Goose that went north as far as Cooperstown, N.D., so I rode it from Valley City, N.D., to Dazey, N.D.,” she writes.

Reporter from Fargo

Galen Schroeder, Fargo, writes that he finds a book titled “Lost in Shangri-La” to be “fascinating.”

It’s a true story of a rescue mission in New Guinea during World War II.

Among the reasons the book hit home for Galen was that a reporter mentioned in it is Walter Simmons, who was a native of Fargo, where his father sold patent medicine.

Walter was 37 and a reporter for the Chicago Tribune when he helped cover the story related in this book.

He’d been a reporter for the Daily Argus-Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., before going to the Tribune, for which he became a war correspondents. His stories also were carried by Reuters, which today is among the news services serving The Forum.

Neighbors will pass along more items from its over-flowing emailbag soon.

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