The story, told here earlier this year, was of how Ron and Sue Miller, Fargo, found the grave of a soldier from North Dakota while exploring a cemetery in Normandy, France, last year. It was the grave of Glen McGhan, 33, of Bottineau, who was killed Christmas Eve 1944 when the SS Leopoldville, a troop ship carrying reinforcement troops to the Battle of the Bulge, was sunk by a German submarine. The Neighbors item about this was seen by members of Glen's family, who in turn thanked the Millers for their caring enough to remind people of the loss of this man.
That cute kid in the picture pushing a wagon around is still wheeling, more than 80 years later. He's Arland Fiske, now of Minneapolis, but who grew up on a farm at Colfax, N.D. He graduated from Fargo Oak Grove High School and Concordia College, became a Lutheran pastor and served churches in North Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri and Illinois for 50 years before retiring in 2002. But he wasn't through ministering.
This is a picture of a pickup from pre-World War II days that says “Fargo” on the grill. The picture was sent to Chuck Humphrey , formerly of Verona, N.D., and now of Pocatello, Ida., by his long-time friend Don Homuth , formerly of Fargo and now of Salem, Ore. The truck was sitting in a junkyard when the picture was taken, but it’s unknown where.
A ring was found at the American Federal Bank’s south Fargo office during its expansion and remodeling project earlier this year. The black and orange ring had “1922” and “AHS” on its dome and the initials “COS” engraved inside the band. The bank hoped to return the ring to its owner or the owner’s family by the time it held its open house. It contacted area historic societies, high school activity associations and this column, but to no avail.
Neighbors has carried several examples of superb handwriting in recent weeks. Here’s another. It comes from Penny Carlson , Moorhead. It’s the work of her great-uncle, Karl Wahl , who was born at Nome, N.D., in 1903. He was married for 58 years to Penny’s great-aunt Hilda Hansen , who was from the Ryder, N.D., area. Karl was an insurance salesman. He and Hilda lived in Bakersfield, Calif. Both passed away several years ago.
Let’s pull up a chair at the Café de Robert in Scheels Home and Hardware store on 13th Avenue South in Fargo and have coffee with the man for whom the café, in part, was named. He’s Robert “Bob” Alin. The other Robert for whom the café was named is Bob Scheel, grandson of Fred A. Scheel, a founder of the company in 1903. “The employees suggested this (naming the café for the two Roberts),” Bob Alin says.
What do you know about Mokie? That’s the name of this pin’s Scotty dog on the left. A friend of Marjorie Klockmann , Fargo, gave her the pin. Marjorie says her friend got this pin in 1939 by sending in her name to the national radio show “Don McNeil’s Breakfast Club.”
As Neighbors reported earlier, the story of the 1940 Duke Ellington concert in Fargo was researched by Martin Fredricks and published in The Forum in 1999. Martin, of Fargo, now...
Are you missing a 1922 class ring? If so, the folks at a Fargo bank are looking for you. The American Federal Bank at 1301 30th Ave. S. was being remodeled and expanded this year when this ring was found lodged under the kick plate removed from the teller line. It is believed to be a high school class ring. It has the year 1922 and the initials “AHS” over an orange background, believed to be a school color.
“Me and him went to town.” “Jim and her are leaving.” “They have went to Hendrum, Minn.” Those kind of grammatical goofs drive Judy Kovarik up the wall. Judy, of Moorhead, is a proof reader by training who notices such errors in The Forum and elsewhere. Newspaper folks continually strive to use correct grammar, but occasionally a grammatical mistake is made. This column’s writer admittedly has made his share of them.