Yes, clothing styles have changed over the years, as several of you noted in Neighbors last year. How much? Take a look at this picture. It was sent in by Bruce Carlson, Moorhead. He guesses it was taken about 1900 or a little earlier. The women are the sisters of Bruce's great-grandfather. Ida Hanson is on the left, Sophia Hanson is on the right. "Note not only their large hats, but also their dresses, with the high-neck collars," Bruce writes.
It was Valentine's Day 2015. Mary Bond and her husband, Darlan Fatland, of Walcott, N.D., while visiting in Fargo, felt a desire to get a bite to eat. So they drove west by the Burger King just off 13th Avenue South. "Being a very frugal couple," Mary writes Neighbors, "we glanced at the specials that are usually displayed on their sign. "Traffic was moving us too quickly to catch the message, though, so we turned right and pulled into Burger King to take another look. "The specials were displayed on the side of the sign facing 13th.
North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton honored the Clifford and Pauline Worner family last year when it bestowed its "Family Tradition" award on them. That's because several members of the family attended the college and continue to support it. Its alumni review tells their story. Pauline and Cliff lived in Wahpeton. Pauline was a 1940 graduate of the college's secretarial program. She became a social service employee in Richland and Traill counties in North Dakota. She continues to live in Wahpeton.
Here's the story of a woman who went back to college 18 years after she left; the woman who as a girl loved to take on her brothers in boxing matches. She was Dorothy Landgraf, of Vernon Hills, Ill., the former Dorothy Groethe of Kindred, N.D., who died in 2016. The information about her was gathered by one of her two surviving brothers, Paul Groethe, Sauk Rapids, Minn., and sent to Neighbors by the other surviving brother, Osborne "Ozzie" Groethe, Alexandria, Minn. Dorothy was born in 1929 in Kindred, the sixth of Sven and Selma Groethe's nine children.
As far as Neighbors is concerned, Westport, Conn., is where two special guys live (or, in the case of one of them, once lived). One made his mark by painting covers for record covers. The other is special because he keeps Neighbors informed about past days in Hillsboro, N.D. The artist was Tracy Sugarman, who painted the LP record covers for the old honky-tonk piano player Knuckles O'Toole. Some of you will remember him.
Not all military deaths occur in combat. Sometimes a tragic accident takes lives. Such was the case in 1941, shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II. Henry "Hank" LaBore was a member of a Minnesota Air National Guard unit stationed in Louisiana for training when an accident occurred that he will never forget. Hank's story ran here a year ago, but now he sends in more details. It's the story of a B-47 bomber crashing at the Louisiana base, killing all crew members.
Sanford Health is one big operation. Consider this: More than 4,500 people are employed in its downtown Fargo facility alone. But it wasn't always that way. Here's a story about a man who could remember when all of the hospital's employees in its present downtown Fargo hospital could sit around one large table for special events. His name was Sander "Sandy" Helgeson, and he worked for the hospital when is was called St. Luke's.
The North Dakota Legislature is back in session, dealing, as always, with all sorts of issues. But it's questionable if it will deal with anything like "Slop the Hog Day." The story of this uncelebrated event in North Dakota history comes from Duane Midboe, formerly of Inkster, N.D., and now of Climax, Minn. There is a question about the truth of it. But it supposedly occurred in 1915 as the Legislature was holding its biennial session. Duane, who is something of an amateur historian, tells what is said to have happened:
Use your turn signals. Flatten your cardboard boxes. Clean up after your dog. And you store clerks and TV weather forecasters, would you please . . . well, read on, folks. These suggestions come from Neighbors readers in response to a column in December that asked what we all could do to make your life a bit easier or a bit more pleasant in the new year. Here are the suggestions from those who wrote in: • Steve Strege, Fargo, wishes drivers would use their signal lights.
It's become something of an annual January tradition: Charles and Kelly Cooper and family, Fargo, barrel down to Frisco, Texas, to watch the North Dakota State University Bison football team in the national championship game. Well, that winning streak came to a halt this year when the Bison lost to James Madison University in the semifinals. "We certainly had hopes for a sixth straight trip to Frisco," Charlie writes Neighbors, and the family would have headed for Frisco again. But no, this time they stayed home.