When they were awaiting the birth of their baby, Dennis and Doris Bruns planned to name him David. But a few weeks before the baby arrived, they — or primarily Dennis — came up with a different name. It was 1961. The Bruns were living in Longmont, Colo., where Dennis was a junior high school teacher. One of his students was a particularly unruly kid named David, which soured Dennis on the name.
The question, asked here last year, concerned the mom-and-pop grocery store on 13th Avenue South, Fargo, in the 1960s and 1970s: What was it called and who owned it? Well, many of you knew. It originally was Ted's Grocery. Mike "Dino" Peterson, Las Vegas, and formerly of Fargo, sent the question to members of his 1958 Fargo Central High class. The comments he forwarded to Neighbors came from Joel and Phyllis Thurlow, Mary (Colwell) Erickson, Ruth (Engh) Westrick, Gary Briggs and Donnie Berguost.
Frank Scott made it big as the pianist and top music arranger for Lawrence Welk. James "Jim" Hendrickson, now of Onamia, Minn., knew Frank well. They grew up two doors away from each other in Fargo. While he was still in high school in Fargo, Frank had his own eight-piece swing band, and he wrote music and conducted the pit orchestra for the annual Bison Brevities as a student at the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) in 1940.
The late J.K. Bingham, Fargo, has been mentioned here, both as a judge and a poet. Odee Maier is one who remembers him.
As the car drove noisily down Fargo streets, older people waved with a smile, while younger generations looked in awe while probably thinking, "What is this?"
The picture you see here is a farm scene from more than 100 years ago. It shows the family of A.P. Kukowski and his threshing crew at Beach, in far western North Dakota, in 1915. Later, A.P. farmed near Georgetown, Minn. His grandson, Tom Kukowski, Georgetown, sent in his grandfather's history. A.P. died in 1956 in Fargo. "I was 16 when he died, so I remember him and some of his stories," Tom says. Big-time farmer
Now it can be told: Famed football coach Knute Rockne was a North Dakota State University Bison fan. Need proof? Look at this picture. Capping it off Well, OK, neighbors, here's the real story. It comes from Ronnie Krueger, McClusky, N.D. Last summer, Ronnie and his wife, Dorothy, went on a tour with the Carrol Juven travel agency, Fargo, to Norway. They visited Voss, the hometown of Rockne, who emigrated to the United States and became a football legend as a coach at Notre Dame.
Neighbors has carried several stories about the old Fargo pickups made in Canada years ago. Merril Knodle owns one of them. Merril, who lives in the town for which the...
Edward Tschritter Sr. didn't know a word of English when he immigrated to the United States in 1913 from Bessarabia, a part of Russia. He had been born in 1888 in Bessarabia. where his grandparents had moved to from Germany. Now, young Edward was on his own, the only member of his family moving to the U.S. He went to South Dakota because he had an aunt living there.
People fleeing from war-torn countries, so much in the news these days, is nothing new. Gerda Jordheim, Walcott, N.D., well knows about this. This is her story. She was a child living in Danzig, West Prussia (which now is Gdansk, Poland), in late January 1945 as World War II was winding down. "As the Russian army was approaching from the east, there were millions of refugees, mostly women, children, grandmothers and a few old men" in the city, she says. "All the able-bodied men were gone to the fighting.