Today, this column is looking back to the 1930s and somewhat into the 1940s, thanks to Bud Anderson, Moorhead. Bud sent Neighbors his recollections of those days. He also cleared up how Moorhead High School students became known as Spuds.
The story and the picture sent in by Jim and Voni Specht, Hawley, Minn., ran here earlier. While demolishing an old house in Hawley, they found what looked like an old boxcar under the exterior. So they wrote to Neighbors in hopes someone could tell them something about this.
The 1942 Lakota (N.D.) High School basketball team was good, but it wasn't overwhelming; it lost three games that year. But it knew how to win the close games. So wrote Ryan Bakken in the Grand Forks Herald a few years ago. Ryan's article went into the high for the Lakota team that year when it won the state Class B championship; and the low, when that title was taken away.
The World Series will be on next week. That's a big event for baseball fans even though, sadly for Minnesota Twins fans, the Twins won't be in it. Ah, but wait until next year ... But thinking of baseball brings to mind the Drayton, N.D., Class B high school baseball team that won six straight state championships from 1958 to 1963. That story ran here last summer.
The Slope County (N.D.) Fair was coming up last August. So of course Dave and Ilene Ouradnik, Fargo, were preparing to head out and take it in. After all, three of their grandkids out that way were going to be there. But before they left, Dave, who is vice president of Western State Bank in Fargo, told Neighbors this made him think back to when he was growing up in Larimore, N.D., and when "the fall of the year was not only the start of football and school, it also was a time for annual 4-H achievement days."
OK, neighbors, can you help this couple? They are Jim and Voni Specht. They live in Hawley, Minn. And it was in Hawley that they were recently demolishing an 1890s-era house and found something highly unusual.
You perhaps know that this column has carried many memories about the Galloping Goose, the nickname of the branch line single unit trains that ran in the region years ago. But the Dakotas and Minnesota aren't the only states which can claim them. "Apparently every state must have a Galloping Goose of some kind," writes Jack McDonald, Bismarck. And he sends along a story written by travel writer Dan Leeth for the Denver Post.
Last summer, Don Such, Fargo, sent Neighbors a picture of an ad for the Waldorf Hotel in Fargo on an underpass wall northeast of Hawley, Minn. Don, who guessed the picture was taken in the 1970s, wondered about it. Paula Fode, Fargo, promptly responded with another picture. "I know the underpass well," Paula writes, "as it is near my sister's home. My girls Kylee and Camryn and I stopped for this photo op in 2010.
In the early 1900s, some North Dakotans were still living in log houses like one east of Gardner in which Lawrence "Larry" Aasen was born in 1922. Larry, who grew up in Hillsboro, N.D., and now lives in Westport, Conn., has written a book titled "North Dakota 100 Years Ago." With his permission, Neighbors gives you a chapter from it about housing years ago. "In Roy Johnson's 'History of the Red River Valley,' " Larry wrote, "Ed Arnold, a pioneer from Portland, N.D., told how his log house was built."
They came from all over to work on area farms. And then they were gone. These were the hired men who John Pierce recalls; the seasonal workers on his family's farm between Page and Buffalo, N.D. John, of Concordia College's office of advancement for 47 years, sent Neighbors his memories of seasonal workers.