Neighbors ran an interview with former North Dakota senator and representative Mark Andrews last March 7. That brought this note from Mary Tallman, Chicago, who writes, "I read some of The Forum online most mornings, as I grew up in Fargo. Mark Andrews, (Sen.) Milton Young and (Sen.) Quentin Burdick were all figures from my youth and friends of my father, Robert Tallman. "I remember being at some event with my dad one summer and Mark was there," Mary writes.
It was the day that Mary Tintes' friend was born in the old St. John's Hospital in Fargo. "Her parents," Mary writes Neighbors, "recall the building shaking and the hospital staff praying while the tornado barely missed them." That was the tornado that struck north Fargo the evening of June 20, 1957 — 60 years ago today. That terrible storm, which took 11 lives, and its parent thunderstorm approached Fargo from nearly due west, creating terrible destruction, according to Greg Gust, who is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Grand Forks.
“For old lifelong Walcott residents like me, it is striking to think about the huge changes that have gradually taken place in Walcott and many other small towns like it over the past century or so since pioneer days.” So writes Arnold Jordheim , a lifelong resident of Walcott, N.D., and who at one time was its postmaster and city auditor.
Most of you teachers out there are taking a well-deserved break from your classroom duties. But Neighbors suspects you often think ahead to getting back at them next fall. For you who are women, though, you may be glad you don't face what your counterparts faced years ago. Harriet Holler, formerly of Hunter, N.D., and now of Fargo, turned up and sends in a list of rules for female teachers back around 1910. Here you go, ladies: • Do not get married. • Do not keep company with men.
These high school sweethearts from Aneta, N.D., were married after graduating from high school in 1950. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead for a year, then helped him with his education at North Dakota State University. He became a lawyer and Fargo's city attorney. And, of most importance, they had six children and 30 grandchildren.
What would the workforce be like in the 21st century? In 1978, the Associated Press out of Washington, D.C., came up with a story about what was predicted. Lucia Schroeder, Glyndon, Minn., was clearing out some pantry shelves awhile ago and, under some jars, found a Forum from 1978, which included this article. She thinks it was placed there by either her husband's aunt or his grandmother before she and her husband moved in. Here, then, is what was predicted it would be like holding down a job in 2000, as predicted 22 years earlier:
At least five memorial stones in a cemetery near Rothsay, Minn., have death dates in the same year; reminders, not only of a family, but of the extremely difficult yet not uncommon times for area pioneers. This story comes from Chester Rorvig, a 1966 graduate of Rothsay High School. He lives in St. Cloud, Minn., is retired, and enjoys getting back to Rothsay, where he still has a few relatives, and to Fargo-Moorhead occasionally.
14 Roberts St., Fargo; that's the building where Jack Stenerson operated The New Direction music business. And a while ago, he had Neighbors ask its readers what they knew about the history of this 1909 building. Well, you folks came through again. This reply comes Deane Fay, who writes, "My first encounter with the building was circa 1972. I was attending college and rented one of the upstairs apartments. Fredericks Flowers was on the main floor. Bea Scott managed the apartments.
This North Dakota family may hold the world record for railroad service. It's the story of Alfred Molgard and his four sons. Among them, they worked for the Great Northern (now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe) from 1914 to 1984. Alfred worked on GN's branch lines for many years. He was a brakeman and conductor on the GN's Empire Builder's run from Fargo to Williston, N.D., when he died in 1955 after 41 years of railroad service. His son Jerry, who retired in 1980 as the depot agent in Jamestown, also had 41 years of service.
Today, Neighbors has a couple of people out of the past who Forum readers would like to track down. First off, you folks who are from Wahpeton, N.D., or have connections there, a man in California is seeking your help. He's looking for information about Irving George Meyer, a Hollywood agent who was born in Wahpeton in 1918 and who was killed in a small plane crash in Burbank, Calilf., in 1955. David Whitmire, Palm Desert, Calif., writes Neighbors because a company he is associated with is producing a book about an actor who also died in that crash.