Oh yes, the good old Galloping Goose branch line trains which have been mentioned here many times. Those trains meant a lot to area communities, hauling passengers, mail, cream cans ... and those eagerly-awaited catalogs. Now, here's a note from a fellow who well remembers the Goose. "At age 92, I still have good memories of my 41 years working on the railroad, including memories of the one unit diesel-electric Galloping Goose passenger trains." This comes from Glenn Paulson, West Fargo.
Time for coffee and a browse through the Neighbors email bag. Phyllis Manthei, Fargo, who had asked through this column for information about a statue made of railroad ties that once stood in downtown Fargo, writes that she received what she was seeking. She learned it was called "Dedication to a Birthplace" and stood at the corner of Broadway and Main. "It certainly didn't take long to get a response," Phyllis says. "How efficient your readers are!" They sure are. And would you believe that one email Neighbors received about that statue came from Canada?
Wash day, when mom would gather up all the dirty clothes and run them through the wringer washer, was a major weekly event in families' lives years ago, as has been mentioned here in the past. But sometimes it wasn't exactly a fun time. In fact, Ronnie Krueger writes that when he was in grade school, "Wash day was a little tense around our house." Ronnie lives in McClusky, N.D., but when he was a kid, his family lived on a farm north of McClusky and he attended a one-room rural school.
A while ago, The Forum's opinion page carried a column about kids with a headline reading, "Children are our future." That reminded Neighbors of an incident at a Fargo school in the 1970s. It occurred at the Lewis and Clark Elementary School. Parents were assembled outside the door waiting for their kindergarten kids to be released from class. Pretty soon the door burst open and there they came, whooping and hollering as kids do, which led one father to comment, "Well, here come our future leaders!." To which another father replied, "Ooh, that's scary!"
Katherine and Doug Tweed, Fargo, have had several pet dogs over the years. But their last one died last year. They still have a cat, but as dog lovers will tell you, this isn't the same as their dog. Then a website came up with quotes from various people, both famous and not famous, about dogs. The Tweeds heartily agreed with them, and Katherine sent a copy of those quotes to Neighbors, knowing The Forum has many readers who love dogs. Here are some of those quotes, including the names of the person giving it if he or she is well-known.
Recently Neighbors carried the story of how a woman and her husband found the gravesite of Anton Bauman, of North Dakota, in the American cemetery in Normandy, France. That woman, Janet Gerlach, formerly of Fargo-Moorhead and now of Venice, Florida, sent the story in, hoping Anton's family could be identified and that someone from his family would see the picture she took of the headstone and take a measure of comfort in seeing Anton's burial site after all these years. Well, Anton's family has been identified.
A column about the North Dakota Centennial Children's Choir hit home for Michael Rothenheber, Fargo, because he was a member of the group. "Wow, it's been almost 30 years now, and I still think back on it fondly from time to time," he writes. As discussed here earlier, the choir was made up of 89 kids ages 10 to 14 from all around North Dakota. It performed all over the state in 1989, North Dakota's centennial year. Thinking back on it, Michael writes that "It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it.
Mention was made here earlier about a downtown Fargo window cleaner years ago who was known as Injun Joe. As the person who wrote about him said, that was a thoughtless name, but hardly anyone knew his real name, so that's what folks called him; that, as well as another name (keep reading). Gregg Eriksmoen writes that he well remembers Joe from the 1950s and 1960s. "He lived in the Oak Grove area, if I remember right," Gregg says. "When he died, he had a substantial estate."
Some time ago, Janet Gerlach and her husband were walking in the American cemetery in Normandy, France, when Jan spotted a headstone for Anton Bauman from North Dakota.. "I took a picture, hoping I could locate his family so they could see where their relative was buried," Jan writes Neighbors.
What do former school classmates do when they hold reunions? They eat! At least, that's what members of the 1956 class of Buxton (N.D.) High School does. So says Marlene Nielsen, Lake Park, Minn., one of the five members of that class. Telling of their reunions, Marlene says they used to gather Whitey's Cafe in East Grand Forks, Minn. But now they are meeting in a bright red barn in Buxton owned, she says, "by Mr. Connor and Mr. Nettum, who have built a bar and grill that gives us room to not only eat, but also to bring along any mementos to display and share."