A North Dakota resident was a key figure in providing information that led to America's famed World War II hero Audie Murphy receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Every so often, Neighbors' readers have sent in memories of how people dressed in past decades. Awhile ago, Ray Hubbard, Fargo, found the picture, shown here, among some mementos. He's not sure of this, but he thinks the young woman on the left is his mother, Alice Hubbard. He has no idea who other two women are or when the picture was taken. Anyhow, Ray says, "Get a load of the hats they are wearing."
LaRon K. Bayliss Adkins, Battle Lake, Minn., was 11 years old and living with her family in south Fargo when the June 20, 1957, tornado ripped through north Fargo. “It left an indelible mark on my memory, and to this day, I am terrified of tornadoes,” she writes. LaRon wrote of that awful day and sent it to The Forum. Here is her story.
Clara Wittman was groggy when she opened her eyes in St. John's Hospital in Fargo, right after she'd given birth to her daughter Jan. And what she saw made her fearful. It was a group of nurses surrounding her bed praying. Clara's only thought was that something had happened to her baby. But actually, the nurses were praying for protection for Clara from the terrible storm which was ripping through north Fargo. It was June 20,1957, 61 years ago next week, and the storm was the tornado which wound up taking 12 lives and creating much destruction.
You might snicker over this story. It comes from Brant Bigger, Lake Park, Minn., who had seen a story here about a college teacher who hammed it up to get the students' attention.
On June 17, 2002 — 16 years ago this coming Sunday — Marine chaplain Bob Boardman stood on Kunishi Ridge on the island of Okinawa, where he had been exactly 57 years earlier when Japanese forces gave it up to American troops after a terrible battle in which 1,150 Marines were killed or wounded. But that battle ended Japan's occupation of the island. Boardman later wrote of his memories of that battle.
Back in 2003, the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., celebrated its 100th year by publishing a book, “NDSCS: 100 Years of Excellence.” Mike Worner, Fargo, sent the book to Neighbors because he has a family connection with the college: his grandmother was the director of the United Service Organization (USO) there during World War II.
Esther Mertz was on a shopping trip. But it wasn't one of those everyday browsing-through-stores day. She was looking for something very special; her wedding dress. It was 1947. Esther was about to get married. So she was shopping for a dress in the S&L store in Jamestown, N.D. The store's basement had a bridal shop in which she found a satin with lace panels dress of her dreams. But oh boy, it was expensive. A whopping $100!
The old Fargo Drug Co. at 608 Front St., Fargo, is long gone. But items about it in this column continue to stir up memories.
These pictures were taken at the old Peterson Truck Farm in north Moorhead, which has been mentioned in this column several times in past months. They came from Ron Baker, who lives on Green Lake at Spicer, Minn.