At least one positive event occurred the day the tornado struck Fargo June 20, 1957; a woman gave birth to her daughter in St. Luke's Hospital (which now is Sanford) in Fargo. Last June, Neighbors ran reminiscences of that day, including a mention of that woman. Now Fred Wittmann, Grand Forks, writes Neighbors that June 20, 1957, is "a significant and story-filled day in our family's life, because the woman who gave birth that day was my mother, Clara Wittmann, (and) the baby born that day is my younger sister Janet. "We lived on a farm near Wheatland, N.D.," he adds.
Neighbors was visiting with a woman of a younger generation the other day about music, past and present. She wondered about who the musicians were who played and sang popular music a few decades ago, Neighbors came up with a sampling:
What do you know about the Peterson Truck Farm in north Moorhead? Jim Simpson, Fargo, would like some information about it. "In the late 1950s and early 1960s, "Jim writes Neighbors, "I remember going there with my dad. He bought fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers (usually gladiolas). "They also had a pop machine where you'd push a lever and look through a little window as the pop bottles went by. You'd stop on the one you wanted, put in your coin, pull the door open and the bottle would come out. I thought it was pretty cool.
Here's more information about two men, now deceased, who were from the area and were mentioned in this column earlier. First of all, Neighbors told about Clifford Harrison, a longtime professor at Concordia College, who was the chairman of its economics and business department and who helped create the Moorhead Police Volunteer program, as well as other such programs in Fargo and Bismarck.
Now it's Sanford Hospital, Fargo. But in 1910, when this picture was taken, it was St. Luke's. The picture is from a postcard that Sharon (Lemke) Buethner, Fargo, found among some old items she has. It was postmarked March 18, 1910, in Fargo. It was mailed by Anna Kurtz, who later became Sharon's grandmother, Mrs. Otto Lemke, of Fargo. Anna sent it to her sister Mary Kurtz, at Felton, Minn. Mary later became Mrs. Ed Sandell.
Years ago, Martha's Employment Service in Fargo was where many Fargo-Moorhead area farmers found hired men. An earlier Neighbors column told of one such farming family who did this. That led Kim Utke, Sheldon, N.D., to write that Martha's "is where my husband Dave and his dad, Paul Utke, would get hired men to help with threshing every summer on the farm on north Broadway in Fargo, between the treatment plant and the bridge." Kim says the Utkes continued to hire men through Martha's after they moved to Sheldon in the late 1970s.
From Don Ellingson, Fargo, comes this yarn he found on the web, and which hopefully isn't about someone you know: Husband: My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday and has not come home. Sergeant at police station: What is her height? Husband: I'm not sure. A little over 5-feet tall. Sergeant: Weight? Husband: Don't know. Not slim, not really fat. Sergeant: Color of eyes? Husband: Sort of brown, I think. Never really noticed. Sergeant: Color of hair?
Here's a poetic invitation to non-North Dakota residents to visit the state. It was written and copyrighted by Kirby Brandhagen, Cavalier, N.D., who sent it to Neighbors. Kirby wrote it to be published in June, but Neighbors was unable to work it in until today. North Dakota Serenade Wild geese flying into the night, wings on fire in day's dying light, Crying out to God above: North Dakota, you're the one I love. Mother doe lays down with fawn, settling in until the dawn,
This woman writes Neighbors that she is proud of her parents, and rightly so, because they were known for their kindness and thoughtfulness. Also, she tells of how working in a restaurant gained her a husband. Shirley (Smith) Little, formerly of Fargo and now of Indianapolis, writes, "I love my parents Samuel P. and Tella M. Smith. They brought me up with lots of love." Then she gives some of their history.
When was North Dakota Highway 46 paved? That question came up last year about this road, which runs from Interstate 29 south of Fargo to west of Gackle, N.D. Someone wrote Neighbors he thought it was paved before 1964. Well, he was partially right. Because much of it was. Thanks to notes from Forum readers, here's the story of the completion of the paving of 46, along with information about other state highways and, would you believe, a romantic story with a Highway 46 connection.