“While we are going through this difficult time, I just have to write you about this,” Kay Leverson, Fargo, writes “Neighbors.”

Bruce (her husband) and I were working at the Food Pantry a while back,” Kay writes, “and a young mother and her little boy (about 4) came in to get some help.

“The little boy spied the bananas and ran over to grab a bunch. He was so excited to see them.

“His mother followed him and said, ‘No, we can’t take that many. There are a lot of people who need them.’

“The little boy put them back, and then took just two — one for his mother and one for him.

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“Is this a lesson for all of us?” Kay asks.

“As we are filling our pantries, let’s remember there are a lot of people needing things, too!”

That’s a good reminder, Kay. Thank you.


Civil War vet

“Neighbors” once carried the story of Jeniah St. John, the great-great-grandfather of Matthew St. John, the former senior pastor of Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Fargo.

Matthew knew that Jeniah was born in 1842 in Ohio and served in the Civil War with the Army of Ohio.

That column brought an email from Alan Fricker, Fargo, who wrote, “As a Civil War reenactor, I naturally read the article about Jeniah St. John.” Then he passed on more information he had found about him.

He learned that Jeniah was with Company A of the 74th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He mustered in as a private and worked his way through the ranks to first sergeant by the time of his discharge.

The 74th was a three-year unit, meaning the men enlisted for a term of three years. But at the end of those years, many of the men reenlisted, enough to maintain the unit’s standing as a regiment.

The 74th Ohio was a Western Theater unit, meaning it served west of Virginia, Alan reports.

“The unit fought at Stone’s River, Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Atlanta.

“They also went for a stroll through Georgia and the Carolinas with General William Sherman on the March to the Sea,” Alan says.

There, thanks to Alan, is more information about this ancestor of Pastor Matthew, who now is senior pastor of New Hope Church in New Hope, Minn.

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