Today “Neighbors” welcomes Terryl (Tvedten) Wharton, a former Fargo resident who now lives in Gainesville, Ga., back into its column.

Terryl has written “Neighbors” before. Today she’s back with a question about Fargo and with information about her family.

Her question concerns residential alleys in Fargo; she wonders why they were discontinued.

“I remember alleys in the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Eighth Street South,” she writes. “The 1200 block one was even paved.

“My longtime friend Cathie (Oliver) Walstad, who lived at 1201 Eighth St. S., said the paved alley in that block was owned by the city of Fargo, and the city plowed it.

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“She said her earlier childhood residence on the north side of Fargo also had an alley.”

Terryl says she remembers residential alleys in Ada and Crookston, Minn.

This year there have been discussions about paving north Fargo alleys. Now, maybe someone from Fargo’s city offices can tell Terryl why creating residential alleys has been discontinued entirely.

Fargo connection

Terryl, who was born in 1940, lived in Fargo from 1947 through 1958, when she graduated from Fargo Central High School.

In 1966, she was married in Olivet Lutheran Church.

“My hobby since 1962 has been family history,” she writes.

“My great-grandparents, John Anton and Maria Ursula Durisch Schlanser, were early Fargo settlers from Canton Graubunden, Switzerland.

“My late uncle, Fred Schlanser, fought the Fargo flood with college students.

“I also descend from Andreas Kassenborg, who built the Kassenborg building in Moorhead.”

Terryl adds that when she wrote “Neighbors” last May, she’d only been out of the house for two car rides since March 26 because of the threat from the coronavirus, of which Georgia has many cases.

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