Former Fargoan saved up money by doing lawn and window work to buy his shotgun for hunting

In today's "Neighbors" column, a reader tells Bob Lind about his post-college work in 1969 and saving up $155 to buy a gun at Scheels in Fargo.

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This column once carried the story of how a former Fargo resident now living in Oregon ran into a descendent of Fred Scheel , the founder of the Fargo-based hardware and sporting goods chain.

That led Lew Boyko, Buffalo, Minn., to send in his story.

“After graduating from North Dakota State University in 1969 and getting married,” Lew wrote, “I and a friend started a weekend service company.

“In the spring, we went raking peoples’ lawns, taking off storm windows and putting up screen windows.

“I saved up $155 and went to Scheels in south Fargo. I purchased a Remington 870 12-gauge pump shotgun.


“I shot lots of ducks and pheasants with that shotgun, plus thousands of clay targets.

“Oh, by the way,” Lew adds, “we also raked and washed the lawn and the windows for Judge Ron Davies. (“Neighbors”’ note: This is the judge who gained national fame when he ruled in favor of integration of schools in Arkansas.)

“The judge was not home,” Lew writes, “but his wife answered the door. After telling her what we did, she hired us to rake and mow the lawn plus do the windows.

“Judge Davies came home later that afternoon and was quite impressed with our work.

“When it came time to pay up, he gave us each $5 extra for a tip.”

Getting back to Scheels, Lew says he “now shops at their Eden Prairie (Minn.) store, and it brings back lots of memories.

“I still have the Remington 870 shotgun.”

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