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Carrier recalled as hero

Clint Fuller was more than a dependable rural mail carrier. He also was a Nighthawk. And a hero. Neighbors carried his story last summer.

Clint Fuller

Clint Fuller was more than a dependable rural mail carrier. He also was a Nighthawk. And a hero.

Neighbors carried his story last summer. It told of Clint, now 94, of Hope, N.D., who was a rural mail carrier for Hope, Colgate, Galesburg and other communities in that area for42 years, making sure the mail went through despite some terrible weather conditions, before he retired in 1977.

That brought a note from Arda Jacobsen, Luverne, N.D., who is one of Clint's many fans - "He is such a humble man, and is liked by all who know him," she says - and who passes on more information about him.

For one thing, he is one terrific clarinet player, Arda says, and was a member of Hope's small band called the Nighthawks. Its members were Juanita Egan on piano, Ralph Bayman on drums, Bob Cocle on trumpet, Alvie Strathe (Arda's father) on accordion, Ramona Larson on guitar and Clint on clarinet.

But of more importance than his music is this: Clint once saved Arda's mother's life.

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One winter day when the temperature was about 20 below, Arda's mother went to the mailbox to mail a letter and fell.

Clint, on his route, came along, found her, managed to get her back to the house and called Arda's father Alvie, who was working at Ole Jonason's garage in Hope. Alvie came home, and with help got her to the hospital.

Arda's mom had a badly broken hip and was unable to move after she fell. If Clint hadn't found and helped her, she would have frozen to death.

Clint, Arda says, "is my hero."

You can see why.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com

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