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More Old Timers from picture get identified

Neighbors earlier ran this photo of the Fairmont Old Timers, a group of musicians sponsored by the Fairmont Creamery in Moorhead. It was sent in by Norma Draack of Frazee, Minn.

Fairmont Old Timers
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Neighbors earlier ran this photo of the Fairmont Old Timers, a group of musicians sponsored by the Fairmont Creamery in Moorhead. It was sent in by Norma Draack of Frazee, Minn.

Neighbors has identified several of the Old Timers? members. Now, more IDs have come in.

Otis "Lars" Larson, Moorhead, says "Charlie," on the left, is his brother Charlie Larson, and "Lars," next to Charlie, is Otis' uncle Lars Henderson.

Eldeane Johnson sends word that "Hogan" is her uncle, Hogan Anderson, a violinist. She remembers that when she was 4 or 5, her grandfather, John Kylstad, took her to the WDAY Radio studios to see the Old Timers perform.

Eldeane, 84, the daughter of Oscar and Inga Kylstad, and one of eight children, was born and raised near Englevale, N.D. She is a 1942 graduate of Verona (N.D.) High School.


Making ends meet

Here's a story about a former employee of the creamery.

Milton Lindell, Sisseton, S.D., writes that he was a high school graduate working for a creamery in Veblen, S.D., in 1936, when a representative of Concordia College called him; his pastor had given his name to Concordia as a possible student.

But Milton didn't have the money to attend the college. Well, the Concordia rep said, many students worked part time to cover their expenses, and since Milton worked in a creamery, he'd have no problem getting similar work in Moorhead.

So he enrolled at Concordia and landed a job at Fairmont in the milk and cream department.

Milton worked a few hours every day of the week (eight hours on Sunday), including college breaks and summers.

He also did some house-sitting for lake people during the summer, mowed lawns and, for a time, worked at the Bluebird Cafe in Moorhead.

With all this, Milton was able to cover his expenses at Concordia: about $700 a year for tuition, books, room, board, the works.


He graduated in 1943.

The creamery building now is a retirement center, which leads Milton to comment, I had thought of visiting the building, but at age 90, they might keep me there.

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