This picture is a follow-up to a story published here last year about the wedding of Al Toensing and Patrice Askland. All weddings are special. But this one was especially so. It was on national TV. Background: Patrice, of Fargo, and Al, of Hampton, Iowa, met when they were students at the Palmer School of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa. They became engaged and planned to be married in 1957 in Fargo.
"I join with other North Dakotans, past and present, in the pleasure of having the 2018 Miss America come from our very own state. First time ever, and well deserved." So writes Don Homuth, formerly of Fargo and now of Salem, Ore., about Cara Mund, the Bismarck native who is the reigning Miss America and who, as Don mentions, is the first North Dakota woman to hold that honor. However, Don is led to think of others who didn't quite make it this big, and salutes them.
Today, Neighbors has a couple of requests for information from you Forum readers. First, stories out of the past about farmers hauling grain that appeared here led Vicky Held, Fargo, to write about the grain elevator in her hometown of Amenia, N.D. Vicky thinks it was called Chaffee Seed and Grain in the 1950s. "I remember as a child all the trucks waiting in line to unload their grain," she says. "Sometimes it would take hours." Vicky believes Life magazine did a story about the Amenia elevator in the 1950s.
A woman from Valley City, N.D., was a lawyer at one of the most significant trials of all time: the Nuremberg trial, in which top German Nazis were tried after World War II. She was Harriet (Zetterberg) Margolies, whose story was sent to Neighbors by Allison Veselka, Valley City, of the Barnes County Museum. "Harriet was a remarkable and incredibly smart woman," Allison writes."To be a woman in the legal profession was uncommon in those days."
Fargo historians, here's a question for you. It comes from Joel Swanson, who teaches alternative education at Cheney Middle School in West Fargo. Last summer, Joel re-landscaped his backyard. This involved digging a large hole. While digging, Joel found many things including horseshoes, broken dishes and scissors. But of special interest was a small medicine bottle from Wilzer's Drug, Fargo
Heads up, neighbors. A woman needs your help in returning some letters to descendents of an area family. Sandra "Sandy" Wendel, Fargo, bought a box of letters at an estate sale more than 20 years ago. They were written by members of the T.O. Thompson family of Leonard, N.D.
And here we go into another year. Welcome to 2018, neighbors! Just for fun to commemorate this first day of 2018, Neighbors went to a book published by The Forum in 1999 titled "The Century in Photos; 1900-1999" and pulled out events that occurred in years ending in "8" in the last century. Here are some of them: • 1908: The 50th anniversary of Minnesota statehood was celebrated at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, with 326,753 people attending the fair that week. • 1908: St. Luke's Hospital, Fargo, was founded. It now is Sanford Hospital.
About two years ago, a wind blew this picture into a Moorhead man's yard. This fall, Neighbors ran it at his request, because he wondered who the people were. It didn't take long to find out. The man is the Rev. Curt Tilleraas, the former pastor of North Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Pelican Rapids, Minn. And the picture was taken on his wedding day. Pastor Curt himself wrote Neighbors about it The picture and story, he said, "has generated a lot of fun, questions and communication among family and friends!"
While we're still enjoying the glory of the Christmas season, Neighbors today is running part of a column it received that was written by the late Forum managing editor Terry Devine and published Dec. 17, 1990. It reads in part: "Christmas is truly a season of memories and often it isn't the things we would expect that we remember. Our fondest memories often have to do with giving, rather than receiving. "One (such example) occurred during the years of the Great Depression, hard times for many people.
On this Christmas Day, Neighbors gives you this poem sent in by its author, Nancy Hanson, of Kindred, N.D. Limericks from Bethlehem Joseph had to pay tax in that town; The long journey had worn them down. Mary needed a room The babe would come soon; There must be a place safe and sound. They finally arrived at the inn; Their hopes took a fast downward spin. There was no room to rent And Mary was spent; They didn't know where to begin. The stable had space and fresh hay;