A large crowd gathered at the airport in Fargo to see and hear the young senator from New York. He was John F. Kennedy, who made Fargo one of his stops Sept. 22, 1960, during his campaign for president. As speakers usually do, Kennedy opened his remarks by greeting dignitaries on the platform with him, including Democratic politicians from North Dakota and Minnesota. But one of one of the people he greeted was not a politician; he was the man he acknowledged as "Mr. Anderson."
This column has included poetry from time to time. Sometimes it's been a poem one of The Forum's readers wrote and sometimes it's about a favorite poem from someone's past. Now a woman from Mandan, N.D., who does not want her name mentioned, writes that she and her adult son were visiting about poetry recently. "I commented how, as a student in a rural school, we learned poetry, and then when I became a teacher in a rural school, we were supposed to encourage reading poetry and memorize parts of them.
When comedian/actor Jerry Lewis died near the Labor Day weekend this year, a flood of memories came to Maureen (Crowley) Kerce.
Elerth "El" Arntson likes to collect cookbooks, especially old ones put out by churches and those he considers unique. He had more than 300 of them at one time. But he says that as he and his wife Denise have aged, he's donated many of them to charity "so others may enjoy them as I have," he says. Now he writes that he has one cookbook he'd dearly like to return to its original owner. More about that later; first, let's tell you a little about El and Denise.
Robert "Bob" Miller was about 4 years old in Casselton, N.D., when he got hooked on flying. World War II was nearing its end when one day Bob looked up, saw a flight of military planes flying over and thought he'd like to be a pilot. He went on to realize his dream, and then some, both in the Air Force and as a commercial pilot. And, as of 2007, he's been a member of the North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame.
In keeping with Veterans Day coming up Saturday, here's a poem composed and copyrighted by Kirby Brandhagen, Cavalier, N.D., which he sent to Neighbors: Veterans Day It's over, it's finished, it's finally through, The war to end all wars, God let it be true. The 11th month, the 11th hour of the 11th day, Now ends the "Great War," our troops with blood had to pay. We got into it late, but still paid a price Because our leaders thought they could win it by just being nice.
This collection of pictures of the architectural wonders known as outhouses was put together by Jim Puppe, Fargo, who gave it to his friend Steve Strege, also of Fargo. Steve sent a copy of it to Neighbors, with Jim's permission, since it is copyrighted, in the wake of a column about those all-important structures of years past. "Indoor plumbing came to the farm I grew up on a couple of years before I was born, but I used outhouses at other places," Steve writes. "It is difficult for those who never used an outhouse to imagine what it's like."
Neighbors is going to be somewhat political today, but in a positive way - mostly. That's because it has received a couple of emails concerning past columns about former North Dakota Sen. Mark Andrews and his wife Mary, both of whom are now retired in Fargo. Denny Ulmer, Park Rapids, Minn., writes that he appreciated those columns. "My father, Leland G. 'Chub' Ulmer, was head of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives for 26 years and worked closely with then-Sen. Andrews," Denny says.
You may be planning to take in a church supper one of these days. These events, after all, have long been popular in towns around the area each fall. A story of one such supper was sent to Neighbors by Thomas and Colleen Witte, Sugar Land, Texas. It comes from the Griggs County, N.D., Historical Society. It was written by Claire Jackson of Hannaford, N.D. It's about the annual supper served by the Hannaford Lutheran Church Ladies' Aid on Nov. 7, 1941.
Bill Snyder was just 10 years when, as he wrote, "the great aviation age infected my blood." Bill, the late Fargo television pioneer and filmmaker, was writing about 1927 when Charles Lindbergh made his flight across the Atlantic. Bill help establish the WDAY television station in Fargo in 1952-1953 and went on to found Bill Snyder Films. He passed away in 2007 at 91. One day in his later years, Bill wrote out his memories of Lindbergh's historic flight and of his visit later to Fargo. His daughter, Mary Davis, Velva, N.D., sent a copy of it to Neighbors.