Neighbors once carried the memories of Mike O'Day, Dilworth, who used to play with his pals along Snakey Creek, which runs through north Moorhead. Mike also told of the two brothers who kids called the "Bee Men" because they had a large number of beehives at what Mike called their "shack." That brought a response from Patty (Johnson) Nelson, 63, who is a lifelong Moorhead resident.
Heads up, all you folks who are in the business world: Here's some solid advice for you on how to consider your customers. It comes from Gene Reierson, of Esmond, N.D., west of Devils Lake. Gene and his wife Janice were in the Standard/Amoco fuel business for nearly 39 years. The following, he writes, "is how how we tried to serve our customers." • A customer is the most important person in any business. • A customer is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. • A customer is not an interruption of our work. He is the purpose of it.
You've read a lot about the old North Dakota song here in recent weeks: the song which begins, "You oughta go to North Dakota; see the cattle and the wheat, and the folks that can't be beat." Now here's a story about Admiral Bill Owens, a North Dakota boy who made good, and then some, in the military, and who along the way sang this song to people around the world. Word about him came from former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer, Fargo, who made Bill a North Dakota Rough Rider, the highest honor the state can bestow.
This column once mentioned an old photo that Dave Wallis, Fargo, found for sale on eBay. It showed a 7-month-old girl identified only as Diane smiling happily after her grandfather, identified as Leon Mueller, from Oakes, N.D., pinned an "Ike and Dick" button on her. "Ike and Dick" referred to president and vice president candidates Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. Dave, who at the time was a Forum photographer but who now is retired, wondered if anyone had any information on the people in the picture.
It's April 12, and hopefully you got your income tax report filed, neighbors. One of the many people out there who help people with their tax reports is Don Kaspari, Moorhead, who sent Neighbors his story. But it's not about taxes; it's about the building in which his business, Summit Financial Services, is located. A while ago, one of Don's clients, while at a church convention in Bismarck, was talking about Moorhead with a church secretary. That woman mentioned that when she was growing up, her family lived above a grocery store next to Concordia College.
The Cold War with Russia was pretty warm when Jim Hougen, Larimore, N.D., was a volunteer civilian skywatcher, checking the skies for anything suspicious. His son John Hougen, now of Bismarck, asked Neighbors if any of its readers were involved in that defense program, which he thought his dad was in during the late 1950s or early 1960s. The column about this brought a couple of replies. Jack Fuller, West Fargo, writes, "I was one of those sky watchers, but it was not the late 1950s or 1960; it was more around 1953-54.
The emails and letters continue to come in concerning the line from the old North Dakota song that a woman was trying to remember. It was the line following "You say hello to North Dakota." As many of you have written, that line is "But you just can't say goodbye." The big question is whether that line should open with "but" or "and." Bonnie Bowman, Edina, Minn., who says she taught music in Kindred, N.D., for years, votes for "but." "I also taught my kids this song," she says. However, Janet Hansen, Lisbon, N.D., remembers that last line as starting wilth "and."
Here's a lesson on the importance of being careful how you address mail. It comes from Sylvan Melroe, Fargo. Syl is a member of the color guard of the Fargo American Legion Post 2 which "unfortunately," Syl writes, does many military funerals; it did 68 in 2017 alone. A few weeks ago, he was preparing to go to another funeral, which was to start at 2 p.m. But before he left, he took in his mail. It included an envelope that was one of those you open by tearing off the perforated ends.
Today Neighbors gives you feedback it has received from previous column. Last year it ran a column about Roger Stenerson, a native of Van Hook, N.D., who came out of the Depression to become a teacher in North Dakota and Minnesota, and as of last fall was retired in Plano,Tex., at age 91. Roger had attended Concordia College, of which James Coomber, a professor of English emeritus, had helped him compile a book about his life titled "Reflections of a Lifetime."
Sara Spaulding, a columnist for the Williston, N.D. Herald, wrote a column in 2013 about the North Dakota song which has been the topic of several Neighbors columns. Both Michelle Doty, Richwood, Minn., and Jennifer Schmidt, Farwell, Minn., sent Sara's column to Neighbors. It both discusses the song and gives a salute to North Dakota. It reads: "Although I was born in Bismarck, I grew up in Minnesota. As a child, my family made many trips to northeastern North Dakota to visit relatives and to work and play on the farm my mom grew up on near Langdon.