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Bob Lind, Published May 13 2012

Lind: Number 14 significant in life of Fargo woman

This is May 14. So it’s something special for LaVerne Johnson of Fargo, not because of the date, but because of the number 14.

That number has turned up often in her life, she writes, and she lists some examples:

She got her first patch of eczema when she was 14.

Her uncle gave her and her cousin 14 cents to spend on July 4.

The first house she and her late husband, Floyd Johnson, owned was at 1404 4th Ave. S., Moorhead, their second was at 114 9th Ave. N., Fargo, and her current home is at 2114 2nd St. N., Fargo.

Their lot number at the lake is 14.

Their daughter was born Aug. 14, and their adopted son was in 14 boarding homes before he was 2½ years old.

Her aunt lived at 1414 1st Ave. S., Fargo.

A family member lost a pet on Aug. 14.

Floyd’s country school was District 14.

Floyd was part owner of Fargo Linoleum Co. for 14 years before becoming executive assistant to the Lutheran bishop of eastern North Dakota.

LaVerne’s brother was born Jan. 14.

Her cousin died at age 14.

Her son-in-law’s house number is 1214.

Her grandmother held an auction March 14, 1923.

Her great-uncle homesteaded on lot 14 in Audubon, Minn.

Her grandfather came to America when he was 14.

She has a family member living in an apartment numbered 114, while another relative lives in a house numbered 1421.

LaVerne winds up her note by saying, “Maybe I’ll live to be 114.” But, says this woman who loves doughnuts, those served at her birthday party will have to be filled with vitamins.


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