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Bob Lind, Published June 08 2012

Neighbors: Newspaper clipping touts ‘rich city’ of Grand Forks

Here is a plug for Grand Forks, showing it’s a “rich city” – in a punning sort of way.

Doris Bowser, Fargo, writes that she and her siblings are working on a family history.

Their parents, Jacob and Martha Schanz, were born in 1890 and 1900, respectively, and spent their married lives farming in the Alsen, N.D., area, southwest of Langdon.

While researching their family, the siblings found many items their mother had saved over the years. Among them was a clipping from the Grand Forks Herald that is good for a chuckle.

It doesn’t say when it ran or who wrote it. But here’s what it said:

“Grand Forks, N.D., is not the largest city in the world, but it is an exceptionally rich city; so rich, in fact, every blade of grass has a green back, every bird has a bill, the chimneys have drafts, and the maids wash out front doors with Gold Dust.

“Every horse has a check and every ditch has two banks; even our streets are flushed, and the lawns get a rake-off.

“Every cloud has a silver lining, and every flower in the city has a scent.

“When you put a dollar bill in your pocket you double it, and when you take it out, you find it in creases.

“Can you afford not to live in Grand Forks, N.D.?”

Guess not.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com