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Bob Lind, Published July 01 2012

Lind: Couple celebrate 65th anniversary in wedding clothes

In 2003, Neighbors carried the story of Archie and Ruby Hokana, Moorhead, and how they could still wear their garments from their wedding day back in 1947.

Well, they still can. And do.

The Hokanas, celebrating their 65th anniversary June 15, donned their outfits once again: Archie’s double-breasted all-wool suit and Ruby’s satin gown.

“The clothes still fit,” Ruby writes, “but they are so much heavier!”

No doubt. But the clothes – and the Hokanas — clearly are still in good shape after all these 65 years.

Strange directions

A recent Neighbors column concerned the mysterious descriptions of women’s clothing as given in a catalog (“dart-curved waist,” “georgette top”) and of medical abbreviations (“ALT – GPT – BMP”).

Neighbors had no clue what all this meant. But that column hit home for Margaret Klinger, Oakes, N.D., who writes, “Your column on women’s clothing had me laughing all day; the same for medical abbreviations; a great lift.”

But, Margaret adds, “For my 98 years, an explanation is needed on directions for contacting you (as listed on the bottom of this column): ‘Fax it to 241-5487 or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com.’ Huh?”

Yeah, that’s today’s high-tech communications procedures. But you can always go back to the old-fashioned way, just as Margaret did when she sent in her note: Just pop something in the mail to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo ND 58107. That method harks back to the days when life was a lot simpler, right, Margaret?


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 e-mail blind@forumcomm.com