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Bob Lind, Published September 13 2012

Neighbors: Ariziona reader recalls living in North Dakota, now seeks a ‘hack’

Terrance Henriksen is looking for a picture of a hack. Can you help him?

Terry, formerly from Calvin, N.D., now lives in Laveen, Ariz. Fortunately, he hasn’t been close to the wildfires that have plagued that state, “but on rare occasion we can smell the smoke,” he writes, adding, “It can turn nasty out here.”

But his memories of growing up on a North Dakota farm are anything but nasty. One of them is of a vehicle which, he says, “We called a ‘bus,’ which I also heard some call a ‘hack.’

“It was on a four-runner sleigh pulled by two horses,” he says. “The vehicle was made of wood and had a canvas top stretched over a light-weight wooden frame.

“There was a door in the back and one on the side at the front where the driver usually was sitting. It had glass windows on the front and two slots for the lines to come through for driving the horses.

“There were benches on each side and the vehicle was approximately four feet wide and eight feet long by about 5½ feet high inside.

“It was heated by a little tin stove in the front that burned coal. This was interesting when the vehicle tipped over because of deep snow.

“I do not know if ours was built commercially or by some handy person, but there were many of them around in my boyhood. I recall going the two miles to school (in one) during winters in the mid-1950s.”

Terry has Googled various combinations of the names for this vehicle but hasn’t found anything. But if you can tell Neighbors where he can find a photo of one, that information will be carried here. We know Terry will see it because he reads The Forum online every day.

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

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