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Bob Lind, Published September 23 2012

Lind: Minn. man wonders who at Fargo college had such fine penmanship

Jack Parisian graduated from Mahnomen (Minn.) High School in 1952 and began receiving letters from the Dakota Business College, Fargo, encouraging him to enroll there.

Jack saved the envelope of one letter because of the penmanship on the address.

“I often wondered who at Dakota B.C. did this so fancy penmanship,” Jack writes. “Is Dakota B.C. still in business?” he also wonders.

No, the college closed in 1978. But many of its graduates are still around.

This address probably was written by F. Leland Watkins Jr., head of the college his father, F. Leland Watkins Sr., had founded; Leland Jr. was renowned for having beautiful penmanship just like his dad.

Jack didn’t attend Dakota. Instead, he enlisted in the Air Force at Bismarck, because the Minnesota quota for enlistments was filled.

He later worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad, retiring in 1962. He and his wife now live in Plymouth, Minn., but maintain a summer home in Nevis, Minn.

Jack says he reads The Forum every day. Even though that’s appreciated, it’s guaranteed Neighbors won’t be sending him a thank-you note with an address written as beautifully as the one from Leland Watkins.


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