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Bob Lind, Published January 22 2013

Neighbors: If you are in this old 4-H photo, Chet will buy you a coffee on Wednesday

Want a free cup of coffee and a piece of pie? Well, all you have to do is let Chet Larson know you are in this picture.

It’s a photo of a group from North Dakota that attended a 4-H Club congress in Chicago in 1952.

Chet, then of Enderlin and now of Fargo, sent the picture in. This is the same Chet who had a memorable ride to the convention and a memorable dance while there.

The convention recognized people for their achievements in the national 4-H Club program.

The group had four chaperones: Ernie Brevik, of WDAY; Ruth Bruegger, of the North Dakota Extension Service; Emily Freeman, head of the home economics department at North Dakota Agricultural College, now North Dakota State University; and Rudy Nelson. Chet doesn’t remember Nelson’s title.

Chet also doesn’t remember any of the personal accomplishments that were recognized, but he certainly remembers some of the events connected with the trip.

For one thing, the group got to watch the judging at the International Livestock Exposition, which Chet says “was really interesting for those who competed in local and state contests here in North Dakota.”

For Chet, the trip allowed him to have his first ride in a Pullman railroad car.

Then there was the dance he attended at the Trianon Ballroom. He waltzed with Audrey Ostby, from Douglas, and the dance floor was mounted on huge coil springs “that made for a real memorable dance,” he says.

Now, Chet says, he’ll buy coffee for anyone in this picture who calls him. His number: (701) 541-1699.

But Generous Chet says he’ll only buy coffee on a Wednesday. That’s because he’ll do it at the Village Inn, Fargo. And Wednesday is the day the restaurant gives away slices of pie.

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) 41-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com

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