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Bob Lind, Published July 06 2013

Lind: Readers help identify Old Timers

This photo of the Fairmont Old Timers musical group, believed to have been taken in the 1930s, ran here some weeks ago. Several of you identified some of its members. Now, others are filling in the gaps.

The Old Timers were sponsored by the Fairmont Creamery, Moorhead. They had their own show on WDAY Radio and they played for many area events.

Those identified earlier were Andy Anderson, the group’s master of ceremonies; “Lars,” who was “Chief” Hendrickson, the pianist and the group’s leader; “Shorty,” who was Bill Hendrickson and his Golden Cornet; “Charlie” was Charles Hertel on the xylophone, harmonica and drums; “Slim” was Frank Cook and his accordion; and “Pete” was John Gwyther on tenor sax and clarinet.

Now Jean Harmon, Park Rapids, Minn., writes that “Ole” was Ollie Klette, who lived on a farm near Wheatland, N.D.

When Jean’s dad was butchering hogs on a neighboring farm, Ollie would have Jean’s mom make him some blood sausage, about which Jean can only say, “Ugh!”

She adds that her brother, Lorry Madsen, a resident of Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo, is a big fan of the Old Timers and especially of Ollie, and would like anyone to call him about Ollie. Lorry’s phone number is (701) 478-4850; his cellphone is (701) 367-7459.

Marvin Weispfenning, Moorhead, writes that when he was growing up at Ypsilanti, N.D., he listened to the Old Timers radio program a lot, and he knows that “Jake” in the photo was Luther Eide, who played guitar and sang.

Luther went on to work at the Horvick Electric Motor Co., Moorhead, in the 1940s, Marvin says. He knows that because he, too, later worked at Horvick’s and heard about Luther’s singing abilities.

Finally, Cliff Hermes, Wahpeton, N.D., who writes that he, too, listened to the Old Timers’ radio show, has a question about them.

Knowing most of them had nicknames, he asks, “Weren’t Charlie the Can Washer and Lars the Turkey Buyer a couple of the monikers?”

Old Timers fans, over to you.

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