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Bob Lind, Published August 04 2013

Neighbors: Scout photo plants memories

While Warren Opperman’s wife was reading The Forum’s “SheSays” section one day, she suddenly exclaimed to him, “Your picture is in the paper!”

The photo, shown here, was of a group of Fargo Boy Scouts about to deliver lilacs to sick people on behalf of the Fargo Garden Society’s Share-Your-Lilacs Day. Warren was one of those Scouts.

“I’m the good-looking one on the right,” Warren modestly notes.

“We were members of Troop 18, sponsored by the Plymouth Congregational Church,” Warren, who still lives in Fargo, says.

The lilacs were brought to The Forum, where the Scouts picked them up, along with the addresses of the people who were to receive them, as the SheSays story by Sherri Richards reported.

Warren thinks this photo was taken in spring 1940.

He also lists the other boys in the photo:

Back row: Donald Hill, Richard Bengston, Bill Sanders.

Front row: Robert Schuck, Robert Shanks and Warren.

“This picture,” Warren says, “was included in a book of pictures compiled about 10 years ago by David Danbom and Claire Strom, (titled) ‘Images of America, Fargo, North Dakota, 1870-1940’.

“I happened to have attended their book-signing event and was very surprised when they showed this picture on the screen.”

And probably that good-looking Scout on the right hasn’t changed a bit.


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