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Bob Lind, Published August 21 2013

Neighbors: Penmanship, matrimony at Dakota Business College

Thanks to the training they received at Fargo’s old Dakota Business College, many students learned the art of penmanship.

Some of them also found out something else at the college, out on its fire escape: the road to matrimony.

So says Lowell Busching, of Valley City, N.D., who writes in response to other columns about DBC. Lowell attended the college from 1954, after graduating from Valley City High School, to 1956, when he joined the Air Force.

“The school (DBC) did indeed pride itself on its penmanship classes,” he says, but “just being able to write legibly was the goal for most of us.

“My penmanship at the time was exceedingly bad,” Lowell says, “but by the time I finished the accounting course, I could at least read my own handwriting.”

Lowell says that when he was a Valley City High School student, he solved the problem of having bad handwriting by being one of the few males at that time taking typing. “That improved my grade point average considerably,” he says.

As to DBC’s penmanship training, Lowell says the school won international penmanship contests so many times that one year when it was held in Cuba, it was asked not to compete, and it didn’t.

“DBC graduates had a reputation, prior to the extensive use of computers, of keeping legible books,” he says. “The fancy handwriting was a plus.”

Lowell also says he learned at a DBC reunion some years ago that a few guys and gals got acquainted on the school’s fire escape, where they went during study breaks, and wound up getting married.

Proving that even at a school that taught accounting, there was no accounting for where romance would strike.

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