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Bob Lind, Published October 02 2013

Neighbors: Blind Fargo hunter may go after mountain lions next year

What’s Carey McWilliams up to these days?

He’s the Fargoan who has been mentioned here before because he doesn’t let being blind hold him back. His big thing, in fact, is hunting.

Carey goes after birds and big game, caught an alligator; well, the guy goes after anything.

Now he writes that he may go mountain lion hunting next year, and HBO might film it.

“The lion hunt was supposed to happen this year,” he emails Neighbors, “but global warming took care of that with too much green grass to scatter the deer herds and make tracking the lion nearly impossible.

“The outfitter is bringing me back on his own dime when he can spot a really big specimen of (what is) the fourth largest of the big cats.”

Carey also reports that the president of Safari Club International, which once sponsored his shark-fishing trip to Florida, emailed him that the club will be doing a story on Carey.

So Carey continues to make his mark, refusing to let his lack of sight slow him down.

Way to go, Carey.

On to DBC

Now, to Fargo’s old Dakota Business College, which still has many graduates and faculty members around.

Two of them are a wife-and-husband team: Carolyn and Bob Roesler, Moorhead.

Carolyn, who has contributed information about the DBC before, taught at DBC starting in 1963, while Bob was a DBC student, although he never was in her classes.

Bob was an older student. In fact, one time F.L., as the students called F. Leland Watkins Jr., the son of DBC’s founder and who became its president, came into the penmanship class Bob was in and told him to take over. Bob did, then and several other times.

Bob went on to be in the insurance business for 40 years.

The Roeslers say DBC students learned more than such skills as accounting and typing. They also were taught how to act professionally. They learned ethics, how to maintain eye contact and how to dress.

F.L. set the standard for dress, Bob says, usually wearing a black suit, white shirt and tie.

The Roeslers say DBC had a simulated bank on its lower level, including teller windows, and the students would pretend to bank there.

DBC often brought in professional business people, primarily bankers, to speak to the students.

The staff was treated well, Carolyn says. Once, for example, the school took the entire staff to hear radio personality Paul Harvey speak at Concordia College. Afterward, F.L. took everybody to the Tree Top restaurant in Moorhead and treated them to pecan pie and ice cream.

The Roeslers have a copy of a DBC advertising supplement distributed in The Forum.

It’s undated, but one clue that it was from the 1960s is that Carolyn is pictured among its staff members.

Another clue that it didn’t come out recently is that the circular says DBC’s graduates could become employees of the Civil Service, in which many of the positions were being paid up to $20,000 a year.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com