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Bob Lind, Published October 07 2013

Neighbors: Schoolchildren enjoyed visit to Fargo 100 years ago

It was a big day for these kids. They had traveled from their homes near Penn, N.D., northwest of Devils Lake, all the way to Fargo.

It was December 1913. The youngsters attended a rural school near Penn. Because they’d done so well in their agriculture class, they were rewarded with a trip to the annual Boys’ and Girls’ Institute at the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University).

This photo, taken at the college, was sent in by Joyce Erickson, Hastings, Minn., because her mother, Signe Elgaen, is one of those students. She’s the girl with the white cap in the back row next to the tall man.

Signe’s brother Joe Elgaen is the fourth boy from the left in the front row.

Joyce takes special note of the boys’ clothing. Joe and the boys next to him are wearing jodhpurs, which were riding breeches that were close fitting from the knee to the ankle. “That was the style in 1913,” Joyce says.

But then, she adds, all the boys are dressed up and are wearing caps, because this was “a special time” for them, visiting the NDAC in the big and far-off city of Fargo.

And that’s the way it was 100 years ago.

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