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Bob Lind, Published November 25 2013

Neighbors: Memories of ‘Field of Dreams’

Although we’re into the winter sports season, let’s not forget baseball entirely.

Duane Midboe, Inkster, N.D., hasn’t. He sends in a note about an old ball diamond in Inkster, northwest of Grand Forks. It was built in 1919.

“But sadly, they tore it up,” Duane says: “flag pole, backstop, biffies and all. End of an era. It now is a cornfield.”

Here’s his photo of that cornfield where baseball was once played. He calls it his “Field of Dreams” photo, referring to the book and movie about a legendary baseball field in Iowa.

Pedro and whist

Now to another game, this one played with cards.

Neighbors carried a request awhile ago from a reader who wanted to know if anyone remembered a card game called either Cinch or Pedro.

For sure. Dale Peterson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., writes, “I remember the name of the card game named Pedro. My parents and neighbors in the Galchutt, N.D., area played the game in the late ’30s and early ’40s.

“I don’t know the rules, but I’m quite sure it was a five-handed game.

“They also played a six-handed game called ‘Border-Trade.’

“I was too young to play either game,” Dale says. “But we did grow up playing ‘whist.’ ”

Yes, many people will remember the old whist parties, Dale.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it

to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com

Duane Midboe, Inkster, N.D., hasn’t. He sends in a note about an old ball diamond in Inkster, northwest of Grand Forks. It was built in 1919.

“But sadly, they tore it up,” Duane says: “flag pole, backstop, biffies and all. End of an era. It now is a cornfield.”

Here’s his photo of that cornfield where baseball was once played. He calls it his “Field of Dreams” photo, referring to the book and movie about a legendary baseball field in Iowa.

Pedro and whist

Now to another game, this one played with cards.

Neighbors carried a request awhile ago from a reader who wanted to know if anyone remembered a card game called either Cinch or Pedro.

For sure. Dale Peterson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., writes, “I remember the name of the card game named Pedro. My parents and neighbors in the Galchutt, N.D., area played the game in the late ’30s and early ’40s.

“I don’t know the rules, but I’m quite sure it was a five-handed game.

“They also played a six-handed game called ‘Border-Trade.’

“I was too young to play either game,” Dale says. “But we did grow up playing ‘whist.’ ”

Yes, many people will remember the old whist parties, Dale.


If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com