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Bob Lind, Published December 15 2013

Neighbors: Peeking into the mailbag

Let’s dig into Neighbors’ mailbag.

Bruce Speich, Milnor, N.D., sends in a copy of the front page of the old Fargo News, dated Dec. 25, 1952. One of its stories is this:

“In Fargo, Sen. Milton R. Young (R-ND) said Monday that federal funds for Red River Valley flood control projects would be fairly easy to get from the new Congress, but local communities must first agree to put up a share of the money needed.

“Young spoke at a meeting of the State Water Commission with others interested in water development in the state.

“He added that the Red River Valley is ‘long overdue for flood protection.’”

Sounds like a current story, doesn’t it?

Fishing memories

A while ago, Neighbors carried a yarn about fishing in the Sheyenne River at Lisbon, N.D.

That brought back memories for Chuck Humphrey, now of Pocatello, Idaho.

“When I was growing up in the late 1940s and early 1950s,” Chuck writes, “I often visited my grandparents, William and Grace Humphrey, who lived in Lisbon about two blocks north of the North Dakota Veterans’ Home.

“Grandpa Humphrey took me fishing by the Sheyenne River many times. He fished the same spot frequently from 1940, the year he and Grandma moved from their Englevale, N.D., farm to Lisbon, until his death at age 91 in 1978.

“Grandpa and his friend Martin Hanson also took me fishing in the Sheyenne in Mr. Hanson’s 14 foot aluminum boat when I was about age 10. Mr. Hanson let me steer the boat – what a thrill!

“As I recall,” Chuck says, “we fished the Sheyenne about five miles northwest of Lisbon. Some of North Dakota’s most scenic river valley is along the Sheyenne between Fort Ransom and Lisbon.”

Dining delight

And then there are lip-smacking memories of an old Moorhead restaurant: the Comstock.

Ken Fandrey remembers its 99-cent buffet dinners in the late 1950s from a few times his parents took him along on trips to Fargo-Moorhead.

Ken grew up in Jamestown, N.D., worked for the state of Minnesota in St. Paul for 32 years, then returned to Jamestown in 2007.

And he’ll never forget those 99-cent meals at the Comstock, served not just during the Christmas season, but year-round.


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