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Bob Lind, Published January 19 2014

Neighbors: Calling in an order for pie plant?

A question about an old cafe for you, neighbors:

Patty Heisler, who grew up in Fargo-Moorhead but now lives in Detroit Lakes, Minn., remembers a cafe in Fargo that had phones in each booth through which you placed your order.

But neither she nor her friend, A.J. Haley, Audubon, Minn., can remember its name. So A.J. wrote Neighbors, seeking help from its readers.

By the way, Patty says she and her brother used to argue over who got to place their order.

Hard to believe a sister and brother would argue over anything, isn’t it?

Anyhow, let Neighbors know the name of this cafe, and we’ll pass it on.

Klan in Grand Forks

A Neighbors item about the Ku Klux Klan chapter in Dilworth in the 1920s brought this response concerning Grand Forks during that period from Bill Treumann, St. Paul.

“I was born in 1916 and grew up in Grand Forks,” Bill writes.

“We were members of the Presbyterian church. In 1923, F. Halsey Ambrose, the minister of the church, was a prominent and outspoken member of the Klan.

“With only two or three blacks in town and very few Jews, the local Klan focused on the Catholics.

“I was pretty young, so my memory is dim,” Bill, now 97, writes, “but I think Ambrose had some success with the school board and the Klan took control of city government. I think they fired all the Catholic employees, including a long-time janitor.”

Chew on this one

Now, then, neighbors, when was the last time you heard the term “pie plant” used for rhubarb?

Phil Larson, Fargo, asks the question.

“Mother used to send me out to the garden to pick several stalks of ‘pie plant’ which she used to make – what else? – pies,” Phil writes.

“How many of your readers remember ‘pie plant?’ ”

How about it, neighbors?


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