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Bob Lind, Published January 31 2014

Neighbors: Chemical weapons a sore spot

The concern about Syria’s chemical weapons hits home for Larry Aasen, formerly of Hillsboro, N.D., and now of Westport, Conn.

“My family knows about chemical warfare,” Larry writes. “My uncle, Oliver Brenden, died as a result of mustard gas used in the battle of Meuse-Argonne during World War I.”

Larry says his Uncle Oliver, after his battlefield experience, was discharged from the Army and returned to his farm home near Hillsboro. But he received little medical care.

“He spent two years mostly in a small bedroom in our farmhouse, which had no modern conveniences,” Larry says. “He could not help his dad or his brothers with the harvest. He became very thin and had little energy.”

Oliver died when he was 30. He was buried at St. Olaf Lutheran Church near Taft, N.D., with full military honors.

Larry says his family has never forgotten Oliver. And it has never forgotten the horror of chemical warfare.

The Donaldson

A clarification concerning the Donaldson Hotel has come in.

Neighbors carried a story about the Mary Elizabeth Frock Shop on Broadway in Fargo, saying it was replaced by the Hotel Donaldson.

Rodney Nelson, Fargo, points out that actually, the Donaldson was there, only it was upstairs, and its owner leased the Broadway frontage to the Mary Elizabeth store.

Later, the store closed and the hotel took over its site.

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