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Bob Lind, Published February 24 2014

Neighbors: Looking for information about 'Squeaky' Sherman, a Moorhead man from the 1930s

Does anybody out there know anything about “Squeaky” Sherman?

Eugene Lee, Dallas, thinks he would be a good subject for this column, since it often tells of historical Fargo-Moorhead figures.

Squeaky, Gene says, “was a short, club-footed man who owned buildings in downtown Moorhead in the 1930s.”

He was known as Squeaky because of his voice, Gene says, adding that he “was often seen on Center Avenue (in Moorhead) – a real character.”

Neighbors couldn’t find anything about Squeaky in The Forum’s files. So if you can provide any information about him, let us know.

Hanging it all out

Now, here are memories of something that is pretty much out of the past: the clothesline.

It comes from Chet Larson, Fargo, who relays a note he received from an Army buddy, Harley Weer, Stevensville, Mont., who he met while they were serving in Korea in 1954.

“The clothesline was a fact of life to most of us who were born before 1950, before electric clothes dryers were common,” Chet writes.

Harley had passed along something making the rounds on the Internet, the basic rules mothers had for clotheslines:

1. You had to hang the socks by the toes, NOT the top.

2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs, NOT the waistbands. And you used a long wooden pole to push the clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets, pants, etc.) didn’t brush the ground and get dirty.

3. You had to WASH the clothesline before hanging any clothes; walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites,” and hang them first.

5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders – always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?

6. Wash day was on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend!

7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle.

8. It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather – clothes would “freeze-dry.”

9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were “tacky”!

10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the pins with next washed item.

11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket and ready to be ironed.

12. IRONED??!! Well, that’s a whole OTHER subject!

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The

Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com