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THAT REMINDS ME: 1914: Spring and farming were in the air

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opinion Grand Forks, 58203
Grand Forks North Dakota 375 2nd Ave. N. 58203

The Corn and Clover convention along with a midwinter fair shows February to have been a time in Grand Forks to plan farm work 100 years ago.

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The event in February 1914 was held under one roof at the Grand Forks Auditorium.

Farmers who gathered here were told there is a big difference in pigs. Speakers said it was up to the farmer to make his own choice of breed and then give it proper attention.

A Duroc Jersey from the Lilac Hedge Farm and a fine Yorkshire grown by J. Rood were used in the lectures about hogs. Taking part in the discussion of hogs were John Scott of Gilby, N.D., John Kennedy of Grand Forks and W.O. Brown of Amenia, N.D.

The farmers talked about use of hogs for lard, bacon and ham. Poland Chinas and other breeds also had their fans, the Herald reported.

Alfalfa Day was coming up next.

Pages of the Herald 100 years ago reflect plenty of activity in February:

  •  At the Grand Theatre, the movie was “Irene May” who was billed as the girl from the Golden West.
  •  With $17, you could buy a suit or overcoat at The Fashion Shop, 23 N. Third St.
  •  O. Young Piano & Music House at 301 S. Third St. had a line of Victor Victrolas (also known as record players), and the products could bring the greatest singers right into your living room, according to the ad.
  •  S.S. Titus was president of the First National Bank. A.I. Hunter was vice president.
  •  A new orchestra of 17 pieces was appearing at the First Presbyterian Church. There would be a short sermon by Wm. H. Matthews, D.D. (Doctor of Divinity), and “seats for all,” the Herald reported.
  •  The Grand Forks Curling Club, known as Dacotah Curling Club, was holding a bonspiel with rinks from nearby North Dakota towns of Crystal, Hensel, Drayton and Bowesmount.
  •  A petition was signed by 20 ladies who went to the health department asking for better ventilation in the Woolworth Store.
  •  In its ad, the Grand Forks Creamery declared it was successfully reproducing Danish butter and claimed it was the best ever made here.

Pages of the Herald 100 years ago are indeed a reflection of the times.

An ad for Postum declared that coffee and tea should be out of reach of children. Silk dresses were arriving at Benner and Beggs store. The first annual dancing party of the Loyal Order of Moose at the Dacotah was called one of the most pleasant events of the winter.

And 54 tons of coal had been burned so far during the winter of 1913-14 at City Hall, the Herald reported. That was near the end of February, and it compared to 20 tons used at the same time in 1913.

Grand Forks’ first masquerade carnival on ice was called “the social event of the season.” The grand march was led by the city’s best skaters. Mayor Murphy and the city officials were judges.

Later in the month, the Herald said all roads led to Grand Forks’ ice pavilion. There, masked couples were allowed onto the ice to the strains of two steps and waltzes played by the Grand Forks military band.

UND had its pink-and-green quintet on the road for basketball 100 years ago. There was a 24 to 21 win over Gustavus Adolphus, and the UND team was defeated by Luther College.

But North Dakota triumphed over the Minnesota Gophers in an 18-6 game. Desperate playing by the locals was “too much for the maroon and gold,” the Herald reported. 

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