THAT REMINDS ME WITH MARILYN HAGERTY: EGF sugar plant hosted 30,000 sheep in ’36Some 30,000 sheep would be fattened on beet pulp from American Crystal Sugar Co. in East Grand Forks, the Herald reported. The sheep would be placed in some pens near the factory, according to J.B. Bingham, factory manager.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
Boxing, bowling and hunting were in the news 75 years ago. And over in East Grand Forks, the sugar plant was expecting sheep shipped from Montana to be fattened on bulk from sugar beets.
The first boxer to turn professional since the sport started at UND was back in town after two successful years for pay, according to C.D. Locklin, sports editor, who wrote a column called “Through the Knothole.”
Ray Baker, who fought three years for the Sioux as a featherweight and lightweight, was going to find out whether he could go anywhere as a professional boxer, Locklin reported in September 1936. Baker would do his fighting under Tommy O’Laughlin.
Baker had appeared twice on Sioux City, Iowa, cards and won both matches — the first by a knockout and the second by decision.
The Grand Forks Bowling Association was topping all records with plans for 12 leagues during the coming season. And the first women’s league organized in several years was setting up a schedule.
One league made up of fraternal teams had Jule Johnson going into his second term as president. Fred Sibell was vice president, and Oscar Erickson was secretary-treasurer.
Announcement was made for North Dakota’s open season on migratory waterfowl to coincide with federal regulations from Oct. 10 to Nov. 8. There was no open season 75 years ago on deer, muskrats, raccoons or badgers.
An 11-day season for hunting ringneck pheasants would begin Oct. 10. The northern part of Grand Forks County was open to grouse hunting for a limited time, while the whole county would be open for Hungarian partridge. There was a daily bag limit of five birds, not to exceed three of any one species.
And the area was closed to taking Chinese ringneck pheasants.
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Some 30,000 sheep would be fattened on beet pulp from American Crystal Sugar Co. in East Grand Forks, the Herald reported. The sheep would be placed in some pens near the factory, according to J.B. Bingham, factory manager.
The entire pulp output for the year had been sold to H.F. Patterson Co. of Billings for sheep feed. The balance of approximately 125,000 Montana sheep were to be fed at Crookston and West Fargo.
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In other news 75 years ago, an order for 1937 license plates had been placed with the state penitentiary. The new plates would have green numerals on white. Truck plates would carry a distinctive letter T.
The system was said to be an improvement over previous years, when cars had one color scheme while commercial vehicles carried reverse colors. Officials were expecting a heavy registration of 132,000 passenger plates and 27,000 truck plates on order.
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Life as reflected in the Herald in September 1936 seemed busy. The fourth annual Greater Grand Forks Harvest Festival was held Sept. 10-12. There were exhibits of flowers, vegetables, home canning, grain, fruit, honey and 4H projects.
The Winnipeg Salvation Army citadel band played a concert at Third Street and DeMers Avenue downtown. Sirens sounded to signal the opening of the festival, with the Alvarado Band playing and four oxen pulling a covered wagon at the beginning of the parade.
The letting of a contract to rebuild the Point Bridge in East Grand Forks ended a six-year battle in Polk County. The new $100,000 bridge would go over Red Lake River, and work was to start within a week.
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Names in the news 75 years ago:
** Fritz Pollard, Olympic hurdling star and one of the most prominent football backs in history of North Dakota football, returned from his Olympic and European tours and reported in to Coach C.A. West.
The Sioux topped the Tommies from St. Thomas College 21-0 in the opening game.
** President John West welcomed 1,273 full time students to UND. Tests were given to 390 first-year students.
** Dr. C.L. Wallace, president of Wesley College, said all rooms were filled on his campus.
** A.A. Anstett was president of the Pioneer Coffee Co. at 132 S. Third St., which held its grand opening early in September 1936.
Operated by the Anstett brothers of Grand Forks, the company was billed as Grand Forks’ own local roasters. Their remodeled storefront was done in white stone.
It was described as one of the most modern radiant heat roasting units in this section of the country.