MARILYN HAGERTY: Nineteen cents bought a cheeseburger in ‘63The Starlite Theater was showing “Kid Galahad” starring Elvis Presley 50 years ago in Grand Forks. The other feature was “Gunsmoke in Tucson,” and “The Intern” was coming soon.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
The Starlite Theater was showing “Kid Galahad” starring Elvis Presley 50 years ago in Grand Forks.
The other feature was “Gunsmoke in Tucson,” and “The Intern” was coming soon.
Then, as now, there were stock car races at Grand Forks Speedway. Meanwhile, cheeseburgers were 19 cents at King Leo’s on South Washington Street. Shakes were 20 cents, and French fries were going for 12 cents.
Ron Bergh, a Grand Forks right hander, pitched a no-hitter and with his teammates defeated Moorhead, 8-0. It was during the one-day American Legion Baseball Tournament, and it gave Grand Forks the title.
Bergh faced the minimum 21 batters, walking some and striking out eight.
Grand Forks also got exceptional pitching in the opening game when Gary Gillis limited East Grand Forks to one hit.
Later, Grand Forks copped the fifth Eastern title in a row when Bergh pitched a 1-0 win over Fargo. The right-handed Bergh had one of his better days as the team was going on the road to Montana, the Herald reported.
Meanwhile, the Grand Forks Chiefs had to go two nights and 29 innings to take two from Duluth-Superior Dukes. At the end of July, the Chiefs moved into fifth place.
Looking back while moving forward: Here is other news of July 1963, gleaned from the files of the Herald.
n The official flag of the 478th Fighter Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base was furled as command jurisdiction was transferred from the Air Defense Command to the Strategic Air Command.
The 478th Fighter Wing was disbanded with the change in jurisdiction, and most of the personnel were reassigned to the 318th Bombardment Wing, the new parent unit for the air base.
Lt. Col. Charles Phillip was appointed deputy commander at the base. And the Thunderbirds gave a show for the public on July 21, 1963.
n The Grand Forks City Council received a preliminary budget of $3.8 million for the year beginning July 1. The mill levy was set at 46.33 for the coming year.
It was the final budget prepared by Alan Webster, city manager. His term was ended by a vote in April. Voters chose to return to the council form of government.
n John Quaday, water safety chairman for the Grand Forks-area chapter of the Red Cross, initiated a “Swim and Stay Fit” program. It was a movement with national support and was getting support here.
M.A. Omar had finished the first 10 miles. He received his certificate at Riverside Pool. Mrs. Arne Askjem received a certificate from Louis Bogan at Elks Pool for finishing first.
n Plans were released for construction of the new Community National Bank at the corner of South Washington Street and 17th Avenue South. Also announced were plans for a north side office of Valley Bank at 10th Avenue North and Northwest Street, an extension of South Washington Street.
n U.S. Rep. Hjalmer Nygaard, R-N.D., suffered a heart attack and died in the U.S. Capitol office of the physician to Congress. He was 57. Last rites were held at Enderlin, N.D.
n Grand Forks County was saluted for the number of birds at Kelly Slough by the editor of the Chicago Tribune, who had been visiting in this area.
n The 11th annual North Dakota Camp Sioux for diabetic children was under way at Turtle River State Park. It was sponsored by the Diabetic Association and Kiwanis Clubs.
n The drowning of two boys in the Red River here mars the news from 50 years ago. They were Brian Overbo, 8, and Ronald Derosier, 11.
Derosier got out safely but went back in the river to save Overbo, the Herald reported.
The drownings took place in the area of Sorlie Bridge and North Fourth Street. Derosier had parked his new bicycle on the incline above the river.