STORM TRACKER Summers to Remember
When I was a kid, my dad would tell me great stories of the summer of 1936. The details of the extreme heat, dust storms, and true or not, his story about being able to throw a rock across a nearby la... Posted on 8/30/12 at 8:51 AM
Seventy-five years ago, a community concert on this day — Dec. 20, 1936 — ushered in Christmas week in Grand Forks. The Yule concert was presented by 300 singers directed by H.J. Humpstone. Leo Haesle directed the orchestra.
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 Hotel Ryan was running advertisements 75 years ago welcoming Canadians to “Grand Forks’ only fireproof hotel.” C.F. Stone was the manager. The Frederick Hotel also was welcoming Canadians and offering rooms with running water for one person at $1 to $1.25 a night and rooms with bath for $1.50 and $2.50.
Drought. Heat. Crop failures. That was the gist of news stories showing up 75 years ago throughout the month of July 1936. Still, the weather moderated toward the end of the month, and this area of the Red River Valley did not seem to suffer as much as other parts of the state.
Winter has always been a challenge in Grand Forks, and it has always been full of activity. January 1936 was at that time the coldest on record, according to the university weather station. The average mercury was 10 degrees below zero.
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