President Roosevelt would be en route back to Washington from his western trip, the Herald reported. The president and his party would be aboard a 10-coach special train and would be in Grand Forks from early morning until afternoon.
True to the “ladies first” tradition, it was a woman who first drove through the Washington Street underpass at 8 a.m. on Aug. 17, 1937.
Little did citizens note nor have they long remembered the opening of the underpass 75 years ago.
M.M. Oppegard was president and publisher of the Herald. Each day for a period in June 1937, there was a front-page agenda for Grand Forks as promoted by the Herald, including the need for a modern municipal auditorium.
One story in the Herald 75 years ago talked about oil with a Williston, N.D., dateline. It said:
“Scientific exploration in the Nesson field began Monday (May 17, 1937), when a seismograph test crew of the Geophysical Service Inc., went into the field to start ‘shooting’ and explore the field to find the best place for sinking the first oil well.
Residents of northeast North Dakota were invited to visit the camp of the CCC Company by Capt. Lawrence Holder. Located north of Arvilla, N.D., it was then called the Grand Forks State Park. It is now Turtle River State Park.
There was an optimistic feeling about the new year in Grand Forks when January rolled around in 1937. This was true even though drought had destroyed the crops in 1934, rust had ruined them in 1935, and the drought had returned in 1936.
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