The fall is a time for gathering up the fruits of summer labor and reflecting as days move on.
In many reflections, the name of Lander creeps in to earlier days in Grand Forks. The family was engaged in land business and active in the community. The name of Lander kept showing up on the pages of the Herald..
The files of the Herald show this town was thriving in the 1910s.
E.J. Lander & Co was running an ad in the Herald offering $10 for an idea. The ad said, “Getting right down to brass tacks, we do not believe there is another real estate firm in North Dakota that can beat us on the easy terms proposition. We want to find a few words to use for a slogan – not over three or four words.”
The elder Lander at the time was president of the Commercial Club that was opening new quarters said to be the finest in the Northwest.
Lander also made a gift of $5,000 along with $1,000 from Mrs. A. Hunter. It was enough to cover $135,000 in subscriptions to take advantage of the offer by James J. Hill, Great Northern magnate, for Grand Forks to become home of the Red River Valley University (later known as Wesley College.)
Another name in the news was R.B. Griffith, who ran the big department store. He was interested in the Enforcement League wanting to do away with alcohol sales..
Talk kept coming up about the courthouse, and there was planning for a $200,000 bond issue to cover cost of a new building. J.R. Poupore, commission chairman, thought the bonding could be done without any trouble. He said the Grand Forks Country Courthouse was one of the poorest in the state. It was built originally in 1879 and wings had been added on to it.
Other names in the news in Grand Forks in 1910 included M.F. Murphy who was elected mayor of Grand Forks with a majority of 578 votes from a total of 1,964 cast.
Hannah Patten of Larimore, N.D., was active in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union movement.
Illustrious potentate Clarence Hale returned from national gathering of the Shrine in New Orleans with the word that Kem Temple was accepted as a member of the Shrine.
Maria Houkum of Mekinock township won first place in the country spelling bee.