THAT REMINDS ME: Pinochle, 'fishing through the ice' in 1911
The 1911 hunting season in this area was described as "unusually fatal to animals" by the Herald. Between 5,000 and 10,000 deer were killed, according to the reports. Around 19,000 hunting licenses were sent out to county auditors, and most of th...
The 1911 hunting season in this area was described as "unusually fatal to animals" by the Herald.
Between 5,000 and 10,000 deer were killed, according to the reports.
Around 19,000 hunting licenses were sent out to county auditors, and most of them were sold. It was unlawful to shoot elk, caribou, beaver or any variety of pheasants that were protected all season.
"The only amusement left for the sportsmen is fishing through the ice or playing pinochle," the Herald commented.
December 1911 was dedicated to an all-out drive by the Grand Forks Commercial Club to get new male members.
With a membership of 362, the club was the strongest in the state. E.J. Lander, the president, wanted enrollment to reach 600. The campaign was launched with a big banquet, and there were 84 new members the first day.
By the time the drive was over, there were 743 members in the club.
The automobile was coming into its own 100 years ago. Dealers here were expecting the approaching season to bring bigger sales in North Dakota. The farmers were prosperous, and many expected to make purchases in the spring. Lyons & Co. were distributors here for Franklin cars.
Dealers were planning an auto show here at the end of January.
As 1911 came to a close, the Riverside Park toboggan slides were ready, and there were rental units available for those who did not own a toboggan. The rate was 20 cents an hour for adults and 10 cents for children. Riverside and Central Park skating rinks were reported in first-class condition.
As December was winding down 100 years ago, a World's Fair was in full swing at the YMCA. It was called "without a doubt the best of its kind ever attempted in the city."
Different countries were represented in novel ways by the young people.
And Russell Miller Milling Co. here ran ads saying, "Bread made from Diamond Brand Flour has a stronghold in homes of Grand Forks. Housewives would not accept a substitute."
Other news at the end of 1911 in Grand Forks:
n The distinguished English comedian C. James Bancroft was featured in "The Private Secretary" with his own company at the Metropolitan Theatre. Tickets were 25 cents and $1. Also playing was a merry musical special, "Queen Zephra," and it was reported to be a big hit.
n The Associated Charities and Salvation distributed 100 dinners to needy families on Dec. 23. And Sheriff Benson arranged a big Christmas dinner for 14 prisoners in the jail.
In area news:
n At Drayton, a $50,000 bridge was completed across the Red River, fulfilling long-time desires. The new bridge took the place of the ferry and pontoon bridge, and it would mean better communication and better business.