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  • History of New Rockford: June 17, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Jun 17, 2024

    From January 1 to the evening of Jan. 3, 1907, the area was blanketed by the heaviest snow storm in some years. The railroad tracks were blocked until the rotary plow came through on the morning of January 4. Many New Rockford-bound passengers were stranded when trains were stopped in Sheyenne and Carrington; the railroad put them up in hotels. On January 3, Louis Oefstedahl and George Norman came down from Sheyenne on skis; it was Norman’s first experience with skis and probably his last. On t...

  • Savvy Senior: Dreading a colonoscopy? There are alternatives

    Jim Miller|Jun 17, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any easier alternatives to a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer? I just turned 60 and my wife keeps nagging me to get tested, but I hate the idea of drinking that laxative solution and being sedated for the procedure. Squeamish Steven Dear Steven, While a colonoscopy remains the most accurate screening test for detecting colon cancer (94 percent accurate), there are other easier – although less accurate – tests available. But be aware that if the result of one...

  • Archival Anecdotes: A small world

    Rachel Brazil|Jun 17, 2024

    Eddy County Museum's collection of pioneer histories written in the early 1960s have proved instrumental in developing exhibits in the Stavanger Church. Our new exhibit follows the settlement of North Dakota from the 1860s to the 1910s. It integrates pioneer artifacts, stories of migration and a collection of wedding attire to tell the stories of Norwegian, Swedish, German, Russian, Czech, Scottish and English immigrants – many of whom sought to become landowners through the Homestead Act of 1...

  • Around the County: Rainfall ends drought around the county

    Michelle Gilley|Jun 17, 2024

    Due to repeated rainfall, Eddy County as well as most of the state is no longer suffering from a drought. I started reporting rainfall in Sheyenne and New Rockford as part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network (CoCoRahs) on April 15 (CoCoRahs.org). Total precipitation for the period of April 15 to June 11 for the surrounding area was 8.53 inches in New Rockford, 7.92 inches in Sheyenne, 7.22 inches eight miles north of McHenry, and 8.16 inches four miles north of...

  • History of New Rockford: June 10, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Jun 10, 2024

    On Dec. 24, 1906, Miss Monica O’Connell visited in Barlow between trains; her sister Miss Gertrude O’Connell accompanied her back to New Rockford. Daniel O’Connell arrived for Christmas with his parents; he returned to Minneapolis on January 4. Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Wilson and family went to Wimbledon for Christmas with her family; Mr. Wilson returned on December 26, but his wife and children remained for a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Foster left for a visit in Minneapolis. Dr. G.D. Murphy left...

  • Archival Anecdotes: Living histories

    Rachel Brazil|Jun 10, 2024

    This is my fifth article in a 6-part series on the post-war boom. The idea for this series emerged in an effort to highlight the artifacts of this era housed at the Eddy County Museum. As I continued to search through the collections at the museum, one thing became glaring. Items and photographs of the 1950s and 60s are poorly represented. This isn’t a bad thing per se, it just is. The Eddy County Museum was founded in 1965, but that doesn’t mean its founders were interested in collecting modern artifacts of that day like Tupperware or col...

  • Savvy Senior: Long-term care benefits for veterans and surviving spouses

    Jim Miller|Jun 10, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, I understand that the Veterans Administration has a benefit that can help veterans and spouses with long-term care costs. We recently had to move my elderly father into an assisted living memory care facility, and my mother will probably need care too in the near future. What can you tell me? Searching for Aid Dear Searching, The Veterans Administration (VA) does indeed have an underutilized benefit that can help wartime veterans and their surviving spouses pay for a variety...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|Jun 3, 2024

    This is a continuation of Block 4 of St. John's Cemetery. This part includes the final five of the seven unmarked graves in Block 4 – Charles Michaels, Mrs. Tom Welsh, Veronica Esther Welsh, Mrs. J.P. Welsh, J.P. Welsh, Ned Walsh, Mary Walsh and Denver Black. Ned Walsh: Proper name is Edward (Ned) Walsh. Edward Walsh was born on July 9, 1866 near Quebec, Canada. His life history is taken from the obituary in the New Rockford Transcript and reads as follows: "Pioneer of Eddy County called to unknown shore last Friday afternoon (Aug. 17, 1...

  • History of New Rockford: June 3, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|Jun 3, 2024

    The Dec. 14, 1906, “Transcript” said that C.J. Parker of Kennedy, N.Y., had visited with C.W. Hall and family the previous week. H.G. Hudson had opened a temporary branch of his confectionary business in the post office lobby to help handle his Christmas trade. Miss Gertrude Buck was assisting in the confectionary. On the morning of December 14, Perry Blomquist and Emma Anderson were married in the Congregational parsonage by Rev. J.R. Beebe with only relatives as guests. They would live on thei...

  • Savvy Senior: How to find reliable health information online

    Jim Miller|Jun 3, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, How can I tell if the health info on a website is trustworthy? I usually do a Google search on a symptom, drug or health condition when I want to research something, but with so much information out there I’m not sure what I can trust. Skeptical Sal Dear Sal, You’re wise to be skeptical! There’s an overwhelming amount of health advice on the internet today and it can be hard to tell what’s credible. To help you sort through the online clutter and locate reliable, trustwo...

  • Archival Anecdotes: Time and again

    Rachel Brazil|Jun 3, 2024

    Scrapbooks provide valuable windows into the past. These bound collections were curated with a special focus in mind. In this case a simple scrapbook from 1960 opens our eyes to the New Rockford High School Class of 1930. We get to see a snapshot, primarily of their successes, through summarized bios detailing each classmate's location, profession, family and favorite hobbies. Of the 24 members of the Class of 1930 who attended the reunion, six remained New Rockford residents: Lewis O'Connor, Ed...

  • History of New Rockford: May 27, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|May 27, 2024

    On Dec. 10, 1906, a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hammer. Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Morris came in from their farm southeast of town to shop and say goodbye to Mrs. Morris’ sisters and their families, who had been visiting and were leaving for their home in Washington. Miss Queenie Stiles, who had been visiting the Morrises for some time, left with her mother and would stay in Washington for the winter. [Jay?] Blakely was up from Carrington and was able to rent a house for the winter. Fred Z...

  • Savvy Senior: Financial and legal resources for grandparents raising grandchildren

    Jim Miller|May 27, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any programs that you can refer me to that financially help grandparents who are raising their grandkids? I’m raising two of my grandchildren and could use some help. Tapped Out Tonya, Dear Tonya, Money is a common problem for the nearly 2.4 million U.S. grandparents who are raising their grandchildren today. To help with the day-to-day expenses, there are a wide variety of programs and tax benefits that can make a big difference in stretching your budget. H...

  • Archival Anecdotes: The reign of paper dolls

    Rachel Brazil|May 27, 2024

    Dolls have made wonderful companions for millenia. They aren't difficult to make. All it takes is a little material, like a sock, a rag, an old piece of leather, a bundle of sticks, wood, etc. The most important part is imagination. Eddy County Museum has a dozen or so dolls. Some of them are more presentable than others. Celestia Kellington and Elsie Kerr both donated several from their late 19th century childhoods. A bride and groom doll each reside in the Stavanger Church as part of our...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|May 27, 2024

    This is a continuation of Block 4 of St. John's Cemetery. This part includes the final five of the seven unmarked graves in Block 4 – Charles Michaels, Mrs. Tom Welsh, Veronica Esther Welsh, Mrs. J.P. Welsh, J.P. Welsh, Ned Walsh, Mary Walsh and Denver Black. Mrs. J.P. Welsh: Proper name is Mary (Hynes) Welsh. Mary Hynes was born on Aug. 16, 1863 in Ireland to Martin and Mary Hynes. Her obituary as taken from the New Rockford Transcript tells her life history and reads as follows: "Heart failure causes death on Monday night (March 13, 1933). M...

  • Strategies to protect your goals from consistent inflation

    Devin Melvie|May 27, 2024

    If you’re like most investors, you’ve noticed the impact of higher inflation in recent years – whether at the gas pump or the grocery store. American investors are experiencing the effects of prolonged inflation for the first time since the early 1980s. As a result, many are concerned about how inflation levels will impact their ability to reach their long-term financial goals. While it may not be possible to avoid the effects of inflation altogether, there are several strategies investors can utilize to mitigate the impact of inflation on thei...

  • Around the County: Drought conditions in Eddy County

    Michelle Gilley|May 27, 2024

    Eddy County spent most of the winter at moderate drought to abnormally dry. Just when I was starting to think farmers would start field work early, it started to rain. Now only the northwestern border of Eddy County and the northeastern border of Wells County are still abnormally dry. I started taking and uploading field and pasture pictures on April 15, which is the start of the Condition Monitoring Observer Report period for the 2024 season. Feel free to send field or pasture pictures for me...

  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    Kathy O'Connor|May 20, 2024

    This block has seven unmarked graves: Charles Michaels, Mrs. Tom Welsh, Veronica Esther Welsh, Mrs. J.P. Welsh, J.P. Welsh, Ned Walsh, Mary Walsh and Denver Black. Block 4 has approximately 86 graves with seven graves unmarked. All of these unmarked graves are now accounted for in Findagrave.com – St. John’s Cemetery. Family names in this block include: Risovi, Winslow, Hager, Zeagel, Walsh, Fritsch, Black, Borthwick, Steinbach, Wren, Eversvik, Ludwig, Seckinger, Williams, Ellensohn, Rucker, Warner, Winslow, Sookov, Geilan, Hogan, Dickey, Fin...

  • History of New Rockford: May 20, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|May 20, 2024

    On Dec. 5, 1906, after selling his interest in the New Rockford Roller Mills to his partner T.G. Kellington, G.W. McDonell left for Valley City, where he and his wife would remain for a while before leaving for their future home, California. Mrs. McDonell’s poor health was the reason for their leaving. Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Fowler and family left for a winter at their former Ontario home; they planned on stopping in New Rockford in the spring when they would be moving to their new home in Idaho. O...

  • Savvy Senior: Ways to make gardening easier as you age

    Jim Miller|May 20, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, What gardening tips can you offer to older seniors? I love to putter around and work in the garden, but my back and knees have caused me to curtail my gardening activities, which I miss greatly. Older Gardner Dear Older, There’s no doubt that gardening can be hard on an aging body. Joints stiffen up, kneeling for prolonged periods hurts, and bending and reaching can strain muscles. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your hobby. You just need to garden differently, add...

  • Archival Anecdotes: By special request: the Great Hoax

    Rachel Brazil|May 20, 2024

    I took it as an honor when Eddy County Museum Board Member Sandy O'Connor asked me to join her for a visit to the office of John Hovey, a retired attorney who practiced law in New Rockford from 1964 to 2001. Our intention was to collect a series of letters regarding the placement of Chinese refugees outside New Rockford. Hovey donated three of these envelopes, each containing a letter, to the Eddy County Museum. The letters were addressed to the Hon. Mayor of the City of New Rockford,...

  • EMS Week: Celebrating 50 Years of EMS

    May 20, 2024

    It’s officially EMS Week, when communities across the nation give special recognition to the emergency services that keep them and their communities safe. The theme for the 50th anniversary observance of EMS Week is “Honoring our past. Forging our future.” This year, the Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford (CASNR) was awarded a grant that will help them continue to serve their community right here in rural North Dakota. “We recently found out that we were awarded a grant from New Roc...

  • History of New Rockford: May 13, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|May 13, 2024

    On Nov. 29, 1906, Thanksgiving, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Newport left for his old home in Missouri and would remain there until the spring. That evening, “Romeo and Juliet” was presented in the Opera House. The play company had given free tickets to high school students in a competitive essay contest based on the play: three to the 1st place winner, Jennie Hersey (it was printed in the December 14 “Transcript”); two to second place, Eva Wakelie; and one to third place, Roger Mattson. Also that ev...

  • Archival Anecdotes: The postwar boom

    Rachel Brazil|May 13, 2024

    One of the oldest and most well-traveled artifacts residing at the Eddy County Museum is a coffee grinder that originated in Sweden circa 1820. The Matt and Bengta Mattson family brought it to North Dakota in the 1860s. After settling in Sheyenne, the Mattson family continued to use the handheld grinder until the 1920s. After one hundred years of service, it retired for at least 40 years. When the Eddy County Museum opened in 1965, Bernice Ostby of Sheyenne donated it to the collections. The...

  • Savvy Senior: How to find a good doctor

    Jim Miller|May 13, 2024

    Can you recommend some good resources to help me locate some quality doctors in my area? I’m looking for an orthopedic doctor for my 77-year-old mother and a new internist for me, since my doctor retired last year. Searching Susan Dear Susan, Finding and researching doctors is a lot easier than it used to be. Today, there are a variety of websites you can turn to that provide databases of U.S. doctors, their professional medical histories, and ratings and reviews from past patients on a n...

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