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  • 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...

  • Dakota Gardener: Forcing an early harvest

    Emily How|May 13, 2024

    There is a song going viral right now on social media about a woman named Barbara who is famous for her rhubarb pie. The entire song is a German tongue twister and catchy. Rhubarb is also trending due to a trend of people “forcing” rhubarb, a growing technique that is used for an earlier and tastier rhubarb harvest. I guess rhubarb is a pretty popular plant worldwide. Growing rhubarb is a widespread practice in most North Dakota gardens. This plant can grow quite large and take over an entire section of a garden. Rhubarb is also one of the fir...

  • History of New Rockford: May 6, 2024

    K.C. Gardner Jr.|May 6, 2024

    In “School Notes” in the Nov. 23, 1906, “Transcript” there were 25 students enrolled at NRHS; several high school students were writing competitive essays on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”; the eighth graders were using Mace’s United States History textbook; the Chemistry class had finished their study of air; on November 21, Mrs. E.S. Severtson and Miss Gertrude Buck visited the Primary room; Leo Snook of Tiffany had joined the sixth grade. On November 23, James G. Dailey, O.G. Cooling, a...

  • Savvy Senior: How to find affordable internet services?

    Jim Miller|May 6, 2024

    Dear Savvy Senior, I was recently notified that the Affordable Connectivity Program, which subsidizes my monthly internet bill, is about to end. What are my options for finding affordable home internet services now? I’m 71 years old and live primarily on my Social Security benefits. Barely Getting By Dear Barely, It’s unfortunate, but without additional funding from Congress, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is winding down and will end in mid-May. For those that aren’t familiar with...

  • Dakota Gardener: Lithops, a unique succulent

    Kelsey Deckert|May 6, 2024

    As a gardener, many of us browse through catalogs and websites of local greenhouses. It is a source of inspiration and a great way to try something new to grow. I love succulents! I especially love having them in my office because they low maintenance. They work well in my office as I'm quite busy and can forget about them, but they will continue to thrive. I recently discovered lithops, or living stones, through a local greenhouse's Facebook page. I was completely intrigued looking at the...

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