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MARILYN HAGERTY: 1912 saw 3,257 telephones in GF

October 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The pages of the Herald 100 years ago reflect other signs that this city was progressive:
** There were 3,257 telephones in Grand Forks, each valued at $22.
** Early enrollment was expected to be up to 800 students at UND before Thanksgiving. That number far exceeded any previous year. There were 246 enrolled on Oct. 6, 1912. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Trousers for girls — but not women — in 1912

October 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Fresh Air in the Classroom” was the title of an address when North Dakota Education Association held its meeting in Grand Forks 100 years ago.
Among other things, said Dr. Henry Curtiss, the speaker, girls should be allowed to wear trousers until they “passed the age of childhood.” Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Meridian Road marked transportation turning point in N.D.

September 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks played a part in the big relay automobile trip from Winnipeg to the Gulf of Mexico over the famous Meridian Road 100 years ago. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY — Winnipeg-GF, 1912: 8 hours by dirt road

August 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Road conditions in Manitoba were found somewhat better on the return trip than the conditions the travelers met on the trip up to Winnipeg. “Eighteen hours of sunshine had worked wonders doing away with mud and replacing it with a hard coat,” the Herald reported. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: GF hosts Greatest Show on Earth in 1912

July 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The train that brought the Ringling Bros. Circus to Grand Forks 100 years ago was more than a mile long. It was the home of 1,280 men, women and children who spoke 29 different languages. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Meridian Road in 1912 called ‘Best in the state’

June 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks County ‘bids fair to take the premium for the best section of the Meridian Road in North Dakota as a result of Grand Forks businessmen taking interest in the highways,’ the Herald reported in 1912. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: A challenge to traditional marriage — in 1912

May 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Today, opinions run rampant on whether there should be marriage between couples of the same sex. When you turn back the pages of time 100 years, the discussion was about whether there should be common law marriages that is, if a couple lived together, could they be considered legally married. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Rich mix flavored N.D. melting pot in 1912

April 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Not all the immigrants to North Dakota were Norwegians 100 years ago. It just seemed that way around here. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Reader in 1912 asks, ‘Why not sugar beets?’

February 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Of note 100 years ago was the statement of G.L. Holten, Grand Forks, that he believed growing sugar beets would be a solution for unemployment in the winter time.
Holten came from Wisconsin, where farmers were raising sugar beets, and he could see no good reason to prevent raising the crop in the Red River Valley. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: ‘Macbeth’ lecture in GF packed the house in 1912

January 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In January 1912 and before an audience that almost packed the first Methodist Church in Grand Forks, Judge Guy C.H. Corliss delivered his famous lecture on Macbeth.
For more than two hours he led his large audience through scenes from Shakespeare in a forceful and interesting manner, the Herald reported. Continue Reading