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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 20 8 Pa e 5 Caring for your car: By Marquita Novak Fellow vehicleowners lend me your ear, spring is here and summer is near; is your vehicle ready this year? Here are a few pointers for you to consider: With all the electronics on these vehicles, you should have your battery checked and replaced if necessary with the biggest Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) that you can get to am all your electronic equip- ment. Tires should be checked and in- flated to the proper PSI (pounds per square inch) to get the best fuel mileage or replaced if needed. Oil and filter should be changed every 3,000 miles because of all the temperature changes. Be sure to have your vehicle serv- iced and checked over before you go on your family vacation. Have a great season! Editor's Note: Novak resides in Park River and has been in the au- tomotive industry for 40plus years. By Jennifer Goettle, LSW GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- May is Foster Care Month. At PATH, we want to say thankyou to foster par- ents. Foster parents are ordinary people who have opened up their hearts and homes to care for some- one else's child. They help to care for children who have not had an easy journey. With very short no- tice, foster parents make room and work to have everything a child may need to help them feel comfortable and safe. Foster parents meet chil- dren where they are in life and of- fer support, stability, and encour- agement to help them flourish. No matter how long a child is in their care, foster parents make an impact that lasts a lifetime. Foster parents make our communities better places, one child at a time. We cannot thank you enough, foster parents! You are incredible assets to our community. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact PATH ND at 877-766-7284 or visit www.pathinc.org, or contact your lo- cal county social service agency. Editor's Note: Goettle is the Re- cruitment and Licensing Specialist at PATH ND By Lois A. Schaefer BOTTINEAU, N.D. -- The invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, codename Operation Overlord, ranks as one of the boldest and most suc- cessful large-scale in- vasions in military his- tory. Approximately 160,000 American, British, and Canadian forces crossed the Eng- lish Channel with the support of 7,000 ships and boats. Their ob- jective was to land on five beaches (code- named Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, and Utah) along the 50- mile stretch of the coast of Normandy, France, which had been heavily fortified by the Germans. Operation Overlord required extensive planning and training. The Allied forces re- hearsed the operation for many months be- fore the invasion. They also conducted decep- tion operations Forti- tude and Titanic. Op- eration Fortitude was designed to mislead Photos: Sand In Your Eye the Germans with re- gard to the target and date of the invasion. Operation Titanic con- sisted of false radio transmissions from a non-existing army, forcing enemy spies to send misleading D-Day Cont page 8 By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- For the past several years I've enjoyed writing a monthly article to take you way back to what was hap- pening in Park River a century ago. So far our Late-Breaking history has gotten Park River to. World War I. Up to now the war news has been pretty straightforward: a few Park Riverites, like Karl Farup were stranded in Norway by the outbreak of the war, but the United States avoided the conflict until March of last year (1917). Now (1918) America is involved, and so is Park River. The town is con- serving wheat, showing patriotic movies, recycling metal, staging auctions for the Red Cross, and sending our local boys "over there" to France and the trenches. No local lad, as yet (April, 1918), has died, but that is about to change. That un- pleasantry will develop in upcoming columns. Today we have the op- portunity to go three decades farther back into the past, to the very first years of our city. You've undoubtedly no- ticed the strange photo- graph. I'd be really sur- prised if you haven't re- acted with something like: "This was taken in OUR town?!", or "Parasols in Park River?!" or "What on earth is going on ;[- - Photo: Subimtted to-party clothes--with no Briggs Avenue.) A real background.) Brightbill for children and 35 cents coats on. Other girls lying school was needed, and did a great deal of work for adults. The performers directly on the ground everyone agreed that we during the 1886-7 school would be students from wearing their Sunday best, needed something someyear, but was gone at the the local school. There also with no coats on! better than a cramped re- end of the year, no expla- would be the usual things, And notice also what you purposed building, nation given. Most prob- a lecture, charades, im- don't see: there is not a sin- So, in early 1885, com- ably he was an ambitious personations, and not just gle irate parent protesting munity leaders set upyoung man, who pursued one, but two major pieces this abuse of his daughter. School District #78, passed opportunity where he of entertainment. One was Something very strange is a tax levy, raised $6000 in found it; when he returned to be a large group of girls going on here: for some municipal bond money,to visit Park River in 1909 from the lower department reason "the rules" have bought the half blockthe newspaper described performing as a snow been suspended, where the old school build- him as a successful Boston brigade, the names of 16 You're right--this pic- ing still stands. Then, in lawyer, girls were listed. Then, as ture needs a bit of ex- the spring of 1886 began Brightbill inherited a the culminating point of plaining: What is that huge the construction of a brand new, but poorly furnished the evening, 16 girls from here?!" Some of the more brick wall, who is the nat- new two-story brick struc-, bttilding and he decided to the upper division (they htYegentleman, and why is ture, measuring qf the mostcalled it the high school) earthy ones among yoh . making f0rcingyoung Even Way back then :, important needs: the short- were to perform a Japanese have already thought girls to freeze their tutus at schools that size cost more age Of furnishings, partic- fan dance. something like "Hell, this the beginning of a Dakota than $6,000. The school ularly the lack of an organ. According to a subse- doesn't make any sense winter? board had to leave the sec- What better way to raise quent article in the Gazette at all." Let's explain the wall ond floor unfinished for money than to have the the performance attracted At first glance it looks first. When this picture the first year at least, and students put on a perform- the largest crowd the Pres- like you earthy folk are was taken our town was cram all its classes into the ance? In the local paper on byterian/Federated church right: Aherdofgirlspos- barely born. My best three ground floor rooms. December 3, 1886, he had ever held (to put this in es against a huge, nearly guess is that this scene We can be pretty sure that promised a first class lit- perspective though, the blank, brick wall. A well- was posed in late Novem- the girls had more room to erary and musical enter- church building was only groomed and formally ber, or perhaps on a balmy twirl their parasols out- tainment to be produced on about a year and a half dressed man stands off to December day in 1886.side. New Year's Eve by theold). The local newspaper the side. He isn't doing Park River had sprung up That explains the im-teachers and students of the sent a reporter, but gave a anything active, but you in August, 1884, barely posing brick wall (though Park River High School. barebones review: the girls can tell he is presiding, two years earlier. This site I still have no idea why He promised particulars of the snow brigade cap- The older girls are stand- is no longer a wheat field, there were no windows at very soon, but revealed tured the house, according ing, wearing silk dresses, but a street corner--the all on the first floor). Now, nothing at the time about to the Gazette's reviewer, and carrying parasols, fan- southwest comer of Harris was that dapper figure on the impending entertain- but the "palm" had to be cy silk parasols. Some Avenue and Fifth Street to the right of the photo? ment. Certainly not why awarded to the young younger girls are careful- be more exact. As best as That man was the new he would pose 30 under- ladies of the Japanese fan ly arranged sitting on the I can figure out, that brick principal teacher in the clad girls outside the drill. The next week Pro- ground. In the background wall was located almost Park River schools, Edwin school at the beginning of fessor Brightbill wrote a on the far right, a woman exactly where "GYMNA-Brightbill, a graduate of the a Dakota winter, letter that stated that in a and a bearded man lurk in SIVM" is today. It was the State Normal College,The official announce- good cause no apologies the background. "Ok," west wall of the new town Lockhaven, Pennsylvania. ment of the performance are necessary, but his you say to yourself, "a schoolhouse. He was one of the 40 ap- appeared in the paper on words made it sound like formal picture of some Education was one of plicants to replace Profes- December 17. It stated that many things had gone kind." Then you notice Park River's highest pri- sor Quigley, who, for an the Presbyterian Church wrong at the performance. something else. The old- orities, ranking after only unknown reason departed building (today's Feder- Nevertheless the er girls at the ends (and agriculture, business, and at the end of the 1886 ated Church building is evening was a success. A presumably all the girls) church. Park River had a school year. The new pro- the same structure, only later issue of the Park Riv- are wearing heavy leg- school before it had a town fessor, had charge of the now it is 133 years old, not er Gazette announced that gings with their silk dress- government. It was a older students, while Miss just a year.) would be the the proceeds from the en- es: it's COLD out there, makeshift institutionHelen Mayhew was hired scene of a major enter- tertainment enabled the So what one earth do housed in Tom Cather-to teach the primary de- tainm nt on December 31, local school to purchase a we have here? Girls wood's old store (long ago partment. (Perhaps she is at 8:00. 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