Monday Morning Update On Will Gardner

Although Peeping Will Gardner has said he will “withdraw from the election of Secretary of State,” because it’s “the best decision for my family and me,” (you can read more about that in yesterday's post) the ballot for the June 12 Primary Election is already printed, and his name is on it. So on June … Continue reading Monday Morning Update On Will Gardner

“If there’s anything you ever did in your life you don’t want to see on the front page of the paper . . .”

From time to time over the years I’ve received phone calls from aspiring politicians seeking advice on whether or not to run for some public office. Generally, it’s something like “Hey, Jim, I’m thinking about running for dogcatcher. I’m wondering what you think about that. You got any advice for me?” My first response is … Continue reading “If there’s anything you ever did in your life you don’t want to see on the front page of the paper . . .”

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

My Mom, Phyllis Maxine (Boehmer) Fuglie was born October 10, 1924, at the farm home of her parents, Peter and Sophia (Aaberg) Boehmer, near Edmore, ND. Her family moved to Saskatchewan, Canada for a short time during the Great Depression, where my Grandpa Pete took work as a farmhand to support his growing family, but … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

Old Dog, New Blog

Welcome to my new blog website, theprairieblog.com. If you've been reading the words I write at my old site, theprairieblog.areavoices.com, you'll discover it has gone away. Thanks, and good riddance. It wasn't easy for this old dog to create a new website, but my tech support person, Lillian, made it happen. Thanks to Lillian. You … Continue reading Old Dog, New Blog

THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES–CONCLUSION

OIL TO THE RESCUE A pair of Bismarck oil men, new to North Dakota and chasing the state’s first small oil boom, likely made the deal of their life in early 1952, acquiring almost the entire 127 acre tract of Highland Acres, complete with partially constructed streets, water mains, a couple dozen good residents, and … Continue reading THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES–CONCLUSION

THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES–PART FIVE

MOVING IN Here are the first 21 residents of Highland Acres, gleaned from the files of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Notice they are all just men’s names, the “heads of households.” We assume they all had wives as well. And probably children. I don’t have the dates of the purchase of each … Continue reading THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES–PART FIVE

THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES–PART FOUR

1948: BUILDING HIGHLAND ACRES BEGINS The Bismarck Tribune reported in April 1948 that “Twelve houses are under construction in Highland Acres, the addition on the western edge of the city owned by the Bismarck Veterans Homeowners Cooperative Association.” The paper said that the housing co-op had also contracted for construction of nine additional homes. Looking … Continue reading THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES–PART FOUR

THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES: PART THREE

WALLACE STEGNER: IN PRAISE OF COOPERATIVES In early 1947, the Association’s management committee developed a mimeographed newsletter for mailing to co-op members, and in one of its first issues included excerpts from an article written by the noted author Wallace Stegner in the April 1947 issue of the magazine “47,” noted by some as The … Continue reading THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES: PART THREE

THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES—PART TWO:

  FINDING A NAME: HOW WE BECAME HIGHLAND ACRES The new development needed a name. Bismarck Tribune editor Ken Simons wrote a story for his paper announcing a contest would be held to name the subdivision and the streets within it. Entries were to be submitted to the committee, with an entry deadline of August … Continue reading THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES—PART TWO:

THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES—PART ONE:

 HIGHLAND ACRES AND THE BISMARCK VETERANS HOMEOWNERS COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION – PRODUCTS OF A PERFECT STORM Highland Acres Addition to the City of Bismarck, North Dakota, was a housing subdivision developed cooperatively by a group of returning World War II veterans in the 1940s and 1950s. Its success led to the subsequent development of nearby Highland … Continue reading THE HISTORY of HIGHLAND ACRES—PART ONE: