The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 29, 1974 · Page 8
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Fergus falls (Mn.) Journal Wed.,May29,197i | On the 3/oca/ scene RUTH and JULIUS JOHNSON < Jcurul photo by till link) Couple plans to celebrate 60th anniversary Saturday By BILL BANK Area News Editor Ruth and Julius Johnson have spent three-quarters of their lives married to each other and neither of them has any complaints yet. That's probably a fair indication that they never will. On Saturday the two of them will celebrate their 60th anniversary at the Otter Tail County Nursing Home where they've been living for the past couple of years. "She's a good old gir), you betcha," Julius, now 81, said last week. "I'd marry her again in a second if I had it all to do over again." Ruth, just one year older than Julius, was raised on a farm near Ulen. She later moved to Henning and took a job as a telephone operator, one of the first to serve that town. It wasn't long after that when her wires got crossed with a young gent working in the shoe store next door. They sold shoes together for the next 40 years. Julius was always a worker. At half past six each morning he opened the shoe shop and on Saturdays he stayed open till nearly midnight. Neither of them could pick out one high point from the last 60 years. "It was all good," Ruth said. "Maybe the best times, 1 guess, were when our two children were born." Just as they couldn't pick out a single high point, neither of them could point to a low spot through all those years, either. "1 guess the toughest times were during the depression in the early 30's," Ruth said. "But it really didn't affect us too much. We had a good business and we just kept on working. Our philosophy has always been to keep busy and work hard and everything will work out fine." Everything always does seem to work out fine for them, too. They are just about as close as a couple can be. In fact, they even celebrate their birthdays on the same day — Feb. 17. A big celebration is planned for the couple Saturday afternoon at the home. Reuben Swenson, superintendent at the nursing home, and Mrs. June Shearer, nursing supervisor, have been making plans since last week for the event "We only have two couples here," Swenson said. "And it isn't often anybody anywhere celebrates their 60th wedding anniversary." "Everybody has fallen in love with them since they came," Mrs. Shearer added. "Mrs. Johnson treats everybody like part of her own family and everyone responds to her in the same way." Friends and relatives from all over the state as well as some neighboring states plan to be there. Also expected are many of the friends they have in the Henning community. Graduation Thursday Fergus Falls High School commencement is scheduled at the athletic field Thursday at 8 p.m. Receiving diplomas at the 89th ceremony will be 292 seniors. Lynn Middleton and Paul Sanderson as class representatives will speak for the class which will be presented by Principal James Rude. Jerome Reinan, chairman of the school board, will present diplomas. Music will be provided by the Concert Band, playing tht processional and recessional, and the Chamber Singers. Also taking part in the program will be Supt. Richard Baker, the Rev. Otto Dale and the Rev. Harold Underdahl. Strip mining discussed Dave Jordan, conservationist for the Knife River Coal Mining Company, made two appearances in Fergus Falls yesterday, speaking on the subject of reclamation of strip-mined coal lands in central and western North Dakota and the degree of success his company has achieved in carrying out reclamation projects. Jordan spoke to the Kiwanis Club at noon and to a group of Otter Tail Power employes later in the afternoon. Jordan's background is primarily agricultural. He was raised on a Red River Valley farm and his formal education was in agriculture. He spent many years with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in North Dakota. Two fires in city City firemen responded to two fire calls in the city Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. Firemen answered a call from Shirley Anhorn at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday for a blazing lawn mower at 839 N. Union. Cause of the blaze was not determined, nor was a damage estimate available, according to fire officials. Firemen extinguished a fire in an electric motor on a shop machine at Medallion Kitchens, 302 E. Washington, shortly after 7 this morning. Cause of the blaze was not determined. Damage to the motor was minimal, according to a Medallion spokesman. Tree planters Minnesota crops destroyed by hail By The Associated Press A hail storm estimated by witnesses to be about 50 miles long swept through south- central Minnesota Tuesday County ARC hears speaker and report The Otter Tail County Association For Retarded Citizens met last night at the Fergus Falls Senior High School with special education instructor Mrs. Beverly Seashore serving as hostess. The guest speaker was Dallas Flynn, special needs coordinator for the Career Education Center at Audubpn. The center is a co-operative special education program which serves students with special learning needs from an eight-school district area in Becker and Clay County. The Center program provides academic learning opportunities in the areas of mathematics and communications along with career exploration vocational subjects. Mrs. Annette Kjaglien, a special education instructor in the Fergus Falls school system for the past 14 years, received a certificate of award from the local ARC chapter in appreciation of her outstanding service in behalf of mentally retarded of all ages. Terry Denley, Region -1 Special Olympics chairman, made a report to the group. The 16 athletes from this region who participated in the recent state Special Olympics swimming competition at St. Cloud brought home a total of 21 medals. The state track and field and gymnastics meet will be held at Mankato State College on June b and 6. About 60 athletes from Otter Tail County will be among the almost 1,400 athletes from throughout the state who will be participating in this meet. Through the efforts of David Lindig and Tom Uvaas, the Swimathon which was recently held at the Fergus Falls Junior High School pool raised over $3,000 for the Otter Tail County Special Olympics program. During the swimathon, 165 swimmers took part in this event over a 48 hour period. night, destroying most of the newly planted corn crop. Witnesses said the storm, which began at Lake Crystal in Blue Earth County and was last reported near Walters in Faribault County, hit suddenly and lasted about 20 minutes in each locality. The hail was reported to be from marble-size to baseball- size, with most of it being the larger variety. There were ditches in the area filled to waist- high levels with hail. Windows broken in homes along the way were common and electricity was out for a time in some areas, but no injuries were reported. The corn crop was totally destroyed in some areas, officials said. About 75 per cent of the newly-planted crop had emerged from the soil and was destroyed, but farmers arc expected to be able to replant their crops. The storm, which began about 7:30 p.m., was accompanied by high winds and about 1' 2 inches of rain. The hail first hit Lake Crystal, about 15 miles west of Mankato, Minn., and continued in a strip running from Lake Crystal southwest through the communities of Garden City. Vernon Center. Amboy. Sterling Center and Mapleton of Blue Earth County. The hai! storm continued into Karibault, causing crop damage near Bass l,ake. Lura 1/ake and ended up near Walters. The heaviest crop damage was reported near Vernon Center and Amboy. preliminary reports indicated. LeANNKUNTZ Student joins Journal staff LeAnn Kuntz, a student in mass communications at Moorhead State College, has joined the news staff of the Daily Journal for the summer. She will provide features and photos and also handle general news. A native of Napoleon, N.D., Miss Kuntz attended Valley City State College before entering MSC as a sophomore. She has served on the staff of the Advocate, college newspaper, and will be a second quarter junior next fall. Woman climber is optimistic MATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The leader of a successful women's expedition up Mt. Ma- naslu says she believes woman can scale "any mountain on earth." Dr. Tsune Kuroishi headed the 11-member Japanese team that put three women on the peak May 4, claiming a record for women climbers. Mt. Manaslu is 26,760 feet high. The Daily Journal incorrectly identified one person planting seedlings in Saturday's paper. The girl on the right is Diane Leabo, age 10. Bumpers known as 'Mr. Clean 1 LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (AP) — When Dale Bumpers came out of the Ozark Mountains of western Arkansas in 1970', opponents said lie had only a smile, a shoe shine and one speech, but they were wrong—he had more than one speech. The speeches, the shoe shine, and a smile that has captivated a majority of Arkansas voters for four years have felled in su- cession three state political giants—former Govs. Orval E. Faubus, the late Winthrop Rockefeller and Sen. J.W. Fulbright. Since defeating Kaubus and Rockefeller to win the governorship in 1970, Bumpers has added an efficient and scandal- free administration to his political assets and at 48 is the hottest political figure in Arkansas in years. He has an uncanny charm, in person or on television, and has inspired hundreds of previously apolitical people to work for his election. He seems almost apologetic about his giant-killing charisma. "My father told me politics is a noble profession," he says. "I believe that. At least that's how it ought to be. 1 want to help create a political climate that makes the people of this state want to get involved in politics." Political rhetoric in Arkansas traditionally is delivered with the flamboyance of fiery Old Testament preaching. However, Bumpers talks calmly, ernestly, eloquently. So magnetic is his charm that it becomes an issue. Fulbright, who lost to Bumpers Tuesday in the Democratic senatorial primary, repeatedly told voters that good looks and eloquence would accomplish nothing in the Senate. Fulbright aides referred to Bumpers as "Mr. Clean." One said Fulbright campaigners spent 2,500 man-hours on a generally fruitless search into Bumpers' past. Bumpers has pointedly taken steps to live up to the idea that politics is a noble profession. He put his ranch, nursing home and other properties in a blind trust to show the public he did not intend to profit personally from his decisions as governor. He imposed a $1,000 ceiling on contributions to his Senate race, while Fulbright did not set a limit. Bumpers, a lawyer, and his wife, Betty, have two sons, Brent and Bill, and a daughter, Brooke. Body is recovered ST. AUGUSTA, Minn. (AP) — The body of a Benedictine brother who drowned in the Mississippi River May 19 was recovered Wednesday night. 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