Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 29, 1975 · Page 94
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June 29, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 94

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Bonanzaville, U.S.A. Ghosts walk the streets of Bonan- zaville -- ghosts of the common- p%ce lives of uncommon people who settled the Great Plains at their own invitation. Today this reconstructed pioneer village stands as a living textbook, a living invitation into yesterday's realities. Five years ago Bonanzaville was scattered through a dozen dimin- ishihg farming villages in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota. The towns flourished years ago, sparked by the moneyed economy of huge wheat spreads called "bonanza farms." Those days .have long been over, and aUjng with them the little towns Save slipped from bustling to dust y . - ··.·: · - . . : From those villages the separate chapters of Bonanzaville's story have been re-assembled. The new, yet historic city stands at the edge COLUMBUS MOTEL 2S2UKfEMMW. ttMUUKAO,LC.2M2S "Rooms '·Efficiencies · Cable Color TV · Courtesy-Continental Breakfast · Air cond · Ceramic Tile,Baths ·Swimming Poo! · 1 Vi Blocks from Ocean P.O. 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But with milder weather, the curious come back to this historically rich stop on the old West Trail. . " For some of them, Bonanzaville is a way to remember their own youth, far away from flourescent- lit supermarkets and newspaper headlines. For others... .it's a trip across decades in time, separated as dramatically from super highways and skyscrapers as the early Plains Indians were from those newfangled white pioneers. Buildings from surrounding towns have been transplanted with loving care to Bonanzaville. The labor has been volunteered by retired people from the area, who remember the way it was and revel in their attention to day-to-day details. A steepled white church built at the turn of the century anchors one end of Main Street at Bonanzaville, while a modern museum waits at the other. Like the old schoolhouse still used-for township meetings, the church is not forgotten by its original congregation. Weddings are still performed there. Strolling down Main Street, visitors glimpse what ordinary life was like in simpler, optimistic farm town times. A pioneer depot -- not needed now for pared down rail operations of today --waits by a railroad spur and water tower. A caboose and coach stand silently by. Pioneer lifestyle and prairie dwelling in Bonanzaville The livery stable 'displays farm implements of .the past, with its original equipment, horses long bitten ttie dust. Also on display is the old, formerly horse-drawn hearse. The general store, the barber shop, the township hall; and jail have all done duty over the years as staples of the farming community's life. Displayed in each is its authentic memorabilia, put just where memory would place it. The real-life context makes the story Bonanzaville tells far different from the dry-as-bones presentation of many rural museums. Big Billfish OCEAN CITY, MD - The first billfish of the season was a 260-lb., 122" long broadbill caught on 40 Ib. line after a 3-hour struggle at Norfolk Canyo"n (approximately 76 miles offshore) by Doug Croker aboard his boat "Hardhead" captained by Jerry Simpson. The party also reported sighting several other broadbills and martins--white and blue. According to Peter Goadby in "Big Fish and Blue Water:" . "One in ten broadbills to which the baits are presented will strike, and only one in five of the strikes result in a hook up, and only one in five of the hookups result in a landing and weighing in. This means that Croker's catch was a l-in-250 chance. The bluefish are plentiful and anglers searching for them in the Bay are haying better luck on the surface with Floating Rebels although Ronald A. Market of Silver Spring weighed in a 10 pounder at Boulden's Marina which was caught in the Ocean with a Hoochy Troll. Flounder fishing in the Bay and off the Rt. SO Bridge remains excellent with minnows and shiners still being the best bait. Wet Wine Cellar Dave Alexander, who operates an antique store in Gravenhurst, Ontario, believes there's a fortune in glass bottles deep in the Muskoka lakes. He has recovered between four and five thousand bottles in the past few years. A few are valued at $50 and up, he says. One Gravenhurst resident brings up enough bottles every year to hold an auction sale. One bottle fetched $75. Not all of the bottles are empty. About 100 full wine and beer bottles have been discovered and the wine was still drinkable, although it had been submerged for more than 50 years. . . . ' ' - · The beer, however, was not fit to drink. It is easy to visualize how a life was built The visitor sees it captured alive at one moment in time. Neighbors are gone from Bonanza- ville and the gloss has been worn off the once-new, once-modern equipment. But things like the bright red bucket wagon once used by a rural fire department tell their story, even in the silence; bypassed by. progress, the tales are still vivid. The visitor can wander through Bonanzaville lost in his own thoughts most of the summer. During autumn's Bonanzaville Days the town displays an entirely different aspect .·-- crowds. For one long weekend, old-timers'who remember firsthand.return to Bonanza- ville with their crafts and skills useful in the settlers' self-reliant lives. Women demonstrate the making of lye soap, candy apples, and fresh-baked bread. Men build furniture, shoe horses, and.offer rides in Model T's. A church auxiliary sells box lunches in the basement of the church. Elderly needlewomen tat and crochet in the parlors of old farm houses, make quilts in the pioneer log cabins, and. pickle cucumbers in aromatic kitchens on old wood stoves. Two sides of Bonanzaville -- the stillness, and the bustle of a few recaptured, days. The history of nations can be read in simple, homey visions of life in this quiet real--life village. West Fargo and its larger neighbor Fargo have moved far past the spirit of the fanning community, though that's what once spawned them. But visitors can still sample modern comforts strongly flavored with the colorful past. Fargo and West Fargo are easy to reach on Interstate 94 and 29, thanks to modern notions of highways. Highways drew the lifeblood away from small fanning towns, making.cities part of even the rural . way of life. But they also bring the past only minutes away at Bonan- zaville. No matter how much flash and bustle the 70's add to the cities, the small town of Bonanzaville flourishes... and peacefully. OCKA* FKO*T MOTEL Buckroe Beach. Va. Fishing SAW $ooa mom Amusements MYfMtMYSM AWAKE; STAY 7TN I AY OCEAN VIEW BEACH M ftftrftwfw*.* M WUMMSMK, JMESTOWN, YMXTOfflMSCICMHKS. ANCHORAGE TWIN SAILS 1I2IE.WUHEI »t,mrau,fuisi3 . 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