Earl Lang

by

Randy Clow

Junior High Division

 

Earl Lang was born to Joseph and Margaret Lang on December5, 1901, on a farm in Clow township in Minnesota.

In 1906, his parents bought the Al Turner farm which islocated 3 1/2 miles southeast of St.Vincent, Minnesota. That is where theyraised their large family of twelve children, seven boys and five girls.That is fourteen people to feed with Ma and Pa.

Earl attended and graduated from the little Joe River countryschool. In 1922, Earl married Rose Feldman and to this union one son, Gordon,was born.

In 1925, Earl tried his hand at farming on his own. Herented the farm that is now known as the Harold Turner farm. Earl Rose andtheir son started out with high hopes, but after four years, things wentfrom bad to worse, and he gave up farming.

In 1929, he was hired to clerk in the James R. Parker GeneralStore in Pembina, North Dakota. He moved his family to Pembina and workedin the Parker store until 1935.

In 1935, Earl bought a little grocery store in St.Vincent,Minnesota. He and his wife enjoyed serving the people of this small community.His customers appreciated the friendly little store and felt bad when Earlwas forced to close its doors in 1938.

In 1938, Earl went to work in the meat and grocery departmentof the Heneman General Store in Pembina, North Dakota. He worked there until1945 except for a short time in the spring of 1944 when he worked in theChet Martinson Grocery and Meat Market in Cavalier, North Dakota for a coupleof months.

In the early spring of 1945, Earl was offered and acceptedthe job of managing the Coast to Coast store in Pembina. Earl didn't workthere very long because the manager before him had left things in a mess.This manager not only bought from Coast to Coast, but from other companiesas well. He didn't mark the supplies or put them on the shelves in any kindof order, but put them around on tables or under the tables. Earl couldn'tfind either the articles or the price for them without a lot of searchingand trouble.

While Earl was manager of the Coast to Coast store, hewas offered the job of managing the Victoria Elevator in Pembina. Earl gladlyaccepted the offer and started his job at the elevator on June 1, 1945.

In 1964, the St.Vincent Elevator Company bought out theVictoria Elevator Co. in Pembina, North Dakota, and made it the St.VincentElevator Company in Pembina, North Dakota. The manager and Board of Directorshired Earl to continue to manage the elevator in Pembina, North Dakota.Earl was very happy to do this as he liked his job very much. Earl is stillmanager of the St.Vincent of Pembina, North Dakota, to this day.

Their son, Gordon, married Eileen Wilcox, of Roseau, Minnesota.To this union, five children were born. Dennis, the oldest, is married andfarming in Osakis, Minnesota. They have two children, a boy and a girl.The second boy, John, is teaching school and coaching at Page, North Dakota.He and his wife, Mary, have a little girl. Their daughter, Peggy, is marriedand live at Osakis. They have a boy and a girl. Their third son, Roy, isworking in the locker plant at Osakis, but is going into the Air Force thismonth. Their youngest daughter, Patty, is still in high school. Gordon isnow herdsman on a large farm at Grove City, Minnesota.

Even though Earl and Rose only had one son, they have fivegrandchildren and five great grandchildren as of now.

Even though Earl takes his job as manager of the elevatorseriously, he always has time to greet old and new friends and reminisceabout the good old days. He has even written a poem for me about his childhooddays on the farm.

My Family

"I would like to go back
For a little while,
To the place I lived when
I was a child.

Just to feed the chickens
The little calves too,
The baby lambs and
The mother ewe.

Then listen to the birds
Sing their evening song.
Some in the tree tops
And some on the lawn.

Then all get together
Just once more,
Some on the chairs
And some on the floor.

And listen to Dad play
The old violin,
And Mother chording on
The old organ.

When the music stopped
I would like to say,
I love you all
In a wonderful way.

I've hung on to the past
And I can't let go,
And here is something
I want you to know:

My sisters and brothers
And my Mom and Dad,
Are the dearest family
A little boy ever had."

. . . Earl

 

Bibliography

Lang, Earl, Interview, January 31, 1975

Lang, Rose, Interview, January 31, 1975IZE=+1>Lang, Earl, Interview, January 31, 1975

Lang, Rose, Interview, January 31, 1975