Michael Rustad Memories
1964 - 1965
In 1964-65, I first got interested in Rock 'N Roll. Iremember watching the Ed Sullivan Show on February 12, 1965 when the Beatlesmade their first U.S. appearance. I remember discussing the Beatles withmy classmates Marlys Diamond and Janice Armstrong. This was the beginningof Beatle-mania. Pearl's Inn had a few of the Beatle songs on her jukebox and we played them over and over again. The radio stations in our areawere dreary. KROX in Crookston was best known for its Kittson County Newsread by Cliff Bouvette, editor of the Kittson County Enterprise. KROX wasnot on the cutting edge of rock. We were fortunate to have some good radiostations from Winnipeg and could hear the latest Yardbirds, Beatles, andHerman's Hermits tunes on our transistors. We often listened to rock whiledoing farm chores. Even the cows enjoyed the Beatles.
In the fall of 1964, LBJ was in an election campaign withBarry Goldwater. Goldwater was portrayed as an extremist hawk. Goldwaterturned out to be a well respected statesman. I visited the Goldwater museumin Phoenix and believe that he was a very good American though I might havedisagreed with some of his views. Johnson won the 1964 election by thegreatest plurality and percentage victory in history. We had a number ofdebates in Walter Petrusic's Civics class which centered on the electioncampaigns. Goldwater's support in Civics class reflected the breakdownof Republican and Democrat parents. There was not a single example of astudent in that class who had a party affiliation different from their parents.
Another memory of the Civics class was that Mr. Petrusichad us listen to Jonathan Winter's comedy records. To this day, I haveno idea of what relevance the comedy routines had for civics class. I wasgrateful that I no longer had to take industrial arts my sophomore year. My grades in industrial arts ranged from C- to D- the previous years.
Pius Lacher was our Superintendent that year and R. J. Schmidt was principal. Lyle Clow, Herb Easter, Frances Ness, Arnold Wiese,and Virgil Bockwtiz were on the Board of Education. O.A. Roberts was inhis first year of retirement. I got to know O.A. Roberts that year becauseI was very interested in rocks. O.A. Roberts founded a rock shop in theirhouse and also helped me organize a Home and Hobby Show at Humboldt HighSchool. I first began a fan of O.A. Roberts in eighth grade when he intervenedwith a fight I had with Pete Tri. I was working on my mathematics overthe noon hour. I ended up hitting Pete in the nose and he cracked the blackboardwith his fist injuring his hand trying to hit me back. O.A. Roberts interviewedboth of us and was beastly fair in his interrogation. Neither of us gotinto trouble and Pete and I never had any more problems in or outside ofschool. The crack in the blackboard remained until the school closed in1991. I considered it somewhat of a trophy and I am glad I ducked!
The Home Economics teacher was Beatrice Deere. BeatriceDeere was a family friend. I had a nice conversation with her in the late1980s and she recalled her time as a Humboldt faculty member with fondnessMartha Roberts taught business education, English as well as heading theDepartment of Speech which was our best department. I remember taking typingfrom Martha and I developed good skills. She would play music from the1940s during our typing.
To this day, I still associate many World War II tunesfrom Glenn Miller and others with Martha's typing class. Good typing skillshave turned out to be one of my more useful skills from high school. Ityped all of my law school examinations and my bar examinations. I alsothought that being a superb typist gave me an edge. When I was a studentat Harvard Law School, I once typed a 45 page essay during a three hourexamination in labor law. I did receive an A and I thank Martha for hergreat typing class. I never received an A from Martha Roberts. I believethat my best grade was a B+.
In 1965, we had a new young science teacher from MinotState with a graduate degree from NDSU. Roger Abelson quickly made friendswith Humboldt and was a well respected science teacher. I took biologyfrom him as a senior. My science project was in embryology. Ron Baldwin,Ralph Giffen and I set up an incubator in the closet of the science room. We would interrupt the embryonic development of the turkeys at each stage. We were successful and had a live turkey. I remember driving to ThiefRiver Falls for Roger Abelson, Susan Finney and another student to purchasethe fertile turkey eggs. I don't think Abelson was much older than thejunior and senior students and we all liked him.
One of my memories of Roger Abelson was going to the sciencefair. He kept asking about the welfare of our turkey chicks and we wouldmake jokes about the little bird sleeping with his legs straight up in theair. Needless to say, we did not win the science fair competition but wehad a lot of fun. I think that Abelson was the first science teacher toinstitute a sophisticated system of laboratory exercises.
My lab partner was Renee Jerome. She was always slightlyworried about how I might misuse science! In the previous science fair,Sharon Short received an award for her paper, Genetics which was sponsoredby the Junior Academy of Science.
Humboldt always had outside presentations called lyceums. One lyceum featured three black singer singers. Another lyceum displayeda computer. The computer was about the size of a refrigerator. (I stillcall refrigerators ice boxes which shows my age.) Another lyceum was bythe author of a Syrian Yankee. This autobiography was about a Syrian traderwho came to the US and make a fortune. Shortly after the Syrian Yankee presentation,a man came to Humboldt and claimed to be the cousin of the Syrian Yankeeand wanted to start a business processing straw in Humboldt. He came toour farm and asked my dad if he was interested in making an initial investmentin the project in return for stock. I often wonder whether area farmerswere defrauded by the project or whether it was a legitimate effort to industrializeHumboldt. Door to door investment schemes do not enjoy a good reputationin this country.
However, we did enjoy a good relationship with the WatkinsMan, the Fuller Brush man and other sales men who made their way to thefarm. We did not enjoy extensive shopping and it was an actually a serviceto purchase cleaning supplies, nectar and other necessities from the door-to-doorsalesman. Alfred and Clara Loer would frequently purchase a variety offood products from Watkins. I thought that the best product was the nectar!
Dwight Westman, Karen Schmidt, Pius Lacher, Walter Petrusic,Harold Borg and Helen Tri also taught in the senior high school my sophomoreyear. Donna Clow became our school secretary. Janet and Harvey LeMasurierretired to California. The bus drivers were Willis Finney, Joe Giffen,Wim Surface, Herman Loer and Kenneth Lang. Senior class members includedBobby Wilkie, Susi Stewart, Mickey Boatz, Dorren Giffen, Susan Finney, DianeLoer, Jeff Sylvester, Warren John Griffith, Jacqueline Wiese, Steve Skjold,Bryan Lofberg, and Constance Lang. The class of 1965 began their educationalcareer bifurcated in the St. Vincent class taught by Belle Gregoire andthe Humboldt class taught by Clara Lund. Mrs. Lund would frequently invitethe preschoolers to class and to parties. I remember going to a Valentine'sparty with the class of 1965 when they were first graders!
Juniors in 1964-5 were Joyce Finney, Dick Dykhuis, ArneAnderson, Tom Brown, Margi Ryan, Elaine Surface, Dave Boatz, Janice Bahr,Ricky Anderson, Louise Weir, Jeff Lofberg, Cheryl Easter, Francis Gooselaw,Linda Anderson, Margie Twamley, Russ Symington, Sharon Short, Robert Ward,Janie Clow, Ruth Seed, and Eddie Lenz. Janice Armstrong was President ofthe Sophomore Class. I was Vice President. Carolyn Wise was Secretary/Treasurerand Ralph Giffen was student council Representative. Other members of ourclass included Ron Baldwin, Ronnie Belanger, Rebecca Clow, Matha Carlson,Marlys Diamond, Danny Ingeman, Renee Jerome, Linda Lenz, Carl Seed, RhodaSymington, Peter Tri and Clara Twamley. Randy Younggren, a special educationstudent, also took classes with us. Randy would often drive his motorcycleout to our farm to see me.
The freshmen were John Wilkie, Alan Anderson, Cindy Baldwin,Mary Belanger, Mary Bernath, Mary Boatz, Allan Cleem, JoEllyn Clow, EthelFinney, John Finney, Jay Hoglin, James Ingeman, Len Jerome, Rodney Larson,Nancy Lenz, Carolyn Loer, Larry Olsonawski, Betty Short, Linda Stewart, Linda Symington, Paul Symington, Leslie Turner, Cheryl Twamley, BelindaWallace, and Lois Ward. The eighth graders included Christie Anderson,John Bergh, Lois Armstrong, Jerry Bernath, Beth Boatz, Deloros Diamond,Donna Easter, Diane Giffen, Brad Hemmes, Lee Jerome, Tony Rustad, Faye Turner,June Webster, Craig Wiese, Kathleen Finney and Jim Wiese. Marlyce Cleem,Margo Baldwin, Scott Clow, Linda Diamond, Ron Gatheridge, Deb Gooselaw,Marshall Hemmes, Catherine Kennedy, Valerie Lenz, Pam Ness, Cynthia Olsonawski,Becky Steart, Layne Turner and Dan Twamley were in the seventh grade.
Homecoming 1964-65 was the same as homecoming every otheryear. Susi Stewart was elected Queen and Bryan Lofberg King. Another memoryI forgot was that the Queen was robed in a purple velvet robe with a whiterabbit trim. The king and queen marched in a precessional and recessionalceremony.
Lunch was served by the lettermen's mothers. Dotty Boatzis pictured in the Whip with a giant case of 10 ounce Coke bottles whichwe in the Midwest called pop. Pop always tasted better in glass bottles. However, cans were just starting to come into their own. I believe thata bottle of coke (10 ounces) cost only .10. Six ounce bottles were onlysix cents.
Our football team had a terrible season. We lost to Drayton38 to 0. Pembina beat us in our homecoming game, 32-13. Lake Bronson crushedus 466 to 0. The Middle River Skippers beats us 33 to 13. We lost to theBadger Rockets 34 to Hoople beat us 33 to 6. Jeff Sylvester was selectedfor the all conference team as Offensive Halfback. Pete Tri received allconference as a defensive end. The team consisted of a young undermannedteam. Ron Baldwin, Dan Ingeman, Mickey Boatz, Robert Ward, Arne Anderson,Tom Brown, Larry Olsonawski, Ron Belanger, Peter Tri, Fran Gooselaw, JeffSylvester, Scott Clow, Bryan Lofberg, John Bergh, Brad Hemmes, Bob Wilkie,Jim Ingeman, Jeff Lofberg, Ralph Giffen and Len Jerome were members of theteam. Tom Brown and Bob Wilkie were the co-captains. Roger Abelson wasthe assistant coach. Dave Boatz and John Wilkie were the managers
Our basketball team was nearly as bad as our football team. Mickey Boatz was stranded with a group of players who had little experience. The team was coached by Borg and Abelson. Mickey Boatz, John Bergh, TomBrown, Robert Ward, Pete Tri, Arne Anderson, Dan Ingeman, Bob Wilkie, BryanLofberg, Len Jerome, Ron Baldwin and Jeff Lofberg were A team members. I played mostly on the B team that year. I was a starter on the B teamcoached by Abelson. Brad Hemmes, Craig Wiese, Len Jerome, Alan Anderson,John Finney, Richard Anderson, Allan Cleem, Jim Wiese, Ron Baldwin, MarshalHemmes, Dan Finney, Ron Gatheridge,Lee Jerome, Jim Ingeman, Ralph Giffen,Tony Rustad and Jerry Bernath were on the B team. Mickey Boatz playedwell on a good team the year before. He did not complain publicly aboutplaying on a winless team. He tried to help in the coaching ot the youngerplayers. John Bergh, an eighth grader started at center. Dan Ingeman andArne Anderson were forwards. Bob Wilkie and Bryan Lofberg were the guards. Humboldt started the season by losing to Badger 59 to 34.
We played Kennedy surprisingly well losing 45 to 32. Next,we were clobbered by Stephen 85 to 41. Hallock beat us 76 to 47. Argylebeat us 74 to 25. Even Lancaster annihiliated us 74 to 41. Karlstad beatus 79 to 37. Strandquist beat us 61 to 41. We scored only 14 points againstLake Bronson, 49 to 14. Kennedy beat us on their court 70 to 39. Hallockbeat us 67 to 38. Argyle beat us 74 to 37. You get the point. We werethe cellar dweller of the Northern Lights Conference. Our B team had awinning record. There were some people in the community that thought thatthe B team could beat the A team. Dave Boatz was the manager and kept theteam loose with jokes and pranks. I don't ever remember being discouragedby all of those loses. The referees chipped in and bought all of the Humboldtplayers treats that year because we were such good sports. I remember breakingmy hand in the Karlstad game. I finished the game with a broken hand andwore a cast to the sock hop after the game.
During my high school years we had a lot of sock hops. When I ran for Student Body President, my campaign plank was to institutesock hops during the noon hour. In those days the boy and girls did notstand around awkwardly. We really danced. I think that we had a recordplayer on the stage of gymnasium and lowered lights. I don't ever recalltheir being a problem of liquor or any other problem. I think that we werechaperoned but never did we create a problem.
We were a lot better in speech than in sports. Humboldtwas invited to the Invitational Speech Festival in International Falls inthe Spring of 1964. Mrs. Tri and Mrs. Roberts accompanied us to InternationalFalls. It was a big tournament with lots of Iron Range schools and teamsfrom Minneapolis.
Janice Armstrong won a ribbon for original oratory. Iremember that Mrs. Roberts and Mrs Tri purchased tickets for all of us sothat we could see the play, Brigadoon showing the night before the competition. It was a spectacular production with excellent stage sets. Still, I rememberDave Boatz's pranks more than any scene in the play. Dave Boatz entertainedmuch of the audience by creating a "midget" out of a coat andhat. He had us all convinced that the midget was really enjoying the production. We thought it was a hilarious stunt. Who was it that talked about theidiocy of rural life? Dave Boatz, Joyce Finney, Mary Jane Baldwin, MikeRustad, Tom Brown. Marlys Diamond and Janice Armstrong were members of theInternational Falls invitational team. This was the first time that anyof us every stayed in a motel or hotel. My mother made me 25 or 30 sandwichesand 100 bars and cookies which was enough to feed our whole team. Thiswas the first time I had ever been away from home. I guess she thoughtI might starve to death three days from home.
I was selected by Helen Tri to be in a play called by "TheHour of Truth" by Percival Wilde. We received the first place trophyin the district. Cast Members included Ron Baldwin, Tom Brown, Mike Rustad,Sharon Short, Janice Bahr, Susi Stewart, Carolyn Wiese and David Boatz asour student manager. I remember having the line: "But I was hisonly heir." In practice, I said that line: "But I was his onlyhair as in hair club for men! I think it was Dave Boatz that told me thatheir was pronounced "hair." Helen Tri was very upset with mypronounciation and I shaped up after that.
The rhythm of the school year included music as well assports, speech and drama. The girls chorus featured Cynthia Baldwin, DianeLoer, Linda Anderson, Becky Clow, Connie Lang, Linda Diamont, Carolyn Kennedy,Cindy Twamley, Louise Weir, Cheri Easter, Deb Gooselaw, Becky Stewart, MargiRyan, Margie Twamley, Valerie Lenz and Pam Ness. I think that Margo Baldwinwas also a member of the girls' chorus as well.
e Lang, Linda Diamont, Carolyn Kennedy,Cindy Twamley, Louise Weir, Cheri Easter, Deb Gooselaw, Becky Stewart, MargiRyan, Margie Twamley, Valerie Lenz and Pam Ness. I think that Margo Baldwinwas also a member of the girls' chorus as well.