Hallock in the Early 1950's

by

Prof. Michael Rustad

22 Dec 2001

Dean and Harold Younggren were able to transpose some very early home

movies of sporting events from the early 1950s from Hallock. My sister Jamie

sent me the composite video which is a great snapshot oflive in the 1950s in

N.W. Minnesota. Although the film quality is less thanpristine, I found

this early footage to be very fascinating. The films area composite of

sporting events and parades such as the Harvest Festivalsfrom the early

1950s. We are fortunate to have the witty and interestingcommentary of the

Younggrens. When I was growing up, I always heard theYounggrens referred

to as the Younggren boys. I think that anyone growing up in N.W. Minnesota

would appreciate the self-effacing humor and the very highspirits of the

Younggrens who narrate the films. The Younggrens havealways been an

important family in Kittson County. Jim Younggren, Hallockclass of '69, was

one of the legendary hockey players from his era. It seemsas if there has

always been a Younggren in Hallock hockey. The home moviesprovide a

glimpse of everyday life in a small town in N.W. Minnesota.

 

The film begins with footage from Hallock hockey games. There is a mixture

of Hallock High School games supplemented by footage fromHallock's amateur

teams. Hallock has had a long history of good hockey. When I was a college

student, I remember seeing Warroad's Henry Bouchee playthe Hallock Bears at

the Arena. Bouchee later had a NHL career cut short whenDave Forbes of the

Flyers injured his eye. Bouchee single handedly annihilatedthe Hallock

Bears hockey team. I remember him scoring at least 6goals in a game for

Warroad. I followed Bouchee's too brief career. Hallockhad some terrific

hockey players who starred at the University of Minnesotaand area colleges.

Jerry Lindegard was one of the best players of his generation. The film clip

shows Jerry Lindegard--number 7 playing against the WarroadLakers, one of

the best amateur teams of that era. The Younggren brothersexplain that

Hallock went undefeated one season only to lose in theplayoffs because

Lindegard was unable to play. The early films show EarlGlidden (No. 2)

cross-checking a Warroad player. In one case, he hip-checkedthe Warroad

player and missed hitting the boards. The players werenot wearing helmets,

but donned baseball caps. It was interesting to see howpacked the stands

were and how intense the hockey was in the early 1950s. At one point, Jerry

Lindegard gets quite angry when hit with a cheap shot. Lindegard was a very

smooth skater indeed. The Younggrens mention other playersas well Fertig,

Ferguson (Bob) andthe Rabe brothers. They mention a goalkeeper named Bob

who was quite capable. Sullivan, the high school hockeycoach, was the only

player wearing a helmet. Today helmets are standard equipment. The games

were played in the old rink that was torn down after the1958 Centennial.

 

The next segment features Humboldt baseball. There isa segment of a

baseball game between Humboldt and Hallock. The filmfocuses on Jerry

Diamond, no. 22. The Younggrens noted that Jerry was quitea competitor.

One of the games has HaroldYounggren on the mound. Another segment shows

the windup and motion of my Uncle Burton Turner pitching. I never was able

to see Uncler Burton pitch, but the film show that he hada good fastball and

an interesting windup/ Harold Younggren mentioned howBurton pitched a

no-hitter against a Canadian team in the playoff. Apparently,Burton and

Harold also combined for a no-hitter. Humboldt playedin a Canadian/U.S.

league. They frequently played teams such as Emerson,Morris, St. Pierre,

and other Manitoba teams. The games were played at theold Humboldt

diamond. The diamond was located near DennisDiamond's home in Humboldt.

The games were well attended and seemed to be quite competitive. Humboldt

had uniforms with the lettering Humboldt across the front. The pitching by

Turner and Younggren seems to be very fast and the gamefeatured players with

real skills.

 

Another segment features an old timer game from the early1950s. It

was interesting for me to see Ernest Turner at bat. Hewas a terrific player

in his day but needed a runner. LeviDiamond (Harold Younggren's

father-in-law) was on the mound during one segment andseemed to have good

motion and good speed. It was also interesting for meto see Herb Diamond

bat. The Diamond family has had a long history in Humboldtbaseball. Herb's

great-grandson James Diamond was a college player for MooreheadStates

decades later. In the early 1950s, Herb was still a goodrunner and hitter.

Another player depicted was Reuben Dexter. My image oflife in the 1950s

was that 50 was considered quite old. These films showmen in their 50s and

60s playing the great American game of baseball and playingit well. It was

also interesting to see some of the spectators. One ofthe spectators

depicted was Perry Swanson, the long-time barber in Hallockwho continued

working until his early 90s.

 

I found it interesting to see film of Lyman Brink (countyattorney) Doc

Treylevan (physician) and Art Pederson (who ran the lumberyard) in Hallock.

The segments provide the kind of detail that give you thesense of the

importance of baseball in the culture of a small town. Another player for

Hallock's old-timers was StanleyYounggren (father of Harold Younggren). I

thought it was great to see Humboldt with competitive ballteams. Humboldt,

of course, had some legendary athletes. Humboldt baseballplayers included

Cal Farley(founder of Boy's ranch), the legendary Diamond brothers,and

Lomas Matthews - - just to name a few. I wish they had films of the teams from

the 1920s and 1930s when baseball was in its heyday inHumboldt.

 

I found a great deal of satisfaction in seeing my UncleBurton pitch in

the films. My Dad, RusteeRustad, or Junior as he was called, was not

depicted. My Dad was a very good first baseman who enjoyedplaying with

Burton. One of my earliest memories was going to baseballgames as a

todller. I was much to young to remember my Uncle Burtonpitch and very

much appreciated the opportunity to see these films. Burton was very modest

about his abilities. My Dad always asserted that Burton had major leaguetalent.

Burton was very proud of the no-hitter that he pitchedagainst a Canadian

team and kept the ball to his death. The film shows Burtonin his prime and

the way he would want to be remembered - - on the mound.

 

Another segment features Hallock basketball. The gameis in the old

gymnasium. The game is between Hallock and Warren. The Younggrens do a

good job of narrating the action. My Uncle, JimCarrigan, was a varsity

basketball player on a good Hallock team from that eraand would undoubtedly

know all of the players depicted on the film.

 

The remaining segments are also of interest. They depictHarvest

Festivals as well as the 1958 Centennial Parade. The paradefootage extends

until the mid-1970s and one can get a feel for the changesto Hallock and the

environment. I have no present memory of the Hotel Hallock. Fortunately,

the Younggren brothers took ample footage of the Hotelin the course of

filming several parades. I enjoyed seeing a children'sparade from 1958. I

have a very vivid memory of being in the parade. No, Idid not win any

prizes. The Children's Parades were a huge event thatusually began near the

Hallock Creamery.

 

My assessment of the films is that Hallock comes out asa pretty good

place to live. The town was prosperous with a communityspirit shown in the

sporting events and parades. Hallock, like Garrison Keilor'sLake Wobegone,

is a town where the women were strong, the men were goodlooking and the

children were all above average. The films show Hallockto have a sense of

communiy and the qualities that endeared her to so many. My Mother had a

deep and abiding love for Hallock and her people. Thefilms shot by the

Younggren brothers document the reasons why Hallock hadsuch special

qualities.

qualities that endeared her to so many. My Mother had a

deep and abiding love for Hallock and her people. Thefilms shot by the

Younggren brothers document the reasons why Hallock hadsuch special

qualities.