Michael Rustad's Memories
Humboldt, St. Vincent Swim Team
In August of 1957, there was a swim meet held at Lake BronsonState Park.
Humboldt-St Vincent won the meet with 99 points. The secondplace team was
Lake Bronson with 69 followed by Lancaster with 40, Karlstadwith 39. Hallock
at 35 followed by Kennedy with 15. Orleans and Cariboufinished with 1 point.
I won a blue ribbon for the highly skilled event, the deadman's float with a
kick and a paddle. We had a number of blue ribbons thatday. Janice Bahr,
Gordie Franks, Raymond Franks, Dean Ritter, Johnny Cleem,Jim Sylvester all
took home first place blue ribbons. Our best female swimmerwas Mary Ryan
who had two blue ribbons. Reverend Ritter's oldest sonBob won three blue
ribbons. Red Ribbon winners winners that day were LoisOlsonowski, Kathy
Tri, Loren Lofberg, Richard Olsonowski, Nancy Diamond,Amy Johnson, John
Clem, John Brown, Michele Baldwin and Jim Sylvester. Wealso had white
ribbon winders: Frances Gooselaw, Verna Clem, Dennis Diamond,Rick Clem,
Michele Baldwin and Jim Sylvester.
The major force behind the swim program in those days wasSheldon
Fertig. The only instructor I remember was El Ray Fertig.Humboldt-St.
Vincent kids were bussed to Lake Bronson for Red Crosscertification. The
highlight of the day for me was purchasing treats at thestand. Ice cream
sandwiches were especially good fare as were the sugardaddies. I thought
that my biggest achievement was to finally make it outto the dock. I turned
out to be a rather atrocious diver and never a champion.However, on August
2, 1957 I was on the championship team and helped Humboldt-St.Vincent bring
home the gold.
home the gold.