Michael Rustad's Memories
Miss Ruth Younggren
Does anyone from Humboldt remember Mr. Old Man Carelessness.Mr.
Carelessness was a character created by Miss Younggrenthe first grade teacher
at Humboldt. In the early 1960s, Humboldt-St. Vincent receivednational
recognition or at least regional publicity for the amazingperformance of Miss
I remember that Don Jacobs, a Reporter for the Grand ForksHerald, did a story
about Ms. Younggren's high achievers. There were two schoolsof thought
about Ms. Youngren's methods. Some parents felt that MissYounggren's
methods were too much pressure for 6 year olds. Anothergroup of parents were
pleased with the progress the school children had. I wonderwhat the long-
term assessment of Ms. Younggrens's First Grade Readingand Creative Writing
methods were. There seems to be a great number of highachievers who
graduated from her first grade.
I think of Mark Baldwin Jr. now a successful attorney asa good example of
someone who benefitted from Humboldt's school system. Also,there is Jerry
Boatz who is now a rocket scientist. I have personallyseen some of Jerry
Boatz's research on rocket fuel composition and I am ofthe firm opinion that his
research has been instrumental for our latest advancesin space exploration.
There are many other students from that era that enjoyedsimilar success.
dents from that era that enjoyedsimilar success.