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pork, beef, or venison was the mainstay of our simple diets in those
One would have enjoyed the delicious meals currently served in our
Grade School today. . .and to actually have a ride to school and back
day ?! Why the thought never entered our heads !
high school students we found it convenient to take the sleds of the
school children since we were dismissed 15 minutes earlier than the
grade children after school. We borrowed them, more or less, to simply
ride down the hill on our way home, and then left them at the bottom of
the hill to be so reclaimed.
day after school Alvin Sandberg, Vincent Fried-land, and I grabbed Bob
French's sled and away we went as usual. Now there was a ditch to be
near the bottom of the hill which had never given us any trouble
but we suddenly realized that we were traveling at a higher rate of
then usual! When we hit the ditch the sled became air-borne for a bit.
we touched ground our combined weight was too much for that little sled
of Bobs. Both runners colla-sped in a sudden stop as we piled up in a
of arms, bodies, and legs ! The worst of the accident was still to come
as we began untangling ourselves because Alvin came up from the bottom
of the heap having ink stains all over his trousers. You see, he had
forgotten about the ink bottle he had put in his pocket, and by the
of it, the bottle had smashed to slivers upon impact with the ground. .
. we hadn't helped any by landing on top of him !
can imagine the days of 'sledding1 home after school on this photo,
of Norman Alien.
idea of the Community Fair was born in 1918 to become an event held at
Mountain School which invited all to bring their home grown produce and
home made items for 'show' in the fall of the year.
Town of Armstrong appropriated $150 toward the cost of hosting these
and when the Towns of Riverview and Doty formed their own local
in the year 1922, they also contributed this amount in funding this
Thus the 'Inter-Township Fair' was born.
booklet showing the premium lists of exhibits and prizes helped to
revenue for the fair since the booklet also included business
for the numerous business establishments then operating in throughout
area. We are beholden to Rudy Saffran, his booklet from the Fair of
provided us with many of the facts here stated, and served to bring
the fond memories of this annual event which came to an end in 1927.
recollections brought back the days when the teachers selected the
booklets, drawings, and other items from the best of the work that had
been done by the students in school. The prizes set in each of these
was 15* for First, 10* _for Second, and 5* for Third. One year Rusty
a princely sum of 30*, for he had placed in one Blue Ribbon prize one
and one Third ! One year his family entered in an exhibit of brown
as a farm produce item to win First Prize, brown beans being the only
of its kind!
farm market division and the canned goods and the bakery exhibits
many to be found at larger County Fairs in those days because everyone
throughout this area baked and canned up a storm while tending their
produce with a keen eye'in preparing for the Fair. This area had much
its acreage in potato produce so there were many exhibits of this
the best potato netted its grower $3.00, a $1.50 was then given to the
Second place exhibitor, these prizes being the largest amount of money
to be given of all the exhibits displayed.
Rasmussen added her memories of the Fair by recalling of how very much
the event was looked forward to all summer long. Throughout the entire