Happy memories from horse and buggy era

Joyce Erickson, formerly of Devils Lake, N.D., and now of Hastings, Minn., has contributed many pictures for Neighbors that were taken in North Dakota years ago Here are two more.First, there's the picture of Joyce's grandfather, Tom Holstein, an...
Tom Holstein is shown with his horse and buggy. Special to The Forum
Tom Holstein is shown with his horse and buggy. Special to The Forum

Joyce Erickson, formerly of Devils Lake, N.D., and now of Hastings, Minn., has contributed many pictures for Neighbors that were taken in North Dakota years ago Here are two more.

First, there's the picture of Joyce's grandfather, Tom Holstein, and his horse and buggy.

Tom, who was born in Menomonie, Wis., became a policeman in Bagley, Minn., then moved to Churchs Ferry, N.D., where he and his wife Lena farmed.

"When I was growing up," Joyce writes, " I saw horses and buggies quite often in Devils Lake."

Carrying out the horse and buggy theme, Joyce also sent picture number two. It's of her father, Arthur Holstein, as a young man with his horse and buggy.

Arthur, like his dad Tom, was born in Menomonie, but spent most of his life in North Dakota.

Joyce also tells of when she worked in the Scott-Burr dime store in Devils Lake.

Among the many things Scott-Burr sold were birds, which she says were kept in cages in the back of the store.

A popular attraction at that store was the scale on which customers put in money to weigh themselves. When you stepped on that scale, it would deliver a ticket to you. On the front would be a picture of a pretty movie actress, and on the back would be your weight, along with the date you weighed in.

Joyce has a ticket bearing a picture of a movie star named Sheila Ryan and showing Joyce weighed in on July 18, 1942. Neighbors doesn't know how old she was, but chances are she was a young 'un, since she weighed a whole 75 pounds.

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