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Vol. 21 No. 38
RURAL CREDITS DEPT. OF BANK
Revision of and strengthening of
the rural credits department of the
Bank of North Dakota, is expected
to be urged upon the legislature at
its forthcoming session, by Governor
R. A. Nestos. The proposals of the
Governor are expected to embrace
both the remedying oi defects exist
ing in the law at the present time
and permitting the continuance of
the rural credits business in the
In line with the Governor's policy
as announced in campaign speechea
of asking that the state industrial en
terprises be placed in the hands of
non-political boards of experts, it is
expected that such a recommendation
will be made with regard to the Dank
of North Dakota. It is generally
held in administrative circles that the
distance of the Grand Forks mill and
elevator from the state capitol makes
it imperative that a board be named
to manage the mill, but that the prin
ciple of noiiTpolitical management of
the industries also applies to the Bank
of North Dakota.
There are several measures said
to be necessai-y in consideration of
the rural credits department. During
the last six months, the amount of
money used from the Bank of North
Dakota to act as a revolving fund
for the handling of the farm loan
business has varied from $600,000 to
$ 1,100,000.00, averaging about $800,
000, and it is held by bank officials
that the same amount of money will
be needed for the efficient handling
of the business for years to come. The
legislature probably will be asked to
provide for such a revplving fund, be
cause of the uncertainty of depending
upon available tax funds in the bank.
Changes Held Necessary
Under the rural credits law, the de
partment is permitted to charge an
amount to cover administrative ex
penses, not exceeding one percent.
There is, however, no provision for
turning into the farm loan any excess
there may be over the actual adminis
trative expenses. One difficulty en
countered by both the league and
present administration in the sale of
state bonds was that payment at ma
turity was fixed by law at the state
treasurer's office whereas most bond
investors desire bonds payable in New
York. It is probable the legislature
will be asked to enact a law making
the payment optional, either at the
state treasurer's office or at a trust
company in New York. The law
governing the making of farm loans
by the Board of University and School
lands provides that the board may pay
taxes and insurance upon land and
buildings on which loans are made
when the borrower is delinquent, but
there is no such provision in the Bank
of North Dakota law. The laws per
mitting the issuance of bonds has been
construed to mean that farm loan
mortgages must mature within 30
years after the passage of the law,
which would make the amortization
period at this time but 26 years. It
is desired to clearly provide for an
amortization period of 30 years.
It also has been pointed out that al
though the limit of bonds which may
be issued by the rural credits depart
-ment was raised from $10,000,000 to
$20,000,000, if tne department is to be
This coronation takes place Saturday
night, January 20th. Besides being
Queen of the Circus the Elks will pre
sent her with a beautiful diamond
ring. There will be three oth.er valu
able prizes given to the three next
highest contestants. Any lady is
eligible to compete for these four val
uable prizes, all that is necessary is
to register her name with Secretary
W. J. O'Rourke at the Elks Club, get
her tickets and start to work.
Season tickets for circus week will
be placed on sale this week. All
members of the Elks will have these
tickets. Tickets Will be placed on
sale at all the leading places in town.
We will not say much about the en
tertainment being prepared by the
Committee this week. The commit
tee assures us they are bringing one
of the best shows to Minot ever
brought to this part of the country.
A show that will be pleasing to both
young and old. Don't forget to get
your tickets on the Buick Sedan. All
holders of season tickets are entitled
to a chance on this beautiful car.
Somebody is going to win the Buick.
Why not you? Buy early and often.
Watch these columns for more circus
news. We will keep you posted on
permanent this latter limit must be
Abolish Deposit Feature
With regard to the Bank of North
Dakota proper, it is understood that
Governor Nestos is prepared to rec
ommend that in the interest of econo
my and for the welfare of the state
to abolish the private or individual de
posit features of the Bank and to
devote the energy of the management
of the bank to a complete development
of the rural credits department and
the handling of the funds belonging
to the state and to the various insti
tutions. When the present manage
ment of the Bank of North Dakota
took over the bank the individual de
posits amounted to $26,000 and now
are about The individual do
posit feature, however, is held in ad
ministration circles to be a commer
cial function of the b'ank which ought
to be dispensed with.
It also is known here that Gover
nor Nestos plans to lay before the
legislature the question of action to
make possible the payment without
delay of all soldier bonus claims, on
a basis somewhat similar to the hail
warrant sales negotiated by the ad
Salvation Army Drive for Funds
Amounted to $3,600.00.
The Salvation Army drive for sus
taining funds was completed Satur
day night and it was successful in
Air. Borgen of St. Paul, who came
here to direct the campaign reported
that. $3,600.00 in cash and pledges
was raised and practically all of this
came from the city of Minot. Mr.
Borgan and Ensign and Mrs. E. Sher
ping are greatly pleased over the out
come of the campaign and thank the
good people of IVlinot for their sup
port. Minot's quota had been set at
$3,100.00 and the city oversubscribed.
The county campaign did not net a
very large sum. Kenmare raised
about $200.00, but little success was
reported from other quarters.
The- committees in charge of the
campaign did not urge anyone to
give more than they felt they could
afford to give and whatever was sub
scribed was given freely.
On the final day of the campaign, a
successful tag day was held, which
netted about $360.00. Many school
children and a1 number of ladies as
sisted in this work. Prizes were of
fered for those who secured the most
money that day. The first prize, a
camera went to Mrs. Sherping, who
gave her prize away to a little girl.
The second prize, a gold pencil was
secured by Anna Linholm 3rd prize,
a sewing basket, went to Marjory Mc
•Carroll 4th prize, a $2.50 bottle of
perfume, was won by Maxine O'Brien.
Jesse Benton, Lillian Nelson, Magda
lene McDowell, Helen Christenson,
Edith Bacon and Sybil Malm were
each given a box of candy.
Breaks Arm on Way to Prayer
While on his way to church to at-1
tend prayer meeting A. D. Kiell of
Mott caught his foot in a piece of wire
stumbled, fell and broke his arm.
ELKS CIRCUS WEEK OF JAN. 15
20 WHO'LL BE QUEEN OF MINOT?
To hit is history. To miss is mys
tery. You will sure be a mystery if
you miss the Indoor Circus being
staged the week of January 15-20,
1923, by Minot Lodge 1089, B. P. O.
Elks, at the Minot Armory. The
Elks are leaving no stone unturned
to make this one of the greatest
events ever undertaken in this part of
the country. If you miss this epoch
making event in the history of Minot
Elks, you miss one of the greatest
treats of your life. The contest for
Queen of the Circus starts in a- day
,.or two. The lady selling the most
tickets through her own efforts or the
efforts of her friends will be judged
the most popular lady in Minot and
also crowned Queen of the Circus.
the show as new features develop from
day to day.
All revenue derived from this circus
will go toward the Elks* Charity fund.
South Dakota Stockman Weds Pretty
Des Lacs Girl
A delightful romance which had its
inception at the little village of
Vienna, South Dakota, some two
years ago, when Miss Gladys Jose
phine Opland of Des Lacs and Leslie
G. Brekke, popular young South Da
kota stockman met at the home of a
mutual f.riend where they had been
invited as the evening's guests, cul
minated Thursday evening at the
home of Judge Murray when that
favored jurist united in marriage
these two young people. Miss Olga
Larson, a cousin of the bride, stood
up with the couple.
Miss' Opland, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Andrew Opland, Des Lacs farm
ers, had gone to Vienna to take a po
sition with a mercantile firm of that
place as clerk. After spending a
couple weeks visiting at the home
of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Brekke will return to Vienna where
Mr. Brekke is one of the leading Hol
stein stock growers of South Dakota,
and will make their home on his large
ranch near that point. The Indepen
dent joins in wishing the happy cou
plea long and blissful married life.
Women Guard Building When Police
George Foot, usually known as Geo.
Hines, pleaded guilty to having liquor
in his possession and Judge Murray
sentenced him to serve 90 days in
jail, pay a $200 fine and $10 costs,
with 15 days additional if in default.
Foot was discovered by some Minot
women, in a basement of a vacant
house, operating a still. The women
guarded the house and notified the
police who made the arrest.
(Capjmcnt, W. X. 0.|
OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF WARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF MINOT
WARD COUNTY INDEPENDENT
All Over—But the Shouting
DR.A.D.M'CANNEL HOSPITAL INJ
NEW COLCORD BLK. CENTRAL AVE.
Dr. Archie D. McCannel, well known
eye, ear, nose and throat specialist,
who for the past fifteen years bar.
occupied the Scofield block with his
offices and hospital, has moved to the
second floor of the new Colcord Block,
33 West Central Avenue, which has
just been completed.
The new hospital is one of.the most
modernly equipped institutions of its
kind in the west. It was built espe
cially for l)r. McCannel who co-oper
ated with the architect, Ira L. Rush,
in drawing the plans. No expense
was spared to make the building first
class in every particular. The wood
work thruout is of beautiful selected
birch, done in walnut effect. The floors
are of hardwood maple, oiled and
waxed. The bath rooms, washrooms
and operating rooms have tiled Honrs
and marble bases.
The main waiting room and office'
combined is large, light and airy. The
office is equipped with two large built
in fc'afes. Overlooking Central avenn
is a private waiting room for patients,
fitted out in luxurious easy chairs.
Eleven rooms arc occupied by pa
tients and nurses. There are eleven
other rooms devoted to the offices,
library, operating room, kitchen, linen
room and eye testing rooms. The lat
ter are duplicates in every detail, en
abling two patients to receive optical
attention at a time.
The kitchen is of pure white and is
fitted out with a built-in cabinet of
biri'h, and a hreakfast. table and high
backed benches of the same material,
all white enameled.
New rugs of a rich design and new
tables and chairs adorn the various
rooms and hallways. The entire place
is equipped with tasty pure white
electrical fixtures. The hospital was
built with an eye single to cleanliness
so important to a hospital.
In his new location, he has consid
erable more room and he will be en
abled to care for a larger number of
patients with less effort.
The construction of the building
was in charge of Swen Olson, local
contractor, who spared no pains to do
his work well. The plumbing was
done by the Minot Plumbing and
Pleating Co., the electrical work by
tlie Kopald Electric Co., and the paint
ing and decorating by the Minot
Decorating Co. The building is 40x
100 feet and the improvements, in
cluding the cost of the new Hebron
On and after January 1, 1923, the
Taylor Drug Co., N. Main Street, will
be known as the Saunders Drag Co.
Cap Saunders, the manager and pne
of the proprietors, has been associated
with the store ever since it was start
ed twelve years ago and during the
past eight years has served as its
The store was organized as the
Taylor Drug Co., because Frank P.
Taylor, now manager of the Leiand
Drug Co., was one of its organizers.
The new name of the Saunders Drug
Co., will be much more convenient and
proper, inasmuch as Mr. Saunders is
its manager and devotes his entij'e
time to that concern.
This store has enjoyed a remark
ably fine business. Mr. Saunders is
a very capable merchandiser, a good
advertiser, a quiet unassuming man
who does big things witfiout making
any particular fuss about so doing.
THE INDEPENDENT HAS THE LARGEST CIRCULATION OF ANY WEEKLY IN THE STATE This Issue 12 Pages
brick front, aggregate more than
The Shirley Grocery Co. and the
Savings Loan and Trust Co. occupy
the main floor, and the business of the
Western Grocery Co. is conducted in
lr. AfcCaniiel has secured a ten
year lease on"the second floor from
the owner, G. D. Colcord.
Dr. J. A. Smith, a well known spe
cialist, is a member of the hospital
Bottineau Has Unique Community
Walter Lee, publisher of the Ana
nioose Progress, was in Minot today,
(iii-oute home after spending Christ
mas with his family in Bottineau.
Ml1. Lee states that Bottineau has
just completed one of the most use
i'ul community buildings in North Da
kota. It is 70x140 feet, elliptical in
I r-hape without any posts in the center
jjnd will be used for a skating and
filing rink in the winter, and in the
summer and fall for agricultural
shows and fairs.
The Bottineau curlers, headed by
Dr. Durnin are expected to be heard
from and Minot would like to take on
some of their best players during the
The operating room has been fitted
with a new operating table of the lat
est design, a new sterilizing equip
ment and other of the most modern
appliances. The entire room from
tile floor to ceiling, including the
equipment, was done in a soft gray
The new building was constructed
under the supervision of the trustees
of the Presbyterian church and cost
$3,000.00. There is no indebtedness
Dr. Wheelon Attended the Parker
Dr. Frank E. Wheelon returned
Sunday from Westbrook Maine, where
he accompanied the widow of Dr. L.
V. Parker and her two daughters and
the body of Mr. Parker. Mrs. Alex
Bell of this city also accompanied the
Parkers. Mrs. Parker, who was quite
ill at the time she left Minot was still
reported in a weakened condition, al
though she was able to attend the fun
eral which was held in Westbrook a
Dr. McCannel has received numer
ous compliments on the attractiveness
of his entire place and deserves much
credit for his progressiveriess.
week ago Sunday. Dr. Wheelon re
mained for the funeral. The remains
were interred in a beautiful cemetery
not more than two blocks from Dr.
Parker's old home.
Dr. Wheelon reports that they were
compelled to remain in Chicago for 2-1
hours before berths could be secured.
Westbrook is a suburb of Portland.
Donnybrook Woodmen Elect
Donnybrook Camp No. 0218, Mod
ern Woodmen of America elected the
following officers for the year 1323:
Consul—P. S. McKenna.
Banker—J. B. Leighthall.
Escort—Farnk Kirklie, Jr.
Clerk—E. T. Bowman.
Watchman—J. G. Egan.
Trustees—E. T. Cory, Wm. A. Pul
len. August Barke.
SAUNDERS DRUG CO. NEW NAME
FOR POPULAR DRUG CONCERN
Minot, Ward County, North Dakota, December 28, 1922 Subscription $2.00 Per Annum
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Captain Forester Team—Art Bean.
Immense Crowd Attends Midnight
Mass at St. Leo's
An immense crowd attended the
midnight Mass at St. Leo's Catholic
church Sunday night. Every seat
was taken half an hour before the
services opened and hundreds of chairs
were placed in the aisles. A large
number were unable to get into the
The children's choir sang at the
opening of the service. Mrs. Cath
erine Baker directed the church choir,
the music being played by an eight
piece orchestra. The music is con
sidered by far, the most beautiful ever
rendered at St. Leo's.
The services were in charge of
Father Ulrich of St. John's University,
assisted by Fathers Schneider and
Raith and Robert Feehan, a student
at the St. Paul Seminary. The ser
W!on was delivered by Father Ulrich.
C.D.SEE IS PRESIDENT MUTUAL
BLDG. & LOAN ASS'N OF MINOT
Andrew Jacobson Celebrates Half
Andrew Jacobson, bonanza Burling
ton farmer and rancher, was 50 years
of age Wednesday, and the affair was
celebrated with an enjoyable family
reunion at the Jacobson ranch. The
following were present:
Mr. and Mrs. 1). R. .Jacobson and
daughters, Henrietta and Almyra
Eriek Jacobson, wife and .son, Albert,
of Rolla Bertie Jacobson, wife and
daughter, Margaret and the father,
Carl T. Jacobson .Mr. and Mrs. Matt
G. Evcnson, Phil Myers and .1. W.
The guests enjoyed a famous feast
of roast goose, .roast turkey, and all
the good trimmings that go with a
banquet of this kind.
After dinner, the company sat
around telling stories of the good old
days in Denmark and the even better
ones that followed the emigration of
the Jacobson family to America.
Andrew Jacobson is a member of
one of the best known pioneer fami
lies who settled Ward county. Mr.
Jacobson is a prosperous farmer, who
tills the soil extensively and well. He
makes a hobby of breeding the famous
Jacobson Shetland ponies.
Nestos, Herigstad and Stenersen
Form Law Partnership
The law firm of Nestos, Herigstad
& Stenersen has been formed for the
practice of law in the present quar
ters in the John Ehr block.
The firm of Nestos & Herigstad
has been in existence for many years,
no change being made when R. A.
Nestos left for Bismarck to become
Governor of North Dakota. Mr. Her
ifistad, state's attorney, continued the
work for the firm and when V. E.
Stenersen became assistant state's
attorney, he moved his law office into
the building occupied by Mr. Herig
stad. Mr. Stenersen has been elected
state's attorney and now returns the
compliment by appointing Mr. Herig
stad his assistant.
Should Mr. Nestos ever retire from
public office he will undoubtedly re
turn to Minot where he lived for so
many years, to again take up the
work he left when he was elected to
the highest position within the gift of
the people of our state.
Salvation Army Good to the Poor
Ensign and Mrs. E. Sherping of the
local Salvation Army Corps, distribut
ed food to nearly fifty needy families
in the city the day before Christmas.
The food consisted of potatoes, chick
ens, butter, coffee, sugar, canned
goods, cabbage, nuts and candy.
Presents were given to more than
100 children together with nuts and
candy. New clothing was sent to the
children of several families and good
warm blankets provided for the sick.
A Christmas tree was arranged for
the children at the Barracks Tuesday
night, the building being crowded to
the doors. The program was given by
the children, under the direction of'
Hans Balerud is spending his holi
day vacation in the Twin Cities.
State Well Drillers to Convene in
Minot in January
The state association of well drill
ers will hold their annual convention
in Minot, Jan. 2.'i, 2-1 and 2n. Prof.
Howard Simpson, state geologist, will
address the gathering.
The Farm Bureau of North Dakota
will hold their annual convention here
at the same time and Lhe big Inter
national Bonspiel will be in progress
in Minot on those dates. A special
railroad fare to this city will be given
during those days and the old town
ought to be quite lively during the
week. It is expected that 700 farm
bureau delegates alone will attend
their meeting, and several score of
Canadian curlers together with sev
eral other clubs of the state are to
Governor Nestos Spent Christmas in
Governor R. A. Nestos was in Mi
not over Christmas, being a guest at
the home of his brother, Dr. P. A.
Nestos. The Governor returned to
Bismarck Tuesday. He is getting
ready for a strenuous time during the
legislative session and contemplates
going to the Battle Creek, Mich., San
itarium for a few weeks' rest at the
close of the session.
Unique Fraternal Emblem
Louis Moe is waring a unique Ma
sonic watch charm. It is a beautiful
Indian arrow head, presented to him
by a pioneer Minot jeweler, John F.
Cooper, who died more than 15 years
ago. Around this is a band of gold, I
formed from a gold ring worn by Mr.
Moe's great great grandmother in
Norway more than 200 years ago.
Burdell Barririger, who claims that
he formerly resided at Velva, was
picked up by the police today and may
be examined fo.r his sanity. He has
been living alone in a little far paper
ed shack along the Soo.
A meeting of the Mutual Building
and Loan Association directors was
held at the Leiand hotel today, the
following officers being elected
President C. I). See.
Vice President: Geo. W. Kemper.
Secretary Aksel Bratsberg.
Treasurer: D. Colcord.
Attorney: Ray O. Miller.
The other directors are R. M. Gra
ham, Henry Wilson, W. E. Borene,
John \V. A.orreo, A. .,1. Christenson
ami Ma\ Johnson.
The company has received its char
ter and the by-laws as adopted have
been sen to the Blue Sky commission
for approval. The company will un
doubtedly be authorized to do busi
ness by l''eb. 1.
The plans are for the secretary,
who is the manager of the Union In
surance Co., to transact the business
in hi.- present quarters for the pres
ent. The expenses will be kept down
to the minimum and the lirst loans
will be made within six months.
Money will he available for building
residences and business blocks in Mi
not and the directors will consider all
loans carefully before passing on
them. No loan can be secured for
more than 60 per cent of the value of
Investors from anywhere will be
enabled to become members of the
company, altho no loans will be made
outside of the city of Minot at the
start. The investors will be guaran
teed a fair rate on their money and
those who need money to build or to
improve their property, will be able
to get it at a fair rate of interest,
payable on the amotorization plan. A
thousand dollar loan, for example,
will become paid up in ten years by
paying in six dollars a month. One
putting $600,000 in a lump sum into
the company will receive $1,000.00
back at the end of ten years. Those
investing money in the company may
get it back at any time with accrued
interest by giving a reasonable notice.
The new company will offer the very
best kind of inducements to anyone
who will want to save their money
regularly. A few dollars saved each
month will within a short time accu
mulate to a good sized sum.
The banks of the city will welcome
the organization of such a company
for it will enable prospective home
owners to secure money that no bank
is in a position to loan. It is esti
mated that 100 new homes in Minot
would be occupied if they were in
The president of the Building and
Loan Association is C. D. See, mana
ger of the Minot Sash & Door Co.
He is an energetic young business
man, who has won a reputation for
doing business strictly on the square.
The directors will devote their time in
building up the organization which
gives promise of becoming one of the
strong institutions of the state.
Plaza Pioneer:—Jo'hn Lunaas tried
his skill at fancy pastry cooking last.
Friday and made his wife a birthday
cake which was a dandv.
TOUGHS WITH BURGLAR KIT
FOUND BY OFFICERS IN ROOM
Three t.jugh looking characters
were arrested by Officers Bronson,
Brundage and Shire in Room 34 of
the Smart block early Saturday morn
ing, the fourth member of the gang
making his get-away down the fire
The men gave their names as John
Anderson, 32 years G. E. Brown, 38
years, ami Eric Taylor, IS years.
These men ar:1 held in the city jail
and Chief Byrne took finger prints of
them this afternoon, and will send
them to the Bureau of Identification,
in hopes that these characters, who
are withtuit dhubt desperate charac
ters, may be identified.
Officers found in their possession a
lot of fuse, caps, a bottle of nitrogly
cerine, hack saws, punches and chisels.
A number of shells and a .32-.20 Colts
revolver were also founjJ.
These men have been jailed as vags
for the-present. They have been in
the city for about two weeks and it is
suspected that they may have had
something to do with the blowing of
the vault of the Lone Tree State Bank
One of the men objected to having
his finger prints taken, declaring that
he did not want them to fall into tho
hands of the Canadian authorities.
Pictures of the trio were taken. The
young lad is not a bad looking fellow.
He claims that his folks live at Van
Hook. It is possible that he will be
sent home. He was without money
and says that the men have been feed
ing him. He does not tell anything
about the men that would incriminate
Judge Lynch gave them 20 days for
vagrancy. One declared that he was
no vag and that he played cards for a
Nels Quale of Sanish butchered a
hog that dressed 500 pounds. Sounds
like an Illinois or Iowa news item.