By Alan Sorensen
Well, the east-end column elicited from readers numerous other names whose mere mention evoke the neighborhoods history.
First to respond was Hubert Hubie Goggins, whose mailed-in list of missing names was on my desk early Monday morning. Goggins list also included the jobs held by those who were railroaders: Allard, Angstman, Ardnt, Bailey, Banks, Blackstone, Chisholm, Dunham, Frame, Frost, Good, Gormley, Gottenberg, Ikeda, Jarwasick, Jordan, Komaski, Lamey, Loncarie, Loveland, Lunham, Mangels, Newman, Okada, Piane, Rand, Ryen, Salsenia, Schend, Shaw, Stroh, Waldrip, Wallace, Walsh, Watson, Welkos, Whitworth.
Jack Yates stopped in early to point out that Eileen, Jeanette and Alan Andersens parents spelled their last name with an s-e-n. I should have remembered that.
Then Marci Divish called and gave me some more names: Kazasick, Elstad, Berry, LaFontaine, and Nannick.
She also suggested that I include the names of all of the nuns and priests who lived at St. Jude and taught, preached or nursed at St. Jude or Sacred Heart. Consider them included.
I also forgot my neighbors, the Arendts, and I spelled Bruning incorrectly. Bruning is right. I found dozens of other names in the 1957 phone book retired railroader Anthony Kaluza dropped off here last year, but theyre too numerous to include here unless nominated by a second east ender.
Last year, my biggest help came from Kaluza and fellow tenor Clint Kegel, who printed out his own computer list of east end names at his home in Nebraska.
Now, it seems, Im being called upon to write similar histories for the west end, south end, Highland Park, downtown, and Northside neighborhoods. Start sending in your remembered names today, cause Im going to need a lot of help on these.
This fall, Kaluza introduced me to LaVyrle Spencers best selling romance (oo-oo-oo) novels set in Browerville, Minn. Kaluza told me that Browervilles the town from which our Polish railroaders migrated to Havre (kind of like the Newtown, N.D. area that gave us many of our Scandinavians). In the first book he gave me, principle characters included a Goligoski and Kaluza and a whole family of Pribils (Dont know if theyre related to the Big Sandy and Havre Pribyls or not.)
Spencer, it turns out, recently retired after writing numerous best sellers about Browerville. It was kind of fun looking for those long-time Havre names kind of like reading a James Welch or Dan Cushman classic.
East end survivor Jim Kase, after 23 years as a Havre firefighter, is entering a new career with the railroad. His retirement/rehirement party is today from 5 p.m. until whenever at Boxcars Casino.
I dare anyone who has taken the opportunity to belittle the MSU-Northern football players to line up against them. What people fail to realize about the Frontier Conference is the high level of competition it affords.
This is not a glorified high school league as some would suggest. Anyone who imagines that any high school team in the state or anywhere in the country, for that matter, could compete at Northerns level is deluding himself.
The two teams that crushed Northern this year both have been ranked in the NAIA top 10. Look what the Lights have done to their tough Dakota opponents.
I remember when Northern announced that it was returning Saturday afternoon collegiate football to Havre. Box boys and waiters all over town were talking about signing up. There were even a few fathers in their 30s speaking of signing up, including one who was collecting workmans comp benefits for a permanent disability.
My thought was, Go out for the Lights and youll lose your benefits and likely end up with a legitimate disability not covered by workmans comp.
Remember, it was the Frontier Conference that led the nation back to the slam dunk in the early 70s. It allowed the high-flying, rim-shaking, glass-splattering basketball move a full year before the rest of the NAIA and the NCAA brought it back.
P.S. Whats the difference between a Mickey Mantle rookie card and a top notch Pokemon? A value-added career, maybe?