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New auditor, a nixed bond issue and wet weather highlighted April of 1955

By Staff | Apr 2, 2010

Polio vaccines were being scheduled in Rugby…The N.D. Horse Show Association announced its event schedule for the N.D. Horse Show to be held in Rugby…and the Rugby Jaycees held a junior Road-e-o competition at the fairgrounds.

These were some of the headlines in April of 1955. Here’s a few more.

April 7, 1955-The Rugby City Council was flabbergasted to learn that a bond issue election in March which resulted in wide spread support to help cover costs to build a city armory was null and void. According to the city attorney, two legal steps were overlooked. As a result, the election will have to be conducted again. The initial election on March 14 drew 710 in support of issuing $500,000 toward construction of an armory. Failing to get the city’s budget board approval and using an improper ballot were the two hang ups. The city council is planning to call for another bond issue election.

April 14, 1955-History was made when Christine Westergard was sworn in to head the Pierce County Auditor’s office. She is the first woman to hold the position.

April 21, 1955- Harold Warren Ostrem was selected as the Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year in the county. The contest was conducted by the Rugby Junior Chamber of Commerce. Ostrem farms two miles west of Rugby. He and his wife have two children. He will represent the area in competing for the state honor.

April 28, 1955-The weather continued to be a source of frustration with area farmers as wet, cool conditions set back planting plans. While the moisture is good, farmers were hoping for a stretch of dry weather to get in the wheat crop.

Showing at the Lyric Theatre

Drums Across the River (Audie Murphy)…White Feather (Robert Wagner)…Dragnet (Jack Webb)… A man called Peter (Richard Todd).

Other news nuggests

Two dozen cookies were selling for 49 cents at Rugby Bakery…The 1955 line of Pontiacs were selling as low as $2,346 at Jonnie’s Pontiac Sales..A one pound bag of Sunny Cup coffee was selling for 75 cents at Sanitary Food Market…A G.E. Roll Around vacuum was selling for $69.95 at Al’s Electric Sales…Wool spring coats were selling for $34 at Jacob’s.

Last answer: George Vangsnes

This person was Pierce County auditor from 1915 to 1955.

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