Welcome to Edinburg, ND!
Northeast North Dakota is a well-kept secret, especially the little town of Edinburg. It sits on the edge of the fertile farmland of the Red River Valley and the prairies of the west. Edinburg has a population of about 190 people with the drive, dreams and heart of cities 10 times its size. Edinburg could be a "throw-back" to the 50's with its pristine cleanliness, manicured yards and well-kept homes, but it is most definitely planted in the 21st century with citizens who strive to keep Edinburg very much alive!
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Edinburg is a great place to live!
This Week's news
DURING WWII N. ORDAHL, THE BANKER AT THE TIME, COMPILED, TYPED AND SENT A HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER TO THE LOCAL SERVICEMEN SERVING OUR COUNTRY. HE WANTED THE MEN AND WOMEN TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON BACK HOME. DAVID MONSON GAVE ME COPIES OF THE PAPERS CALLED "THE SERVICEMAN". I WILL SHARE A FEW TIDBITS FROM TIME TO TIME.
THIS IS FROM THE DECEMBER 1945 SERVICEMAN:
Edinburg streets and stores have taken on a holiday appearance during the past week or so. Especially at night when store windows are lit up and several strands of lights are strung over Main Street and a 20 ft Christmas tree on the square by the bank, all ablaze with colored lights. Some difficulty has been encountered in getting Christmas tree bulbs, but Bill Nelson has overcome that difficulty by using small reguar bulb, coloring them various hues so they look like and serve as real Christmas tree lights. Another scarcity in electrical supplies is in sockets. Because of the scarcity of electric bulb sockets there are fewer strands of lights crossing the streets this year than formerly. Store windows are pretty well frosted over during these old days and no one can do much window shopping but from the inside. Apparently the displays are as usual and it is apparent that there is a brisk Christmas trade.
Dr M. C. Flaten has gone all the way in modernizing and improving his office and making it comfortable for people. A new stoker has been installed which has been "tailor made" so to speak to fit the furnace and the heating requirements of the dental office and the post office. Advantage has been taken of the very latest developments in electrical and automatic controls, and there is nothing left for the janitor to do except to keep the hopper filled. A noticable savings in coal is already apparent.
Sgt Otis Gryde found the home front was pretty tough when he slid off the road due to icy conditions on his way home from Fatgo. He broke his collarbone and had to go to the hospital. Otis was bringing a Commando Jeep from Fargo to Edinburg. He is now recuperating at the parental home. The Jeep will be used by Edwin Gryde for carring mail, for which purpose it appears to be well adapted.
LTjg Amos Flaten, Henry Ellingson and Ted Lee are expected home for Christmas. Getting a furlough from the Army is a pleasant experience at any time, but doubly so at Christmas.
"THE SERVICEMAN" is sponsored by the Lutheran Brotherhood of Edinburg, Odalen and Union and edited by N. Ordahl. Valuable assistance has been rendered by Miss Johansen in mimeographing and wrestling with a difficult mimeograph machine. Thank you to Mrs. Sylvia Austinson for cutting front piece stencils, Mrs Gordon Gjelten for reading manuscripts to the typist and to Mrs. Ernest Nelson and Mrs. Al Loe for the news items. The editor acknowledges with thanks all monetary contributions which make it possible for us to buy paper, stencils and postage. We also express our sincere appreciation for all the letters received from servicemen. While we know this issue of "The Serviceman" will be too late for Christmas, we nevertheless wish all of our boys and other readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (This was written by N. Ordahl at the bottom of the last page of the December issue),
Life is good in Edinburg.