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Beach, North Dakota
July 13, 2006     Golden Valley News
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July 13, 2006
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By Sharon Dietz The Class of 1933, now at 90 years of age, has been a very close group of classmates. They ' have been coming back faithfully for all reunions. Theysent Christmas cards and birthday cards to one another. They took trips together. When the classmates were 70 years old, they went white- water rafting down the Snake River in the Teton Mountains in Wyoming. Has there ever been a class so close? Howard Davis of Cheholis, Washington, drove to Beach for the 4th of July. His dear friend, Gordon Crosley of Edina, Minnesota rode with Duane and Karen Davis to be here. Crosley and his wife have come back to Beach every year since 1948 until 2002. Crosley's wife died in 2004. Davis' wife died four years ago, so the two men came back to visit one more time. "There were 41 inour class. Now there are 9-11 still alive. But therds nobody left here to play golf with," complained Davis. He noted recent deaths of Beach classmates Emma Neudeck and Ruby Carlson have left a hole. "The only one left is Ione (Davis) and she's in Wibaux Nursing Home," Davis said. Ione was married to the late Carl Davis, Howard's brother. Gordon said he attended 14 different schools before his mother moved them to Beach. "They treated me so nice in Beach, it was just like I was born here. Carl Davis was the first per- son to stop on the street and speak to me," re.calls Gordon. While visiting and reminiscing, Davis and Crosley remembered the carved eagle that he had given to the Beach High School from the Class of 1933 in 1978, at their 45th reunion. "Each class- mate donated photos, articles from the Golden Valley News and other memorabilia and put in the case with a trapdoor, on the bottom. The wishes of the class was that the time Capsule be opened in 100 years or in 2033." But then the two old friends realized that maybe no one knows about the time capsule. "We didn't put a note on .it to say when it should be open," said Davis. So a visit to the Beach High School library was arranged. Crosley had once designed a Plexiglas cover which was removed for close examination. The brass plaque read "The Symbol of American Freedom" Class of 1933. The memories started to flow in the presence of the spirit of their classmates. "Howard and I graduated in June of 1933. That summer we put in 13 acres of potatoes and had a good crop. Harry Halstead gave us the land and said, 'You boys come out and plant as many as you want.' We hauled water from town to irrigate them. They were Irish Cobblers, we sold them for 3 cents a pound and made $800 a piece. That was a fortune!" "Jim McGee, a close friend who died a few months ago, and I (Howard) and Bob Carlson drove in t932 (we were still in high school) to the Olympic games in Los Angeles in a Model T Ford. It took us two weeks." Gordon Crosley recalled when he was married in 1938 he earned $138 a month. And he was able to build a house the next year. The contract for that house was $3,750 for which he made pay- ments of $22 a month. "Gordon and I used to unload coal cars and got $5 a car an.d we split that. We used Wheel barrows and tool us, all day. We also worked in the wheat fields for 25 cents a day," said Davis. "We lived in an amazing era," said Crosley. Although the friends were tempted to open the time capsule, "just unscrew those six screws," upon quiet reflection they decide not to. "I don't remember what's in it," said one. "I don't want to be around where they open it," Howard said. Leaving their carved eagle and the symbol of aii of those years of companionship for maybe the last time and knowing that someone knows about the time capsule, Howard said, "Boy, that's a load off my mind." Old friends, Howard Davis, (left) and Gordon Crosley (right) took care of unfinished business at the Beach High School July 6. Their Class of 1933 donated the ironstone carved eagle to Beach. High School in 1978. Inside is a time capsule put together by the class that should be opened in 2033. Davis arid Crosley wanted to let the people Beach know and leave a note in the display so their wishes will be carried out. Photo bySharon D~tz revenue -9 Twine cutting Golden Valley Outfitters opened July 1 with a Twine cutting performed by the Beach Area Chamber of Commerce representatives. Pictured left toright a~e store managers Lon and Cathy Davis; store owner LeAnn Stearns, Chamber treasurer Dawn Ueckert and Chamber president Natalie Muruato, and store co-owner Steve Kubik. The new ~Jtore offers western apparel and work clothes. Photo by Cindy Makelky By S aron Dietz (from oil and gas money). The Walt Losinski was sworn in city general fund expended on July 6 as the new mayor of $6,300 more than was appropri- Beach. Perry Stockwell took the ated. There was a $9,700 budget oath of office as councilman for transfer out of the General Fund another four years also. into the Fire Reserve Fund. Both persons were absent dur- Economic factors for the City ing the organizational meeting of Beach, driven mainly by agri- last week. culture, go up and down. The A review was held of the 2005 population of Beach has declined audit done by Jim Wosepka CPA by 8 percent in the past decade. including the management's dis- However, there has been an cussion and analysis, increase .in oil and construction In an overview, the City ofactivity in the past year. Beach has assets that increased The city government has by $115,000 with liabilities been unchanged in the past few decreasing by $66,000. Overall years as far as services offered. net assets increased $180,825. Replacement of the infrastruc- The City collected governmen- ture and maintainance such as tal revenues of $91,000 more streets and water lines will have than the previous year due to the major impacts on upcoming bud- oil and gas payments, gets, the report said, The City of Beach receives A new recycling center, com- water from Southwest Water pleted in April 2005 for $54,000 Authority. The City water rate is should bring in revenue from $5.00 per 1000 gallons: The rate recycling cardboard to the Refuse for sewer is $4.00 and garbage is fund. $12.50 a month. Rate increases There are now 51 bales of in these two funds will be Consid- cardboard awaiting transpora- ered when preparing the budget tion to Dickinson. for the year 2007, according to Jim Weaver was convinced to the analysis, purchase a $25 Special Events Rental rates at the mini mall permit to have a beer garden and will also be reviewed. Presently rope off the street and Gazebo the City charges 30-cents per Park for Bike to Beach July 7-9 square foot on the main level and which is in its 13th year. 15-cents per square foot on the The city will hold a public lower level. This is comparable hearing to annex 15 acres of to rates in the private sector, the Beach School District new In budgetary highlights, the track field into the city limits as City General Fund received requested by the school district. $91,000 more than anticipated a motion see- go .Rural is fillin feet of Nunberg, The land is getting ready for seeding and :a grant for $2000 was received for play- ground equipment at Swimming Pool ParK. Mayor Walt Losinski retained Nunberg as City Auditor, Kadrmas and Jackson as Engineer, and Tim Priebe as Attorney. adast in 'J3trngei.n9 Children And Farm Safety Each year in the U.S more than 300 children under the age agriculture-related acci- dents. Tractors are the greatest danger according to safety, experts. Children often t~all off and are run Over by the tractor or its equipment. It's a good idea not to aUow extra riders on tractors, grain wagons, or other pieces of farm equipment. Jl(al~in$ '~anl~in~ JJette~ .~.a~t ~att! Tickcts for two concerts plus one" Derby tickct $25, until July 20. Tickets available at Hill O' Beans. Bac'kyard, B's Catering