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 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    August 15, 2018 

Remembering After School Days

School will be starting soon. Do you remember your after school time in your early teen days? I remember that many of the town kids gathered at the local drugstore after school. Can you remember peanuts in a bottle of Coke or Pepsi being the...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am not sure where I want to start with this article, but I am concerned about the future of our NEMT Fair. Yes, I am old generation, and my memories of the fair start back to early years when my family and I lived in town, that being...

 

Remembering the Fair's of Years' Past

It is time to submit an article to my Courier friends and I am sitting here a complete blank. Since the fair is fresh in my mind I have decided that will be my topic for the week. Remember when the exhibit buildings used to be full? Remember when...

 

Remembering Dement Beach

Does anyone remember Dement Beach, which was located about 12 miles northeast of Opheim and 8 miles north of Glentana? Having spent most of my teen years in this area it is mind boggling to me that there was actually a swimming resort, or bath...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 25, 2018

What Used To Be There?

Do you ever drive down 2nd Ave. So., and try to remember what business was in a certain location? I think of Buttrey, the grocery and clothing store, and wasn’t there a furniture store also? The old Orpheum theatre, Strom Logan, Farmers...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Sheep and Wool

Sunday was a day of reviving old memories. We took a scenic drive to the North Country, using a few back roads, and trying to remember who lived where back “then.” I will admit we were prompted to make the drive when I made a comment about not...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    July 4, 2018

Being Safe on the 4th

My first thought is to address the dishes that we used to see in days gone at restaurants. Yes, I did mention them just a short time ago, but when cleaning a few areas of my cupboard, I happened to wash a cup from that era. I found it interesting to...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Nostalgic Glasses

Do you remember drinking your morning orange juice out of juice glasses that had colorful flowers, little animals, maybe cartoon characters and Disney figures painted on them? These were no doubt recycled glasses as they originally held various...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

With this past weekend being Father’s Day, there were a lot of songs on radio and TV honoring our fathers. The one that caught my ear was “They Don’t Make ‘em Like My Daddy Anymore.” Having just spent some time with my father’s family...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    June 13, 2018

Homemade Gifts

Remember days of the past when gifts from your female friends were most always homemade? I remember the fancy hankies that were tucked in your birthday card. Weddings found many gifts of hand-embroidered tea towels (dish towels) or pillow cases. I...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Evolution of Dishes

When eating out the other day I happened to think of the dishes we used to always see in the cafes. Of course, I am from the middle of nowhere so my experiences were limited, but do you remember the coffee cups and saucers, not mugs like today? Of co...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    May 23, 2018

Looking Back on the Branding Season of Year's Past

Branding time is here. Many cattlemen have already branded their calves for the year, while others still have the event looming before them. To those not directly involved, there would not seem to be a lot of changes over the years, but do you...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    May 9, 2018

Yesterday's News Brings Back Old Times

Do you remember getting the Current Events paper when you were in school? I was reading the Courier Archives of 92 years ago and noticed a paragraph concerning a dance at the Cherry Creek Schoolhouse. Part of the proceeds from the dance was to be...

 

Doo Wop Attire

I attended the Doo-Wop Dance at Prairie Ridge on April 20. This was an outstanding two hours of entertainment. The performers and staff of Prairie Ridge are to be commended. Great Job. And on to memories. When I decided to mark my calendar and take...

 

Kerosene Lamps

Not many of us remember using kerosene lamps as our evening light. To my knowledge, my family always had electricity, but the very young only remember specific things. It was always a real treat to me, even in my early teen years, to get to spend...

 

Learning To Drive

Do you remember learning to drive? Learning to drive in years gone by, those years when you had to have a pillow or pillows to sit on and maybe have one behind your back. You immediately think of your youth, but for some of us “short” people, we...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    April 4, 2018

Easter Eggs in the Snow

My memories are a jumble today. My first thought was hunting Easter eggs in the snow. I honestly do not remember ever hunting them in the snow, but as I tried to make my mind go back that far, it occurred to me that I really do not remember hunting...

 

Crossing the Border

My grandson just returned from an out-of-state band trip. His trip made me remember the band trips of my school days. If you lived in the North Country, you may have gotten to take band trips out of the USA. I remember trips to Canada to take part...

 

Letters to the Editor

I have no idea how many miles of road there are in Valley County, but I do know that we are a very large county. I want to express my thanks to those of you that spent many hours opening and keeping open our roads during this last storm. Thanks to...

 

Daylight Savings Time

Do you remember when we did not have Daylight Savings Time? I was thinking about the time changes when I decided I might need to wear a watch today. (When you are retired and in the house all day, it is easy to not wear a watch). That, of course,...

 

Remember Spit Tests

Do you remember the “Spit Test” of the past? No, this test had nothing to do with DNA or drugs. I am sure that wasn’t even thought of in past generations. A friend recently made me a gift of a “sad iron,” assuring me that it might be just...

 
 By Gwen Cornwell    Opinion    March 7, 2018

Old Sayings

I was thinking about some of those comments that used to show up in conversations some years ago. Things like “two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar.” Just what was a bit? “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” that one pretty much expla...

 

Darning Socks

Do you remember darning socks? Or maybe you remember having to wear them. Some years ago my grandmother lived with us and was always looking for something to do. My girls hated it when she decided it would be a good thing to darn their socks. I...

 

Warm and Fancy

These chilly mornings when my hubby brings me coffee in bed has made me think of days when “Bed Jackets” were common. I remember seeing some of these bed jackets in my mother’s and grandmother’s things. I never knew how they came about, but...

 

The Good Old Days

Do you remember when you were 20? Of course, what a stupid question as most of us like to remember those “good old days.” I know that we all have a tendency to exaggerate our hardships, like walking to school x number of miles and probably in...

 

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