Revisiting A Photo Of FDR Visiting
John Schroeder of Scottsdale, Ariz., a 1950s Glasgow Courier employee, mailed your July 17 report and photo to me about President Franklin Roosevelt visiting Fort Peck Dam Project in 1934. John and I were Courier co-workers decades ago, and we remain in contact.
A copy of that original Roosevelt photograph that my dad Sam Gilluly owned was acquired in 1984, when he died. Before he died, my father had identified persons in the photograph (see enclosure). Or perhaps identification was provided by the late Don Fredrikson of Helena, who once lived in Glasgow, and was Sam's friend. Symbolically, the 1934 photo says considerable about 1930's American history.
On a related incident, at one time there was a serious effort to return the Glacier Park touring car shown in the photo to be permanently displayed at a museum in Fort Peck. How that project ended is not immediately known.
Ann Hanson, whom you quote in your story, remains in my memory, along with her father and mother, who were all Glasgow citizens. Perhaps at one time Ann lived in Colorado. Regardless, I am curious to know the whereabouts of Ann's brother, Dave Hanson, who was a high school and college acquaintance. The last time we visited, I believe, was 1964 at Helena, Mont.
Interestingly, some years ago, the original photo negative of your July 17 Courier picture of President Roosevelt remained on file at Corps of Engineers facilities at Fort Peck, along with other negatives depicting the President.
Producing black and white photo prints from negatives is a difficult chore these days, because photo dark rooms are abandoned in this digital technical age. Life moves on. Therefore, as an alternative if Ann wishes, I will mail her a copy of the original photo (see enclosure). The photo is in “faded” condition, but perhaps better than the one she has.
Thanks for helping a nostalgic old-timer. More on the President Roosevelt topic, as it pertains to Glasgow, can be explored another time.