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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER Mr. Pipe Organ Says 'Baby Has a Good Home' I Reiny and Mrs. Delzer flank Mrs. Dunstedter, in a chat with Lydia Finiayson. Vee Dunstedter recalled the fun she and Eddie had in the days when the Minnesota Theatre pipe organ concerts on Wednesday nights were "packing them in." "It's a parking lot now-- have you seen it?" she asked. Eddie Dunstedter Revives Glory of Delzer Instrument The great Eddie Dunstedter and the mighty Minnesota Theat- re Wurlitzer Concert Pipe Organ now installed in the Reinhold Delzer residence, Bismarck, were at their spell'binding best Jan- uary 28-29, when Dunstedter and the instrument he affectionately refers to as "My Baby" orbited for the first time in 27 years. The master organist wowed some 70 guests at a formal con- cert Saturday night, the high- light of eight-to-ten hours of re-educating Delzer's instrument, which lay dormant for so long in the Minneapolis theater, now leveled into a parking lot. For Delzer, Eddie's visit cli- maxed two years of preparations during which the Wurlitzer was completely renovated until Dun- stedter .pronounced it Sunday afternoon "far ,better than it ever was in the theater!" The Capitol Record artist play- ed in Bismarck the same pro- gram which drew more than 8,- 000 people to the Minneapolis Auditorium in 15,below-zero weather Jan. 26th. A delegation of 13 organ buffs from the Twin Cities followed him to Bismarck to hear his return to the Wurlitzer, and, joined by Bismarck guests of the Delzers, received copies of the same program left over from Bob Paige encouraged Emn- stedter to visit the upper mid- west this winter; his Paige-Bil- Iman Music Co. in Minneapolis sponsored Durmtedters MJnne- apolL concert, using the Gul- bransen transistor organ for which Eddie had high praise. "Response was tremendous,' Palge said. "We had ticket re- quests from a five-state area, and the store was absolutely swamped with people who hadn't forgotten ]Eddie and the concerts he played in this area." Palge, who is a highly accomp- lished pipe organist himself, said Eddie remains "not only an un- commonly agile performer of ability beyond question; he is thoroughly a musician with all the necessary background plus phenomtnal technique, uncom- monly good taste and an author- itative instinct for tempo. "The Dunstedter touch is a combination of talent, imagina- tion and constant hard work." Paige performed at Dunsted- ter's request and said afterwards "You can see I've been stealing from you." Eddie smiled broadly and ad- vised him, "Steal from EVERY- body:" the Minneapolis appearance. Delzer had also sent Bismarck guests complimentary tickets ob- tained from his friend, Bb Paige, Paige-Billman Music Co., the firm which sponsored the Minn- eal%olis concert. In place of the $1 price, he typed in $106.66, the price it would have been neces- sary to charge here to raise the same gate which resulted in Minneapolis. "The truth is," Delzer said, "i was only sorry that we couldn't have accommodated more people in our home so that everyone could have enjoyed Eddie's music with us.". From Dunstedter's theme to the sunburst coloration of "On the Trail", which majestically clopped the Saturday evening concert to its formal end, guests vibrated with the thrilling dy- namics of the instrument for which Dunstedter has actualiy specified components in the late 20s. Visions returned of the ivory and gold console rising and "bask- ing in the bright theatre spot- light, as Dunstedter conducted his orchestra of pipes and per- cussion through smart cha-cha arrangements, nostalgic gems of . bygone day, rhythm and blues numbers perfectly mated to the lush harmonics of a theatre or- gan, and a smattering of clas- sics. There were tributes to Ger- shwin, Romberg and Ellington, show tunes, virtuoso showpieces and beautifully performed works of Wagner, Schtrbert and Rach- maninoff. Novelty pieces like "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" reached no-stops-barred climaxes th' left the Bismarck audience gas- ping, standing and applauding, just as they must have done in the theaters where Eddie enter- rained not so long ago. To this, 1ddle grinned as he took his bows, obviously enjoying himself as much as his audienee was. At one point he acknowledged the applause by patting the con- sole In turn and remarking "She's talking back to me now!" The crowd remained until the small hours of the morning, hear- ing encores that numbered a dozen or more. He acknowledged requests for "Smilin' Thru': (which somebody recalled hear- ing him play for the silent movie of that name), performed a music box rendition of "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye", >bliged with "Valencia", "Out of No- where", Don't Blame Me". He continued with a capsule version of the Rachmaninoff Second Concerto, the Bach Tocatt and Fugue in D Minor, Mendelssohns Midsummer NighCs Dream Music and other classics, signing off with '"thanks for the Memory, to which a re- sounding A-men was in order. The evening left an impres- sion of having enjoyed a dream- like succession of pipe organ concerts in an ornate theater; the theater itself was missing, but Delzer offered all the trap- pings: Tickets, programs, no- smoking, silent spellbound audi- ence, applause, yes, and colored lighting effects. Delzer installed dimmers and colored neon lighting just in time for Dunstedter's visit, and in addition, a curtain which opens and closes electrically. Assistants changed th light- ing colors on cue during the A hushed audience listened, watched and wondered how he did it. Dunstedter's expert blend- ing of the many organ voices. deft rhythm and control of sonor- ity were too much to expect from one performer, especially when he appeared so relaxed. Arranger, soloist and accom- panist-in-one, he brought to ttze instrument great experience in all these fields. Extensive use of the organ's second touch device, which per- mits accompaniment and solo to be performed on the same manual, made it difficult to dis- cover the intricacies of his per- formance. Neither was there arty frantic reaching for stop tabs bet'een measures. Eddie was always ahead of the music, completely in com- mand, and when he slicked back his hair and mounted the crimson seat is was as if the corole was about to rise again into the theater that was once its home concert. Eddie knew he was in the big time the moment he arrived. Reiny sat him down, dimmed the lights, and while one of Dun- stedter's recordings filled the room, colored lights came up. the curtains parted and there was Eddie's ivory and gold baby. Eddie KNEW he was welcome. ---G. W. UNITED STATES SAVINGS BONDS NOWEARN 3 INTEREST John Sullivan, Don Tracy and Delzer are seen in this candid shot taken during the concert Saturday night. The Twin City delegation of organ buffs included Byron Carl- son, Harry E. Jorgenson, James H. Johnson, S. H. "Solly" Cargill Brad Wakefield, Clyde Oison and AI Schmitz. Schmltz acted as master of ceremonies and Olson recorded 14 tapes on Delzer's Ampex machine. Cargill, who also has a four manual orga in his home, com- mented that Dunstedter, after ll his years as a professional musician, is "still growing, getting better every year." He was frankly envious of Delzer's installation. Cargill's organ is heard through a rather large opening from the basement into his living room. "If my wife would just let me remove two more joists so I could cut another hole, it would really make a differ- ence. Maybe if Eddle would come out and play.., she'd HAVE to let me, wouldn't she?" Members of the Twin Cities chapter of the pipe organ guild were awed by the Dunstedter presence, but found him pleasant, indulgent and accommodating. Eddie in turn was indulgent and seemed amused at the fuss that was made over him. Eddie Dunstedter, master musician, was reunited in Bismarck with that king of instruments, the four-manual concert Wurlitzer he helped design and install in 1928 at the Minnesota Theatre in Minn- eapolis. Organist at the Capitol (now Paramount) Theatre in St. Paul from 1920 to 1928, he remained at Minnesota until 1933 when he and his wife moved to the west coast, where today he is amuse- ment director at Pacific Ocean Park near Santa Monica. His record- ing work keeps him busy as well. Eddie fondly recalls the week at the Minnesota "when Pops, Bix and Bing were on the same bill." Whiteman, Beiderbicke and Crosby discovered at the end of the week that Eddie had transcrib- ed their arrangements for a never-to-be-forgotten concert. Today, Dunstedter can seldom leave the console without per- forming his transcription of the Fords Grofe arrangement of "Chloe", which Whiteman's band used to play. (It was the first thing Delzcr wanted to hear.) High fidelity and stereo have given the big push to a current revival in the popularity of pipe organ music, and _,ddle sees no end in sight. "There's a whole new generation that hasn't ever heard real pipe organ," he says. "A lot of these kids today think an organ is a Hannnond." Dunstedter autographed until his right hand gave out, while in Minneapolis, and heard repeatedly from old fans who had enjoyed him at the Minnesota and on the radio. While in Minneapolis he demonstrated transistor organs and conducted a master organ class for about a hundred organ teachers and students, in addition to playing the Minneapolis Auditorium concert. "They kept asking me for my secrets," he said, "so one night when I couldn't sleep I dreamed up ten rules. The only one I can recall is Rule Number Six: Always play sex, not notes. Some of those lady organ teachers are still trying to figure it out." Dunstedter obviously enjoyed the weekend in Bismarck, and was lavish in his praise for the work which had been done in restoring the instrument for which he has a sentimental attach- ment. Sunday afternoon, he performed for a live radio broleast, an occasion marking the first time in 17 years that he had played his theme on the Minnesota Theatre organ before a live mike. Before leaving, he autographed Delzer's Wurlitzer "To My Baby" and the smart money says Delzer won' touch that part of the console when he refinishes it. He also enjoyed performing for the audience, which he said was "terrific." "Sure," he said, "I'll be back." MISS BEVERLY KRAUSE and MISS DEL RAE UNDERDAHL, Minor High Homecoming Queen. Mis. Beverly Krause, North Dakota March o! Dimes Teenage Chairman, o! Minot, announces thai on Saturday evening, Feb- ruary 4, 1961, the NEW March o! Dimes will be climaxed by the teens of North Dakota ImMing teen hops in every town or high school in the state. Th. theme for this state-wide event will be "DANCE SO OTHERS MAY WALK." thus giving the een-agers the chance to participate as state body In the fight against the crippling diseases; birth defe .eta, arthritis, and poUo. Teens who have no; as yet eompleted their organization should ImmodJately do so, so as to assure the state teen-age program of meeting its anal. Watch for local releases as for the time nnd place esQ. eeraln8 this event. SENIOR "FUTURITY" SETS ENTRY RECORD A record number of entries have been received for the senior futurity beef cattle event of the annual winter shown in Valley City, Mar. 5-1 Entries total 32@. According to M. L. Buchanan, chief of animal hugbandry, ND- SU College of Agriculture, the previous high total was 313 tread in the 1952 show. Senior futurity entries include 150 Angus, 125 Hereford and 77 Shorthorns. Judges will be John Gauger, Clear Lake, So. Dak., Angus; Joe Lewis, Larned, Kans., Hereford; and Les Mathers, Mason City, Ill., Shorthorn. In the junior futurity event, 72 entries have been received in the 4-H division and 8 entries in FFA. Four-H and FFA judging will be Mar. 6. Ray Arthaud, ex- tension a n i m a 1 husbandman, University of Minnesota, wall judge the event. The futurity show was estab- lished as the first statewide dis_ play of beeding cattle n North Dakota. Around it has grown a strong group of state breed pror rooting organization and an in- creasing number of mall but progressive breeders intent upm the improvement of their herds." Buchanan says. "The winter show sales held in connection with the futurity hvve become high quality events with buyers attending from all the surrounding states. The show has become the focal point of quality improvement as well as our best means of breed promotion." --qD-- PLAN WILL SIMI*LIFY BRUCELLISIS CONTROL A simpler means of maintain- ing certification, as well as of lowering the costs of brucellosis eradication, is offered in the backtagging program, now sup- plemerting the present method of recertifying counties in range an semi-range areas in North Dakata. With this plan, the origin of cattle marketed from ranches or rough livestock markets, can be traced, says Dr. E. R. Bet- lach, Bismarck, assistant veter- inarian in charge of the animal disease eradication division of the LVSDA gricultural Research Service. Owners will wot have to blood test cattle on the ranches if the number of market cattle blood test cattle on the ranches merits. Bask tags, containing a code number, may he secured from county extension agents. These are glued to the animals just back of the sholder. The tags not be altered or removed wi,m pernsslon of the regu- latory officers. State and fed- eral slaugltering establishraents cooperate ir the backagging program to make it possible to collect the blood on properly identified caCtle. The finding of a single market cow reactor will not be consider- ed proof the herd  infested. Reaeeors founct ore than 14 'S after leaving t-e ranch will not be considered unless a pat- tern of reactors from more than one shtlnent is foun If herd iestion is considered doubtful, the following plans will be suggested to the ]teed owner: 1) In large herds, of 100 cows or less test all breeding cows over 3 years of age. 2) In larger herds, if a test of all breeding cows over 3 years of age is nut practicable, all cat- tle shipped for any purpose, ex- cept steers, allayed heifers and vaccinated catle under 30 months of age, should be tested for a minimum period of 18 month 3) Another plan in large herds is the testing of a per- centage of the breeding cow po. pulation, if 'a est of ell breed- ing cows is not immediately practicable. NW BELL NAMES W. L. TIFFANYN Earl W. Benser, vice president and general manager for North- westerfi Bell Telephone company for North Dakota, has announced the appointment of W. L. Tiffany to the position of assistant vice president at Fargo. Tiffany has been executive as- sistant in the company's general headquarters at Omaha, Neb. In his new assgm,en ne will share responsibilities for legislative, regulatory and tax matters with R. R. Borman, assistant vice pres- ident. Tiffany started his telephone career at Aberdeen. S. D., in 1935 as a groundman in the construct- ion department and worked dur- ing the summer months while at.- tending the University of South Dakota at Vermillion where he was graduated with a degree in business administration. After serving In World War II. in both the European and P- cific Theatres, he resumed his telephone work in Sioux Falls, S. D. Later assignments took him to Omaha and Grand Island, Neb. and Sioux City, Ia., where he ws appointed District Manager in 1956. In 1958 he returned to Omaha and became distrct mau- ager there. While in Omaha, Tiffany we.  active in the community having served as a director of the Red Cross Chapter and on the execu- Hve board of Covered Wagon Council or oy couts. He is a director of the Missis- sippi Valley Assn. and was vice chairman of the budget commit- fee of the United Community Services, and has been active in the Omaha Chamber of Com- merce.