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May 12, 1960     The Billings County Pioneer
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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER'. I 'iOnal I played host to the annual convention of the Dakota Press Women, wh~ convened April 21, 22, 23 in conjunction with the North Daket& Press Association. It has been my pleasure to hold membership in this organ- zation for several years and at the eloac of the convention handed over the president's gavel to my successor Arlene Saugsiad of Minor. Knowing the women behind the newts in North Dakota has enlarged my .own horizon. It has given me a healthy respect for the contributions made in each home town by the local press. Often this is a man and wife team, who write the news. take the pictures, set the type, se- cure the ads, make the layouts and serve as advisers and pro- meters for community projects. while bringing up a family of their own. It is important to the Ameri- can way of life that newspapers continue to function and serve in each area for they mirror the grass-rook~ thinking so sought after by the specialists today. There is no substitute for "the people of my home town" a~nd the subscribers to local papers in North Dakota extend to every state in the nnion. "Front Page Salute to the North Dakota Press" showing a fine representation of the 118 hmne town newspapers in the state were handsomely display- ed at the Steak House in the Grand Pacific Hotel. con- vent/on headquarters for the North Dakota Press Women~ Mrs. Helen Vandcrburg, Shell Rock, Iowa. president of the Na- tional Federation of Press Women. addressed the annual a w a r d s banquet, ThurscIay evening. Her message was "Lean or Lead." " b ' " W at s m Store ~or Women's ages was the topic of Mrs. Doris Eastman's talk. Mrs Eastman is women's editor for the Fargo Forum. She discussed some of the changes taking place In pages de- voted to news of and for women as they were considered at the Doris Eastman Before becoming women's editor of tl~e Fargo Forum. in January 1959. replacing Ruth Fairbanks, Mrs. Eastman had served as her assist- ant for eight years, Before that she had been on the women's desk at the Moorhead News. The North Dakota Press wo- men will join members of the North Dakota Press Association for an official visit to the new Governor's Mansion with Mrs. Davis as hostess Friday after- noon from 4 to 5 p.m. Press Wo- men joined the members of the men assisted Mrs. Davis at the open house. Many doors open to the press. These experiences are often re- warding. It was shortly after the election of Rancher John E. Davis in I956 litles throughout the latge areas was refreshing after livino in our crowded cozy rooms! The mansion has been furnished with simple classic taste, according to E. J. Conlin, Jr Bismarck furni- ture dealer and interior decorator. He worked closely with the Board of Administration and Mrs. Davis in making the selections. The "wide open spaces" will appeal to many. The "flax blue" rug, ever so elegant, in the state living room. will impress the guests even more when they suddenly receive a "shock" from the electricity it generates. The main floor measures 74 by 95 feeir and contains 5.468 square feet of space. It is designed as two houses, one for state functions, the other, a three bedroom home, for family living. The basement, which is not finished, has another 3,658 square feet. The "state portion" of the man- sion contains a guest room for of- ficial entertaining, two semi-public bathrooms for the convenience of guests, a living room. 35 by 25 feet and a dining room. 17 by 28 feet. The kitchen, designed to serve both the state and family area. with all appliances duplicated, surpris- ed tile bachelor in our group. "How could anyone want this much equip- mcnt? he wondered. The women in the party agreed that it would all be used. The master bedroom is 26 by 14 feet and includes a dressing area with a connecting bath. The chaise lounge is upholstered in the same quilted fabric as covers the king- size bed. which is 6},~ feet wide. Palladian style furniture is used. There was the sofest pink elephant with other furry animals on thirteen- year-old Kathy's bed. The room which John Jr and Richard share features "Knights in Armor" wall- paper which was imported from Spain. Furniture here is Scandinav- ian Provincial. We wondered what the story was behind the "Cigar Store Indian" which stands so pi'ominently by the firepIace in the family living room, Located in the family wing is the governor's walnut paneled of- as Governor of North Dakota, that flee. We were attracted to the hand- I went to McClusky to interview the some plaques on the walls denot- family for Bar North. the North Da- ing Honour, Knowledge and Hon- kota Stockmen's magazine, esty. There was an autographed Mrs. Davis had graciously invit- photograph to Governor Davis "as ed us to her home for Sunday din- a Great American" from President nor, December 9th. But, insteadt Eiscnhower. Also displayed was the we all went to the Grace Evangelicalt citation for Distinguished Service Lutheran Church which honored the I which the Disabled American veter- Davis family at a fellowship dinner, ans presented to Governor Davis at It was here that I b e c a m e Cincinnati. Ohio in 1958, Next to acquainted with Christine Moore, the Bible on the library shelves was editor of the McClusky Gazette."The Secret of Greatness" by Lu- And so it was that when Christine thor Youngdahl and other well- visited in Bismarck on March 13th, thumbed speaker's books. seminar of women's news held by we were invited to after-church- North Dakota residents are going the American Press Institute at Col- coffee with Mrs. Davis. This was the to I, ike this new Governor's Man- umbia University last summer which last Sunday that a Governor of Non. Perhaps there will be a few she attended, North Dakota would occupy the oldI making remarks now and then like Mrs. F ,astman was born into a mansion at 320 Avenue B. East. they did about "Bill Langer's barn newspaper family. Her father, H. I was in the last press group that and silo" as they used to call our B, Winne, worked on several North visited the new mansmn on April stream-lined capitol building, And 8th. Just as we arnved, Mrs. Davis perhaps some folks may wish it was leaving to take the Governor's looked more impressive from the mother to the airport, outside, but inside is what counts. "Come in please, look around, . Perhaps too, the warmth and un- make yourself some coffee, I'll ] derstanding of having the John E. be back in a few minutes," wasI Davis family as the first to live in her hasty hello and goodbye. I this state mansion, will be "Good Exploring the new mansion was Spirits" for the future greatness of a rare treat. The smooth flowing North Dakota. North Dakota Paintings Exhibited Dakota newspapers. Her husband, Ed. is night telegraph editor at the Forum, Their son David is major- ing in journalism and political sci- ence at the University of North Da- kota. Her sister, Mazie Wayne, re- cently retired after almost thirty years as a linotype operator at the Forum. NEW MANSION PHOTOS by e The new North Dakota Gover- nor's Mansion at 1131 North 4th Street is located in a grove of trees on the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. Designed by Ritterbush Brothers Architects of Bismarck it is con- sidered a home more than a man- sion. Pleasing to most folks is the North Dakota brick from the He- bran plant used in the construction. With only small windows facing the street entrance, the appearance of the size of the house is deceiving. The temporary graveling of the curved driveway was recently com- pleted after the family moved in March 18th, and landscaping of the grounds will begin shortly. The two-car garage also includes a sleeping room and bath for the custodian plus a work shop. The two doorbells have three tones. ~Entrance to the family section is on the south, the formal entrance to the state area is on the west. The house is set 10 degrees off includes white marble chipe for eventually will include three more baths (two for guests), two bed- rooms, a snack room and a recrea- tion room, which has a fireplace directly below the one in the main living room. Air conditioning was not includ- ed in the original contract but it is planned to be added later. Lounge chairs in a plain blue [ A cherry commode 64 inches long heavy woven fabric accentuate the]has been placed against a walnut granite fireplace and grey slatet paneled wall. Pictures above the mantel at the far end of the st&toI cabinet and a pair of chairs uph01- living roc~. Notice the handsome lstered in the same fabric as the iron elephant on the left. :sofa complete the decoration. , Appropriate woods have been combined with rare imported woods, such as French walnut and Meris- ier (French cherry) to feature dis- tinctive grain patterns and colors hand-matched into panels. ,I thought it would be nice for]the colors wed in decorations. conversation a~d North Dakota cni-~ On the floor stands an oil paint- lure to have ,paintings by North] lng which the North Dakota Federa- Dakota artists. Mrs. John E. Davis]t/on of Women s Clubs pre-.ented said in eompletlng arrangmzmnts ] to the Governor of North Dakota in for the first art exhibit to be hung~ 1941. It is titled, " Bullion Butte", in the foyer for the first officlal ~ I showing a Badlands view southeast "open house" at the new Governor's of Medora, by the late Paul E, M~ns/on on Friday afternoon,Ap~! Barr, head of the art department at 22nd. This was for members the University of North Dakota, who tending the Nortrt Dakota Press pioneered in establishing art ex- Convention. hibits in North Dakota. Mrs. Davis, to the right, is ad- Mrs. Zeitlmann has exhibited her miring an oll painting by Mrs. Leo work in the Bismarck Art Assn, A, Zeltlmann, Bismarck, who re-Shows annually since 1954, at the presents the Bismarck Art Asso-iFine Arts Festival in Valley City, elation in selecting the paintings the Mandan Art Shows, and the which will be cholen for their group First Annual Red River Show, held harmony in carrying through on recently In Fargo. She started her study of art at Bimnaret college in 1952 under the direction of Ruth Rudser. She has participated in summer sessions with Bob Roy Kelly and Birney Quick at the Minneapolis School of Art in Minnesota, and had three smnmer sess|op.s at Prtnclpia College in Eisah, Ill, where in the spring of 1958 she studied water color painting under James Green, a noted artist of the Middle West. The first works exhibited in the large foyer at the state entrance include paintings by Maria Zeitl- mann, Clell Gmmon, Verna Tjaden, Aldeen Welsh, Nellie Solberg, Glen Kleppe of Blmngrek, Ciariee Ress- ler, Mandan and Dolores Reuden, Fargo. The selection of the furniture for the Governor's Mansion was made after a comprehensive review of the the furniture lines displayed in the governor's home in other states a~d showrooms of Chicago, New- York and Los Angeles manufactures, E. J. Conlin, Jr official decorator, reports. The greatest attention was foous- ed on the state living area which will be used for entertaining visiL ing dignitaries and official functions. The furniture selected for this liv- ing and dining area is from a group called "Palladian," which incorp- orates classical designs, which are both elegant and informal Focal point is the large curved sofa of blue and ivory woven da- mask, imported from England. A large round coffee table stands in front of the sofa. At the rear ts a commie table, which can be used as a serving or dining table ff nec- essary. The sofa is flanked by two hand carved wooden arm chairs [and a lamp table. Draperies are of blue silk, with sheer under draW cries of a lighter shade of blue. In the dining room is a 16-foot dining table with 12 matching chairs in blue and Ivory stripes, which was designed expressly for this room. The table measures 55 inches in width.