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BILLINGS COUNTY PION]EKlg Rosamond O'Brien Lowe Responds to: I type operator at the Devils Lake I World. North Dakota Harry's next move was t9 the Bot- tineau Courant in 1925. Rosamond PORTRAITS says she started out on her "check- ered career" in Bottineau. She work- By ed full time as a waitress. It was a "rv~;~ ~. (~,~ split shift, so between hours, she al- so worked as a telephone operator, which she dearly loved She receiv- ed a liberal education as a waitress. ] Rosamond O'Brien Lowe of ParkI In 1927 Harry and Rosamond took t River and Grand Forks, often called a trip to EuroI~e. They attended the the "Clare Booth Luce of North national convention o fthe Amerl.- Dakota" is one of the delegates to the National Federation of Press Wo- men's annual convention at Topeka, Kansas m mid-June. Mrs. Lowe will assist Mrs. Arlene Saugstad of Minot. president of the North Dakota Press Women. in ar- ranging the exhibit of the "Front Page Display of North Dakota News papers" whcih was shown at the state press convention and which the national president of NFPW re- quested for the national convention. Mrs. Lowe was named "Woman of Achievement" by the North Dakota Press $Vomen at the an- nual convention held in Bismarck this spring. can Legion and its Auxiliary which called the Second Expeditionary Forces to Paris. This began Rosa- mond's interest in The Auxiliary. {n 1929 she served as local president which was her first experience in t organizational work. Harry returned to the Bott'neau Courant and Rosamond then work- ed in the bakery and waited on re- tail trade. On June 1. 1930, they bought the Walsh County Press at Park River an" publshed it together until his death on October 10. 1953. Then Rosamond carried on alone, with the help of Harry's two nephews. Henry and Tom Kelly. success in politics if they went into it, hesitate to take part because they fear active participation will affect their income or social positions ad- versely. In her cause, she declares this was not true. "Our business flourished and we enjoyed friendly contacts with poe. ple of all political factions, It seems to me that an individual who isn't afraid to stand up and be counted commands a certain amount of res- pect from the citizenry whether or not they agree entirely with his views. . Senator Rosamond sums up, who has a natural flair for legisla- tive work and who has done an ex- ca}lent job. Rosamond never had any children of her own. She and her husband Harry O'Brien raised two boys and one girl. One was a nephew. Tom Kelly. Harold Hanson the other boy, was drowned a~ Bordeaux. France while serving m the army. Their "daughter" Shirley Lien. who serv- ed in the Marines. married a Navy Lieuter:an~ George D. Jones of Ports. mouth. Virginia. Tom. who graduat e,l in journalism from the Uni-er- site of Minnesota. is now working for the Catholic Bulletin at Toledo. Ohio After her marriage to Ken Lowe, Rosamond acquired three more sons and another daughter, and now says sh~ is a "'synthetic grandmother ' to eleven grand- In presenting the award at the In 1952, Harry, who had served Rosamond O Brien Lowe says tv.~t she mixes pr",'~o-'s ~nk with dish- childrc:L traditional banquet of the Northin the state legislature 18 years, water for many years for while helping run the Walsh County Press at New horizons for Rosamond in- Dakota Press Association, Mrs. Ford both in the Senate and the HousePark River she was br/ning up lbree ehildr n. one takin'~ an a':tivc part - culdes being a housewife which be- Froesehle of Lisbon. who served as decided to retire. He went to the in c~,*~muuity service projects an2 -.'(ditical w::rk. chairman of the committee, paid the county Democratic meeting in the Now as the wife of Ken l.ow~ of Grand '~.'orks r~h," p~ans t,~) "do more following tribute to Mrs. Lowe: ]spring and told them that he did' homemaking" and has already remodeled his home there and is enjoying "The .Press Women of Achieve-' not want to run again, domestic bliss. ment award is given not only for ex- Suddenly Politics cellence in newspaper work, but also i "They couldn't think of a candi- in recognition of community service, date so they nominated me. and I wasn't there, and I did not know a "The North Dakota Press WomenI long,thing] about it until I read his news selected a woman who has a record of outstanding service to herI item in our own paper," Rosamond church, to the American Legion l declares. Auxiliary, to the Federated We-J "My reaction of course was that men's Clubs, and to her political I was just flabbergasted," she ad- party She is at home in a Wash- mits, "for while I was interested in ington drawing room as well as the his political activity and campaigns keyboard of a linotype; she is a fine it was quite a different thing to be confronted with the fact that I was public speaker as well as a scintillat, going to be a candidate myself and ing columnist. Although she is a Democrat, she had the good judg- have to go out and solicit votes " But her Viking ancestors came to ment to marry a Republican." the fore and she welcomed the Mrs. Froeschle then asked Repre- sentative Ken Lowe of Grand Forks new adventure. There was an Eisenhower land- to escort Senator Lowe of Park slide in 1952, and she was Lhe only River to the rostrum to receive her Democrat in the State Senate in the award. This bit of merriment recalled to 1953 legislature. She chuckles over the fact that folks that the romance uniting this when her husband was serving as happy couple started during the the only Democrat, he would get up 1969 sesion of the North Dakota and announce to the assembly that Legislature. Not only did it have the Democrats would hold their the unusual feature of the partici- pants being two legislators, but they daily caucus in the telephone booth were off opposite party affiliations, after the Republicans and the Non- This had never happened before in1 partisans had announced their meet- ings at the close of each daily ses- state history. I sion. Ken Lowe has served two scssmns I and is running for re-election tot The state senate having 49 mem- the House of Repreesntatives on theI bers, any faction wishing control Republican ticket from Grand Forks must have 25 votes. During Rosa- his wl[e Rosamond has been a Dam.' mond's first year in the Senate the ocratic Senator from the third dis- membership was divided in this t manner Twenty four members of ric~ Ior me past elgnt years. ~ne ~, '. ~ : ^ -, : : ^ ~, ,:l .-- .-- ~ tllt:~ ~t.~pUDll~ll I gI~I~ILIII~ v~,~ulllllllt- announced carry tins year sue woum I tee, 21 members of the Nonpartisan not seek re elechon, " " League and 'three disgruntled ROC Another honor came to Rosamond me ^rs, he called themsleves I" h d m'~ w ,~- this spring when the Democrats el . J dependents and herself the lone their annual convennon. Tne reso-I Democrat" lution passed it as follows' - - " A,- iTne resume was tna cae i~/~ mem- 'WHEREAS Rosamona t)~rxen[ --~- **-^ +*,-~,~ Tna-*--mnonts and Lowe has served w~th d]stmchon m[tho r~mocrat ioined forces and had the State Senate and has faithfullY la bare"ma:orlt- of one to control r~r'.----d the Democratic party and i 1953 and 1 ses the Senate 955 - through tht servme has encouraged sions. political participation by women, Rosamond recalls that '~this was a "WE THEREFOI~E, resolve, that bitter pill for the ROC because they this convention go on record in ap- preciation of her contribution." had controlled the Senate for so many years, that they thought this The life of Rosamond O'Brien should go on forever." Lowe has been an open book to the During her membership in the readers of the Walsh County Press Senate, Rosamond s nmin inter- in Park River through her column ests were In education and social which appeared shortly after she and her late husband Harry O'Brien pur-' chased the paper thirty years ago. Pioneer Heritage Looking back, Rosamond tells us she was born in Ramsey County, welfare. He name was on prac- tically every eduction bill intro- dueed in the 1959 senate sesstons. One of the most outstaading of of these was the teacher certifies- Mr. and Mrs. Ken Lowe .Honored guests at the traditional banquet of the North Dakota Press Association this spring was Mr. and Mrs. Ken Lowe of Grand Forks. Mrs. Lowe was recognized by the North Dakota Press Women for her outstandign contr:~butions to newspaper work and community service. She was elected second vice president of the NDPW and was named a delegate to the national convention which will be held in Topeka. Kan- sas this month. Sen. and Mrs. Hubert Humphrey in guest in Managua, Nicaragua, at the the Columbia Room at the nation's home of U. S. Ambasador and Mrs. capitol. It was her privilege to also Thomas Whelan, at the American be included on a special after-hours Embassy. The Whelans are from St. tour of the U. S. Senate personally Thomas, N. D. and the Ambassador conducted by Sen. Humphrey. I is a cousin of the late Harry O'Brien. While serving as a member of the! News Colttmn Helps State Senate, Rosamond held theI When Rosamond was asked for post of caucus chairman for the the formula of not only winning, Democrats. She has served as secre- 1 but being re-elected many times to tary and treasurer of the Walsh public office, she said as frankly as County Democratic-NPL Central she might have written in her col- Committee fo~" seven years. . ume. "Short Stops . . :" Because of their enthusiasm and"I can't lay my finger on any one continued support editorially in thing, but I think our weekly col- their weekly newspaper, Rosamond urns helped people to know us, for O'Brien Lowe and her late husband our style was folksy and people Harry O'Brien, are given credit for thought they knew us as our writ- tion law which increased the near Devils Lake and is next to the -uallfleai~ons for teachers in see revitalizing and fostering interest in ings were intimate. So when we youngest of seven children, q-~.~ .- ~- L.- ~-^,~. ~~ the Democratic party in Walsh went out to meet people they seemed .~er parents, Jenme aampsonflna bill on enlarged curriculums for County. to already know us and our ap- ~tmvor ~, Thee, were marrma at : mgll senders an~! one reg'arGlng Rosamond says she favored the preach was much easier than it Lakota on October 18, 1886. In those ~he o-- of -hnaren enterin~ the ] nomination of Gee. Averill Harri- might otherwise have been." territorial days, she recalls t at noi firse ~-ade I man of New York for the presi- Rosamond was also quick to point marriage license was necessary but " "" " [ The 1959 legmlatwe sessmn ~s sazdl dency at the 1956 national Dame- out that while they lived in a good two w~messes ana a jusuce were re [ . " to have initiated the most new and I cratic convention After his crush- Democrat community, they received t qulrea - - ' I" w" " 1^^" "h" -e progressive senoi measures in the ] ing defeat by Adlai Stevenson, Gov. votes from all sides. They had bot~ I as In ~ t t n r morner nao, state s h~story. Rosamond was an [ and Mrs. Harriman entertained their done a lot of work on local service ] come to t~Tary T.O vtSt~ ner s~ster, anthn.~ia.~tie sunnorter I A H e ea 1 co-workers and supporters at a pri- projects which they had helped [ Mrs. ndrew useby. In thos r y ~-" . I rate party in their Blackstone-Sher- sponsor both personally and through I In 1956 Rosamond was derogate dayS,worriedpioneerabout motherSthe Indi~nsWerewhoalwaySoften from North Dakota to the National [ aton Hotel suite and Rosamond who their paper. It seemed a natural I Trots'" when the Democratm Conventmn at Chicago [was there, says it was a fabulous thing to follow that the voters res-[ made surprlse men [ affair ponded. ~" wa- ~^r --o*~'er saidano~ was one Of two North DaKotans" " r This veteran stateswoman says that they never harmed her or the selected to serve on t.he party s plat- I Another world opened up for mrm commitTee. "rms group nero a Rosamond in 1958 when she was a]that individuals who might be a children for she gave them food as or [ told to do. wee~.mng sessmn m ~=meago oez e Their home was on preemption the opening of the official conven- tion. Rosamond has always been inter- ested in young people and as a special treat took her niece, Barbara Leifur of Bismarck, along to the convention. Barbara was a journal- ism student at the University of North Dakota and she wrote about her experiences for various news- papers. Rosamond represented North Da- kota in April 1958 at a National Conference of Women Democrats held in Washington, D. C. She re- ceived this appointment from Mrs. Daphna Nygard of. Jfimestown, North Dakota National Committee Woman. Rosamond took part .in the conference as leader of a discua~on group at the meeting which was at- tended by 2500 women from every state, including Alaska and Hawaii. An outstanding event at this af- fair was the dinner honoring Demo- crat Senators at which the North This Is the first family and tree claim land. Farming was unpredictable. Their first big wheat crop froze a week before harvest time and it could not even be sold for feed. Wood for heating was haul- ed 15 miles, all winter long, despite high snows drifts, ,blazing ,blizzards or ,bitter cold. Neighboring women assisted each other at childbirth. Doctors were scarce and if at all available, too expensive. So it was that Rosamond finished her eight grades in a rural school. She received her high school educa- tion at Devils Lake and then attend- ed the Valley City State Teachers CoLlege. For several years she taught country schools in Ramsey County. On December 31, 1923, she and Harry O',Brien were married. He was a farm ,boy' and a veteran of World War I. While he was learn- ing the printing trade in Minneapo- lis, Rosamond was earning their rent money by managing an apartment house. NewspaPer C~eer Begins When Harry finished his course they went to Mtnot and he worked on the Northwest Press, a paper pu !im by After this followed a brief period ~a line. fore she always combined with an active career. "I mixed printer's ink with dishwater for years," she gaily admits. Her working gave her a lot of satisfaction and helped educate "her children" Her husband Ken Ix)we is a movie projectionist in the Empire Theatre and is very much interested in hunt ing and fishing. He has devoted see eral years to Masonic and Shrine activities. Rosamond says she wants to ex- plore some of the new fields at the University of North Dakota, for she is always seeking to learn more use- ~ul information. She is continuinz as publisher of the Walsh County Press which is edited by a nephew, Henry W. Kelly. Rosamond O'Briend Lowe's col- ume will continue to tell her "neigh- bors" whatever comes to her mind Some of her admirers are hoping tht one day it will be that she agrees it is about time tht North Dakota sends a woman to the United States Congress. GARDEN VARl~Y--Barbara Nelson models a garden vari- ety bikini, one with flowers, In New York. Hyacinth pet- als are set everywhere but where Barbara sits. If you spill insecticide on your skin or clothing, bathe immediately and change clothing. ]::l- Good turf-forming grasses proper- ly maintained will go a long way in keeping crabgrass out of the lawn. Dakota women had the occasion to meet such well known persons as Sen. Estes Kefauver, Sen. Lyndon Johnson, Sen. John Kennedy, Sen. Hubert a North Mo~ Press Women's "Women of Aehieve- merit" of the year. Rosamond O'Brlen Lowe. Mr. and Mrs. Halvor S. Thoe posed for this formal portrait in 1904, Rosamond is the baby sitting on her father's knee. To his Fight is his wife, daughter Alta, Now Mr~ P, O. Bugg~ Elmer, and in the front row Lswrenee+ 8amuel sml Henry. daughter of this ~narrlage, Gladys, now Mrs. Everett Brash of Devils Lake, who said when the family gatheM here for this portrait she "was only a gleam in her father's eye." Rosamond's pioneer mother lived with her for the last slx years of her Ufe which was spent in a wheel cha/r, She 4/~I i~ 1959. Blue Shield ' Adds Benefits Starting July 1 Effective July 1,1960, most of the 207,000 subscribers of North Dakota Blue Shield will be entitled to ad- ditional benefits, Dr. Charles Por- ter. president of Blue Shield an~ nounces. He said that "new or Improved benefits include coverage for 3~5 days for in-hospital medical care: nursing home medical care m a licensed North Dakota nursing imme following hospitalization: tubercu- losis, nervous and mental illness coverage for 70 days; diagnostic X- day and laboratory services when consistent with the diagnosis; thera. peutic radiology for cancer or thy- roid: shock therapy and others." The North Dakota Physicians Service (Blue Shield) has accented the relative value fee sehedule as adopted and recommended by the North Dakota State Medical Assn. "As new procedures in the field of medicine are introduced, others become obsolete New methods of performing a certain procedure in- crease the time or skill required. with a resulting change in the fee the physician should receive. The relative value fee schedule can be readily changed to reflect new facts of medical practice," Dr. Porter said. "We believe this new schedule is a significant contribution to health insurance and to all of those con- cerned with it physicians, medi- cal care plans and those people pur. chasing prepaid medical care cover- age." "These will be great new services to our subscribers," Dr. Porter said. "Even more important, they will make possible, in many cases, a re- duction of expenses incurred. Also. the expanded coverage will en- courage subscribers to undergo mi~ nor surgery promptly which may prevent more serious and costly medical care later." Dr Porter said that "since 1957, when Blue Shield rates were last ad- justed, enrollment has grown to over 200,000 members. In this same per- iod. claims for benefits provided to our members have also increased. In 1959 alone, over $2.400.000 was paid out for members claims expense and the figure will no doubt exceed that amount in 1960." Obviously, the Blue Shield Plan protecting one-third of the entire state's population must be operated on a sound basis." Dr. Porter added. "If Blue Shield is to continue to provide the benefits our subscribers want and need, the rates for this service must be increased," he said. "Increases in rates vary from 75 cents to $2 a month ,depending on the type of contract carried," Dr. Porter stated. "In addition, income sl:~cifications have been increased, tl~us allowing a greater portion of the members to be eligible for the service benefit feature of the Blue Shield contracts." The Blue Shield president said he is confident "our subscribers will appreciate and use wisely these new benefits which have ,been provided. I know that in the future, as in the past, they will ask only that Blue Shield continue to do its utmost to to keep pace with today's new age of medicine, and this we will do," Dr. Porter concluded. --[-]-- Looks 6ood Cardinal Petroleum Co. of Bis- marck this week reported what ap- pear~ to be a significant oil dis- covery for the first time in Me- Henry county. A wildcat test 22 miles north and slightly east of M.inot indicated oil in commercial qt~antities in this, the state's 14th "oil county." Hugh Palmer, president of Car- dinal, said the test from 4,200-13 feet in the Missouri Canyon forma- tion, recovered 23~ feet of free oil and 300 feet of oil cut with gas and some mud. No water was taken up with the oil, an encour- aging factor. The well is the 1 Herdt-Bank of North Dakota, NE ~r~ 6-158-80. The wildcat is six miles east of the Glenburn field of Renville county, and only a few miles south of production in Bottineau county. Casing has 'been set, and the operator is waiting for cement to harden around the easing before running productio~ tests which will determine the importance of the well, The Glenburn field is the site of some first class oil wells, as compared with the wells in the north-central North Dakota area, and the drill stem test would in- dicate the Cardinal venture ranks with an average well in the Glen- ,burn. BISMARCK GIE~LS ~rINS ONE-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP Joyee Trygg, daughter of Mr. and M~ra. Alvin Tryg~ 901 13th street, was awarded a Fagerstrom soh'ol- arship at the commencement exer- cises of Central Bible Institution May 26. The scholarship was granted her by the Central Bible Institute fac- ulty. It will be effective during the 1960411 s~ool year. Miss Trygg i~ a ~nan at the Springfield, Mo tu . Fewer Jekens were raised the U. S lsst year t lmn in year Mnee M. C f t d O U V e D I