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(EEP HUNTING A SAFE SPOR I BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER Territorial Governor's Home Put to Pasture Schafer Receives "Success Story' Award This former Territorial Gov- ernors' Mansion at 816 Main Avenue maintained a certain dig- nity mnid the inevitable squalor of decadence, just prior to be- ing moved out to pasture on the James H. Rhud farm four miles south of Bismarck. This is the mansion occupied by Gov. Gilbert A. Pierce from 1883 just after the Territorial Capitol was established at Bis- marck until 1889, when Pierce was appointed the first U. S. Senator from North Dakota. Here it was that Theodore Ro- osevelt came to plead for the Marquis De Mores, accused of murder. Subsequent North Dakota gcv- ernors from Ordway to Bunk occupied the Ordway house at the southwest corner of Fourth and Avenue C--now an apart- ment house. Gov. John Miller, the first governor of the state of North Dakota, occupied the Ordway House, but Gov. Andrew Burke~ occupied the McKenzie House, south of the Presbyter- ian Church on Second St. First governor to occupy the former Governor's Mansion at Fourth and Avenue B was Eh C. D. Shortridge. After territorial governors moved out of the 13-room white house on Main avenue, a Black Hills trail outfit established a post house there as the North- w e s t e r n Transportation Co. Shortly afterwards, the Soo Rail- road used the house for offices. In about 1906, pioneer con- tractor and builder Hans C. Rhud purchased the mansion as a family home. Hans operated a large lumber- yard in the early 1900s, built thc original McCabc Methodist Church and a number of business buildings. He restored the house with its solid walnut staircase and the Rhuds made it a popu- lar social center of the rapidly growing community. Hired girls helped Mrs. ~hud keep it a showplace. The Rhud family resided there unti] about ] 925, when Mrs. Rhud moved to California. The pro- perty has remained in the Rhud family all these years, however, and much of the family furniture is now to be seen at the home of John B. Rhud, 623 North Six- th St. The John Rhud home is conse- quently a treasure trove of mid Victorian antique furniture--- beautiful pieces of finely carved walnut, richly upholstered set- tees and chairs, ornamental chests and tables. John, his brother James, his brother Hanlom of Maryville, Calif and his sister, Mrs. Selma N. Douden of San Diego have rented the family home as an apartment house in more re- cent years. They have now ar- ranged to move the house to the James Rhud farm and lease the property to a large oil com- pany for use as a super service station, expected to be one of the finest in this area. John recalls the days when his family home dominated the Bis- marck skyline. "When the fire whistle would blow,' he relates, "we would all run up to the top deck to see where the fire was." Visitors to the Rhud home were invariably treated to a pan- oramic view of the city from the house's top deck. "SECURITY'--Here Is the Cubana airlines plane, valued at $3,000,000, emized in New York by the Queen's county sheriff's office because of non-payment of a "$237,000 debt to a Miami, Fla advertising agency, Harris & Co. Advero tislng, Inc. The crew ts shown at Idlewild airport after the seizure, wondering, no doubt, what to do next. UNDER THE NORTH POIX--Thla view of the underside of the ice near the North Pole was made through periscope of the nuclear submarine Seadragon. The sub is in Hawaii after itJ historic '~Northwest Passage" cruise from Portsmouth, N. H under the ]polar ice. Harold Schafer of Bismarck Istanding third from the left) was among 11 men honored last week by the Free Enterprise Awards Assn. Each received an :"American S u c e e ss S~ory" aw:-~rd, symbolizing the success possible under the American system. Each rose from a hum- ble job to become an owner or president of a large business. Standing at the left, Talbot T. Speer, Annapolis publisher and FEAA award chairman, pre- scnts g:)ld citations to (sitting, left-to-right) J. E. Duffield. ac- cepting for William E. Robin- son. cha:rman, Coca Cola Co. of Athmta, Ga and New York City; Tom Bolack, independent oil, gas and mining operator of Farmington, N. M.; Harry S~gar, founder and chairman of ALSCO, I,-~c. of Akron, Ohio; Dr. William M. Scholl, M D founder and president of the Scholl Manu- facturing Co.; and Louis M. Brown, president of Eberhard. Faber. Standing left-to-right: Sarkes Tarzian, founder and owner of Sarkes Tarzian,Inc.; Schafcr, principal ownerof the Gold Seal Co; Charles A. Koons, In- ternational Products Corp. chair- man of the board; Benjamin Eskow. founder and chairman of Yale System, Inc.; Ragnar Ben- son, fotmder and chairman of t~a~nar Benson, Inc.; Julius N. Werk, founder and president of Julius N. Werks Fabrics, Inc. P. T.A.'s New m e When in Rome---or Oslo or ~thens, Fontainebleau or Karlsruhe, Addis Ababa or Reykjavik -- American par- ents and teachers do just about as they do at home: they form a P.T.A. More than 42,000 P.T.A. mem- bers in the European Congress of American Parents and Teach- ers this fall will join in the an- nual October Membership Month of the National Congress of Par- ents and Teachers. Like their nearly 12 million counterparts on U.S. soil, these P.T.A. members who live over- seas--from Iceland to the Mid- dle East, most of them on Amer- ican military bases--will encour- age others to "serve where you are: join the P.T.A." Serving the welfare of Amer- Ican children, wherever they are growing up, is the primary ob- ject of the National Congress. It has brought the P.T.A. into many areas of activity during its 63-year history. Since forma- tion of the European branch in 1958, these activities have taken on new flavor: ~A,European program of scholarships, similar to those f)rovldecl by many state con- gresses in the United States, this year awarded $500 against tuition to American colleges for seven students; they were grad- trates of American overseas schools in Nouasseur, Morocco; S~uttgart, Berlin, Bitburg, and Heidelberg, Germany; and Vi- cent, Italy. ---Concerned, like other P.T.A.'s, with the interests of mentally and physically handi- capped children, the European Congress has initiated a pro- gram of special class Instruc- tion for these youngsters, pro- riding the funds for additional teacher assistants, helpers, and materials to be used in some 20 schools. --Foreign language educa- tlon, a natural interest for chil- dren whose parents are assigned overseas, has been a major In- terest of P.T.A.'s in the Euro- pea~l Congress. In Air Force schools, extending from Oslo to Libya and from the British Isles to Saudi Arabia, children in grades 3 through 8 are taking! classes in foreign language this year. ---Adult education programs of !the P.T.A which in the U.S. The midst of Europe's B&varian Alps,-4t's & P.T.A. meeting. Mrs. James C. Parker, president of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, confers with Fred L. Miller, eoordlnater for P.T.A.'s in the European Congress of American Parents and Teachers, during conference in Berehtesgaden, Germany. Some 140 l~rent-teaeher associations in Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle E~k~t will Join this fall in prograxns to enroll more than 12,00@,0@0 paronts, teachers, and friends of children as P.T.A. members, usually take the form of study-[lationship in a foreign environ- discussion groups, may become ment, because they have so adult self-education in overseas many unusual experiences in areas, where American military, government or civilian members of P.T.A.'s take advantage of opportupAties for learning the language of the country and for studying its cultural assets. As these P.T.A. members, both teachers and parents, return from overseas assignments, they bring broader understanding of other countries to their state- slde colleagues. '~his is one great contribu- tion our European members can make," says Mrs. James C. Parker, of Grand Rapids, Mich president of the National Con- gress, who acted as a consultant to the European Congress when she attended their convention last April. "Overseas P.T.A.'s," she points out, "bring to American boys and girls living in other parts of the world some of the home and school experiences they would be enjoying if they lived in the United States. "The richest result is the re- lationship between parents and teachers; there is a closer re- common." The National Congress has al- ways recognized, she says, "that great differences exist among the states and communities"-- and still greater ones in over- seas communities. But the Na- tional Congress program "al- ways allows abundant room for choice" of projects for local P.T.A.'s, serving "as a bank or library of ideas from which the local unit draws to suit its needs." In its membership programs this October, the P.T.A. card will become "a passport to the best society on earth," says Mrs. Parker, "an organization working in hundreds of ways to create a better world, working for the welfare of all children-- for the handicapped, the gift- ~the migrant, the delinquent, average, for all children whether they live in clues. suburbs, rural areas, or on mili- tary bases abroad--an organiza- tion that cares about the homes children live in, the schools they are taught in, and the neighbor. hoods the}, grow up ~," KHRUSHCHEV ARRIVES--Soviet Premier Nikitaiis Janos Kadar, First Secretary of the Soviet Khrushchev, wearing glasses and a serious ex-IParty of Hungary. Khrushehev said he hoped pression, talks into a microphone on an East River I President Elsenhow'er would not only make a pier in New York after arrlvtng on the liner Ba~. 1 speech but actively take part in the meetinp. for ulq. General Ass abl.v sessions, At left l As he ol peae ii! ,ili ii ,i