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Valley News & Views Page 5 May 3rd, 2012 Bill Scouton knew Kari Wigton before Dick Clark even knew she existed. So who is Bill Scouton and who is KariWigton? Raised in Inkster (ND) and my roommate at the University of North Dakota, Bill Scouton reported for the Grand Forks Herald and eventually became a Washington staff member for Senator Quentin Burdick in the early 1960s. When Rollie Redlin was elected to Congress in 1964, Bill moved over to his office to organize and head up his new staff. Now retired and living in Washington, Bill is involved with a small circle of writers. In that role, he has been writing some memoirs about his life experiences. Recently, he provided me with copies of some short articles he had written, including one that told about a couple of North Dakota girls who appeared inWashington to work for Senator Burdick as temporary interns. They had been recommended to Burdick by one of their very influential sorority sisters. In his draft of "The Girls Who Couldn't Type," Bill explained how Charles Plante, Burdick's chief of staff, hoped that Bill could use the two girls - Betty Kay Bitterman of Medina and Karl Wigton of Steele - on Redlin's staff. May 4th, 1899 Drayton Echo From Washington The immigration laws of the United States have been extended to Cuba Puerto Rico and the Philippine islands. The beef inquiry board held its last open session in Washington and is preparing its report. President McKinley has issued a proclamation announcing the ratifcation of the new extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico. A new hotel is going up at Bowesmont. The office and gentleman's sitting room of the Commercial House is being re-papered and otherwise improved. It has been rainy and wet nearly all the past week, and very little seeding has been done. Some farmers have scarcely no seeding at all done. The season is getting late and the present outlook is very discouraging to many. Lewis H. Wallace of this place, who has been with the 13th Minnesota regiment at Manila and who was seriously wounded and also suffered a severe attack of typhoid fever while there, arrived in San Francisco on the transport Sherman Sunday last, and is expected to arrive home in a few days. His brother Charley will also probably arrive on the next transport from Manila, he having received his discharge a day or two after Lewis left. These brave young soldier boys from Drayton should and will receive a most warm and hearty welcome by their many friends in their old home town, on arrival. Thos. Mc Donald has purchased the switch-board used by the Crookston telephone exchange, and will place the same in here to operate the Drayton system. During the summer Mr. McDonald expects to enlarge the system here very materially and also expects They had no secretarial skills, Plante confessed. Bill declined the offer. "Betty Kay and Kari were resourceful," Bill wrote in his essay, "and soon found better jobs than working for a freshman Congressman." Betty Kay was hired by Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois who became chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee. Meanwhile, Kari joined the staff of Wayne Hayes of Ohio, chairperson of the House Administration Committee. Not long afterward, Hayes was involved in a scandal and resigned in disgrace. Then Betty Kay and Kari felt ready for a new adventure and joined a road trip around the country with the "See America First" program inspired by President Lyndon Johnson. Their assignment was to promote such annual events as the Kentucky Derby and the Apple Blossom Festival in Virginia. Bill wished them well the day they left and they were off. After doing the circuit, they both ended up in Los Angeles. "I lost track of the girls," Bill wrote. "But a few years later I came across Betty Kay at a reception at the National Press Club. She was on her way to France to attend the annual International Cannes Movie Festival. "Later, I was told that she was working on the Merv Griffin television show. So I tuned in once and watched the credits that listed Betty K. Bitterman as the executive producer of the show." Merv Griffin was a talk show host and creator of "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune." The intern from Medina had done well for herself. Then Bill made another surprising discovery. "One Sunday a few years ago when I opened my Washington Post, I was startled to see Dick Clark and Karl on the front cover of Parade magazine; inside was a story of their happy marriage." In case you missed the news, Dick Clark, nationally- known for his long-running television production of 'Tkmerican Bandstand," died recently. He had married Kari in 1977 and they had remained together for the past 35 years. A hard-driving business manager, Clark ended up a multi-millionaire. The intern from Steele had done pretty well, also. How did Bill feel about the whole thing? "These were the girls I rejected for jobs in our Congressional office because they couldn't type," he concluded with an air of nostalgic remorse. to secure connection with the long distance phone. He has secured the vacant room next to A.H. Newans' store for a central station. May 2nd, 1919 Drayton Echo San Francisco, April 28 - The earth's next big conflict will originate in the Orient and will be fought in Pacific waters at the doors of California, Senator J. Hamilton Lewis of Illinois predicted, in declaring grievances against the peace terms, now being shaped, will be greatest in Japan. The farmers of this vicinity are busy with the seeding. The land appears to be in excellent condition. Dr. Bechtel is driving a new Studebaker auto which he recently purchased from H.R. Grover, of Grafton. (Hard to believe "Doc" was my dentist for many years.) A number of the farm horses in this vicinity are laid up with the flu. Some of the farmers have had their whole outfits laid up with the flu. The minstrel show given by the high school Athletic Club Friday evening drew a packed house. The program was very good and some of our school boys made excellent colored men. The proceeds were about $100 and will be used by the Athletic Club. May 5th, 1939 Red River Valley Leader Democracy was adamant one week before Der Fueher gave Reichstag and the world his answer to President Roosevelt's peace appeal. By four days before speech time Hitler had become adamant, Britain and the U.S. cautiously shifting their standto showsimultaneously that democracies (1) will not, and (2) can be persuaded to, participate in another Munich conference. One school teacher from Hallock, Minn., was fatally injured, another teacher was seriously hurt, a third one injured less seriously and two men were cut and bruised when a coupe hurtled end over end about 1:30 A.M. Monday on highway No. 44 just north of the Grand Forks county line. . A representative of the Leader visited Mr. M.T. Cummings, of Drayton, the other day and found him in his basement work shop busy and happy. He was working with a machine attached to a motor driven line shaft. He said it was being used to separate the monogerm from the polygerm sugar beet seed. He said it was queer how many farmers who grow beets year after year cannot tell why it is that where there May Pole Spring 1939 Dear Lady Di Sound Answers to Your Daily Dilemmas Write Lady Di at DearLadyDi@bn,naicom Vbit her websitie at Dear Lady Di, I live in a distant town. A friend of mine who I have coffee with gets the Valley News and Views. We laugh at the Norwegian jokes. I'm of Norwegian descent and a and grandfather, and was just about kicked out of the house. They said that Evangelicals are "Too damn liberal" and might represent a threat to the congregation's way of thinking. One uncle even phoned Greyhound on his cell phone to find out what a bus ticket to Seattle cost. We're very serious about one solid Lutheran, as I assume most Norwegians in the Valley are too. That's why your column in the VNV caught my eye. If you hail from Grand Forks, you probably know what Norwegians are like. I'm in my late 30's and have never married. I'm the spinster teacher at the local school. I'm an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, same as the rest of my family, many who live in this community. If you threw a stone in the church parking lot on Sunday, you'd almost certainly smash the windshield of one of my relatives. I've been seeing a wonderful man who farms in the area. He's in his 40's and never married. Our relationship started in a casual fashion but we've grown close. We've been talking that maybe it's time to tie the knot. We wish it were that easy. He and his family, which is large with many residing in the area, are pillars of the local Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and German. The problem, both our families are imperialistic and authoritarian when it comes to family matters. My 95 year old grandmother is the matriarch and my mother is the vice- matriarch. You can go into any business you want, cheer for any team, dress fashionably or a slob, plant sunnies' rather than beans and nobody seems to mind. When it comes to church and family, you'd better be in step with your elders or you'll find yourself sitting out on the curb. My mother counts heads in church and reports to my grandmother. My friend, I'll call him"Herm". His family's hierarchy goes up to his grandfather, who's nearly 100 and whose six children form their father's inner circle. Some of Herm's cousins challenged the set-up once and were given bus tickets to LA and Seattle. Last fall, Herm and I went to our respective elders to talk about hopes for a wedding. My grandmother and mother were sweet and said while they respected Herm's family an Evangelical Lutheran wedded to a Missouri Synod would be a mixed marriage and wouldn't work. They said, "Look for a Scandinavian boy". Herm approached his dad, uncles, aunt another and want to get married. How can we make this work? Troubled in Turtle Lake Dear Toubled, Uff-da Mae! You sound like a snappy and stylish spinster with humor and comedic timing. I might encourage you to do 'stand up' at the local bar & grill. Indeed I hail from Grand Forks, Norwegian, Czech and Lutheran, albeit ELCA. Let's count on your cake topper being Lena & Lenz. Where do I start smart spinster? Your boyfriend consulted the entire County Seat, really? You're getting married, period, so let's take it from here. We'll focus on similarities. All things being Lutheran, both faiths have a high view of the church. If and when you bear children, both faiths believe in baptism as infants. Both affirm the 'Solas' of the Scripture. You have that going for both damn families. I hope the LCMS' and the ELCA's don't admonish me. Rarely, do I see a marriage that isn't mixed through religion, socio-economic class, race or nationality. I'm sensitive to the chasm regarding faith with your families. You're introducing diversity through spiritual relations. They are steeped in tradition and should not be admonished for that. First, meet with both Pastors and seek pre- marital counseling. You'll get much needed guidance and learn to collaborate as a united couple for everything sacred in good times and bad. Neither of you need to appease anyone else. The bottom line; whatever you do is the right thing! Regardless, keep your wedding sensible, don't spend a fortune. The size of your families' spans the entire Red River Valley to the Canadian border. Two things you can count on, you'll both live to be 100 and there is free glass replacement on windshields. Lady Di Copy and Paste http://www.dianefieldtv. com in your browser since Lady Di's site is new and see the dropdown tab dvice Column' dedicating her readership to the folks in ND and throughout the country. Write is one little beet plant growing there is almost invariably another right beside it. Out of many he had question, nearly half had never noticed that this was the case. The other half ascribed it to the coincidence of two seeds happening to be dropped in nearly the same spot. He found one man who Continued On Page 6 MAX LAI R D For Superintendent of Public Instruction Vote for Max Laird on June 12th. Paid for by Max Laird Campaign. Logan Tong, Treasurer