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Thursday, July 8th, 2010 Catfish Capital of the Horth ..... lululll The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School 7 Cents Volume 28 - Number 27 Old Drayton Farmer's Union Aerial Mosquito Spraying Planned for July 14 Elevator ' -',om.,ex -,00omln00 Down City of Drayton has will continue to spray as scheduled an aerial mosquito spray forWednesday evening, July 14, weather permitting. This aerial application has been approved by the FAA and the ND State Department of Health. A specially trained and licensed pilot will be flying the plane. The mosquito control product is one specifically designed for use in residential areas. It's safe to use and won't harm people, pets or gardens. However, as an added measure of safety, you may remain indoors while the application is taking place. The City of Drayton has been ground spraying and needed. Ground spraying is not effective and is not attempted under certain weather conditions, such as rain, wind and cool temps. The city crew has also spread larvicide pellets in low-lying areas around town. These pellets are effective for 120 days and kill the mosquito larvae. Homeowners can help keep the mosquito count down by making sure there's no standing water in your yard. Regularly empty containers that collect rainwater. Your efforts do make a difference! Going... Going... Soon to Be Gone Impressive landmarks, the Farmer's Union Elevator Complex located along the railroad tracks at city center is coming down. The prairie's version of sky scrapers, it's kind of hard to watch these old buildings come down, however the aging structures are now outdated and pose a safety hazard, with sheets of corrugated metal shaking loose and falling to the ground from time to time. Work began last week, tearing down the old Farmers Union (now CHS) elevator. Actually two elevators and a storage annex are coming down. The smaller of the elevators is the old Andrews, elevator (still looking for more history on that one), which sat between the larger elevator, built in 1956 and the large storage annex to the south of it, also built in 1956. The demolition process is attracting the attention of a lot of the locals. Some folks remember the time before the main elevator was built and some have never known a time when it wasn't there. One day last week I ran into Ken Gardner near the demolition site and we got to chatting. He thought it would be a good idea to go through the old papers from the time it was built and glean a little information about the buildings. He told me he thought it was built in 1956, so I started digging through the old Drayton Leaders from that time. Here's what I found. There had been numerous discussions concerning building a new elevator through the winter months, due to increased patronage, by the Drayton Farmers Union Elevator Company Board of Directors, who at the time were J.D. Morrison, president, and members Elmer Johnson Ervin Schumacher, Waldie Anderson and Arnet Weinlaeder. The elevator manager at the time was Walter Vollmers and his assistant was James Evenson. A public meeting was held March 1, 1956, opening the proposed construction discussion to the public. The vision presented was to build an additional elevator with a 40,000 bushel capacity. The cost was estimated at $65,000. Ervin Schumacher spoke on the need for a new elevator and a question and answer session was held. This was all followed of course, by coffee and sandwiches. The meeting appeared to be intended to give everyone something to think about for a while. However, on May 6th, the elevator at Herrick (about 5 miles southwest of Drayton), owned by the Continued on Page 2 Above, the Farmer's Union Elevator Company built the annex structure on the far left in 1956, shortly after the Herrick elevator burned to the ground, on March 6th, of that year. The center structure was then known as the "old Andrew" elevator which by 1956 had been rebuilt several times and was the official Drayton Farmer's Union Elevator. The structure at the right was the new Farmer's Union Elevator, also built in 1956. It took construction workers less than six months to complete the annex and the new elevator. At right, the structures near totally reduced to rubble. Bicyclist Taking the Way to Australia out of work, a little down on your luck, what do you do? How about take a bike ride to Australia, and while you're at it go the long way so you have to circle the globe to get there. That's what Ari Gold, who stopped in for a visit to Drayton last week is doing. He started out from Las Vegas last September, and is taking his time heading east. On the coast he plans to work his way across the ocean and continue his trip until he ends up in Australia. You can follow his travels by going to http:// Long Bound for Blessing Opens Friday Evening OOPS! Ox Cart Trails Historical and personal books may sodbuster home-style meal Swimming Society will present Bound For Blessing, a theatrical production taken from Lauraine Snelling's Red River of the North novels. With special music added to the show this year, you won't want to miss this historical presentation in 2010. Performances are scheduled for Friday July 9 at 7:00 pm, Sunday July 11 at 2:00 pm, Thursday July 15 at 7:00 pm and Sunday July 18 at 2:00 pm in the Drayton High School gymnasium, 108 South 5th Street, Drayton, North Dakota. Each performance will be followed by a book signing by author Lauraine Snelling. Many of her books will be available for purchase also be brought in to be autographed. You may purchase your tickets at the door for each performance of Bound for Blessing. Wheelchair accommodations are available upon request. A writing seminar by Lauraine Snelling will be at H. G. Johnson Memori Hall, 105 Almeron Avenue, Drayton on Friday, July 16. Registrations begin at 9:00 am with the session from 9:30 am to 3 pm at a cost of $40.00. A catered lunch is included. The seminar is open to everyone from age 12 and up with registration due by July 10. Supper at the Soddy, a served by costumed members of Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, willbe held on Blessing Square (museum grounds) on Saturday, July 17, 2010, starting at 5:00 pm. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the museum, a sod house replica, and an authentic late 1800s log house. The above activities are supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Should you have any questions, call 701-454- 6103 or email president@ Parade Entries Sought for Drayton Riverfest Parade entries are sought for the Drayton Riverfest Grand Parade, Saturday July 17. Thre is no pre- registration. Parade entries need only assemble in Drayton's Schumacher Park beginning at 10:00 a.m. and go to the parade official's station for further instructions. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Drayton Community Chamber of Commerce at 701-454-FISH or email Lessons Scheduled to Begin July 12th WrongPhone Number Posted Last Week (Editor's Note: please note that the telephone number published last week was incorrect. The number posted below is the correct number). Swimming Lessons are being scheduled to start July 12th at the Drayton Pool. Please call 454-6231 to sign up your child. Times have not yet been established, however we will contact everyone signed up when we have the time set.