Halliday celebrates 100 years

By 10 a.m. this past Saturday, the streets of Halliday were lined with people excited to see a parade on a beautiful sun-filled day.

By Maggie Piatz

Dunn County Reporter

Harold Mathisen stands beside his 1915 Model T Touring Car.
Harold Mathisen stands beside his 1915 Model T Touring Car.

By 10 a.m. this past Saturday, the streets of Halliday were lined with people excited to see a parade on a beautiful sun-filled day.  They were not disappointed when they saw the floats and cars slowly passing them by. Everyone set out to have an extra special display and to see who could throw the most candy for all the little ones.  Halliday Commission President, David Walth  did great job announcing the time and location of each event planned for the day while waiting for the parade to start. As the parade passed him, each float, car, or organization was announced, along with a bit of humor every now and then.

Quintana Biffert-Linseth sang the National Anthem as the American Legion carried our colors. Quintana is a local woman who has been a popular favorite of Dunn County with her beautiful singing voice since she was a young girl. Emil Mann was honored as Halliday’s Oldest Living Resident. Many organizations, a community band, lots of beautiful cars, and the school’s reunion classmates were well represented with fun along the way surprising their friends with a squirt with their water guns. As with all parades; it ended with sirens and a lights display with their ambulances and fire trucks.

An open house was held in the Halliday City Hall where you were able to pick up a Halliday T-shirt as a souvenir, some flavored popcorn and grab a snack of all kinds of desserts to give you that little extra boost of energy needed to get you on with the day. I was especially impressed with the clothing display shown in the City Hall letting us see the type of clothing worn by women 100 years ago.  It was nice to see many familiar faces visiting with old friends and sharing a laugh or two over old memories.

Next in the day’s line up was a car show held at the school parking lot. There were many really nice cars. It is easy to see the love and car that has gone into each vehicle to either restore it or preserve it. From old to not so new, each car represented class from its era.

The first car to catch my eye was a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra, owned by Allan and Gail Lynch of Dunn Center. It was built by Backdraft Racing in South Africa.  Lynch said he found the car at a dealership in New York and was put in contact with the owner who lived in South Africa. After negotiations, the pair made a deal and Lynch made arrangements through a broker to have the car shipped to his home address. Besides their love of exceptional cars, the Lynch’s share an interest in history and Native American artifacts.

As I walked down the line of cars, I came across a completely restored 1915 Model T Touring Car owned by Harold Mathiesen of Hazen, ND. Mathiesen was quick to show me the motor’s serial number that reflected the car was built on April 15, 1915. He inherited the car in the early 1980’s and began to work on it. It took six years to complete the restoration. Along the way, he had acquired another 1915 Model T car which was used for parts to rebuild the car in the show in Halliday. Many thanks to Harold for the ride in his Model T before I moved on to the Quilt and Trunk Show also held inside the school.

Special interest for the ladies in Halliday on Saturday was the area Quilt Show. There were many quilts on display and each one was unique and beautiful. As we saw, each quilt will have its own story to tell and each maker has a personal touch for each quilt that is made. About three years ago, Shelley Flaget, had attended a quilt show where the Wishek Quilt Guild held a Trunk Show of quilts and patterns from the Feed Sack era. Their presentation stayed with her and she wanted to share this experience with the ladies in Dunn County and those who attended from out of our area. Three ladies came and they shared their stories, often with humor. We saw quilts made from original feed sack material and also from reproductions of feed sack material. Quilting in the early 30ths included the use of feed sacks. Utilitarian items were made also. Every inch of fabric was used. We learned that there were many uses of feed sack material. They were used for dishcloths, linens, diapers, undergarments and clothing. The motto used back then was, “Pick it Up, wear it out, or go without!”  It took 4-5 feed sacks to make a dress back then and the ladies would try to be the first to the store to be able to pick up that many sacks of feed with the same material pattern to use for a dress.

During the afternoon, the Halliday City Park held the activities for the afternoon. The park was a cool shady place to sit and listen to their favorite musicians playing songs from days gone by and even a few from today.  The Blue Ribbon Band played into the night with everyone’s favorite dancing tunes. The crowd was large and at the end of the night, there were many tired and happy faces heading home for a good nights sleep.


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