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John F. Paul Gross


We don't live in a static world; and developments come faster and faster every day.

Take one man, John F. Paul Gross. Born in the 1860s in Germany, he was once a printer in Fargo. In about 1905, Gross left Fargo and moved his family across the state by covered wagon — the prairie schooner so well-known to the settlers of the time.

During his lifetime, cars, telephones and even refrigerators became mainstream, but perhaps these changes were most evident when he returned to visit a daughter in Fargo in 1929, as reported on this date by the Drake Register. He came back to Fargo—but no covered wagon for him. This time, he came by airplane.

Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker


Drake Register, August 22, 1929, p.1

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