The Quiet of Forbes, North Dakota

Forbes, North Dakota

Forbes, North Dakota is in Dickey County, about thirty miles southeast of Ashley, right on the South Dakota border. On nearly every trip, we go out looking forward to seeing a certain town, but on the way home, we realize another town was better or more fun. In this adventure in June of 2011, Forbes was that town — the pleasant surprise.

Forbes, North Dakota

The Schulstad Stone House Museum in Forbes is open May to September by appointment only.

Forbes, North Dakota

According to the 2010 Census, there were 53 residents in Forbes, and the town’s Wikipedia page lists a number of legislators (former, in some cases) who have called Forbes home.

Former Governor and US Senator John Hoeven spent time there at the Hoeven Ranch owned by his grandparents […] Senator Tim Flakoll (R) and former Senator Don Moore (R) and Rep. Jim Brokaw (D) all lived, or continue to live in Forbes.

Forbes, North Dakota

At one time, the Great Northern Railroad had an agreement with the Milwaukee Road not to build west of their rail lines in this area. When the agreement expired, the GNRR extended their line from Ellendale and gave birth to Forbes. There are several ghost towns west of Forbes which were served by the Milwaukee Road, including Freda, North Dakota.

Forbes, North Dakota

The view above is Forbes as seen from State Line Road, right on the border with South Dakota. It’s one of few roads we’ve ever driven where you could pass somebody on the highway and when you’re side by side, each vehicle would be in a different state because the state line runs right down the middle of the highway.

Forbes, North Dakota

There were so many good shots to be taken of this school, we couldn’t put them all here. Check out this post for more photos of the former Forbes Public School.

Forbes, North Dakota

Forbes, North Dakota

Forbes, North Dakota

Forbes, North Dakota

The white building shown above was the gymnasium.

More photos of the Forbes School

Forbes, North Dakota

Forbes, North Dakota

Above: an empty home where someone decided to paint faux-shutters on the exterior.

More vacant, silent homes in Forbes North Dakota

Below: Without a doubt, one of the nicest, best kept little Post Offices we’ve seen. In an era when our elected officials are failing small town post offices, it was nice to see somebody takes pride in this place.

Forbes, North Dakota

Below: Some classic firepower out in front of Legion Post 277.

Forbes, North Dakota

Forbes, North Dakota

We’re told the church above no lionger has regular services, but still hosts occasional events. The little church shown below is now a museum.

Forbes, North Dakota

Forbes, North Dakota

Downtown Forbes, looking west on 2nd Avenue toward the intersection with County Road 2.

Forbes, North Dakota

Above: A structure with two previous lives — first as Forbes State Bank, then as the Long Branch Saloon.

Forbes, North Dakota

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © Sonic Tremor Media

87 Comments on “The Quiet of Forbes, North Dakota

  1. Forbes is my home town. It is great to see pictures of my past! I do not get back there very often, but was just there over Memorial Day weekend. I’ve followed you guys for while now and sure wish I could have met up with you. I went to school in that building from 2nd grad through high school, graduating in 1973. Thank you for coming to Forbes!

  2. There are many fond memories in this gallery. My dad was President of the School Board when the ‘new’ school was built. I think it was ready in time for the 60-61 school year. The year before, I remember having class at the Legion Hall downtown, due to full rooms in the old school. That baseball field was the scene of hundreds of happy hours watching our high school and adult men’s teams play.

  3. to bad you didn’t get any pictures of the basketball court. both my aunt lois schneider , above person, and my dad as well.

  4. I taught in Forbes from the years of 1966-1968. I had the 3rd and 4th grades. I was Mrs. Rehn at the time. Our daughter was born in Ellendale in February of 1968. I am very sad to see how the school looks. It was a wonderful building.

  5. Forbes was the home place of my grandparents, John and Elizabeth Maier,, They lived right across the street, from the school house. My grandmother would be a house mother to many kids coming in from the rural areas, to attend High school, before there was any rural bus service.. Also we played ball on the ball field many times while visiting our grandparents, and used the swing, slide, and teeter toter on the school ground, since it was easy to walk across the street. What fun times we had in this little town, Later my cousins lived here as well, so again we would visit and run the streets on Sat nights, when folks would come into town to do the weekly shopping, I so remember the Ice cream cones from the cafe on main street.. what pleasant memories. thanks for the photos, but so sad to see the windows broken in at the school house.. thanks again..

    • Your memories remind me of the time in Stanton. The school building even looks the same. The new school opened in 1957 and I started high school there in 1958. I graduated in 1962. Memories…

  6. Wow, the Bank and the Schulstad house are fantastic buildings! I hope someone is able to take care of them. That house could be a great community project.

    • I remember the 4th of July Rodeo in Forbes in 1981, we rode my motorcycle from Oakes when we lived there. The small Rodeo was great with some big names along with the locals competing. Forbes was very nice town at that time. That was home town Miss Rodeo North Dakota for that year I got to met her a family named Brokol.

      • Loren… sounds like great memories. I was raised on a farm and went to Forbes school and still get home to my family farm for visits. They had a great 100 year celebration in 2005. Could the family name of the 1981 ND Miss Rodeo have been Brokaw… with a “w” by chance?

  7. The Brokaw’s of Forbes are related to Tom Brokaw of NBC News.

  8. Hi all:

    It’s sad to see the school in such rough shape. I lived in Forbes for the 1980-1981 school year where I attended 3rd grade. My father was the Principal of the school that year (Maurice Haugen). It was a great small town to live in as a kid!

  9. Forbes is my most favorite place on this Earth. My Mom was raised there along with her three siblings. The family farm is in your collection of photos. I miss spending the summers there as I did when I was a child. Spending time with my Grandparents and Uncle were the most fun of my life.

    • Cathy: What is your family name? I was raised in Forbes as well, but I do not remember the Morris name.

  10. My Grandparents are Lester and Molly Holmes and my Uncle John Holmes

    • Cathy, John Holmes would be 60 or 61 years old now? I remember him well, and would love to get re-connected with him. Would he or you email me terrybob (at) gmail (dot) com. I went to Forbes schools through the 8th grade. Will look forward to catching up with John (as kids, he was always ‘Johnnie’).

      • Terry,

        My Uncle John passed way January 2001 in Forbes. I’m sure he would have enjoyed talking with you again.

    • Cathy… Roy Holmes was my classmate, graduating in 1973.

    • Hi Cathy!

      I think I remember your Grandfather Lester Holmes. Did he work at the school? If so, he was a very nice man and was very nice to my father and our family. My dad was the principal at the school from 1980-1981.

      • Yeah, my Grandfather was great! I miss all of them dearly. I use to come and stay with them for a month in the summer and help out at the school. Always had something fun and exciting to do there.

    • i’m tim kolasch, graduated in forbes in 85. molly and john holms worked for the school. they were the best people. was an honor to know them.

    • I remember Lester and Molly. My parents and grandparents were friends of theirs and it was always fun to visit with them.

    • Lester was our bus driver for many years. He was also the janitor at the school.

  11. Thanks for the information, Cathy. Sorry to hear about John’s passing. Lois, I remember Roy, too. The Holmes home on the east side of town was one that my Mother (Rosella Hoffman Bobzien) lived in for a time in her younger years.

  12. Lester (Mr. Holmes :-)) picked me up and took me home everyday on the school bus. He kept his kids in order!

    • Yes, I agree MR. Holmes was a VERY GOOD bus driver. Our family lived about 5 miles North of Forbes.
      No buildings left on our family farm any more. If no one knew where it was you’d never find it again.
      We at Forbes also had very good cooks at our school.

  13. I came across this website while preparing for an upcoming trip to North Dakota and recognized the school and several names in the comments. My dad, Bernard Pratschner taught at Forbes in the the late fifties and early sixties. Our family moved to California in 1963 and have many memories of the area. Mom I intend to visit Forbes in September and check out the old stomping ground.

  14. My Sister and I attended school in Forbes from k thru 12. I graduated in 1970 and my sister in 1967. I enjoyed school and participating in music, sports and plays. My sisters name is Gloria Larson and lives in Independence, MO. My wife and I live in Siverdale, WA. I plan on visiting Forbes summer of 2012. Our parents Robert and Erma Kauk owned Bobs Bar accross from the Long Branch Saloon. The Long Branch Saloon used to be a grocery store. I’m sure that I will see people I know when I visit.

    • My dad, Ted Gulke, was a county commissioner for twenty-six years in Dickey County. My folks use to play lots of whist together with Molly and Lester. In fact, Molly and Lester were the two people who helped to surprise mom and day on their 40tjh wedding anniversary, Molly called up mom to come in for supper and while eating, Molly & Lesters daugh ter slipped out and made a phone call saying that there was a whist party in the basement o/ f the gym and it was a fundraiser

    • Arnold, I hope you had a good visit last summer. We were in Ellendale and Aberdeen for a few days at the end of June. Woud have liked to catch up to you. We were neighbors on the farm from what–a mile and a half down the road? Where’s Vernon? He was in my class.

  15. I went to school from 5th-12th. I graduated in 1974. I drove bus from 1981-1986 till the school closed. I have been driving for Leola,SD ever since. I have 31 yrs in already. I lived in Forbes a good share of my life in different houses. I believe the house east of the school was the home Pratchener’s also lived in. It is no longer there. I remember so many good times there. I still have lots of family there. Come and see us all!

    • My dad’s family is from Leola! I loved being able to visit there for summers!

  16. What a treasure I stumbled upon when I saw this collection of photos from Forbes. The comments are much enjoyed as well. Thanks to all of you!

    I grew up on a farm three miles NW of Forbes and graduated from high school there in 1946. In ’49 I taught grades 4, 5 & 6 and in ’50 grades 3, 4, & 5. Mr Newman was my high school teacher and my boss when I returned to teach.

    Terry, your mother was one of my classmates in eighth grade and high school. I always thought she was the most beautiful girl ever.

    Roy Holmes was the school custodian. I was shocked when I heard that he had died in the gym.

    • Great to hear from you, Lee Vern. I have many fond memories of your whole family. I didn’t remember you teaching in Forbes. You had already moved on when I started school in ’53. Where are you living now? We’re in southern Michigan, since ’78.

    • Lee Vern, I had a good friend in the 3rd and 4th grade, Her name was Linda Brotherton, Is she related, I remember how we started band and she got me to play the clarinet. I think she moved to Ellendale.

      I remember Mr. Newman and he also was my moms High School teacher.

      • Sharon, I hope Lee Vern will pick up on this. Yes, Linda Brotherton Wedell is on Facebook and still living near Ellendale.

        I remember Dean Duell traveling from Aberdeen a couple of times a week to have band practice.

        Virgil Newman was a good friend of the family, one of my Dad’s best friends, my Mom’s teacher and basketball coach, and my Godfather.

      • Linda was my sister (19 years younger than I). I’ll mention you to her. Your mother was our neighbor when we were kids in the hills west of Forbes. Your Uncle Jack used to repair my bicycle.

    • Lee Brotherton-looking for family connections. Descendant of Vernon Lyle Moore whose parents were Nellie and Art Moore. I recall the Brotherton name from stories I heard as a child.

  17. So many memories visiting my grandparents west of Forbes. I remember Easter egg hunts at the school and not understanding how on Earth they ever survived in that town …. looking back now, and living in a big city, i get the allure of a quieter, simpler life …

  18. Wow… So nice to see all the wonderful coments and memories about such a wonderful little town. I did not know Forbes in it’s Hay-Day, as I have only been a part of the Casey family for 10 years. My husband is Joshua “Shane” Casey the son of Murray Casey and Grandson of John and Eilene Casey. We spend every Christmas Eve in the Legion Building with the rest of the Casey’s and have enjoyed many of the 4th of July Parties that Forbes has put on. My children stil play in the old school playground that is across the street from Grandma Casey’s house and love to play on the tank at the Legion. Happy Holidays to you all!!!

    • Hi Sherrie,

      I just saw this thread posted from Chad Gross. My mom is Jean Casey and and the daughter of Elaine and John Casey. I just went back last year after 17 years. It has not changed a bit and still has that warm home town feel that I remember. such a difference from the Seattle landscape that I live in now.

      Trish Smith (Gunderson)

  19. My dad, Ralph Van Kempen, was the depot agent at Forbes from 1958 to 1966, when the depot was closed. My sisters and brothers (Sharon, Greg, Ruth, Suzie, Dan) and I still feel like Forbes is our home town. We lived directly across from the school (the picture of the house with the red trim) and across the street from John and Elizabeth Maier. They were like our third set of grandparents. Forbes was THE best place in the world in which a kid could grow up. We had such fun living there. When the weekends would come, we kids would be out the door and scattered to all four corners of the town. Mom and dad never worried about where we were. We’d come home eventually. It’s so sad to see the state of the school. It was so new when we were attending! One of our favorite memories was when we had that huge snow storm in ’65-’66 that created a drift from the top of the school all the way to our back door. We had a ball sledding up and down that hill until the plow forced its way through. Mom and dad are hoping to make a trip there one more time. Maybe this year!!!

  20. I’m heading to Forbes in 3 weeks…looking forward to seeing some family (Martins, Zahns, Brokaws).

  21. My mother and father were raised near Napoleon ND 80+ years ago. Julius Zimmerman and Christine Becker. Mom use to make a meal called Kniffla. Fast forward to today. My Mother-in-law collects old cookbooks and found one at a sale from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Forbes ND dated 1965. It had that exact recipe in it. I was looking for a map of the area to see how close it was to Napoleon when I found your website. The recipe was submitted by a Mrs Chris Rall. I scanned the recipe and the front of the cookbook for my siblings to see. If it’s something you would want to add to this page let me know.

    • Hi Chuck,
      Would you email me the recipe for the Kniffla? I would love to make it! Thanks.

  22. I too attended and graduated from Forbes 1966. I wish there were pictures of the old brick Forbes school. I started in the 3rd grade with Phillis George as my teacher. I was in the old building until I believe the 5th grade then I was in an old school room behind the gym for the 6th and 7th grade, I also had to walk down town to go to classes in the Legion hall. Many Many Memories of Forbes School days and my class mates. I graduated in 1966 with 8 other classmates. The house my Dad, (Gene Stafford) built is in this photo album. It is the little Stone Kote Finished house with the Blue outlined shutter effects. My Dad Also did the stone Kote work. He later traded it for a down payment on a farm 5 mile south of Forbes in South Dakota. That was the Jacob Wolff Farm. I was one of those out of state kids.

    • Sharon, I just found a scanned photo of the Forbes gym and school on Ken Schmierer’s photo site. Check here-!i=2313222456&k=Pj9sgXJ

  23. I graduated from Forbes High School in 1967 and have found the picutres and coments on this site so fun and interesting. They have bring back so many good memories. I get back to Forbes quite often because my parents, Christ and Leona Wolff still live in Forbes. It is sad to see the school is such shambles but this site sheds a new light on the situation. The names of former teachers and students make me remember those years fondly!

  24. I graduated from Forbes High School in 1987, that was the last class to graduate before they closed the school. I enjoyed reading about all the stories and names that had slipped my mind. Lester, Molly and John Holmes were great people. Molly always cooking for us and Lester always cleaning and taking care of things.

  25. I was born and raised in Forbes and moved away with my family Lorne & Darlene Bobbe in 1985 when I was 19. All of these pictures bring back so many memories and kind of make me sad. Forbes was a great place to grow up. I remember the small town atmosphere and the community all together at basketball games in the gym. Molly and Lester were staples at the school and I remember Principal Haugen ( I was a sophomore). My parents now live in Ellendale and I don’t get back as often as I like but when I do I usually like to take a drive over to Forbes just to drive around and see what has changed and who I can find that I still know. What a great link, thanks for sharing.

  26. I just stumbled upon this site this morning! My family was just been talking about Forbes last week as we laid my mom, Chickie Newman, to rest on Wed. She died on Feb. 1st at 98 1/2 yrs. My dad, Virgil Newman, died on Sept. 10, 1999. I miss him every day. Our families were sharing memories of growing up in Forbes. My brother, Connie, and i came to Forbes as babies in ’41 and ’42. We left to go to college in ’59 and ’60. It was an idyllic childhood for us: riding bikes all over town, playing ball on a real ball diamond across the street from our home, fishing trips to the Elm, ice cream at Ma’s Cafe, hockey games under the street light by the church. It is a tradition now for us to attend the 4th of July parade and picnic in Forbes every year. It doesn’t last very long but the memories are sweet!

  27. Sherrie, I went to school in Forbes through 9th grade…one of my best friends was Donna Casey:) I have a lot of memories in that little down….My great grandpa Henry used to walk all over the town once they moved in from their farm…everyone knew everyone (that can be good and bad:))….wish the family all my best.

    • Tanya we had many good times growing up in Forbes, till the school closed. So hard to see the school in such a poor condition. Went to school from k thru 10th grade. My mom Violet Casey was the secretary for many years.

  28. I also enjoyed seeing these pictures. My mom, Shirley Pett Sheldon (1929-2009), grew up on a farm 2 miles east of Forbes on State Line Road, one farm away from the white Lutheran church (West fork of the Elm River flowed thru our ranch). My grandfather, John Pett moved to the area in about 1918 or so. I spent about a month every summer in the 60’s and 70’s in Ellendale and Forbes so I recognize all these buildings. I live in suburban Seattle, and shared this link with a friend’s mother who also lives in my town. She’s a Wolff and her grandparent’s house is the small cottage featured in one of the photos.

  29. I really enjoy seeing the photos of Forbes. I graduated in 1972. I wonder how many residents in in Fargo today;;;April 1,2014.
    The Peaple’s Store is very good. They have very good German Sausage. They make their own.

  30. This is so great to see all of this & yet sad the way a lot of small towns are fading. Schools consolidated etc.
    I love reading all the comments of what other people from around the area have to say about the town/school etc. I really like going in The People’s store . They have great German sausage etc. THANKS! You ( YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) do a great job of making it!
    I graduated in 1972 and left the area from Fargo in 1983 with my husband & 2 children ( BOY/GIRL) for a life in the Air Force. ……so we were in Upper Michigan, The Netherlands ( WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE) ,,,then Grand Forks AFB, and last but not least ( NOT OUR CHOICE) San Antonio, Texas.
    Anyway since all of that ….my husband retired ( MAJ.) Air Force in 2000 and we moved back to Fargo in 2002 to be closer to family. My parents live in Ellendale & my two sisters live in Watertown, SD Robert works full time at the VA hospital up here in FGO. and I work as a lunchroom supervisor at Centennial Elementary going on almost 12 years now. I LOVE IT!……very good staff.

  31. Glad to see so much interest in this site. It’s a wonderful way for those of us with ‘Forbes roots’ to share the memories.

  32. My Grandparents Jake and Flossie Merkel lived in Forbes for years. I did my student teaching under Phylis George while staying with my grandparents. Many memories with them in Forbes. Going to see Grandpa and Grandma always meant we would get to go down to the cafe and get ice cream. Grandpa handed over dimes and told us to get double dips, but we had to bring one back for him as well. Think I got my love for ice cream to this day from my Grandpa Jake. My Aunt Marion and my late Uncle Mile Martin still have the home that was my grandparents.
    I was raised on a farm 10 miles East of Forbes.
    Was so neat to go back in time on this website.

    • My Grandparents Jake and Flossie Merkel lived in Forbes for years. I did my student teaching under Phylis George while staying with my grandparents. Many memories with them in Forbes. Going to see Grandpa and Grandma always meant we would get to go down to the cafe and get ice cream. Grandpa handed over dimes and told us to get double dips, but we had to bring one back for him as well. Think I got my love for ice cream to this day from my Grandpa Jake. My Aunt Marion and my late Uncle Mike Martin still have the home that was my grandparents.
      I was raised on a farm 10 miles East of Forbes.
      Was so neat to go back in time on this website.

  33. I have recently learned that my Aunt Marcella Garrett was born in Forbes in about 1918. She was my mother’s older sister. My grandparents, Ralph and Cora Garrett, ran some kind of boarding house/hotel in Forbes around 1918. By 1920, they had moved to Cass Lake, MN. My mother was born in Cass Lake, MN, in 1920. I don’t know how many years my grandparents lived in Forbes and would be interested in any information about the boarding house/hotel they ran. I am originally from Anchorage, AK but in retirement my husband and I relocated to Cooperstown, ND. I hope we can visit Forbes in May and learn more of the history of the town.
    Christine King Watne
    Cooperstown, ND

    • There are a couple of books I have on Forbes history. They are stored at our summer place in Wisconsin. When I get there in the spring I’ll look for the Garrett name and let you know if I find anything.

  34. Does anyone know the Mock name from Forbes, ND. My Great-Great Grandfather Wm. James Mock lived there with his son and his sons wife. His son was named Garfield and I’m pretty sure they had children. My G-G Grandfather is burried in Ellendale.

    • my mother was cecile mock daughter of Giles(Dee)Mock and Ida Paul Mock my mother grew up in the country outside of Forbes. in what she called the hills they farmed and my grandfather had his own airplane later when my mother was in high school the family moved into forbes and ran the peoples store and lived upstairs later they lived west of the high school gym their is a picture of their house above. I do know my grandfathers dad was ben mock and he also had sisters and brothers that lived in the forbes area. my mom married dale harrison son of harold and laura harrison. they made their home in aberdeen sd and my father passed away when he was 42.

      • Nancy, I knew your mother and father. I used to go the farm where your mother’s family lived each week to give your aunt, Shirley, piano lessons. I’m not sure whether your mother took lessons also. I think your father grew up on the farm where my cousin, Mildred Seelig used to live with her husband, Ken. Mildred is still living at age 102!

  35. Love all the photos and stories.. I was born and grew up in Cando , ND

  36. What wonderful memories you all have and shared with each other!

  37. I was born in Lamoure, ND. Our family lived there & in Oakes, ND until 1954. Between then & 1962 we visited family often. I still love the Midwest ~ call me crazy I don’t care. All over you see these communities fading back to nature/dust it makes me a little sad. I thank the author/photographer for saving these places in captioned pictures. Have you ever been to Ardmore, SD or seen the Wild Horse Ranch south of Hot Springs, SD on Highway 78 if I remember correctly. Thank you again. Rita

    • my mom was very good friends with chubbie gulke she was a very nice lady

  38. P.S.S. When I brought Forbes, ND up to my mother she, Anna Marie Gulke-Hajek, said she was baptized in a church there sometime in 1929.

  39. We lived in Forbes from 1958 – 1966. We had such fun in the little town. When we call home, it usually means Forbes. What a great place to raise kids! Just wish it was a growing community.

  40. Great memories. Went to the Forbes School from 1947-1959. Lee Vern Brotherton was my middle grades teacher.
    This July 4, 2015 was a very special all-school reunion.

    • Remember you well Connie, being from Guelph, we made many trips to play basketball (one game of baseball) had the honor of guarding you most of the time, I think I actually kept you under 20 points one game. We had Allen Hansen, so were able to play somewhat competitively with you. I could go on and on of the games. Remember your Sister Lonnie and the great basketball she played also. Your Father was a very wonderful person and taught his children the same.

  41. Karen Holty Kempf I married Harvey Kempf in 1972 & lived on a farm SE 5 miles near Elm Lake till 2009. So many memories ! I’ve enjoyed the pictures and comments. I now live in Aberdeen SD . My son ,Danny, farms the family farm. I get to Forbes often.

  42. TROY;
    I wrote to you some time ago about Old Leipzig, N.D.
    if you need more pictures or info. about the town ,I maybe can help you because my grandad named the town.

  43. I’ve always been fascinated by old bank buildings, especially rural ones. I looked this one up, and it looks like it didn’t survive the Great Depression. It was placed into receivership by the State of North Dakota in 1932.

  44. Another interesting ghosts post. I’ve not been to forbes, but i had several relatives living there in the 1900s. Always interesting to see the context of people’s lives. I’ve learned a lot about the small towns where various relatives lived in ND over time.

  45. A college friend from Max, North Dakota sent this this site to me today and said he thought of me when he saw it. I grew up in Forbes and graduated from FPHS in 1975. My family owned the grocery store that operated in the State Bank building. I loved seeing all the great photos and many comments. I’m now living in Plymouth MN but still get back to Forbes every now and then, especially for all school reunions every five years.

  46. Forbes was a great place to grow up. We lived on the family farm 5 miles north of Forbes. I walked to school sometimes, rode bike to school, and later years rode motorcycle. I remember riding the bus mostly because there is a lot of winter in Forbes. I have so many great memories of Forbes! I get back there almost every summer. I love the peace and quiet of North Dakota.

  47. My grandparents Ford and Mary Davis lived in Forbes a short while about 1926-1928. My grandfather had taken a homestead in Montana, but his father Newton Edwin Davis I, who had a homestead farm just north of Forbes, convinced them to move back to North Dakota. They later lived in Ellendale and Fullerton areas on farms. Their older children went to school in Forbes for those two years, probably Lunetta, Beth and Ivyl Davis. The younger kids were Amie, Viola (my mom) and Newt.

  48. Joe M ock little Joe of the Floyd Mock family. Wr lived. 11 miles nw of Forbes. O graduated on 66 with sharpm Stafford and7. Other hulaguns. Rode my horses to rodep grounds at Tviets arenas.Nice to remember Fprbes

  49. Forbes was a great little town from years ago with quite a history. I was more then happy to vote several times for it to be selected “town of the week” recently. I remember when the brick building that was a bank and a bar was Stoebner’s grocery store also and going in there as a child and it seemed huge, surprised as an adult how small it actually is. Memories of attending HS in Forbes in the old school building and also attending church at the Presbyterian that is now the museum. It will always be my “home town”.

  50. Hello! Anyone from Forbes still living there? We would love to hear from you as we are contemplating moving to Forbes. It sounds like a wonderful place for peace and quiet. Hope to hear from someone. Thank you!

  51. Hi Kathleen. My name is Tim bertsch my brother was Larry bertsch I had an older sister named Peggy sister named Terry just wondering if you heard of us I was born in 1960 and moved away from Forbes in 1977

  52. Hi, Wondering if anyone has info on the town’s history, my Grandpa Forbes was always mentioning a family connection to the town. Always believed the stories since our area of southern Wisconsin is right on the rail lines that would head west to your area and many families around here have relatives still living in SD/ND after they migrated west with the rails. We were able to stop in town for lunch a few years ago and enjoyed the visit. Looking to document some of this for future generations! If you know of any histories we could access that would be helpful. Thanks!

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