- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

GRENORA, N.D. (AP) - People are proud of what has been built by fortitude and fortune, and justifiably so. Such is the case in Grenora. The little engine town that could is going to be 100 years old in 2016.

Grenora took its name once upon a time from Great Northern Railroad, using the first two letters of each word, the Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/1Lixa62 ) reported.

The town itself was the western end of the line for an extension of the then Stanley to Wildrose branch line, crossing some 40 miles of Williams County to the west. Northern Town and Land Company acquired the land to establish six towns along the way including Grenora. The others were Zahl, Mesa, Alamo, Appam and Corinth.

Grenora’s town sites were sold in June 1916 at an event attracting some 3,000 people on a fair-weather day in June. The next day was rainy and the sales of other town sites had to be postponed a week, but Grenora’s sale went off without a hitch.

Some months after the sale, the final track of the Great Northern Railroad’s western extension was laid, and there was a big ceremony to mark the moment.

Among the luminaries speaking that day were H. Isaacson, a pioneer resident of the area, and Williams County States Attorney Williams G. Owens.

A golden spike was planted at the terminus of the line by another pioneer resident in the area, Mr. Albert Fischer.

According to an account by Mrs. Frank Larson, the wife of a pioneer homesteader there, Fischer held the golden spike aloft so that all might see it first. As he did so, it caught the glow of the afternoon sun and sent out a thousand rays from its golden surface.

Another grand ceremony is being planned to mark the town’s centennial moment, and for the occasion the Grenora Community Club is seeking a logo that will be used in marketing materials for the celebration next year on July 1, 2 and 3.

Logos should relate to either the town’s past, present or future.

They should also be reproducible in many shapes and sizes. Submit the logo on 8 1/2 by 11 paper and, on a separate sheet, include a name, address and telephone.

Participation is open to anyone. Send your materials to Val Kueffler, PO Box 262, Grenora, ND 58845 by Aug. 1.

The winner of the logo contest will be selected by members of the Grenora Community Club. Call Kueffler at 701-694-3621 if you need more information.

A schedule of events for the three-day centennial celebration has not yet been set in stone, but there’s going to be a big parade - of course - and there will be a catered picnic in the park on Sunday, as well as entertainments likely for both Friday and Saturday evening. Committees are meeting to finalize details and we’ll update you on the plans as soon as more information is available.

Kueffler grew up across the Montana state line in Dagmar, but later attended school in Grenora.

Both sets of grandparents lived in Grenora, one by the school and the other by the playground. That was cool, because each playground had different equipment.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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