Down the road from the first farm we visited there was an abandoned schoolhouse on the edge of the field.
Out in the field
This old wood stove looked like it had been just tossed in the building.
The building could use a little bit of fixing up. Lots of busted windows.
This weekend it was suggested that I should visit this farm between Langdon and Vang, ND. So my wife and I drove up to check the place out. The highlight of the trip was the 1950s-era GMC military 6×6 truck that had been converted into a snow plow, but it didn’t look like it had been run for a while.
View from the road
This hard hat was just waiting for someone to try it on
Dashboard up close
A couple panels in the roof had blown off, allowing a view of the clear sky
A couple of loaded shotgun shells casting long shadows in the evening.
Better view of the truck
From the side
After a day of non-stop rain, the sky cleared up just as the sun was setting, warming the ground enough to form fog in a low creek bed.
Initially, The Star Electric Theatre showed silent films using live piano, player piano, and a phonograph to provide music accompaniment until 1931 when it was remodeled, complete with a sound system that could play “talkies”. “Parlor, Bedroom & Bath” was the first sound movie shown at the theatre, which played movies until 1974. Updated projectors were installed in 1987 for Milton’s centennial celebration but haven’t been used since then.
These two projectors were installed for the town’s centennial celebration in 1987.
Chair in the ticket booth
View from the projector booth
A still from the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor movie “The V.I.P.s” hangs in the back hallway of the theatre.
Numbered slots to keep everything in order
This clock was hanging in the projector booth. We plugged it in and it spun right up.
Throughout the years, as people gave their performances on stage, it became tradition that they would sign the back of the curtain. More recently that tradition changed to cast members signing a poster with the details of their performance.
Hurry Hurry Hurry – Senior Class 1924
The Inkster High School Orchestra visited and signed the curtain.
Ernest Ward’s Amusement Company
Front of curtain
Backstage prop shelf
Back of canvas – painted farm
I got the chance to visit the Little Star Theatre recently, while they were preparing for their annual children’s play. According to the region’s history book A Century of Area History, “The Star Theatre” was built in its current location in 1916 after operating in a different building for the previous two years under the name “The Star Electric Theatre”.
The sales tax license from 1937 still hangs above the ticket window.
Full seating area
Wyler Watches clock up front
Front door advertising the upcoming children’s play.
The ticket window is still ready for business.