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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
Take a trip down memory lane as bloggers Danny Batson and Gary Thomas recollect their experiences while growing up in the Chillicothe area. We hope our discussion starters, pictures, and articles will evoke your personal recollections of Chillicothe; we invite you to share your stories with all of us. So, let us discuss the days gone by and have fun!
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By Gary Thomas

Hi, I am Danny Batson (Knouse) and I am a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe area. I was born in 1951 and graduated from CHS in 1969. I took over my dad’s septic tank business that he founded in 1937. While I have been in every state ...

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Chillicothe: As We Remember

Hi, I am Danny Batson (Knouse) and I am a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe area. I was born in 1951 and graduated from CHS in 1969. I took over my dad’s septic tank business that he founded in 1937. While I have been in every state (except Hawaii and Maine), there is no place like home! I love taking pictures of old and unusual things and sharing them. There is beauty in everything, if we look for it. I have three Facebook pages filled with local pictures that may be of interest: “Where Has Danny Been,” Chillicothe Now,” and “Danny Batson”.

Hi, I am Gary Thomas and I was born just across from Central School in 1942. I graduated from CHS in 1960 and MU in 1964. After two years in Army, I completed a graduate degree at the University of Chicago in 1970. After working in software development for more than 40 years, I retired from Raytheon in 2007. I have an abiding interest in history and in researching past events, places, and people. My latest project is developing a history-based chronology for Livingston County from 1801-2000.

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I have found the hard way that the size of a pet matters a lot when you have small children. Here in Chillicothe we have had a Trading Post on KCHI (our local radio station) for as long as I can remember. One day I heard a young lady from Utica say that she had a Saint Bernard to give away to a good home. Now who wouldn't want a big lovable dog like that?

 

So, I was the first to call her. She told me the reason why she was giving her dog away. She said every morning the dog, Bronson, would follow her children in the morning to the school bus stop and stay there until they came home in the afternoon. For you see, Bronson loved her kids.

 

There was an elderly lady that lived on that corner where Bronson spent each school day; she would have call Bronson’s owner day after day to come and take him home. You see Bronson would do his number two in her yard and big dogs can leave a big mess! The owner simply could not budge him from the lady's yard. They could not stop him from his quest to follow those kids as far as he could and be there when they returned.

 

I took him to his new home and my kids were so happy to play with a dog they could ride! We lived where the school bus stopped on Leeper Street, so Bronson stayed home. The kids played with him every day and Bronson watched over them like a mother hen. Bronson was the kindest, most lovable, and happiest dog we ever owned; but boy could he slobber. If he ever kissed you, you needed a towel!

 

The first big problem we had with him was when we would call the kids inside to eat or go to bed Bronson would simply lay on my daughter so she couldn't get up. She would scream for help every time! Another big problem was his food intake; we not have a lot of extra cash back then. He was eating us out of house and home!

 

Finally, I decided we must give Bronson up after he ate through a 2” x 6” beam to get out of the garage! Of course he made my garage look like a cattle stall. I simply could not keep him tied or penned up.

 

I gave him to a farmer that had lots of pasture for him to roam about. We have never had large dogs since that time.  It's not that I don't like them, but it's because of the extra care they need and maybe some fear of the damage they can do.

DB

 

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