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James D. “Stook” Stockton, 79, of Fargo, ND and formerly of Neche, ND passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Bethany Nursing Home, Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church, Neche, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a 6:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial will be held in the Union Cemetery, Neche, ND. In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred. Jim was born February 24, 1936 in Crystal, ND the son of George E. “Stuke” and Vera M. “Tootie” (McFadden) Stockton. He grew up in the Bruce community and attended the Bruce country school. The family moved to Neche in 1950. He was baptized and confirmed in the Neche Methodist Church. Jim attended Neche High School where he met the love of his life, Carol Ann Hvidsten and they graduated in 1954. He then attended NDAC “NDSU” and Moorhead State University. On August 18, 1957, they were married in the Christ Lutheran Church in Neche. They were the parents of four children: Scott Dale, Kirk Alan, Jamie Kay, and Brian Cary. They made their home in Neche where he farmed until 1989. Jim then became a rural mail carrier until 2007. In 2013, they moved to Fargo and enjoyed Sunday drives any day of the week, garage sales and of course the Bison games. He was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, served on the Neche City Council , Neche Volunteer Fire Department, and the Neche Farmers Elevator Board. Other things he loved were collecting toy tractors, Neche memorabilia and antiques. Jim also was a local cub scout leader. He followed his grandchildren in their many sporting endeavors and didn’t miss many of the local games, especially if they were involved. Jim loved his family and enjoyed the many family gatherings. Survivors include his children: Scott (LeAnne), White Bear Lake, MN, Kirk (Angie), Neche, Jamie (Wally) Dodd, Cape Coral, FL, grandchildren: Brandon Stiff, Mandy (Joe) Hoppe, Chrissy Stockton, Kendra (Chris) Trupe, Tyler Stockton, and Danielle Dodd; great-grandsons: Cohen Trupe and John Stuke Hoppe; sister, Shirley (Ernie) Ertz, Papillion, NE; nephews: Michael (Sohee) Papillion, NE, Dan (Heidi), Omaha, NE; and several cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Carol in December of 2015 and son, Brian in 2006.
The Bridge on White Lady Lane
By Mindy Reznik
|In Pembina County, North Dakota, the White Lady of local lore was a young farmer’s daughter destined for sorrow. The story goes that after she bore a child out of wedlock, her fervidly religious parents forced her to marry against her will. The unhappy bride returned home after the wedding ceremony only to find that her baby died in its crib.|
Apparently, her distress over the baby’s death and the thought of having to spend the rest of her life with a man that she didn’t love were too much for her. Still clad in her wedding gown, the young woman left home and walked to a lonely lane on the outskirts of town, where she hanged herself from a bridge. Today, many people claim that if you travel to the bridge at night, you can see the ghost of the grief-stricken girl hanging there in her white dress.
The bridge spans a small creek between the towns of Leroy and Walhalla, near the Minnesota and Manitoba borders. It is reached by a narrow, over-grown road, off county Route 9 that leads through the Tetrault Woods. Known locally as White Lady Lane, the gravel road narrows until it’s barely wide enough for a car. The woods surrounding the rickety bridge are dark and eerie. All in all, it’s the kind of place that would scare you even if there weren’t a ghost lying in wait.
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