World-famous musician was known as 'the incomparable Hildegard' – INFORUM

Editor's note: Bob Lind died Aug. 2, but he always wrote columns months in advance of publication. The Forum will continue to publish Lind's remaining columns like the one below.
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Today, let’s think about organs — the music-producing kind — and a woman who played them.
This is thanks to Myrna Lyng, Mayville, N.D., who writes that one day she got to thinking about Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Renaissance woman who, among other things, wrote music.
That led Myrna to remember the only other music-related Hildegard she knew. That was the 20th century woman who was known as “the incomparable Hildegard.”
“The latter was eventually world-famous,” Myrna writes, “but my husband, Merwin, thinks she played the organ at the Fargo Theatre in the silent movie days.
“The timing would be right, since she was born in 1906.
“Do you have any knowledge about that?” she asks. “Or might your other readers?”
How about it, folks? What do you know about “the incomparable Hildegard?”
Now let’s think about the time a future U.S. president visited North Dakota, along with a suggestion for all area residents.
It comes from Shel Thompson, Dickinson, N.D.
“Dickinson State University hosted Sen. John F. Kennedy as a speaker during his run for the White House,” Sehl writes “Neighbors.” “But there are no known photos existing of his visiting.
“Sen. Kennedy stayed in Bismarck during the same visit. There are photos recording that he stayed at the Patterson Hotel. That hotel has hosted several U.S. presidents.
“I gave extensive inquiry regarding whether anyone attended or remembered the Kennedy speech at Dickinson State. One day a guest at the 1026 Oasis Inn recounted this story. His teacher’s husband owned a small grocery store at West Villard in Dickinson, and it sold soda pop to a large contingency of Kennedys and staff, who stopped there prior to the speech at DSU, which was two blocks away.
“That store is now Fleck’s Furniture,” Shel says. “I suggested they put up a plaque… but they expressed no interest.
“North Dakota is the least traveled state in the lower 48,” Shel says. “It would benefit by sharing connective incidents of social or historic interest no matter how insignificant they are. It should not hesitate to seize all opportunities to record stories and connections of potential relevance if only for local curiosity.
“Residents who have stories of human or historical interest should be encouraged to relate them for the enrichment and expansion of the state’s history, legend and allure.”

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