Murdo Girl…Fill in the blanks

“Oh here’s for Murdo Coyotes, they’re bound to win .(fight fight fight).(blank) like a stone wall, guards and forwards, all around to win for Murdo..let us cheer them forward, never give in.( fight, fight, fight).(blank, blank) for victory for we shall win.

Obie Brunskill, Billy Francis, Walt Anderson, Willard Bordeaux , Gordon Neiden, and Chris Anderson  after the 1962 State B basketball tournament. (If I didn’t get all the names correct, I’m really sorry.) They are all much older than I am.

I don’t want to write too many stories about cheerleading, but I have a couple of comments and a question about our school song. First of all, I wish we had a song with some pep to it. Secondly, it’s a weird song to sing at a football game, because it’s all about guards and forwards. Maybe I don’t like it because I don’t know all the words. Would someone please fill in the blanks for me.

I know I should be embarrassed and I am.

Before and After…You Go Queen, but next time ditch your crown for a helmet!!

The following Murdo Coyote discussion with Bob Brewer took place in 1964

Next, I want to talk about the Murdo Coyote. Remember last summer when I went out to California? Well, one of Billy’s roommates Bob, who’s not from Murdo, started talking about The Murdo Coyote. He said, “Look, they call people Finks right in the newspaper.” I said, “They’re not calling them a name. That is their name.” You know the Lindquist girls? Their Mom is a Fink. Ronni Poppe is a Fink too. They have another sister Norma, who’s a Fink, and I believe there is one Fink brother. (Norma is a real hoot.) Anyway, I told Bob that there is a bunch of Finks and they’re all really nice people. I don’t think I ever did get him to understand. He’s a ratfink.


Next he said, “The Coyote is always saying someone motored somewhere. Why don’t they say, they drove?”

“What’s wrong with motored? Instead of saying the same old drove word that everybody else uses, they say motored .”

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October 1969

The last thing I listened to him talk about was regarding the paper not always giving the last names. He showed me an example. “Mable and May motored to Pierre, and got their hair done, after which, they stopped and had coffee. A good time was had by all.” He wanted to know what they put in the paper if “all” didn’t have a good time?

I told him he was just being difficult. Everyone knows who Mable and May are, and I’m pretty sure they always have a good time when they go to Pierre.”  I didn’t say this to Bob, but I hope Mable meant to put the part in the paper about getting her hair done in Pierre. If the beauty shop operators in Murdo read that, it could start a real fuss.

Remember Mable? or is it May?

Further more, It would be as bad as when Mom and Kitty went to Rapid City to take Kitty to the doctor, and Doctor Murphy’s wife Florence decided to go with them. They didn’t want Doc and Florence to feel bad, so they went through all kinds of stuff so she wouldn’t find out Kitty was cheating with another doctor . It would have been a disaster if that would have hit the Murdo Coyote.

A good time would not have been had by all.

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The Ford Garage

I know something else that’s newsworthy, but certain people might not want it in The Murdo Coyote. Last Halloween night, (blank), who is a boy in the grade ahead of me, went to the Ford Garage in Murdo and let the air out of all the tires. He walked home and went to bed. He started feeling guilty, so he got out of bed and went back to the Ford Garage and started airing the tires all up again. That’s when he got caught.

Mrs. Donahue and Mrs. Kothe probably talking about the incident at the Ford Garage

The lady said I have to write 1000 words, but if you read the whole article from The Murdo Coyote about Judy Dykstra’s Mom giving a report on Africa to the ladies at the Progressive Study Club, I’ll have way more than 1000 words; besides, it’s very interesting.

Don’t miss the second write up below the Africa report.

Congratulations to Larry Weigandt, and Warren Broecher, for being named to the Southern State College marching band. I hope Judy Dykstra reads this. She won’t feel so bad that Larry kept beating her out of first chair.

**Billy told me Bob Brewer never misses an edition of The Murdo Coyote, and he reads it front to back!

10 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Fill in the blanks

  1. Patti June 7, 2016 / 9:00 am

    By the way, that is definitively May Hubbel in the rollers. How in the world did that photo ever get taken?


    • Mary Francis McNinch June 7, 2016 / 9:47 am

      I’m pretty sure Mable Eggers took it. Thanks for clearing that up Patti.


  2. Patti June 7, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Aargh! I missed a line. “Guards and forwards” is between “win” and “line like a stone wall.” I expect a rousing chorus from you in July.


    • Mary Francis McNinch June 7, 2016 / 9:50 am

      Absolutely! I would bring my pom poms, but Mom got rid of all reminders of me 🙂


  3. sanjuan831 June 6, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    What a great memory! Loved this chapter. The Coyote was a good subject- Finks and first names and all that big news!

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    • Mary Francis McNinch June 6, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      I’m finding the truth is the only thing that’s funny. Just talked to Billy, he said when he woke up this morning, he never dreamed he would be reading about Bob Brewer.


  4. countrygirl57 June 6, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Laughing out loud!! 😄😄😄😄😄

    Sent from my iPhone



  5. Patti June 6, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Oh here’s to Murdo Coyotes, they’re bound to win; line like a stone wall, all are out to win for Murdo. Let us cheer them forward, never give in; boost, boost for victory for we shall win. I heard at one time that Mrs. Kuhrt wrote the lyrics. The tune is “Our Director.” How can I remember this and not what I did last week?

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    • Mary Francis McNinch June 6, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks Patti, some of it came back to me. I always say boos boos and that didn’t make sense. I did not know the history. I will have much more respect for it now. Passed down through the years it changed some. Did you read the blog about seeing Evelyn and Bill at the Standard station the night I got hit by the car? That has nothing to do with anything, but the Kuhrts were good people. Evelyn MC’d a couple of the reunions at first. I’m bringing all of the recordings of the talent show and everything.


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