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Published July 13, 2012, 08:12 PM

Forest River Celebrates 125 Years

FOREST RIVER, ND (WDAZ-TV) Residents in Forest River are celebrating a big milestone: the town's 125th anniversary. The town's population was quadrupled Friday as many people returned for this big anniversary.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

FOREST RIVER, ND (WDAZ-TV) Residents in Forest River are celebrating a big milestone: the town's 125th anniversary.

The town's population was quadrupled Friday as many people returned for this big anniversary.

John Peterka grew up in Pisek, ND, and now lives in Ohio, but came back with his brother to their old stumping grounds, Forest River, to take part in the anniversary celebration.

"We used to run around here when we were young kids. We are probably going to the Gilby one tomorrow because my brother that I'm here with lived there for 30 years," Peterka said.

Mary Morewood is part of several generations who grew up in Forest River. She says her grandfather owned the last grocery store that was open in town.

"It was always nice walking home from school and going into grandpa's grocery store and getting a little bottle of Coke," Morewood said.

Morewood, along with hundreds of others, came to the Main Street in Forest River to celebrate it's 125th year. There are many activities on the Main Street, including a parade, music and many kids' games.

It's also a chance for some of the descendants of the town's original founders to get together.

"A lot of generations have come and gone. A lot of people move away and we have new families coming in. So this might be the last time the founding families can get together," Susan Paschke said.

Ray Woods and Gib Sample's families helped settle the Forest River area. Woods, at 89 years old, remembers growing up here and recalls some of the tough times Forest River faced.

"The bank had burned down and several grocery stores have burned down and through the years we just get them fixed up and they get burnt down again," Wood said.

Even after all that Forest River has been through in 125 years, people are happy to be back in the town that's bustling today.

The Midway all-school reunion is also this is weekend, which organizers say so far has been a huge success.

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