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Currie man discovers his hometown’s history

June 11, 2011
By Cindy Votruba ( , Marshall Independent

Wanting to learn more about the town he grew up in, Romane Dold decided to dig into its history, learning a few things about the people.

Dold recently had a book about the history of his hometown, Currie, published. It is available at the Currie State Bank and at the End-O-Line Railroad Park.

As a lifelong resident of Currie and a longtime parishioner of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Dold felt compelled to work on a complete history of the community.

"It seemed to me like every time there was a centennial or some celebration, someone wrote a history," Dold said. "I thought it would be beneficial to myself and everybody if it was all combined in one book."

As the IHM church grew, the village of Currie grew as well, Dold said.

Dold started looking back at some of the histories written about Currie, trying to find more details. He said Currie's centennial was fairly brief and he thought maybe there's something more.

He looked through old newspapers and information at the IHM parish center.

"I wrote very little of it myself," he said. Basically, Dold said, he compiled the information he found.

He spent the better part of the winter putting the history together.

"It takes a while to put it altogether," he said.

Dold said he found a couple of interesting and complete diaries of people who lived in Currie. One was by John Sweetman, an Irish nationalist politician, from the time he left Dublin, Ireland until he went back.

"I was fortunate to run across that in the parish records here," Dold said.

Another diary was by Mabel Currie, which talked about growing up in Currie, he said.

"Those two diaries I found to be quite interesting," Dold said.

Dold said the book has 270 pages and about that many photos in it.

"It covers a period from the early 1800s before any white men were in the area, it goes all the way up to 2010," he said. He said he also put in events that got worldwide attention, such as the Challenger explosion in 1986 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

"There's a couple of blurbs about the new Twins stadium," he said.

Dold said he's sold about 125 copies of the history book and donates the proceeds back to IHM.

"I've had pretty good response so far," Dold said.



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