No other club in North Dakota can compete with our home-town club!
History of the Crosby Curling Club
November 26, 1953 - Plans unveiled for 98' x 195' Sports Arena to house an indoor skating
arena and 2 sheets of curling ice. One week later, the decision was made to enlarge the area
to 133' x 195' for regulation size arena.
December 10, 1953 - Estimated that building would be done after the first of the year.
Estimated cost at $15,000. Construction Supt. was Wilbur Klebe and Assistant Connie Mortenson.
December 31, 1953 - Man killed when west wall collapsed - Robert Throndset, employee of
Williston block firm.
April 15, 1954 - Started building over again.
November 1954- Organizational meeting of the Crosby Curling Club. President - Dr. R. L
Smith, V. President - Connie Mortenson, Secretary/Treasurer - T. Bjorneby. Four guests from Torquay Curling
December 30, 1954 - Skating rink opened - curlers ready to go.
January 6, 1955 - Arena jammed - 200 to 300 people on the ice at one time. Investment of
$52,000 for arena entirely paid off. $20,000 from City Council, farmers & local businessmen
raised $9,300, Moose & Legion Clubs each gave $7,500, Fair Board $4,000, car raffle $3,000,
indoor carnival $1,500, $400 from Crosby's Fire Department, and Ann Engberg gave nickelodeon
and kitchen equipment. Obtained a 99-year lease on the property from the City.
January 20, 1955 - Curling schedule showed 22 rinks and 88 curlers signed up. Dues were $15. Bonspiel
was held. Decided unanimously that substitute player in the abscence of one or more members
of team could not skip a team. Saskatchewan Curling Club rules to prevail.
November 19, 1955 - 1st Annual meeting of Curling Club held in Ballroom of American Legion.
35 members present. Iceman Morris Benson's salary to be $100 per month.
November 15, 1956 - International Bonspiel dates set for Feb 14-17th. Sixty-four rink
November 14, 1957 - Bob Chester asked for discussion on the subject of more than one member
of a rink with skipping experience. McDougal from Torquay answered that he did not think it
possible to stack a rink of the Crosby Curling Club.
February 14, 1959 - Motion made to borrow $4,000 from Farmers State Bank for ice plant
at 5% interest. First payment 02-16-59 with annual payments thereafter. 30 members to
guarantee the note.
June 1, 1959 - June 13th date set to commence work on artifical ice equipment.
November 20, 1959 - Plans were made to hold annual banquet, order club pins, and start high
1979 & 1982 - Mixed Curling team of Gerald & Donna Brady, Rollin Wolter & Myrna
Christianson went to Mixed Nationals. Took Third Place in 1982.
1980 - New artificial ice plant installed at a cost of $25,000.
1987 - Men's team of Gerald Brady, Brad Vassen, Tim Selle, and Rollin Wolter of the Crosby
Curling Club represented North Dakota at Men's Nationals at Lake Placid, NY.
May 2003 - Thane Lund was commissioned by the Anniversary Committee to design and paint
the mural on the wall of the Sports Arena. Thane is a Senior at DCHS, and we thank him
for sharing his talents with us.
2004 - Crosby Curling Club has about 80 members and offers Women's League, Men's League,
and Mixed League. Divide County High School also utilizes the Curling Club for Phy Ed for it's
students. Bonspiels include a Triathlon in January, Men's Feb 6-8, Mixed March 19-21, and
Ladie's April 2-4.
Please visit some of our links to find out about our upcoming bonspiels, past winners, past presidents,
and meet our new board!
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