Rosie." Wells County Herald Press,
2 May 1986.
Rosie Gries, Goodrich's 90-year-old Avon lady, has become quite
a celebrity the past couple months. Stories about her have appeared
in numerous newspapers and now she will appear on Johnny Carson's
"The Tonight Show."
Gries is scheduled for a 15-minute interview on the May 28 show.
She plans to leave for California by train on the 25th.
"I'm supposed to sell Avon to him (Carson) and I'm going to
sing a song," Gries said of appearance. She will sing "Alone,"
a song she sang at her birthday party two weeks ago.
Gries has been selling Avon products 48 years and would like to
reach the 50-year mark.
She says she's not apprehensive about her TV debut, noting Carson
"is human like me. I'm not going to make a fuss." She
has been requested to bring Carson a loaf of homemade bread, and
she may include a ring of her homemade sausage.
"The Tonight Show" can be seen on Channel 10 in this
area. It begins at 10:30 p.m.
Gries notes 90th birthday
An open house celebration for Rosie Gries' 90th birthday was held
Sunday, April 27, at Peace Lutheran Church, Goodrich. About 70 people
were in attendance.
The event was hosted by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The ladies of the church also helped. A program was presented by
some of her children and Rosie took part in singing a few songs,
accompanied on the piano by her Granddaughter Judie, and on the
accordion by nephew Kermith Klooz, Long Lake, S.D. Kermith also
played a few accordion numbers for the program. Rev. Larry Giese
gave a sermonette and offered prayer.
Rosie received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from her church.
Mrs. Alvin Sauter made the beautiful, delicious birthday cake. Rosie
also received many cards, gifts and letters, including congratulations
from Rep. Byron Dorgan, Sen. Mark and Mrs. Andrews, Sen. Quentin
and Mrs. Burdick and Governor and Mrs. George Sinner, also cards
from South Dakota and Minnesota, people who Rosie knew personally.
She said, "I had to wait 90 years to get such a wonderful treat."
Children present were Helmuth and Agnes Gries, Meta and Allen Maynard,
Judie and Dougie Kostuck, Marcia, Steve and Mike Opp, Edison and
Miriam and Angela V. Zuete, all of Bismarck; Avon District Manager
Nancy Haugen of Minot, who also brought Rosie a big bouquet of flowers;
nephew, Kermith Klooz, Donnybrook. Others who attended were from
McClusky, Harvey, Denhoff, Bismarck, Martin, Chaseley and a number
from Goodrich and surrounding area.
Goodrich correspondent Frieda Tessman called on Rosie for a short
visit and reported a big pile of cards, etc., she had received.
"I expressed congratulations to Rosie on reaching this milestone,
and she's so active yet and plans so much to yet do," Tessman
said. "And now she's getting ready to be on "The Tonight
Show" in California May 28 with Johnny Carson."
Reprinted with permission of the Wells County Herald