Norman's High School Graduation Photo
As a child Norman was known for his sense of humor and his great imagination.
He loved to make up adventure stories that he would tell to his siblings
and friends in Great Falls.
During summers in his teenage years Norman and his older brothers would
travel to Sweetgrass
and help out on his aunt
and uncle's farm. It was here that he learned to ride a horse and use a rope. Evening's
were spent listening to stories about heroes of the Old West.
Great Falls High School
in the late 1920's. He was interested
in writing and journalism. Norman was editor of the high school newspaper,
and also worked on the school
yearbook, "The Roundup."
Norman's imagination, interest in writing and sense of humor can be found in an
unpublished manuscript that was written around this time. It is titled
"The Rowdy Boys at Reform School" and features his
brother Elmer and his best
friend Gino Peressini as fictionalized hoodlums that get sent to the
Youth Correctional Facility.