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Written by original Roxy owner Frank Faust,

Note: The picture accompanying this article shows Frank Faust standing in front of the Roxy in 1938 or 1939. We believe this picture was taken right after the Roxy marquee was installed.

In the spring of 1922 my brother in law, A. C. Wolke, and I made a trip to Polson, Montana, to look at a theater there that was for sale. On our way home to Pierz, Minnesota, we stopped in Forsyth to visit a very good friend, Dr. H. S. Degnan, who had practiced dentistry in our hometown before locating in Forsyth.

While visiting with Dr. Degnan we learned that the Lincoln Theater in Forsyth was for sale. We bought the theater which was in the building now occupied by the Range Telephone Company. [Editor's note: This is the building two doors west of the Roxy, which is now occupied by the Forsyth Station Casino.]

We operated in that building until 1930. Business was good but the theater was too small for talking pictures which were coming into their own. This meant that we must follow the trend of the times.

In 1924 we had purchased the Home Trading building which was located on the present site of Doug's Texaco station. [Editor's note: Doug's Texaco was in the building now occupied by the Flower Boutique.] Here we set up an automobile sales agency selling the Hudson Essex line of cars and later adding the Graham Paige cars. In 1929 fire destroyed this structure which ended this business venture.

In the spring of 1930 we purchased the property to the west of our corner lot, owned by Philbrick Land and Livestock Company where the offices of Jim McIntosh, a lawyer, and A. D. Raymond, an insurance agent, were located. The lots were cleared and the present theater, the Roxy, was erected.

We opened the Roxy September 6, 1930, with the talking picture, "The Bad One" starring Dolores Del Rio. The following year we built the service station next door to the theater. Business people of Forsyth were very happy to see some activity during those depression days and to know that someone had faith in the future of our town and community.

Mr. Wolke (Tony) died in 1936 and his wife, Minnie, who was my sister, died in 1955. I continued with the business until 1957.