Pelican anti-booze women sent Pepsi to Vietnam in 1969

By Brenda Brand

100 years ago, July 31, 1919

• Farmers calling for help

Some of the farmers are calling on the village for help in shocking their grain. A small crew shocked J.H. Rietz’s rye field a short time ago. Last week Friday and again Monday night, crews shocked grain for P.G. Buckels and Tuesday night another crew went out to the Rossum farm to help care for the cut grain.

• Lost and Found Ads

Found, a man’s rain coat. Owner may have it at Press office.

Lost, No. 23633 auto license tag. Finder please leave at Press office.

Lost, a ladies dark grey coat, between Pelican Rapids and Barnesville. Please send to F.R. Williams. Carrington, N.D.

Found, a lady’s black coat. Call at Press office for it.

Lost, a gold crescent shape brooch. Finder please leave at Press Office.

Lost Saturday evening between Williams Hardware and Rothsay camp, an auto crank, reward for return to this office.

Lost, a new auto tire on Maxwell rim, between my place and Vels Nelson’s place north of town. Finder please leave at Press office. W.E.L. Johnson

Strayed, two geese from my camp. Anyone knowing of their whereabouts please notify me. W.K. Frazee.

75 years ago, August 3, 1944

• Kvare Island devastated by Nazis

The last Saturday’s Norwegian paper carried the news of the complete demolishing of buildings on the Kvare Island, on the Norway coast, by the Nazis. This island was the home of John Kvare, Ed Anderson, the Syversons, and the Bergs, and they still have relatives there. No information was given concerning the inhabitants of the island, but they presumably were done away with.

• Vernon Hannaford promoted

Eighth AAF Bomber Station, England – The promotion of Vernon L. Hannaford, 22, of Tacoma, Wash., a former resident of Pelican Rapids, from second lieutenant to first lieutenant, has been announced at this station.

A pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, Lt. Hannaford has flown on more than 20 bombing operations over Germany and the occupied countries, and has been awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters in recognition of his outstanding achievements in combat.

Vernon is a graduate of Pelican Rapids High School.

• Cormorant 4-H Club Fair

There were 107 exhibits at the Cormorant 4-H club fair at Cormorant Village on July 27. Nine livestock, 12 pens of poultry, 42 garden collections, 19 home improvement exhibits, 8 clothing, 6 baking, and 11 entries of canning.

Mr. Theron Vegen from Lake Park entertained the group with his magic tricks. Donna Johnson demonstrated the fundamentals of sewing. Helen Narveson demonstrated how to make muffins, Wallace Shodean showed how to make cement and Arlie Shodean gave some rope tricks. Paul Narveson recited the humorous poem, “Moo Cow Moo.” Douglas Erickson put pep into the audience with his music. Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Plflughoeft each gave a short interesting talk.

50 years ago, July 31, 1969

• WCTU to send Pepsi to Vietnam

The local chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union is participating in a national fund-raising campaign to send Pepsi-Cola to G.I.’s in Vietnam.

Mrs. Joel Restad, local president said that collection centers in Pelican Rapids will be the J.P. Wallace State Bank, Farmers Creamery, Carr & Hanson’s, Larsen’s Super Valu, and Coast-to-Coast store.

The Pepsi-Cola company is  providing the Pepsi to the WCTU at wholesale and is providing the posters and other promotional material for the campaign. The drive is now in its third year, though the first two years were on a regional, not national, basis. Some 5,000 chapters are participating in the drive this year.

25 years ago, August 3, 1994

• Little used park ordinance enforced

Pelican Rapids officials have dusted off a little-used ordinance to avert problems in city parks.

Under the ordinance, the parks “close” at 10 p.m. each night. Once the parks are closed, persons remaining in the parks (except campers) are asked to leave.

Police officers are enforcing the rules and report that a number of young adults have been removed from the parks after the 10 pm closing.

The city’s curfew for children under 16 years of age is also being enforced by police, Officer Scott Fox said Monday.

“We’ve had to give a few kids a ride home,” he commented.

But Fox said that so far there have been no “repeat” offenders. On the first violation, children are given a warning and taken home to their parents.

On the second offense, tickets are issued to the parents.

“We haven’t issued any yet,” Fox noted.

• Funds donated

About 70 volunteers from West Central Turkeys pitched in to raise more than $1,000 to donate to the local Christmas Spirit and Food Shelf funds. The money was generated by T-shirt sales at the plant and in the park, plus a Kiddie Carnival conducted during the Turkey Festival held last month. The carnival, a new feature of the festival, was added to give kids something to do during the festival and West Central workers plan to make it an annual event. Heading up the project were committee members Pat Hanson, Cindy Dinger, Vicki Satter, Liz Hill, Wendy Watkins, Elsie Emery, Val Bartlett and Arlo Lund. Marty Doppler and Ervin Emery were the co-chairs of the event.