100 years ago, June 22, 1922

• Erhard Creamery Co. Voted to Rebuild

A meeting of the Erhard Creamery Co. was held Friday at Erhard for the purpose of voting on the proposition to rebuild the creamery to take the place of the one destroyed by fire last week. The sentiment was strong in favor of erecting a building, there being only two dissenting votes.

A committee was appointed to solicit funds, it being one of the stipulations that the money must be raised before the contract for the creamery is let. In other words, the patrons voted not to go into debt.

There was $6,000 insurance on the old creamery and contents, but as some of the contents were saved, it is thought the company will get about $4,500 insurance money.

The creamery has been a paying institution, especially the past two or three years, and a real asset to the community, and the strong sentiment to rebuild shows that the people of that vicinity appreciate the value of the dairy industry.

75 years ago, June 19, 1947

• French Student Guest of Anne Haugrud

An exchange student from France, Miss Lucile Alaroze, is the guest of Miss Anne Haugrud at the K. E. Haugrud home in Tansem during the month of June. Both were graduate students at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

“Minnesota is beautiful,” exclaims the French student, who is working for her Master’s degree in geography and who hopes to see as much of the United States as possible before her scholarship expires in February. The Haugrud farm, she says, is similar to her cousin’s 300-acre farm in the Paris Basin. The most amusing incident since her arrival in Minnesota last Sunday was being mistaken for a French war bride in the post office at Pelican Rapids.

Aside from her dislike of cattle after being chased by five of them, Lucile enjoys farm life. Relating the experience to Mrs. Haugrud, she said, “I did not know whether to run or walk gently. But I preferred to arrive at the fence before the beasts!”

Contrary to the popular conception that “all French like light wines and dancing,” Miss Alaroze’s chief interests are swimming, hiking, and playing the piano. She speaks English well, having studied it in France at the lycee (public school), and she has the equivalent of a master’s degree in geography and history from the University of Lyon. Her parents are teachers at the college at Macon, Saone et Loire, fifty miles north of Lyon.

“We lived on potatoes, turnips, and other vegetables during the war,” she tells. “I lost fifteen pounds during my first year at the university. Moreover, for this same year, we had no heat. The ink in my dormitory room was frozen all winter.” Once, she bicycled fifty miles to get milk and eggs from farmers outside the city. Her father, a major in the French reserve army, was a prisoner of the Germans for two years, and Lucille helped other college students in the Underground Movement distribute anti-Nazi literature during the occupation.

A pair of blue denim jeans, purchased in Pelican Rapids, was her first investment in Minnesota. “French girls don’t wear trousers,” she says, “but the jeans are very useful on the farm.” In France, at the present time, items such as butter and meat are still scarce; shoes cost $20 on the black market, and other clothing is rationed.

The train trip from Syracuse, New York, to Hawley took twelve hours longer than the airplane flight from Brussels, Belgium, to New York last February. Lucile will attend an International Service seminar for students in Massachusetts in July.

50 years ago, June 22, 1972

• First Congregational Church 90th Anniversary is Sunday

The First Congregational Church of Pelican Rapids will celebrate its 90th Anniversary with special homecoming services Sunday, June 25th.

The First Congregational Church was organized in May 1882 with eleven charter members. Services were held in the first church building in November of 1883. The group had been holding services in the schoolhouse for six years before this time. This church served as the English language church for many years. The present church building was dedicated in June of 1961. The new parsonage, the third in the church’s history, was occupied in March of 1966.

Sunday worship services on June 25 will be followed by an anniversary dinner in the Fellowship Hall. The Rev. Lennis H. Mitchell, now serving the church, is its 27th pastor and has been serving here since October of 1965.

• Water Ski Club Sets Show Dates

The Detroit Lakes Water Ski Club has scheduled a series of shows at Sand Lake, north of Pelican Rapids, on Highway 59. The shows will be presented at 7 p.m. each Tuesday through August 8.

The club, which has grown to include 35 members, has added a six-foot jump and a kite for their performances this year, which also include several clown acts, barefoot skiing, a six-girl ballet, a five-man pyramid, hydrofoil skiing, trick skiing, and an exciting ski around-the-boat trick.

The performances are open to the public free of charge, although donations will be collected at the shows. The money collected is used to purchase equipment for the club, such as a public address system, club swimming suits, and a flivver boat used in one of the clown acts.

25 years ago, June 25, 1997

• Search Is On for the Ugliest Truck, also Ugliest of the Ugly

A new twist is added to this year’s “Ugly Truck Contest:” in separate judging, the “ugliest of the ugly” will be selected.

In an effort to name a “grand champion” from the ten annual winners, owners who have collected trophies for their ugly trucks are being invited to return for this year’s contest, scheduled for Saturday, July 12.

Len Zierke, who has chaired the event for the past eight years, said a “best of the worst” will be named to mark the tenth anniversary of what is probably the only contest of its type.

Ugly trucks entering this year’s event will also have a crack at the “Grand Champion” trophy, as the winner will be judged along with past winners.

“It will be interesting to see how many of the previous winners are still running,” says Zierke.

One of the criteria for trucks entering the contest is that it is able to move forward under its own power. The absence of reverse, apparently, is not a problem. The winners have also been asked to appear in the Turkey Festival parade held the following weekend.