100 years ago, May 4, 1922
• Quick Work
The Fire Dep’t. Boys wished to try out the new fire truck to see how quick a job it was capable of doing, so last Thursday, a few of the boys went out by Putnam’s bridge and made ready for a big fire of boxes and brush etc., saturated it with five gallons of kerosene. When everything was ready, Chief Hanson called up the boys in town to give the alarm, and when the bell rang, he started the fire. In less than 3½ minutes, the fire engine was at the scene of the fire and ready for business. This was mighty rapid work and shows what can be done with an outfit of this kind.
• Opening Game Well Attended
The opening game of the season was played here last Sunday with Detroit. Many baseball fans from neighboring towns were in attendance which goes to prove that they are all interested in the sportsmanship of baseball. This was the first game of the season, and the boys did very well outside of a few errors, which do occur in all games. Detroit had a good bunch of players, and our boys were successful in holding them down to 2 to 0 in our favor until the 4th inning when Detroit ran in 3 scores. Detroit again scored one in the 7th inning, two in the 8th, and one in the 9th. Our local boys did not succeed in getting any more than the two scores, so the game resulted in 7 to 2 in favor of Detroit. Nevertheless, the game was nice and clean throughout.
Detroit was renamed Detroit Lakes in 1926 to avoid confusion with Detroit, Michigan.
75 years ago, May 1, 1947
• $1,000 Fishing Contest Being Sponsored By Jr. Commerce Group
The Pelican Rapids Junior Chamber of Commerce this week launched its 1947 $1,000 Fishing Contest. The contest provides over $1,000 in cash and merchandise prizes for the largest Walleyed Pike, Northern Pike, Black Bass, and Smallmouth Bass caught in the Pelican Rapids area during the period from May 15 to August 23, 1947.
A grand prize of $300 in cash will be given for the largest Walleye Pike or Bass entered in the contest during the season, and 14 weekly prizes of a $25 War Bond will be awarded for the largest fish entered each week. In addition, first prizes of $50, second prizes of $20 each, and numerous valuable merchandise prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in the four classifications of Walleye Pike, Northern Pike, Black Bass, and Smallmouth Bass.
The contest is being put on for the first time this year for the primary purpose of increasing resort trade in this area. It is being sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce with the financial co-operation and assistance of practically all of the businessmen of Pelican Rapids and of the resorts and boat landings in the Pelican Rapids area.
50 years ago, May 4, 1972
• Brown Dispels Hospital Rumors
Art Brown, administrator of the Pelican Valley Health Center, dispelled some of the rumors about the hospital in a report to the Rotary Club on Tuesday.
Brown, who took over as head of the hospital last fall, said that he has heard rumors that the hospital is ‘going downhill, is operating in the red and might have to close.’ He pointed out that the hospital showed a net profit of over $35,000 last year, and the nursing home had a profit of over $8,000.
One problem that he did point out is that obligations for the redemption of notes and mortgages currently require more than $8,000 each month. ‘But these don’t continue forever,’ he noted.
Each month, a certain amount of money is transferred to the Trustee Fund for bond and interest payments, which are met on time.
Brown implied that the hospital was not operating at full potential. He cited the fact that the hospital employs 101 persons with an annual payroll of about $285,000. In addition, about $50,000 is spent locally each year on hospital supplies. ‘Turn the coin over,’ he said. All local people should be encouraged to use local medical facilities, Rotarians were told.
(The Pelican Valley Health Center closed the hospital in 1993.)
25 years ago, May 7, 1997
• Winter’s Snow Total Falls Short of 100 Inches
Would you believe 99 ¾ inches?
The 5 ¼ inches of snow received in April brought the season’s total to just short of the 100-inch mark for the Pelican Rapids area, according to records maintained by the city’s utilities department.
That total far surpasses the 60 ½ inches of the previous winter or the 44 ¼ inches recorded two winters ago.
The April precipitation total was 3.06 inches and included a major winter storm during the first weekend of the month that brought about five inches of snow. The last snow of the month was seen last Wednesday but was only a trace.
Year-to-date precipitation is 6.25 inches as of Monday. This compares to 4.36 inches by the same date last year and 4.53 inches two years ago.
• Fire Destroys Home, Garage
A fire Thursday afternoon destroyed a mobile home and double garage.
Firemen were called to the Alden Reich home, located about 1 ½ miles north of Highway 34 on County Road 23.
According to firemen at the scene, Reich’s son was home alone at the time and was burning garbage when the fire got away from him.
Volunteer firemen were also called out late Saturday afternoon to control a chimney fire at the Al Siegle residence in Pelican Rapids.
• East Grand Forks Man Dies in One-vehicle Accident
An East Grand Forks man died Monday afternoon when his pick up left Highway 59 and struck an approach.
The accident was reported at 12:55 p.m., about 1 ½ miles north of Dunvilla.
Killed was Thomas H. Rutherford, 32, of East Grand Forks.
Investigating officers said Rutherford’s northbound pickup veered off the road and hit an approach. Rutherford, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected through the windshield, and the vehicle landed on top of him.
He was alone in the truck.