100 years ago April 25, 1918
• Red Cross Play
The West Lida Red Cross will give a movie play at the Orpheum the evening of May 7. The name of the play is “The Man Who Was Afraid.” This is for the benefit of the Red Cross and all are asked to patronize it. Further announcement next week.
• Expresses Appreciation
The following letter was received by Mr. Ulrick Bjorkman, Pelican Rapids, Minn. Dear Sir; Your prompt and patriotic response to the Navy’s call for binoculars, telescopes and spyglasses is most appreciated. The glasses will be very useful in the prosecution of naval operations until victory is won. At the termination of the war, if possible, every effort will be made to return them to you, when it is hoped that you will feel compensated for any evidence of wear, by the knowledge that you have supplied “Eyes for the Navy” during a very trying period. On behalf of the Navy, I wish to thank you most heartily.
F.D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
75 years ago April 29 1943
• Annual School Election
The annual school election of Independent School District No. 10 will be held Tuesday evening, May the 18th, in the high school auditorium for the purpose of electing two directors for the term of three years, one director for a term of two years, and one director for a term on one year.
Candidates should file with the clerk not later that May 6th. The terms of Mrs. Paulson and the appointments of Mrs. Holmgren, Mr. Olson and Mr. Hohman expire at this time. -Grace Paulson, Clerk.
• Dray Business Changes Hands
Clifford Senn, who returned recently from Maryland where he was employed during the winter has purchased Arthur Knutson’s interest in the dray business, and he and August Knutson will carry on the business from now on.
50 years ago. April 25, 1968
• New Chamber Committee Names Officers
Clyde Thorstenson was elected chairman of a new Chamber of Commerce committee to work for the improvement of the commu- nity through facts brought out in a self-analysis study completed earlier this year. Other members of the committee are Howard Carlson, Don Dillon, Rex Crews, Gary Peterson, Virgil Johnson, and Harold Nord. Carlson was named vice-chairman and Peterson is secretary.
• Four Students to attend
Boys and Girls County Jean Anderson, Cindy Femling, Wayne Rogelstad and Glen Trygstad have been selected to attend Boys and Girls County at Fergus Falls. These Junior students will spend the day visiting county offices and learn the functions of county government. If possible they will also visit a court session. The students from Pelican are being spon- sored by the local VFW Post and the Legion Post and the Legion Auxiliary. Jean is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Anderson. Cindy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Femling. Wayne’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Al Rogelstad and Glen’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Cy Trygstad.
25 years ago. April 28, 1993
• Track Captains
Serving as captains for the Pelican Rapids High School girls track team this year are Tina Albright, Ann Jatczak, Gina Geerdes and Janelle Nelson. The team won their first two invitational meets, winning the Thundering Herd Indoor in Fargo and the Hawley Early Bird. The team hosts the Pelican Rapids Invitational Thursday with boys and girls teams from eight schools competing.
• Poster Contest winners named
Winners in the Poppy poster contest sponsored by the Rothsay American Legion Auxiliary were: First place – Laura Opsahl; second – Beau Brandt; and third – Cory Grunewald. Each was presented with a small monetary award by poppy chairman, Lorraine Ostlund. Laura’s poster was also entered in the District Nine competition. The fifth grade made excellent posters which will be displayed around town at various business places to remind townspeople of Poppy Day which will be held May 23. The fifth grade teacher is Colleen Brandt.