Teaching kids to swim in Pelican

By Brenda Brand, Columnist

100 years ago July 29, 1920

• Keep Out

Some party or parties have been entering the high school building without permission. The school board warns them to keep out or they will be dealt with as they deserve. It is a serious matter to enter a public building without permission and it is hoped that this warning will be sufficient.

• Census returns show good increase

Pelican Rapids has a population of 1,156 according to the census figures received here a few days ago. Twenty years ago we had a population of 1,019. Ten years ago it was 1,033 which means that there has been an increase of 137 in the last ten years or about 13.5%.

75 years ago July 26, 1945

• Fatally injured while moving safe

G.R. Elliott, the well-known businessman of Fergus Falls, was fatally injured the evening of July 18, and died in the Wright Hospital in Fergus Falls at about midnight.

Mr. Elliott, with the help of two or three other men, was removing a 7,000 pound safe from the old Otter Tail County Bank Building and when the safe started to tip over, he tried to prevent it from doing so. The safe fell on one of his legs, crushing the bone, and evidently severed the large artery for he bled profusely. It took about ten minutes to jack up the safe to release Mr. Elliott, and during that time he directed the men as to what to do, but he collapsed immediately after being released.

Dr. Boysen was called and did everything possible under the circumstances, and G. H. Knutson was called with his ambulance to take him to Fergus. Blood plasma was injected and he rallied and became conscious for a while but soon after expired.

Mr. Elliott was a prominent man in the county, having been county commissioner for a time, and he ran for sheriff and also for state representative, so he was well known throughout the county.

• Roy Hanson named registrar of 18-year-olds

Last week Roy V. Hanson was given the official appointment of registrar for 18-year-olds by the draft board at Perham. 

All boys are required to register with draft officials on their 18th birthday, and the appointment of Mr. Hanson is for the convenience of those in this area who must register.

• 65 Enrolled in swimming classes

The Water Safety School is now in session at Prairie Lake with sixty-five pupils enrolled in the various classes. There are thirty-three beginners twelve intermediates, ten swimmers, and ten junior and senior lifesavers.

The weather has been ideal and the classes are all progressing rapidly under the efficient teaching of Miss Lillian Thompson.

50 years ago July 30, 1970

• Dormitory Ready

While it appeared doubtful Tuesday, a dormitory for seasonal employees of West Central Turkeys, Inc. is to be ready for occupancy on Sunday. 

Buses carrying 70 Spanish-American workers from Eagle Pass, TX, will arrive on that day.

The dormitory will be home for the 40 men and 30 women until the first part of December, a spokesman for West Central said.

The dormitory, said to be one of the best facilities of its kind for seasonal workers will be furnished with double-bunk beds and steel lockers. Facilities will include a roomy lounge with television as well as a laundry room, shower rooms, etc. The workers will be served their meals at the plant cafeteria. The workers will be placed in various areas of the plant, filling out both shifts.

25 years ago July 26, 1995

• Police break up fight

About a half-dozen persons were involved in a fight Sunday at the Pelican Mobile Home Park when arguments broke out during what police said was a drinking party.

Officers are considering possible charges, including assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage to property.

According to the police report, the argument started when a suspect was alleged to have hit another with his car. At least five others became involved. Reportedly no one was injured.

In another incident police apprehended four juveniles after one of the youths reportedly threw an apple, striking in the chest a man who was sleeping at Peterson Park.

In other matters, police said a girl suffered cuts to her hand after falling while roller-blading. She was carrying a glass bottle at the time.

Also reported was vandalism to a plastic greenhouse located next to the Town Mart convenience store; and the theft of a depth finder valued at $500 from a boat parked at Brenna’s Sport Shop.

• Loghaven swimming lessons mark 20th and final season.

It’s the end of a long-time summer tradition at Loghaven Resort on Crystal and Lida Lakes east of Pelican Rapids.

Friday marked not only the last day of swimming lessons for 145 students this year, but also the last day of lessons forever.

”We’ve loved doing it,” stressed Mary Lambourne, who has been teaching lessons with her sister Sylvia Fossen at the resort for 20 years. “We’re very grateful for the community support over the years.”

The women, two of the Pfeifle children, agree that it has become increasingly difficult to plan their summer vacations at the same time to coincide with lessons.

They decided they wanted to end the tradition while they were still enjoying the summer teaching.

This year’s assistants included young people who grew up taking swimming lessons every summer. Jocelyn Suchor, Kim Holman, Andrea Westby, Lindsey McCracken, and Nicole Manning.