By Brenda Brand, Columnist

Post-war boom in Pelican Rapids started with 1945 expansion of Olson’s mens wear store

100 years ago September 30, 1920

• Obey the Auto Driving Laws or Else

The village authorities have decided to try to get auto drivers to obey the laws, and Marshall Ingalls is going after all who are evading the law.

So many cars are run without tail lights, with only one head light, and various other offenses that it is high time to do something.

The Marshall will get you, if you don’t watch out!

• To The Public

The Pelican Telephone Company wishes to announce that as some of our old operators are leaving, new girls are learning, so if each one using the phone will try as much as possible to call by number, instead of name, you will get much quicker service and it will help our operators greatly, also if you will be a little patient with our new operators it will be greatly appreciated. 

We are going to try in the near future to give you better service than ever before.

75 years ago September 27, 1945

• Bakery Oven Explodes

The oven in the Home Bakery, operated by Fred Simpson, exploded last Friday and has been out of commission since. It seems the fuel oil kept running into the fire box and the electric spark which lights it, failed to function at the proper time and when it did there was so much oil that it caused the explosion.

Although the oven was not so seriously damaged but what it can be put back into use, the explosion was enough to lift the fire box, to knock a board loose from the ceiling, and to knock down the smoke stack, scattering soot all over the place. Mr. Simpson was not at the bakery at the time and the only ones in the building were Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Alex Small, who is employed there.

A repairman from Chicago was called to make the necessary repairs and Mr. Simpson expects to be able to reopen before long.

• Olson’s Men’s Store Enlarging Building

Work began this week for the enlargement of the Olson’s Men’s Store, as the present quarters are too small for the growing business. A brick and tile addition 32 feet long and 26 feet wide, with full basement, is to be completed this fall, which will give ample room for the display of goods and enable the store to carry a larger stock.

This is among one of the first of the after-war projects, and no doubt there will be considerable building activities in the near future.

50 years ago October 1, 1970

• People Pleaser

The Pelican Rapids Jaycees announced their first “People Pleaser” this week. She is Mrs. Laurel (Helen) Leaf, an employee of the Coast-To-Coast hardware store. 

Mrs. Leaf will receive a gift certificate from the Jaycees for being chosen as the most courteous and helpful salesperson during the month of September. Congratulating Mrs. Leaf was Jaycee President, Giles Korf. 

The Jaycee sponsored program will continue for the next three months.

• Rothsay Homecoming Festivities Set for This Weekend

Plans for Homecoming this year include the parade at 2:30 and the bonfire at 7:30 on Thursday, October 1. The coronation and program will be at 2:30 on Friday, October 2.

Connie Peterson and Pauline Hauger are candidates for queen. Paul Fosse and David Thorpe are king candidates. Junior attendants are Connie Ostlund and Robert Kluck, sophomores are Rosalie Honrud and Mark Skugrud, freshmen are Kate Stokka and Glen Lankow. Kari Martinson and Scott Moen are first grade crown bearers.

The program, open to the public, will consist of a skit and musical number by each class and band music. The skit and floats will be judged with prizes of $15, $10 and $5.

The homecoming football game will be at 7:30 with the Hillcrest Comets and a dance follows at 9:30.

25 years ago September 27, 1995

• Nursing Home Residents, Latch Key Kids get close-up visit with Llama

Residents of the Pelican Valley Nursing Home received a special visitor last Wednesday: a llama from Burr Oak Lane Llamas at Elizabeth.

Kibby, escorted by its owner, Jerry Zaske, visited several residents’ rooms and spent some time in the activity area, where it was petted and even hugged, according to Activity Director Shirley Jenson.

Some of the residents that enjoyed the event and asked questions included Orvin Fosse, and Bernice Davis. Latchkey kids Krista Hanson and Alin Bakken also enjoyed seeing Kibby.

Kibby won reserve champion honors at this year’s Red River Valley Fair.

• Two Pelican Rapids Businesses have new Owners

Jerry and Gloria Wilm purchased Roy’s Amoco Station from Jon and Liz Tredennick. The Wilms moved to Pelican Rapids from Cologne, Minnesota where he managed a manufacturing plant for the past 13 years. They have a son, Joshua, who is in seventh grade, and a daughter, Jennifer who lives in Minneapolis. Gloria will be working at Power Sentry in Fergus Falls.

Gene Howey has sold his Pelican Motel to Everett and Dorothy Claggett. The Claggetts feel they made a good choice when they decided to locate at Pelican Rapids, especially since they hadn’t had a home, as such, for the past several months.

After selling their motel in Jackson, Minn., last spring, they moved into their motor home and spent the next three months traveling. 

“We could see that wasn’t going to work out,” Everett said. “We needed some place to call home.”

They are the parents of five grown children.

• Homecoming Court is selected

Seniors Aaron Halbakken and Jessica Haugrud were crowned king and queen and will reign this week during PRHS homecoming festivities. Aaron is the son of Wally and Sharon Halbakken and Jessica is the daughter of Gary and Janel Haugrud.