Pelican learns that Arlon Puckett was captured by Germans as WW II neared end

by Brenda Brand, Columnist

100 years ago March 25, 1920

• Creamery meeting

A meeting of the stockholders of the Farmers Creamery was held Monday afternoon to amend some of the articles of the constitution and to talk over other matters in regard to the erection of the new creamery. Quite a number were in attendance and all were very enthusiastic over the prospect of having a new up to date building.

Carl E. Johnson, Peter Hanson and Cecil W. Sherin have been appointed trustees to raise the money for the new building and a man from each township contiguous to the village has been appointed as chairman on a subscription committee to solicit funds. These chairmen are as follows:

O.G. Helseth, Pelican Rapids; Melvin Engstad, Pelican; Elmer Lindstrom, Lida; H.Hallaway, Maplewood; A.R. Knutson, Erhards Grove; L.C. Nicholson, Dunn; Peter Hanson, Scambler; Albert Dunham, Norwegian Grove; Martin Shirley, Trondhjem; B.P. Solum, Tansem.

• Symphony orchestra

Pelican Rapids can boast of a large orchestra now. There are some 16 or 17 members in the organization with C.A. Hanson as leader. They have been rehearsing regularly for some time and those who have heard the orchestra play, say it is great. Few towns of this size have the talent for an organization of this kind.

75 years ago March 29, 1945

• Letter received from Arlon Puckett

Mrs. Arlon Puckett received a letter from her husband Tuesday which was written January 4, stating that he was a German prisoner. It will be recalled that a message was received from the War Department that Arlon was missing in action on the western front and later word came through the Red Cross that he had been taken prisoner. The letter received Tuesday, although written quite a while ago, was a great relief to his family and friends here.

Mr. Puckett stated that he was taken prisoner December 18 and that he was in good health and treated well.

• Nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson loses leg

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Paulson and two sons, Kenneth and Delano, returned to their home at Litchville, N.D. on Friday after visiting since Monday at the Edward Johnson home. Mrs. Paulson and Mrs. Johnson are sisters.

While here, the Paulsons received word that their son, Merrill, who has been serving on the western front but a very short time, had returned to the states. He writes: “I am coming home soon, but not the way I left. I have lost my left leg five inches above my ankle, but I have done what I could for my country. I am so thankful and happy. God was with me. I came back alive, but my buddies will never come back.”

Mr. and Mrs. Paulson have another son also serving on the western front.

50 years ago March 26, 1970

• Jaycees recognize three businessmen

Pelican Rapids Jaycees presented certificates of appreciation to three Pelican Rapids businessmen at “Bosses Night” banquet held Tuesday evening at the Pelican Bowling Center.

Receiving certificates were Ray Lanum manager of Erickson-Hellekson-Vye Lumber Co. Orlando Olson, owner of Olson’s Men’swear; and Sterling Hauger, manager of the Crane Johnson Lumber Co.

Speakers at the event were John Quam, Detroit Lakes Jaycees; Wes Thomas, Moorhead; and Dr. Henry Korda, who extended a welcome as mayor of Pelican Rapids.

• Two bankers named Heart Fund treasurers

Two Otter Tail county bankers will serve as treasurers for the county Heart Fund in 1970, according to Minnesota Heart Association treasurer, Jack Olson.

Clyde Thorstenson of the J.P.Wallace State Bank in Pelican Rapids, and Elmer Froehlich of the First National Bank in Fergus Falls, will receive and report on contributions made to the Heart Fund.

The fund supports nationwide programs of research, education and community service.

25 years ago March 29, 1995

• Toaster fire melts charger

A fire in a toaster caused some breakfast-time excitement at the Tom Stout residence, located on Second Street SE.

Firemen were called to the home at about 7:15 a.m. last Thursday when a “Pop Tart” in the toaster apparently ignited, melting a cordless phone charger unit.

Damage was limited to smoke and odor, according to a fire department spokesman.

• Second graders present play

On Monday, the second graders at the Rothsay Elementary school presented a play, “Stone Soup” retold by Nancy Ross Ryan, complete with costumes and props. Chris Thysell and Sue Erickson teachers at the school, directed the play.

The performance was for the Rothsay Senior Citizens at the Community Center. They also sang several songs under the direction of music teacher, Becky Imsande who accompanied them on her guitar. They distributed pins made and colored by elementary students to all the members of the Senior Citizens.

• Oldest PRHS girls track record falls in first meet of the season

Karen McGregor was in diapers when Robi Jaeger set the Pelican Rapids High School girls long jump record at the district track meet May 28, 1977. She jumped 16’41⁄2” back when girls track was a relatively new sport at Pelican Rapids.

The oldest record on the books fell last Monday when senior Karin McGregor leaped 16’61⁄2” to win first place at the Thundering Herd Classic indoor track meet at NDSU.

Records also held by McGregor include: triple jump, 400 and 800 relays and a share of the 100 with Joy Krekelberg.