By Paul Gubrud, Columnist
100 years ago, April 7, 1921
• Daily Service, with Scheduled Trips to Nearby Towns Planned
One of the best retail trade developers yet planned for Fergus Falls is the Motor Transit Company, organized this week by local citizens to put large motor busses in operation soon to cover many nearby towns.
Route 1 will run from Fergus Falls to Wadena and Elbow Lake or Wahpeton. Route 2 will make New York Mills, Barnesville and Pelican Rapids. Many smaller towns along the line will be touched by the busses on their trips. Crookston operates similar bus lines and finds the venture highly profitable.
Regular daily trips will be made, with mileage rates permitting anyone to travel along the route, and a heavy increase in retail trade should result for this city.
• Classified Ad – My Registered Percheron Stallion, No. 50628
Will stand for service on the John Small farm in Scambler every day through the season. This stallion was raised on the Canfield farm at Lake Park and is an A No. l horse weighing 1,800 pounds. – Frank Reade, Owner
75 years ago, April 11, 1946
• Letter Received From Finland
The following letter (in Finnish) was received by Mrs. Edward Johnson of Erhard.
“Dearest regards from Finland. The truth of the matter is that I was forced to leave my home and belongings twice. From the bundles received from the American Red Cross, I was given a dress, in the pocket of which was your address.
We are a family of eight. I am the only daughter, age 15. This war brought hardships to many families, especially those with so many children.
Kind regards and many thousand thanks for your gift. My name is Neiti Aili Nikkinen.”
• Three 4-H Clubs Present One-Act Plays
The Grove Lake, Bangor Badgers, and Norwegian Grove 4-H Clubs each presented a one-act play at the high school auditorium last Thursday. Five girls of the Trondhjem Gophers sang songs between plays. The entire program was greatly enjoyed. There was no admission fee, and it was estimated there were about 500 in attendance.
50 years ago, April 8, 1971
• Anxious to Start School Demolition
The Board of Education, meeting Monday evening, discussed building and demolition schedules with the contractor and architect of the expansion project.
The building contractor told the board that his company would like to get started with the demolition of the old high school buildings. He was told that the work would have to wait until the completion of the school term at the end of May.
• Finian’s Rainbow to be Presented
A delightful musical comedy, “Finian’s Rainbow,” will be presented next week by the high school music department. The musical tells the story of a love-stricken leprechaun who leaves Ireland in pursuit of an Irishman who has stolen the leprechaun’s pot of gold. Mark Meland has the role of Finian, while Edward Anderson and Bruce Arntson are double-cast as Og, the leprechaun.
• Moorhead Man Buys Drive-In
A Moorhead man, John Litherland, purchased the Tastee-Freez drive-in this week. He will begin operation of the business immediately. Litherland said that his brother operates the Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead.
25 years ago, April 3, 1996
• Noisy Classmates, Creative Art, Frozen Hair, Megamall are New Experiences for Rotary Exchange Student from Japan
Ikuko Oizumi remembers her first day as a junior at Pelican Rapids High School in September.
“The kids were so noisy!”
The Rotary exchange student from Sagae, Japan, added, “We have to be quiet all the time.”
And while she was adjusting to a more relaxed atmosphere in school, she remembers not understanding very much English. Although Ikuko had studied English for nearly five years, her courses focused on reading, not speaking or listening.
“I was always smiling,” she recalled. “I didn’t understand anything.”
But after the first two or three months, communicating in English became easier for her. School became much easier, as well.
• Bell Picked for Legion Boys State
Adam Bell is this year’s Boys State delegate from Pelican Rapids, while Andrew Miller is the alternate. Both are juniors at Pelican Rapids high school.
Selection is made through cooperation of the American Legion Post and high school faculty. Students who are involved in activities and maintain at least a B average are eligible.
• Longfors to Attend Girls State in June
Junior Jessica Longfors is the Girls State delegate from Pelican Rapids High School. The alternate is Liz Rotz, also a junior.
Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary of Pelican Rapids, Longfors will spend the week of June 9-15 at Bethel College in St. Paul.
Girls State is a learning experience in local and state government. Girls will apply their knowledge about government and learn more through instruction at Girls State. They will organize and operate their own mythical cities, counties, and state governments.
• Radios are Popular Attractions to Thieves
A 40-channel citizens band radio was taken from a Jennie-O truck at West Central Turkeys last week, the third to be stolen since the first of the year.
Police are investigating.