Town team baseball was in Pelican headlines a century ago

By Paul Gubrud, Columnist

100 years ago, June 9, 1921

• New Ford Man

R. R. Ashley of Fargo has taken over the Starr Bros, garage and is all ready for business. He is the authorized salesman for the Ford cars and Fordson tractors and will carry a full line of tires, tubes, and accessories. The Starr boys will remain in the shop for the present at least and shop work of all kinds will be done.

The enterprise will do business under the name of Ashley Motor Co., authorized Ford and Fordson Sales and Service.

• A Good Game

Last Sunday, June 5th, our local baseball team went to Hawley and won from them in a close, exciting game, the score being 4 to 1 in favor of Pelican. Our boys were in the best of spirit and went up there with the big intention of winning the game, and so they did. The game was extremely interesting from beginning to end, and outside of a few errors, the game was well played. 

On Sunday, June 12th, the Frazee team will play our local team at the ballpark in Pelican Rapids. Another good game is looked for, and everyone should make an effort to attend if possible. Game called at 2:30 P. M.

75 years ago, June 13, 1946

• Welcome Back… Men Receiving Discharge From Army and Navy

T-Sgt. Milton E. Seifert, son of M. and Mrs. Walter Seifert of Scambler Township, returned home last week following his discharge at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. Milton served with the U.S. Army in Germany for several months.

• Fill the Cookie Jar at Veterans Hospital

For the Fort Snelling Veterans Hospital, the American Legion Auxiliary is asking all its members and anyone interested to donate a dozen or less homemade cookies wrapped in wax paper, two cookies for each wrapper. Leave them at the City Meat Market on June 20.

• Considerable Storm Damage in Norwegian Grove

The storm that raced through this section of the county on Thursday evening did a great deal of damage to several farms in this locality. On the Joseph Hovland farm, the barn and granary were blown down; on Herbert Haugrud and Edwin Johnson farms, and the silos were wrecked; on the Ernest Rossum farm, the barn roof was damaged. Several reported the loss of chickens.

50 years ago, June 10, 1971

• Library is Center of High School Addition

When school opens again next fall, one of the most striking features will be the new library, where spaciousness will be in sharp contrast to the former library.

With the new library will be a new librarian, the first change in that position in 37 years. It was in 1934 that Miss Alice Serkland joined the faculty as an English teacher and, incidentally, librarian.

For many years, she recalls, teaching duties left little time to devote to the needs of the library. With teaching as many as five sections of English classes, she admits that the library was neglected in many ways.

• Rogers Bros. Shows Here

Rogers Bros. Shows, a Pelican Rapids based carnival will open their 1971 season here this weekend with a three-day Rural America Days stand. The midway will be located just south of the West Central Turkeys plant on North Broadway. 

25 years ago, June 5, 1996

• Staff, Administration Express Disappointment in Math, Reading Results

Many Pelican Rapids eighth grade students and their parents were issued a wake-up call Friday as a result of the recent statewide graduation standards were released.

While 75 percent of the 124 students passed the mathematics test, only 53% passed the reading examination. The minimum passing score in each test was 70 percent.

“We were disappointed, especially in the results of the reading test,” stated Supt. Keith Klein.

“This summer we’re revising our reading curriculum in the elementary school,” Klein said. “We are definitely going to make sure the focus of the curriculum is in line with the basic test requirements.”

• Police Report – Three Spotted Throwing Bicycle into the River

Three individuals were watched as they got out of a large red car and threw a bicycle into the river.

A caller told police that the three drove into Sherin Memorial Park at about 10 p.m. last Wednesday. The blue 10-speed bike was recovered.

A resident in the northwest part of town notified police at about 6 p.m. last Tuesday that a youngster, 2 to 3 years old, had wandered into their home. With the help of other neighborhood children, police were able to the return the child to his home in the Pelican Mobile Home Court.

This 1923 photo of the Pelican Rapids baseball team was taken on the original baseball field located where the soccer practice field is today. Most of these men were likely also on the 1921 baseball team — photo from Wayne Runningen’s collection.