By Paul Gubrud, Columnist

100 years ago, July 21, 1921

• County Commissioners Lay Out New Highway South of Village.

Last spring H. G. Page circulated a petition to have a road laid out running south from Lyden’s corner through Donald and W. H. Cole’s farms, along the Page & Knutson farm and south striking the road that runs east and west past the Baxtevold Church north of Erhard.

The commissioners last week considered this petition and the Fergus Falls Journal has the following to say in regard to it: The county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday acted favorably on a petition for a new road between Pelican Rapids and Erhard.

This road is an important one and will eventually be one of the big roads of the county. It crosses the river a little north of Erhard and runs north into Pelican Rapids, entering the village on Broadway and cutting out the several sharp turns that are necessary in entering from the south by the present road. 

75 years ago, July 25, 1946

• Atomic Bomb Test (E.L Peterson Editorial)

The effects of the atomic bomb experience in Bikini Lagoon on July 1 have now been fully measured, and it is evident that they were worse than first reported. The death rays spread for miles from the center of the explosion as has been detected by those who have tried to discover the far-reaching powers of the atom. It surely is an instrument of death which bodes no good to the world.

• Financial Status of Village and School District

The treasures report of School District No.10 reveals that the district has reduced its bonding indebtedness to only $8,000, with some $20,000 on hand. That means all of the debts could be paid if payment of the remaining bonds would be accepted.

The municipality has been out of debt for some years, which gives a pleasant feeling in a measure, but when the village was in debt is was when it was making the greatest progress. We made improvements and we paid our obligations. It appears now that if we ever expect to make more improvements, which are certainly needed, we’ll have to go into debt again. That doesn’t make sense, but it’s true. Let’s go into debt and progress.

• Church Picnic at the Fred Seifert Home

Sunday proved to be a great day for a picnic, and the Scambler Union Church people together with quite a number from the Congregational Church in town enjoyed a get-together at the Fred Seifert farm for an uplifting as well as a social time.

The Seifert farm is a beautiful place bordering on Lake Lizzie, and all who attended were inspired and renewed in the spirit by the pleasant gathering.

50 years ago, July 22, 1971

• $800 Taken From Pelican Hardware

About $800 in cash and checks was taken from the Pelican Hardware store earlier this month, according to Arnold Nord, who owns the store together with his brother Harold (Bud) Nord.

Nord said that he had prepared a deposit and left it in his office, which was formerly the vault of the Simonson building. Someone apparently entered the office during store hours and walked out with the money.

Nord said that he is not sure of the exact amount taken since the deposit slips were also missing. He asks that anyone who should find the deposit slips with adding machine tape attached to please return them to the store.

• West Central Work Costing $100,000

Remodeling work for “people’s projects” at West Central Turkeys will cost in excess of $100,000, manager Howard Carlson said this week. The work is well underway at the plant.

Carlson said the term “people projects” to emphasize that the new facilities will be for the comfort and convenience of the employees of the plant. Included are a large new cafeteria, kitchen, restroom facilities, laboratory, personnel office, and general offices.

25 years ago, July 17, 1996

• Ruffled Feathers Soothed; Rumors Mixed by Turkey Farmers at Maplewood Meeting

Rumors about huge corporate turkey farms taking over Maplewood Township prompted area residents to fill the town hall Thursday evening.

A large farm will likely be constructed on 40 acres in the township, but developers Richard Gilbert and Donald Fondrick nixed most of the rumors during their presentation at the town board meeting.

The two presented their research about turkey farming and answered questions from area residents.

Contrary to rumor, they have plans to build on only one site at this time. A brooding barn and four growing/finishing barns will house 288,000 turkeys per year, with six flocks raised each year. They project to produce 9,300,000 pounds of turkey per year.

Both men are from the Twin Cities, but Fondrick owns property on Dead Lake and Gilbert on Lake Lida.

• Parades, Contests, Food Highlight Turkey Festival

Traditional Turkey Festival events are scheduled Friday and Saturday in Pelican Rapids as our events ensure there’s entertainment and activities for all ages.

New this year are the revamped “turkey” races Friday at 7 PM on West Mill Street. Instead of using live birds, this year’s turkeys are humans… or the contraptions the three-person teams maneuver through the obstacle course.

“The obstacle course is being constructed as we speak,” said Marlys Johnson on Monday. She says teams must register by noon Thursday.