By Paul Gubrud, Columnist

100 years ago, September 1, 1921

• Information Regarding School

The work of the school year will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6th, in the afternoon. Grade pupils will begin their work at 1:15 P.M. High School students will enroll from 2 – 3 o’clock.

The Board of Education ruled that all children must be six years of age by the first of October to be permitted to enter the first grade. The reason for this ruling is that the number of first graders becomes so large that it is impossible for one teacher to do good work.

The tuition for grade pupils from out of the district has been placed at $2.50 per month, which is the same rate as that of last year.

• Community Fair

The Booster Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Erhard’s Grove township had their Community Fair on August 25, at 2:30 P. M. Owing to the busy times the crowd was not as large as it might have been. However, we had a pretty large crowd, and we all spent an enjoyable and pleasant afternoon together.

The main attractions were the purebred Holstein calves exhibited. There were also some good exhibits of poultry and potatoes. C. M. Kelehan judged, and when the prizes were given out, the club members all had a pleasant smile and were entirely satisfied with the results. The losers were good losers, and they determined to be winners next year. 

75 years ago, September 5, 1946

• Standard Station Burglarized

This is the time of the year when businessmen should be on their guard to protect their places of business from burglars, as they are now circulating through the country trying to make some easy money.

Friday night, the Standard Oil Station was entered by thieves, and $21 in cash was taken. A glass was broken, and the thieves thereby were able to reach the lock on the door. No clue has been found as to who the perpetrators were.

Farmers, too, should keep an eye on their chicken and turkey flocks, their hogs, cattle, and grain. It’s a lot easier to steal farm products than it is to raise them, and stealing, especially chickens and turkeys, has become quite a racket in the fall of the year.

50 years ago, September 2, 1971

• School Enrollment Reaches New High

Enrollment in local schools on the opening day of classes was 1,438 students, an increase of 46 from opening day a year ago.

The increase was evenly divided between the elementary school and junior-senior high school. Elementary enrollment increased from 688 two 710, while enrollment in grades seven through 12 increased from 704 to 720.

An increase was expected this year with the closing of the remaining rural school districts in the area, and it is expected that enrollment figures will now level off.

• Threshing Meet Opens Friday

A fiddlers’ contest and concert by the “Over 60 Band” will be new features of the 18th annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag. The events begin Friday and continue through Monday.

New to the reunion are two musical events. A contest for fiddlers is set for 8 PM on opening day at the quonset building. On Sunday afternoon at 12:30, the 40 member “Over 60 Band” will begin a two-hour concert. The band, with headquarters in Gaylord, MN, is made up of nonprofessional musicians aged 60 or over. The director is Lawrence Hanson, Pelican Rapids.

25 years ago, August 28, 1996

• “Gathering of the Orange” Featured at Rollag this Weekend (by John Doppler)

Although it may sound like a call for an ancient Scottish clan meeting, the “gathering of the orange” this weekend at the annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion really signifies the Allis Chalmers Exposition, the featured exhibit in Rollag August 30 through September 2.

“They’re bringing them in by the truckloads,” said Merlin Meyer, president of the WMSTR organization, referring to an expected 400 pieces of Allis Chalmers equipment ranging from tractors, caterpillars, road graders, and implements, to such diverse items as lawnmowers and refrigerators.

Minnesota and North Dakota Allis Chalmers collectors and aficionados will provide the bulk of the equipment, but Meyer said collectors from Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Canada are also bringing their favorite showpieces.

“We even had a guy from Maryland who said he was bringing a showpiece,” Meyer said. “This is called the ‘National Gathering of the Orange.’ That’s why we get these people from way off participating because it is a national gathering.”

• Furniture Store Hit by Burglars

From $100 to $150 in cash was missing after a burglary at Johnson’s Furniture in Pelican Rapids. The theft was discovered by owner Everett Johnson last Friday morning.

Access to the building was apparently gained by prying open a rear door. The cash was taken from a filing cabinet in the office, which appeared to have been pried open with a wrecking bar. Currency and quarter coins were taken. Nothing else appeared to be missing from the store.

The theft is one of several being investigated by local police.

Earlier in the week, an employee at Strand Ace Hardware reported that her wallet had been taken from her purse, which was in an employee area at the rear of the store. In addition to credit cards, check blanks, etc., the wallet contained about $100 in cash.