By Paul Gubrud, Columnist

100 years ago, October 20, 1921

• Chest and Baby Clinic

A chest and baby clinic will be held in the high school Saturday under the direction of Miss Tyler, county Red Cross nurse. The clinic will start at 9 o’clock in the morning and continue through the day.

Dr. Glen Malchen, children specialist of Minneapolis, will conduct the baby clinic. Children under seven years will be examined. Dr. B. C. Bernard, medical supervisor of Sand Beach Sanitorium, will conduct the chest clinic.

• Congregational Mission Society

The Missionary Society will hold the annual thanking offering meeting Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 o’clock at the Congregational Church. There is to be a program of music and readings. Mrs. Bratten, a missionary from China, will speak to us about China.

We will also pack a barrel for a poor family where the mother was killed a year ago. The children are three girls, 7, 5, and 4 years and a boy, 22 months old. Clothing or bedding will be very acceptable.

75 years ago, October 21, 1946

• Train Run Sunday to Catch up on Freight Loads

For the first time in fourteen years, according to the information gathered from R. S. Gates, agent for the Great Northern, the branch train between here and Fergus Falls was obliged to make a run last Sunday. A heavy run of freight which could not be handled in their regular schedule of six days a week was the reason given for the Sunday jaunt.

• Two Persons Killed in Car-Truck Crash

The worst traffic accident in the history of this community occurred Sunday evening, at about eight o’clock, two miles south of town on Highway No. 59, when an auto and truck collided, resulting in the death of two people and critically injuring three more. 

A truck driven by Orville Flatin was coming north transporting three horses. He was accompanied by his wife and two daughters. The automobile contained Mr. and Mrs. Robert Neuman and three others, all of Wheaton, who had been on a trip to Itasca Park and were on their way home. The car hit the side of the truck bed with terrific force and rolled several times, crushing the car like an eggshell. The rear end of the truck was broken loose and badly damaged, but the Flatins escaped serious injury.

Chief of Police Rieman was notified, and when he came to the scene, he called the sheriff and highway patrol. The injured were taken to the Pelican Valley Clinic and Hospital, where Mr. and Mrs. Neuman died in about two hours. 

It was a most distressing accident and left a depressing spirit in the entire community.

50 years ago, October 21, 1971

• Pelican, Fergus Falls Break-ins Not Linked

Investigating officers have been unable to establish any link between break-ins in Pelican Rapids and at Fergus Falls last Thursday morning.

The break-ins here were at the West Side Gulf Station, Carr and Hanson’s Department Store, and the Frazee Texico Service. The amount of loss has not been fully determined.

Harold Svare, an employee of the Gulf station owned by Orville Mostue, called police at 7:00 AM Thursday to report a burglary there. Missing were a dozen quarts of oil, two tires valued at $60, two dozen candy bars, two cartons of cigarettes, and approximately $40-$50 in currency. Entry to the Carr and Hanson’s was through a coal chute on the west side of the building. The burglars kicked out a wooden panel that blocked the chute in the basement. Nine bathroom-type rugs valued at $50 were taken along with an undetermined amount of other merchandise.

At Frazee Texaco Service, owner Robert Frazee told police that nothing was apparently taken during the break-in there. Three windows were broken to gain entry to the shop area, but the office was not entered.

• Two Men Fined for Early Hunting 

Possession of migratory waterfowl a few minutes before the season opened at noon led to court appearances for two Twin Cities area men.

Fined $15 and costs each in local justice court were Jeffrey Schmidt of Maplewood, Minn., and Warren Schmidt of New Brighton. Charges were brought by Game Warden Ray Jensen. 

Robert Holsinger of Toddville, Iowa forfeited $14 on a charge of operating a motor-powered watercraft in a restricted migratory waterfowl nesting area.

• Electrical Storm Damages Homes

Lightning damaged several area homes during electrical storms Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Three homes in the Pelican Lake – Cormorant area were reported damaged, and there were confirmed reports of other homes being hit and cattle killed during the disturbance. The storm left 1.25 inches of rain in Pelican Rapids, but greater amounts were reported to the north of the village.

25 years ago, October 16, 1996

• Police Working to Clear up Car Thefts

Three juveniles arrested last week, reportedly in a stolen vehicle, remain in detention, and Pelican Rapids police are hoping to clear up a number of car thefts and attempted thefts. As of Monday, two of those arrested remained in detention at Moorhead, a third being held at a Brainerd facility.

A patrolman said Monday that efforts are being made to have those in custody plead to all of the recent incidents involving motor vehicle theft.

The only motor vehicle incident reported last week came on Tuesday and involved a car parked in the Millpond View Apartments lot. A window of the vehicle had been broken, and the steering column damaged. 

• Community Reaches out to Newest Refugees

A hastily planned distribution center for the community’s newest refugees was an overwhelming success, according to local organizers from the Pelican Rapids Multicultural Committee.

The elementary school cafeteria was piled high Sunday afternoon with used clothing, bedding, kitchen utensils, toys, and winter coats and boots.

“It’s like stuff dropped out of the sky,” commented Johanna Christianson, one of the volunteers organizing the event. “There is so much, just unbelievable!”

The multicultural committee met Thursday afternoon to discuss the many needs of the recent refugees, many of whom are from Bosnia and arrived with very few possessions.

At the meeting, it was decided to get the word out about refugees’ many needs and call for volunteers to sort and distribute items on Sunday. Using word-of-mouth and church bulletins, the message got through, and people responded with many donations.