100 years ago, May 11, 1922
• Scambler Road Again
A delegation of farmers went to Fergus on Tuesday to appear before the county commissioners relative to the road in Scambler connecting with the Clay county road. Some time ago, it was stated that the commissioners had let the contract for what is known as the south road, which was to go through W. W. Sherman’s farm and east by the Grove Lake church.
Farmers living further north favor the road a mile further north and are putting up a vigorous fight for their claims. They are backed by Clay county residents and the Barnesville Commercial Club, who also sent a delegation to Fergus on Tuesday to wait on the commissioners.
As has been stated before, so far as Pelican Rapids is concerned, it makes no difference which road is designated, but one of the roads should be definitely settled upon.
This road became today’s MN Hwy 34 between the Lakeland General Store and Barnesville.
75 years ago, May 8, 1947
• High School Seniors Weekend to Duluth (by Clarice Foss)
The months of working on the part of the Senior Class to raise money for their trip were fully rewarded last weekend when the class took its trip to Duluth.
The class left Friday morning by bus and stopped at Crosby-Ironton to view the open pit iron mines. During the three-day excursion, the class stayed at the Hotel Duluth, the finest hotel in the city of Duluth.
Friday afternoon was spent visiting the Duluth harbor and looking at the shipping facilities of the harbor.
Among the sights visited were the coal docks where we watched a huge boat being unloaded, also the dock, lighthouse, and the only aerial lift bridge in the world. Friday night was spent at the Duluth-Denfield auditorium seeing the opera “Faust” by Gounod in modern miniature. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all the class members who saw it. Those who didn’t go to the opera went star-gazing at the Darling observatory.
Saturday morning was spent at the Leif Erickson Park, especially climbing aboard the replica of Leif Erickson’s Viking ship. We also visited the Chisholm museum and the zoo. Everyone enjoyed the zoo greatly, and the major part of the forenoon was spent there. In the afternoon, we took a half-hour boat ride in the harbor. Many of the seniors considered this the most interesting part of the whole trip, as the world’s largest grain elevators and huge ore unloading docks were viewed.
Saturday night, a huge banquet was held in the Moorish Room of the Hotel Duluth for the class, and this seemed a fitting ending to our stay in Duluth. After the banquet, several of the students went roller skating at the huge rink outside Leif Erickson Park.
We left Duluth Sunday morning and visited points of interest along the way, such as Paul Bunyan’s statue at Bemidji.
The seniors were very proud of having a special story in the Duluth News-Tribune, and a photo of the class officers and Dewey Peterson as representatives of the class.
All of the seniors were very enthusiastic about their trip and hated to see it end so soon. We all felt that it was worth working for throughout the past year.
50 years ago, May 11, 1972
• Clocks Created From Native Lumber
Creating family treasures in the form of grandfather and grandmother clocks has been a hobby that keeps Marcus Hanson, Pelican Rapids, busy.
Hanson has made eight of the clocks so far, with four of them going to his sons and daughters and one to his wife.
For his last two clocks, the lumber came from trees cut near Pelican Rapids. One, a walnut tree, was planted years ago near Lake Lida by Fred Jones. It was at the Elrick Johnson resort on Lake Lida and sawed down about four years ago. The other was an oak tree from the Ellsword Grahn farm in Dunn Township, and Hanson recalls shooting a deer next to that tree several years ago.
After the logs are sawed into lumber, Hanson stores them until cured. The planks are then taken to Fergus Falls for planing. He prefers working with walnut, adding that oak is hard to work with and porous, making it harder to get the mirror-like finish that distinguish the walnut clocks. He hopes to get some cherry wood from Ohio for one of his future projects.
Hanson uses similar patterns for his clocks but points out the differences between a grandfather clock and a grandmother clock. The grandfather clocks are taller and have a narrower pedestal, he notes. He uses a lathe for the turnings and forms all the moldings himself. Clocks similar to those Hanson makes sell for about $500, but he has yet to sell one. Hanson purchases the movements and clock face and tunes the Westminster-type chimes before he considers the job complete. He estimates that it would take a week of full-time work to finish a clock.
Clock-building is not his only hobby, however, as attested by the numerous wood carvings displayed at Hanson’s store, Carr and Hanson’s Department store. A good number of the carvings have also gone as gifts, but others are offered for sale at the store.
Carr and Hanson’s Department store was located on the lot occupied by today’s Brown Eyed Susan’s.
25 years ago, May 14, 1997
• Maplewood Park Planning Continues Tuesday Evening
“Community Linkages” will be the theme when the series of Maplewood State Park planning meetings continues Tuesday evening.
The meeting runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 20 at the Lake Region Electric auditorium in Pelican Rapids.
The agenda includes a review of previous meetings, an overview of community involvement, partnerships, and volunteers at the park, and then committee members will work on community linkage and tourism items.
Included in the latter category are suggestions such as packaging the area, working with the area Chamber and tourism groups; park participation in local events such as turkey days, art in the park, farmers market; collaboration with the new Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, and other regional education efforts; goals and needs of Friends of Maplewood; a good neighbor policy toward area farmers and landowners; and the proposed Maplewood Park bike trail.