Pelican Veterans Memorial dedicated in 1994

By Brenda Brand

100 years ago, July 17, 1919

• Broke bone in ankle

A serious accident occurred Saturday when Mrs. John K. Sleen of Maplewood had the misfortune to break one of the bones in her leg near the ankle.

Mr. Sleen and she came to town and she sat in the buggy while Mr. Sleen unhitched the horses to put them into Dr. Miller’s barn. He forgot to unhitch one of the traces and the horses became frightened. Mrs. Sleen jumped from the buggy and in doing so broke her leg. She was taken to the hospital and is doing well. It is expected she will be taken home soon.

• Navy man returns

Floyd Reynolds, who has been in the navy, came home several days ago. 

He says he has traveled 100,000 miles since entering the service or equivalent to going around the earth four times. 

He liked the service very much and says he would just as soon spend a couple of years more in the navy. 

He saw much of the country. Starting from the Pacific coast he went south to Chile and Bolivia then through the Panama canal and up the Atlantic coast. He made two trips across the ocean.

75 years ago, July 20, 1944

• Awarded medal at Bougainville

Having completed the required service in the Army of the United States, during which he has demonstrated fidelity through capacity to produce desired results, and behavior such as to deserve emulation, the Good Conduct Medal has been awarded to Sgt. Golkowski.

He has taken part in two campaigns with the American Division, the battle of Guadalcanal and the battle of Bougainville, for which he is entitled to wear two bronze stars on his Asiatic-Pacific campaign ribbon.

• Foxes kill chickens

The Olson Brothers, south of town, lost 175 chickens lately and they discovered that foxes were the marauders. 

They got busy and tracked the foxes to their den and found four of them that had been living high on a chicken diet.

• Grove Lake 4-H Club tour

The Grove Lake 4-H Club had its club tour Thursday evening, July 10. They met at the Oscar Foss home where they saw Clarice’s Guernsey cow and calf and also her sewing. Janice showed her chickens and Hannah showed her garden.

They then went to the Morris Restad home where they saw Lou Ann’s chickens and Everett’s calf and Marlon’s pig.

The next stop was at Knute Peterson’s. LaVonne showed us her chickens and garden. We then went to Mrs. Hannah Haugrud’s where they saw Arlen’s calf and garden and Milton’s calf and chickens. 

The next stop they made was at Peter Rudie’s where they saw Vernon’s calf and Orlean’s chickens. The next stop was at Morris Haugrud’s where Wesley’s calf and Marjorie’s chickens were seen.

They then went to the Morgan Clauson home where they saw Marlys’ sewing and Arlene’s lamb and Charles’ pig and Arlene’s and Marlys’ chickens.

Next was Magnus Sather’s where they saw Kenneth’s lamb and Jean’s bread baking and sewing and Margaret’s home improvement project. At Lewis Arntson’s, Donald’s lambs and ducks were seen.

The last stop was at the Hanson girls home where Roland showed his chickens. Refreshments were then served by Alma and Edna.

50 years ago, July 17, 1969

• Driver sleeps, hits parked car

Two cars were badly damaged in an accident Saturday afternoon when the driver of one apparently fell asleep at the wheel.

Police Chief Merlin Rieman, who investigated the accident, said that Clarence Goff, Sylmar CA., was eastbound on First Ave NW when his car crossed the center line. Goff’s car struck a car owned by Eddie Juvland, which was parked in front of the Velo Wellwork building, pushing it up on to the sidewalk. The accident occurred at 2:45 pm.

The Juveland car was a total loss, police said, while damage to the Goff car was estimated at $200. Goff was cited by police for careless driving.

25 years ago, July 20, 1994

• Veterans Memorial dedicated

Pelican Rapids VFW Post 5252 dedicated the recently completed Veterans Memorial on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Highway 108 East. Commander of the post, Earl Mickelson oversaw the events. 

Special guests in attendance were Pastor Pam Schram of the Assembly of God Church, Mayor Jim McDonald, State VFW Commander Jim Connolly, Ninth District VFW Commander Arnold Blasser, Fergus Falls Mayor Kelly Ferber, State Rep. Cal Larson, PR American Legion Post 17 Commander Ed Johnson Jr., and Past Legion 17 Post Commander Orris Ohe.

The memorial includes the names of all local veterans who died serving their country.

• 4th generation “resorter” caters to coffee, lunch guests at Cafe Crystal Lida

When she says there should be “good cafe ghosts” in the newly remodeled building occupied by Cafe Crystal Lida, Jean McNabb should know what she’s saying.

The 4th generation “resorter” knows her building was once a hamburger joint as well as a grocery store.

McNabb who grew up at Crystal Lida Resort, rural Pelican Rapids, returned home six years ago to help her mom, Jane McNabb run the resort.

The grocery store closed about 10 years ago, according to McNabb, because “Mom decided she’d like to go swimming again!”

Realizing she also wanted to have time to swim and waterski, McNabb decided to limit her cafe plans for a cafe. The cafe is open every morning at 8 a.m., the cafe closes at 2 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. 

Note: This log building still stands between Crystal and Lida, but is in a sad state of disrepair.