From the Mascot Files: 75, 50, and 25 years ago
75 Years Ago-December 24, 1943
Mrs. John Swanson of Minneota received word on Thursday of this week that her son, Dorsey, was a prisoner of the Japanese. In March, 1942 the Navy department had reported him missing in action. Mrs. Swanson received a form card stating that Dorsey was interned at War Prisoners’ camp at Moulmein in Burma.
Mr. and Mrs John Kloos are the parents of a girl born Monday, December 20. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Duls of Porter are the parents of a girl born Tuesday, December 21. Mrs. Bud Avery arrived here last Wednesday from Chicago to spend Christmas with her mother, Mrs. O.A. Rafnson. Sgt. E.M. Amundson of Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif., left Saturday after spending his furlough with friends here. Pvt. Clarence Bernardy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bernardy, has transferred from Camp Stewart, Georgia to Richmond, Virginia.
St. Leo - Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jelen are the parents of a boy born at their home on December 10. He has been named Virgil Michael. His sponsors were Mrs. Vincent Jelen and Mike Schmitt. The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Grengs has been named Arnold Clarence.
50 Years Ago-December 26, 1968
Blizzards choke area; heavy snow damages buildings
Knocked groggy by two blizzards, people who live in this part of Minnesota were wondering, with winter just a couple of days old, what the remainder of the season would bring. It is estimated that about seven inches of snow swept across this community Saturday night and that Sunday night the frigid blasts from the northwest piled an estimated 12 to 14 inches into huge drifts. A roof on a laying house - 60x200 - collapsed Sunday on the Clifford Jeremiason farm dropping down on some 12,500 laying hens in cages. A permanent awning on the Nordquist and Bourgeois Furniture Store dropped to the sidewalk below.
A baby shower was held at the home of Mrs. John Doyle on December 18 for Mrs. Jon Guttormsson. Mrs. Doyle and Miss Christine Hayward were hostesses.
Bourgeois gets $100 bond for “Spare” game
Because he was wearing the right type of shirt and because he picked up every spare when bowling on November 26th, Donald Bourgeois became richer by $100 savings bond. The savings bond was sent to Bourgeois by a Minneapolis manufacturer of sportswear for bowling a “perfect spare game” - spares in all frames and the last ball was for a strike. Mrs. Joseph Kiley bowled a similar game earlier in the season - but did not receive the savings bond because she wasn’t eligible as she was not wearing the right type of shirt.
Named Delegates to U.S. Meeting
Huso brothers of Minneota have been elected delegates for Minnesota to the annual meeting of the American Shorthorn association, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Denver, Colorado, on January 14, 1969.
25 Years Ago-December 22, 1993
Junior high knowledge bowl team
These students recently took part in a Knowledge Bowl competition at SSU: Kayla Ahern, Adam Gorecki, Paul Decock, Pat Engels, Joel Hagen, Jacob Murray, Sara VanMoorlehem, Nicole Anderson, Ryan Winter, and Curtis Gratz.
Nate Welsh of Ghent is one of the youngest airplane pilots in the area. At 16, Nate took his Private Pilot test - and passed! He enjoys flying as a hobby and one day would like to be an instructor.
My Life with Michael Keaton & Nicole Kidman Wayne’s World II
Volunteers with Groundswell toy program
Over 300 children in the area will feel the joy of Christmas presents thanks to the efforts of the Groundswell office that is located in Wanda. Some volunteers that helped were Jonathan Anderson of Marshall; Mark Becker of Garvin; Jim Illies of Ghent; Jan Rudenick of Redwood Falls; Deb Knott of Wabasso; Craig Deslauriers of Ghent; Vinnie Hennen of Ghent.
CHS nurses ready to deliver gifts
These nurses at Community Health Services of Marshall were delighted with the donations that will go to families in the local area. Some of the nurses were Nursing Supervisor Val Buysse, staff nurse Isabel Anglin, Rita Dovre, Pat Berg and Sue Monsen.