Dusting off the Archives
News from Verndale's Past
75 Years Ago, January 29, 1948
•The village financial statement for the year 1947, as compiled by Village Clerk Clayton Kopp and Treasurer E.W. Orr, appears on another page in this issue. The past year has been an expensive one for the village, but as you read over the financial statement or look over different improvements in the village, you will readily understand why the extra expense. For instance, a new furnace and extra modernization of the liquor store, $1210.73; a new village hall with a two-cell jail, council room, and fire equipment housing at a cost of $15,753.06.
•Clerk of Court Florence Claydon reported 542 births in Wadena County for the year 1947, compared to 516 births in 1946. Deaths recorded in 1947 were 159 compared to 165 in 1946.
•Farmers who wish to purchase gypsum fertilizer for clover and pasture grass may do so by placing their orders at Andy’s Feed Store at Verndale or at the AAA Office at Wadena. Some gypsum will be available through local dealers. Andy’s Feed Store will have a carload in the near future. This must be taken directly from the car as to save storage and handling charges.
•The Verndale Independent basketball team traveled to Menahga Monday night to meet the Menahga team in a league game and came out the victors 62-55. The game was well played throughout and the fast-charging Verndale boys led throughout. This victory gives the boys a record of five wins and two losses for the season and almost clinches a berth for them in the tournament in Wadena later on during the season. The three remaining games left are two with Sebeka and one with Wadena.
40 Years Ago, February 3, 1983
•An initial planning session was held Saturday afternoon for this year’s Strawhat and Sunbonnet Days celebration on August 6-7. Maurie Finck has accepted the chairmanship and says he’s planning the biggest and best celebration this town has ever had, and he looks forward to working with the community in preparing for it. This will be the 100th anniversary of Verndale’s incorporation as a city.
•Pictured hand stitching a quilt with a log cabin design is Ruth Henson, who donated her labors to the project as a fundraiser for the Verndale Historical Society. This year they are raising money for the area history book which is scheduled to be completed by the time of this year’s celebration. Ruth, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday, has stitched 35 quilts since moving to town in 1974.
•The majority of dairy farmers attending the Mid-American Dairymen, Inc. annual meeting held last Friday at the River Inn in Aldrich, raised their hands to show their preference for a set-aside program for the dairy industry. Congressman Stangeland and Representative Rick Krueger were in attendance at the meeting.
•Members of Den 1 Pack 326 of Verndale Cub Scouts enjoyed a visit to the dental office of Dr. Howard in Wadena on Monday where they were taken on a tour of the facilities, learned how to care for their teeth to prevent cavities, were shown the x-ray equipment, learned how equipment is sterilized, and more. This trip to the dentist was painless. It was in observance of Dental Health Month.