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Dusting off the Archives

75 Years Ago, September 23, 1948

• Festive joy and gratitude will prevail among the members and friends of Immanuel Lutheran congregation, Bartlett Township, next Sunday, September 26, when three special services for the 50th anniversary of the congregation will be held. Three former pastors of the congregation will speak on the meaning and significance of 50 years of Gospel blessings with reference to the past, the present and the future. Pastor Paul H. Brill, who served from 1933-1944, will speak at the morning service. The afternoon speaker will be Pastor Alf. R. Streufert who served from1910-1913. Speaking at the evening 8 p.m. service will be Pastor A.J. Frinke who served from 1944 until this year.

• Verndale splashed their way to a 12-6 win in their opening game at Wadena under the lights Monday night as they defeated New York Mills on a last minute touchdown sprint by Douglas Hess, the Pirates right end. The game was played in a drenching downpour of rain that fell throughout the entire game. Playing conditions were nearly impossible as both teams fumbled time and again.

• Ed Orr reported the sale of the 8-acre farm in Thomastown known as the Dutch Barrett place to Willie Saari of southeast of Wadena.

• “Sharkey” Payne, owner of the Verndale Theatre, is adding a serial to his show program beginning Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The serial entitled “Jungle Girl” will show the first time this week along with the feature picture “Drums Along the Mohawk” and appear regularly each week on these nights together with a feature picture.

40 Years Ago, September 21, 1983

• The school laundry problems were resolved in one of the shortest regular meetings held by the school board in over a decade, with adjournment called for at 9:15 p.m. Since the death of Bill Adams of the Verndale Laundromat, who has done the school laundry for a number of years, having the work done has been a problem. Uniforms and towels have been taken to a laundry in Wadena and will continue until the school sets up its own department, an issue decided at the last meeting. Roger and JoAnn Anderson, the new owners of the laundromat, were present and informed the board they were not interested for several reasons: they would have to increase the price, they would not want to do the laundry at night as Bill had done, and it was impossible to do it during the day because of public use of the facilities.

• One of these candidates will be chosen homecoming queen for 1983 at coronation ceremonies to be held at 8 p.m. next Monday, September 26. They are Danelle Colby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Colby; Shelly Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Jackson; and Pam Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Florian Schmidt. A pep fest around the bonfire will follow the coronation of Verndale’s new homecoming queen.

• Garden Club members and friends disembarked from the bus at Shakopee where they spent the day at the Renaissance Festival. Forty-five people from Verndale and the surrounding areas made the trip by charter bus, departing from Verndale at 6 a.m. and returning shortly after 10 p.m.

• Blacktopping for four blocks of city streets should be completed this week. Fourth Avenue North received a new layer of bituminous last week, as did 5th Avenue North and one block of Thompson Street located between Clark Drive and 2nd Avenue South. Second Avenue South, between Farwell and Brown Street, was completed on Monday of this week. Otremba Blacktopping of Verndale received the bid.



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