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Dusting off the Archives


News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, December 9, 1948

• Two big business deals transpired in Verndale this past week when Everette Davis bought out the Verndale Food Market and Locker Plant from Vince Bretz, and Royal Arvig of Arvig Electric in Wadena bought the Verndale Farm Store, building and stock from Arnold Voelk.

• Floyd Lepper of Verndale has just completed a term of student teaching at Bemidji State Teachers College in the field of physical education under the supervision of Mr. Eric Huges, instructor in physical education, and industrial education under the supervision of Mr. John Warford, instructor in industrial education. His major is industrial education and his minors are physical education and social studies.

• At the annual meeting of the Verndale Masonic Lodge on Tuesday evening, Henry Seal was elected Worship Master; Clark Lucas, Senior Warden; Roger Button, Junior Warden; L.D. Frazier, Treasurer; E.W. Orr, Secretary; H.F. Goebel, Trustee. Installation of the above officers will take place at the December 21 meeting.

• Bill Pilgrim came home Sunday from Round Lake with the prize catch of a 24-pound northern that measured 43 inches in length and 24 inches in girth. Willard and Earl Jenkins were with him when he speared the big fellow. Percy Pettit, Louis Suddendorf and Earl Jenkins were also reported to have speared fish ranging in weight from 7-11 pounds on the opening days of dark house fishing.


40 Years Ago, December 7, 1983

• There can be no further burning of electric lights on natural Christmas trees in public buildings or hand-held candles in church, if people are to comply with the State Uniform Fire Code. To quote from the code: “The use, display or storage of natural or resin-bearing trees without open flames or electric light decorations is permitted in schools, churches, hotels and mercantile occupancies...and in church, candles held in persons’ hands are especially dangerous and shall not be permitted.”

• Obtaining bids on ceder shingles and paint for the museum will be the first step in an effort to obtain matching funds through the State Historical Society. If the grant is forthcoming, the society will have 18 months in which to complete the project. At the meeting held in the museum on Tuesday evening, members decided to sell new hymnals which had been left in the church when sold to the society for a museum. The “Songs of the Sanctuary” books are new. No decision was made as to charges.

• Spanish class members made pinatas which are traditional for special events observed in all Spanish-speaking countries. They are formed with paper mache over balloons, dried to harden and then decorated. Pictured, a donkey, was the first to be broken by bat swinging kindergartners in order to enjoy the candy treats hidden inside. The class was broken up into three groups with each creating their own pinata for the two kindergarten classes and first graders. Class members are: Ray Cooper, Jim Blaha, Shelly Anderson, Julie Ludlow, Patty Lovelace, Connie Krell, Brian Dahlvang, Sue Harvey and Mary Jo Tiede.

• Pictured are school students, 1982-1983, published in Who’s Who. They are Catherine Colby, Kenneth Waisanen and Clarice Horsager. Who’s Who, published by Educational Communications, Inc. Lake Forest, IL, is the largest high school recognition publication in the country. Students are selected by high school principals and guidance counselors, national youth groups, churches or by the publishing company based upon students’ performance in scholarship award contests or extra curricular activities.


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