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Dusting off the Archives

News from Verndale's Past

75 Years Ago, December 19, 1946

•The Waterhouse Impl. Co., which burned December 2, now has another temporary building on its former site and is open for business with the service of gasoline, oils, tires, batteries, electrical supplies, etc. Mr. James Thompson, former manager of the company in Verndale, is the manager of the new setup and will be assisted by his son-in-law, Mr. Wilfred Johnson, and Mr. Roy Manselle.

•The Verndale Pirates won three out of their four games the past week, their only loss being to Jack Conley’s A-team of Sauk Rapids. The score was 38-36. The game was a hair-raiser throughout the final quarter with the game being tied 36-36 with less than a minute to go when the Rapids connected with the winning bucket.

•Pfc. Lorraine N. Herring, 22, daughter of Mr. Emil N. Nelson of Verndale, has received her honorable discharge from the Women’s Army Corps at the Fort Dix Separation Center. Herring arrived at Fort Dix for processing to civilian status from Westover Field, Mass., where she served as a special services librarian.

40 Years Ago, December 24, 1981

•Twenty-two of the 24 Oak Grove Mystery Sisters had a most enjoyable Christmas party Monday evening at the Brinkman home. Two ladies joined the group, replacing the two who moved away. Marie Vagle and Marcia Ludlow entertained with games and a guessing game that involved a novel method of revealing identity when they opened gifts. Only one guessed correctly.

•Picture a classroom full of youngsters writing letters like mad and not grumbling one bit about it! That’s what’s happening in Mr. Olson’s class at Verndale Elementary School because of the Weekly Reader Writing Pals program. The children are writing to pen pals in a sixth-grade class at Rocky Mount Elementary School, Rocky Mount, Virginia and they’re finding out that writing assignments are fun.

•The girls' varsity was narrowly defeated by the Staples Cardinals 57-51 last Saturday night at Staples. The Pirates, without starter Margaret Runyan, started very strongly and took a 12-6 lead by the end of the first quarter.

15 Years Ago, December 21, 2006

•December family fun night was held at the Verndale School on December 5. With over 250 people in attendance, it was a great success. The activities of the night included: pictures with Santa, six gift stations, preschool plus activities, PACER Puppets, STAR team, Magician Jonathan Bryce and tacos in a bag for supper.

•Josh Kern, senior, Verndale High School, was selected to the 9-man All-State Football Team by the 9-man football coaches of Minnesota on December 2,

•Ho, Ho, Ho! How are you, Mr. Claus? My name is Jordyn Glenz. I like to play sports, I am in third grade. My teacher’s name is Mrs. Waldahl. This year I have been a good little girl. This year I took out the garbage every other week. My wish is for a toy and an electric scooter. I live in Verndale. Don’t miss us!



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