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The Clarissa Independent

25 Years Ago

February 8, 1995

A two car accident occurred at an Iona Township Road intersection. Russell Matthew May, 16, of Browerville was west bound and James Lyndon Norwood, 72, of Clarissa was northbound when the accident occurred. May received minor injuries and Norwood was not injured. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

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Clarissa Lions President Red Hulke and Assistant Gambling Manager Dick Hahn, posed on the new wrestling mat the club donated to the Eagle Valley School. The 40’ x 40’ mat is the school’s first with the blue and gold school colors. The new mat cost $6500.


50 Years Ago

February 5, 1970

The water crisis in Clarissa was overcome completely last Saturday when a water main was repaired after efforts of a crew for six days last week. Don Dahlman, who battled a seven and a half foot drag line, reached the eight and a half foot deep main where it was broken under the north lane of Highway 71 where the highway crosses Bridge Street.

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Members of the Jos. Baker Jr. family of southwest Clarissa were driven out of the upstairs of their home last Sunday evening when intense smoke poured from a fire in an upstairs closet. The Baker family was eating their supper when they heard articles falling in the upper story of their home. Rushing upstairs they discovered the blaze in a closet and tried to extinguish it. However, they were driven out by the heavy smoke.


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