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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

January 15, 1997

David and Nan Stilwell own and operate the Sunshine Elevator in Hewitt. When their son Daniel was two, Nan started checking into home school information. The Stilwell’s actually began homeschooling Daniel in September of 1992 when he was five. By the next May, he was already through kindergarten and first-grade curriculum. In fact, Daniel learned to read in five weeks' time and now at eight years old, has tested at a seventh-grade reading level and a high sixth-grade math level. Nan believes Daniel progressed faster learning at home.


Mid-Winter 5M9 Lions/Lioness Drug Violence poster contest winners from the Bertha-Hewitt School were: Becky Shaw, who took second place and received a 19” color TV and a $200 savings bond and Stacy Denny, who placed third and received a CD player and a $200 savings bond. Forty-seven posters were judged altogether with 375 people voting on these posters.

75 Years Ago

January 16, 1947

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Congregation Church this week called pastors to fill their pulpits. St. Paul’s Church called Rev. A.J. Kretzschmar of St. Paul, and the Congregational Church called Rev. Geo. E. Hartz of Rolling Prairie, Indiana. Rev. Kretzschmar fills the pastorate left vacant by Rev. George Eschenbacher. Rev. Hartz fills the pastorate left vacant by Rev. George E. Field.


Effective January 20, Bertha and other communities through this area will have a new Greyhound bus service, permitting travel straight through to St. Paul.



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