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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

May 28, 1997

The Bertha-Hewitt School Board will have a new face on it starting July, 1. Michael (Mick) Stokes is the newly elected board member. He will replace John Pokorney on the board for a four-year term. Pokorney did not file for re-election. Sharon Howe was re-elected to the board for a four-year term also.

75 Years Ago

May 29, 1947

Opening dance at Germania Hall on June 3. Hutch’s Band will furnish the music. Come and have a good time.


The William Larson Post and Auxiliary will conduct the annual Memorial Day Services in the school auditorium immediately following the parade, which is expected to be the largest ever. Bertha and Hewitt ex-servicemen will be in uniform together with Legion and Auxiliary. Hewitt V.F.W., Boy Scouts, the Bertha-High School Band, Gold Star Mothers, and children. County Attorney Frank L. King will deliver the Memorial Day address.

100 Years Ago

June 1, 1922

The Bertha Fire Department was called to Hewitt to help fight a blaze that started in Smiths Restaurant and had gained such headway that it looked as though the entire block would be wiped out. The citizens of Hewitt with the aid of buckets and shifting wind kept the fire from spreading to adjoining buildings occupied by the Noeske Bros. and the Hewitt Mercantile Co. The restaurant was totally demolished. Verndale and Bertha Departments came as fast as possible with their chemical wagons.

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