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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

June 4, 1997

The Bertha Memorial Community Hospital was little more than a pile of rubble on Thursday, May 29. The hospital property is owned by the Bertha-Hewitt School and the plan is to make the area into a playground.


The Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale boys track and field team advanced five people to the section track meet at the subsection track meet at Sebeka last Thursday. The top four placers in the individual events and the top two relay teams advance to the section meet. The five people who advanced were Richie Hinkle who was our lone subsection champion in the 400 meter dash, he also placed third in the pole vault. Bob Weiher was edged out of first in the shot put and had to settle for second place. He also placed fourth in the discus. Nathan Payne placed second in the high jump. Joe Kern will advance in the 800 meter placing fourth. Allan Gades also placed fourth in the 100 meter dash.

75 Years Ago

June 5, 1947

Another project in Bertha’s “facelifting” program was started when workmen began razing the Miller Service Station Building. Mr. Miller’s plan calls for the erection of a new, modern garage. The new building will have a 40-foot front and will extend 70 feet to the west. He will continue the finest type of equipment for repair work, with quality products for sale. He is in negotiation with a large automobile company for a dealer’s contract.


Climaxing very impressive Memorial Day ceremonies directed by the local American Legion Post, Frank L. King, Todd County Attorney, warned his audience “the price of preservation of constitutional government is eternal vigilance.” Mr. King warned his audience to beware of the communist technique designed to weaken this nation by exploiting class hatred. “The communist's theme is dishonor and deceit and should be shunned by all thinking Americans.” The objective of the communists, he stated, is the overthrow of Constitutional Government and the liquidation of capitalism and free enterprise.


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