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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

July 30, 1997

The Bertha-Hewitt Marching Band arrived home from Alaska at 2:50 a.m. on July 25, escorted by many well wishers. The B-H band had a truly remarkable eight days of traveling, performing and sightseeing. For many students, flying on a commercial airliner was a first. The band arrived in Fairbanks the evening of July 17. After a nice welcome they traveled to Monroe High School and had a delicious meal and got some much needed rest. The next day they performed at Golden Park followed by an evening riverboat cruise. On Saturday, they performed at the Golden Days parade which was four miles in length. Then after a rest they led a community march from the school to downtown. Mayor Jim Sampson of the Fairbanks North Star Borough spoke to the band and gave them several gifts including a proclamation that stated July 19, 1997 as Bertha-Hewitt Band Day in Fairbanks. They ended the day with World Indian/Eskimo Summer Olympics. They also visited Denali National Park and stayed at a college in Anchorage for the last three days.


Monday, July 21, proved to be a busy day for the Bertha Ambulance. They had four calls between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Browerville Ambulance had to take one of their calls as the ambulance had a tire blowout. The Bertha Ambulance responded to an accident on Highway 210 east of Hewitt, another was a call to rural Bertha as a man was injured in a lawnmower fire.

75 Years Ago

July 31, 1947

Following the annual Bertha School election, three year terms for trustees were announced with Woodrow Anderson and Charles LeCount elected.


At the Hewitt School reorganization meeting, Mr. Trisch was elected president, Mr. Esterman, Clerk, and Mr. Bowers reelected treasurer.

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