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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

August 6, 1997

Area students will be learning the latest cooking techniques this fall with new, self-cleaning ranges, compliments of Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s school appliance program. Cooperative employees installed new ranges and washing machine/dryer in each of the family living classrooms of these schools: Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Eagle Valley, Menahga, Sebeka, Staples, Verndale, and Wadena-Deer Creek. Long Prairie will also receive new appliances when the new school is completed later this month.


Visitors enjoy seeing history as found in the Bertha Historical Museum. Ten displays visitors find interesting are again listed. There is amusement in seeing cow bells, not so familiar any more. Visitors during the centennial observance found pictures of Bertha’s Main Street which brought back many memories. Some find the 1902 Sears Roebuck catalog interesting, the Swedish Bible, 1862, brought to this country by Magnus Westergren, picture of the prominent Wrightstown Royal Neighbors Club of 1951, Bertha Baseball Pitcher John Donaldson and more.

75 Years Ago

August 7, 1947

Lieutenant Colonel Harman H. Heuer has assumed duties as Protestant Chaplin U.S. Constabulary Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. He is well known in Bertha, where he grew up, and in Norman, Oklahoma where he held his last parish before becoming active in the Army. He is a brother of local resident William H. Heuer.


J.T. Provinzio, Hewitt superintendent of schools, announced there will be an entire new faculty at the school for the ensuing year. Also, typing, bookkeeping, and commercial law will be added to the curriculum in hopes more students will remain in the school.


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