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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

August 13, 1997

The workroom of the Marvin and Ruby May home in Bertha is exactly what it claims to be: a workroom. The room is filled with materials needed to start and complete projects. One wall is a shelf of ceramic figures that Ruby hasn’t had time to work with for a while. Another wall holds boxes with completed projects. The work table is a compendium of works in progress. What Ruby does is take old window glass, that would usually be discarded, and make it into a thing of beauty. She makes dishes from glass windows.


Jill Samuelson, daughter of Pat Samuelson formerly of Bertha, was crowned Miss Wadena on July 26 at the Miss Wadena Contest held in Wadena. Nine young women competed for the title. Jill will now be eligible for the Miss Minnesota title at the pageant held next June. Jill received a $1000 scholarship, money for traveling expenses to various classes, clinics and pageants that she must attend as well, and $400 for clothes towards the Miss Minnesota Pageant.

75 Years Ago

August 14, 1947

In a business transaction consummated last Thursday, Ted Hukriede of Bertha and Harold Dull of Hewitt purchased the feed and seed business of George Domian. They will continue the business in the present location.


The spirit of neighborly kindness is not a thing of the past, and was exemplified last Tuesday afternoon when 26 men and boys went to the William Tabor farm and shocked his oats crop. Mr. Tabor, a veteran of World War I, is confined in the Veterans’ Hospital in Fargo.


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