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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

October 8, 1997

When Mert Bottemiller died Monday morning, the community of Wadena lost more than its best known inventor. It also lost a generous friend and supporter. Bottemiller, a Bertha native, may be best known for inventing a new chair mechanism that grew into a Wadena-based manufacturing company known worldwide. His dreams, creativity and risk-taking more that 50 years ago resulted in a company that employs about 350 people annually. In 1956, Mert patented the spinning/swivel mechanism used in the Homecrest chairs today.


The Bertha-Hewitt Bears volleyball team played two good matches last week to chalk up two more 3-0 wins. The first was Tuesday evening against Staples-Motley. The Cardinals team had also been having a good season with only a few losses. Game scores were 15-12, 15-8 and 15-11. Thursday evening the Pillager Huskies came to town for a Park Region Conference match-up. Game scores were 15-2, 15-0 and 15-13.

100 Years Ago

October 12, 1922

Under the auspices of the Woman’s Club, Mrs. Maude T. Hanson, pianist, and daughter Mary Eleanor, violinist of Minneapolis appeared in recital at the high school auditorium, Saturday evening, October 7.


The banks of Todd County will entertain members of the Farm Bureau and all others interested at a rally to be held in Bertha on October 17 at 8 p.m. in the Liberty Theatre. Another meeting will be held in Long Prairie on October 18. The meetings are held to create an interest in the Farm Bureau movement and other problems of better farming. The bankers will entertain the farmers with a smoker and invite everyone to the meetings.


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