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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

December 10, 1997

September, October, November and December have found the Boy Scouts from Troop 59 of Bertha to be busy as little elves getting ready for Christmas. On September 27, the boys spent an overnight campout at Black’s Grove Park in Wadena. On October 12, the troop held a day hike out at Old Wadena and did some trash cleanup and tree identification. On November 22, there was a coat giveaway sponsored in part by Subway, Gores and area Boy Scouts. Bertha and Wadena scouts helped on the first day of this giveaway by assisting people in need of coats. In December, the troop assisted the Tri-County Hospital at its annual auction by helping to park cars.


Paul Aldrich, formerly of Wrightstown and presently living in Hewitt, will be celebrating his 95th birthday on Tuesday, December 9. “I lived in Wrightstown until this winter. I was born in practically the same spot I was living,” said Aldrich. He grew up working on the farm with his dad and brother, and his father also owned a general store. He was married at 21 and owned a trucking business.

75 Years Ago

December 11, 1947

At a meeting of the school board, plans were proposed for a long-range building program, contemplating the erection of an auditorium-gymnasium building within the next year and further needed construction would be done at a later time. Current facilities are rapidly becoming inadequate due to a fast-growing school population.


The Hewitt village election passed very quietly with a total of 26 votes cast. Arthur Tritsch, the incumbent, was re-elected mayor. Albert Swanson and Leslie Buchholz were re-elected councilmen, Cliff Mills is the constable, Renold Aldrich is the justice of the peace and Otto Jahnke, assessor.

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