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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

January 14, 1998

Bob Larson, owner and operator of Larson Farm Service in Bertha, and Dave Jackson, owner of Verndale Ag Service, have recently purchased the former Verndale Co-op building which closed for business on January 1. The new business, Bertha-Verndale Ag Service, Inc. will carry much of the merchandise that the former co-op offered to its customers. They hope to add a grain handling system which they plan to build in the lot behind the building that is now occupied by the Hansen Lumber building. Bertha-Verndale Ag Service will continue to carry basic feed and services along with hardware, fencing supplies, animal health products and a full line of pre-fab and custom hydraulic hoses.


Bertha-Hewitt’s foreign exchange students are: Tony Yiu from Hong Kong. Tony is staying with the Doug Ostlund family. Jakob Walowski from Germany is staying with the Clair Rice family. Stephan Weber from Germany is staying with the Thomas Mettler family and Nancy Hui from Hong Kong is staying with the Bruce Rach family.

75 Years Ago

January 15, 1948

The dairy and poultry feed clinic held Saturday afternoon had a much larger turnout than expected, over 500 attended. Farmers came from every section of the county. A luncheon started the event with the high school band entertaining during the dinner. Afternoon speakers were H.R. Searles, chief dairy specialist with the university, and Miss Cora Cook, poultry feed specialist.


The first Farm Bureau meeting for the new year was held on January 8 with a large attendance. President Oliver Larson appointed a program planning committee for the year to select interesting topics for each monthly meeting with interesting speakers. The committee is Mrs. Woodrow Anderson, Mrs. Frank Taylor, Mrs. Wesley Wieland, Oliver Larson, Frank Taylor and Fred Tramm. Mrs. Chas. LeCount, chairman of the women’s meetings, will also work with the committee.



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