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News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

May 6, 1998

Many enjoyed a fun day at Share the Fun last Sunday at the Perham High School auditorium. All 15 acts appeared well rehearsed, participants seem to enjoy themselves and the costumes were great. Congratulations to all who participated. Acts were evaluated in three categories: variety, musical and costumes. The Woodside Workers earned an honorable mention. They performed a skit called “The Derk.”


The winners of the youth essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign War and its Ladies Auxiliary were: Amy Jackson (third in Bertha-Hewitt), Laura Freyholtz (second in B-H), and Becky Collom (first in B-H and third in the district).

50 Years Ago

May 6, 1948

The Bertha Board of Health hereby orders all residents, property owners and tenants in the village of Bertha to thoroughly clean up all yards, vaults and cesspools, and all sheds and barns containing manure piles, ashes, leaves, decaying vegetation and other rubbish on or before May 15, 1948. Vaults, cesspools and privies should be kept in good condition, made fly-proof and disinfected with lime. Piles of manure and similar matter should be hauled away. If upon inspection this general order is not found to have been carried out, the work will be ordered done by the village and the cost thereof charged to the property owner or tenant. By order of Dr. W.W. Will, Village Health Officer.


Vern Young, manager of the Bertha Telephone Co., was the victim of a serious accident on Thursday afternoon while making repairs to a telephone line in Hewitt. “Red” scaled a 25-foot telephone pole for the purpose of attaching a guy wire to the pole. In the process, too much pressure was evidently applied to the defective pole and it snapped at the base and fell, carrying Red with it. The accident was more serious for the reason that Mr. Young had fastened a safety belt around the pole and was unable to throw himself clear as it hit the ground.

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