25 Years Ago
January 18, 1995
Eric Shaw, a Bertha-Hewitt eighth grade student, was the grand champion at the Lions 5M9 Mid Winter Convention poster contest. Shaw was awarded a TV set and a $200 savings bond.
Glenda Kuhn was home alone last Friday evening when the neighbor, Ray Tichy, called to tell her that a passerby reported flames coming from their hog barn. The barn was on another farm on the other side of the woods about a half mile from the Kuhn place. She went to check on the fire, but when she saw the flames coming out of the building, she stopped at the Harry Rach, Jr.’s residence to report the fire. Harry, Ray and Bill Goeden went to the barn and put the fire out themselves before firemen from Bertha and Verndale arrived. The fire started around a wood stove pipe in the former milk room. Glenda and Gary Kuhn credit their neighbors with saving the barn and 40 butcher hogs.
75 Years Ago
January 18, 1945
The January meeting of the Bertha Woman’s Club was held at the George Domian home, with Mrs. Domian, Mrs. T.C. Church, Mrs. A.R. Cornell, Mrs. H. Engler and the Misses Mary Youngblood, Ida Marie Thiel, and Hester Woodard as hostesses. The club voted to donate $2 to the Salvation Army and $2 to the March of Dimes. Mrs. H.A. Lewis, Victory Aide chairman for the village, passed out a survey from the Ration Board in Long Prairie, which a check of prices at the stores is to be gathered.
The Red Cross Ladies under the direction of Esther Cornell, recently completed 144 khaki kit bags, a year’s quota. These are the bags issued to the boys before embarkation for overseas duty.