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Looking Back

News from Bertha and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

December 30, 1998

Hewitt is entering the new year without a police officer. Mike Schwantes has been serving as Hewitt’s part-time police officer since 1979. He has been licensed under the sponsorship of three Todd County Sheriffs including present sheriff Dave Kircher. As his second term got underway, Kircher said he “re-evaluated the situation,” and he chose to discontinue his sponsorship of Schwantes. He explained in a letter to Mayor Harold Tritsch that Schwantes is considered a liability.


Shirley Alexander of Hewitt is new to the area, but she is not new to crafting. Shirley moved here with her husband Harry, son Shawn and daughter Bonnie and grandchildren in June of 1997 from Montana. There she had her own craft store, Country Creations. Now she is working full-time at Spotted Frog in Sebeka which is an antique store, and she works on her crafts in her spare time. She makes quilts, acrylic paintings and bears and bunnies.

50 Years Ago

December 30, 1948

Anyone interested in Homemaker’s work is invited to come to the Joseph Blashack home on January 5. A local unit for Woodside Township will be organized. This is a part of the County Extension Program and is both educational and entertaining. The first meet will be “What is New in Bread Baking”.


The regular meeting of the American Legion Axillary will be held on January 4 at the George Rehmann home. Mrs. Charles Burnett and Mrs. Henry Drews will assist Mrs. Rehmann as hostesses.



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