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Looking Back

News from Bertha and Hewitt's Past

25 Years Ago

June 23, 1999

Theresa Gorghuber can look back on important parts of her life just by looking at a heritage box her oldest daughter Carol made for her. Inside the glass front shadow box are pictures of her children and a picture of her late husband, Jerry, in their wedding finery. Tucked into a little shelf in the box is a book of matches with “Bertha Bakery Where Ma Saves Pa’s Dough” printed on the front. Jerry and Theresa owned the Bertha Bakery for 22 years.


The Bertha-Hewitt Marching Band and the Long Prairie Marching Ambassadors marched together as the final performers in the Long Prairie Parade on Saturday evening. Bertha-Hewitt’s Band Director Ken Nelson is a former student of retiring Long Prairie Band Director Ray Gove.

50 Years Ago

June 23, 1949

The first in a series of five amateur programs staged in Bertha this summer on Saturday evenings, sponsored by the Commercial Club, was a success. Six acts comprised the program, a boxing match between the McLain Brothers, a ballet dance by Melita Lazdin, a vocal solo by Wm. Umland, a piano solo by Barbara Sundquist, tap dance by Jean Sickles, and a vocal solo by Katherine Cornell. The high quality of the performers made it difficult to select the winners. First prize went to Melita, second to Katherine and third to Jean.


Mrs. Mayme Alden, Bertha post mistress, received notice from Washington that beginning July 1 the Bertha Post Office will become an office of the second class.



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