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News from Bertha and Hewitt's Past

25 Years Ago

July 19, 1995

The Bertha-Hewitt School has a few employment opportunities, one of which was created by the resignation of Librarian Dorothy Platz. Platz, who was a librarian from 1977-79 and 1982-95 has resigned to become the librarian at the Wadena-Deer Creek School. Superintendent Larry Werder described losing Platz as unfortunate because of her teaching and technological skills. Her resignation came just days after the new $25,000 computer and server system—based in the library—became ready to use.


The Hewitt Revitalization Group’s Youth Committee raised $467 at a July teen/senior citizen youth dance and another $132.18 in the July toy sale, according to Coordinator Alice Schweninger. The Lutheran Church AAl #1484 plans to donate an additional $300 to the cause. A senior working with teens as a disc jockey during the dance was Zelda Benishek.

75 Years Ago

July 26, 1945

A letter dated July 9, 1945 was received by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Burgess from the War Department: “Since your son, Staff Sergeant Harold D. Burgess, Air Corps, was reported missing in action on July 8, 1944, the War Department has entertained the hope that he survived and that information would be revealed dispelling the uncertainty surrounding his absence. However, as in many cases, the conditions of warfare deny us such information. The record concerning your son shows that he was a crew member of a B-24 (Liberator) bomber which was lost on a bombing mission to Vienna, Austria. His plane was last seen over the target on fire and losing altitude rapidly.” Sgt. Burgess entered into the Armed Forces at Fort Snelling on December 9, 1942.


Word has been received of the appointment of Gerhardt Heutzenroeder to head the Political Information Department in the North Dakota Farmer’s Union. Mr. Heutzenroeder was raised in Bertha. His father, Reverend H. Heutzenroeder, was formerly pastor at the Peace Evangelical Church in Bertha. The purpose of the new department will be to provide an educational and reporting service for the members of the Farmer’s Union to acquaint them with the functions of various local, state, county and federal government divisions.

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