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News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

February 21, 1996

Dan Meyer from Freshwater has been providing guidance to the elementary staff at the Bertha-Hewitt School. The staff is working on math and science currently through the Freshwater Eisenhower Grant and also Ms. Hurtig and Mr. Frethem are learning how to use the new Macintosh computers.


The Bertha City Council discussed the options for having an appraisal done of the Municipal Liquor Store and the possibility of its sale. “The question is, do we want to sell the liquor store?” asked Mayor Don Booen. Member Gary Kleen said, “I think we will be disappointed in the appraisal value of the building.” The liquor store had a $155 profit last month.

75 Years Ago

February 25, 1946

The Bertha Theater boasts of the latest and best sound equipment. An RCA engineer installed a completely new booth and stage equipment. With the new fixtures Manager Ralph Orr promises that presentations at the Bertha Theater will be made even more enjoyable for patrons.


The annual meeting of the Bertha Cooperative Creamery Association was held. The annual report showed the manufacture of butter in 1945 topped the production of the previous year by nearly 75,000 pounds with 789,971 pounds of butter manufactured. The creamery revenues were up more than $200,000 with a total amount of $628,572. This was largely created by the first full year of operation of the new dry milk department, which sold $186,227 worth of powder. More than 16,000,000 pounds of milk and cream were processed during the year with 1,500,000 pounds of milk powder being manufactured.

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