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Looking Back

News from Bertha's Past

25 Years Ago

February 15, 1995

The Bertha Fire Department purchased the “Jaws of Life” to free people trapped in a vehicle after an accident. Ambulance Chief Gary Kleen is holding the spreader and Assistant Fire Chief Pete Wallner is holding the cutters. The units are hydraulic. Kleen said they could have used the equipment several times in the last six months. The equipment was purchased from the Long Prairie Fire Department for $3500.


BHV finished fifth in the section six tourney. The Bertha-Hewitt Verndale 1994-1995 wrestling squad: Joey Richter, Ross Sellnow, Tim Balbach, Mark Bertram, Marshal Rach, Joe Kern, Brent Captain, Eric Bertram, John Becker, Josh Peterson, Coach Tom Trisko, Coach Dave Selvey, Jeff Pokorney, Chip Forcier, Mick McGrane, Mike Orlando, Bryan Becker and Coach Steve Techam.

75 Years Ago

February 15, 1945

The annual meeting of the Hewitt Cooperative Creamery was held on February 13. It was shown during the meeting that butter production increased from 332,831 pounds in 1943 to 343,259 in 1944. In addition to the income from the manufacture of butter, the Hewitt patrons also had a return of $26,514 from the sale of skim milk. Overall gross income for the year was $191,120.


Sixteen Lutheran missionaries from the United States and two of their children are awaiting liberation by the armies of General MacArthur at the Baugio, Luzon, prisoners camp. Dr. Lillian Olson of the Augusta Synod, was a medical missionary in China since 1936, when she was enroute home on her first furlough when detained in Manila, at the declaration by Japan and was sent to the Baugio Camp. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Olson of Bertha. Following internment, relatives and church authorities in the U.S. had no word of the internees for two years.

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