In Days Gone By

Kittson County Enterprise

17 July 2002

1902 - 100 years ago

Quite a little rain and wind storm occurred last night and as a result the following morning found numerous sheds and outhouses overturned and telephone wires and chimneys blown down. The wind was so strong that it shook heavy buildings and for a little while, those that were up at the time experienced quite a little scaring.

Lockwood Bros. have sold out their drug store to E.S. Atwood, who is now in possession. Mr. Atwood is a first class druggist of over 25 years experience.

E.W. Erickson of Northcote last Saturday night celebrated the completion of his fine large barn with a social hop. When Ed. goes into anything he hardly ever does it on the half-way plan, and this time he secured the Hallock Cornet Band to furnish music for the occasion.

Quite a number drove over to Emerson last Saturday to witness the Orangemen celebrate the anniversary of the battle of the Boin. The day spent in parades, speeches and baseball.

1952 - 50 years ago

This year the Kittson County fair was well attended and the general feeling among the many who took in the affair was that it was one of the best fairs ever staged here in many years.

Mrs. Aileen Ellefson, postmistress at Lancaster, was named president of the Minnesota branch of the National League of District Postmasters at its session at Dychman Hotel.

Two new heavy duty John Deere 2 and 3 plow tractors, successors to Models "A" and "B," will be announced Saturday, July 19, by the Northwestern Implement Co., Hallock.

At the annual meeting of the Kennedy Farmers Elevator Company, Wm. H. Johnson was re-elected President for his 39th consecutive year. This firm handled 792,700 bushels of grain during the past fiscal year.

Yes, Kittson County's barley crop can be referred to as being "lousy" this year, if the report given us this week by the County Agent is correct and who would doubt him, so lousy it must be.

The Minnesota State Highway Department released the information that Kittson County commissioners would receive bids July 22 for the black top paving of nine-tenths of a mile in Hallock and for 6.9 miles from highway 75 in Kennedy due east to junction of C.A.R. 28.

1977 - 25 years ago

The ex-machine shed that once covered tractors, combines and other machinery belonging to Leonard and Phillip Bengston was lifted off and completely destroyed shortly before dusk last Wednesday evening. What was apparently a tornado that touched down on the farm three miles south of Hallock also severely damaged six of seven grain bins and scattered the wreckage of the machine shed for nearly a quarter mile.

The Kittson Memorial Hospital announced this week the area will soon be served by a professional hearing testing service, a certified audiologist, Mr. Gary D. Anderson, M.A., will conduct audiology clinics at the hospital two days each month.

Late Friday afternoon a call came from the Larry Bergh farm, west of Hallock, where a pickup truck had started fire. Another call from the farm a few minutes later reported the fire under control and the deparment did not leave town with the trucks.

Two more houses are coming up in Kennedy. Mr. and Mrs. Birtle Truedson are building in east Kennedy on the lot where the Marvin Eukel house was located. Another is being constructed in west Kennedy on the lot north of the A.H. Holm residence. This lot is surrounded by a tall hedge.

The Farmers Elevator house in Kennedy has been moved in from Karlstad where it was built but at this writing has not been placed on the foundation.

Bradley T. Arin, son of Floyd and Loretta Arin of Box 274, Lancaster, Minn. enlisted in the Air Force on July 14, 1977 in the Law Enforcement field, according to the Master Sergeant John Simonis, Air Force Recruiter in Bemidji. Airman Arin is a 1977 graduate of Lancaster High School.

1992 - 10 years ago

Willis Lilliquist Appreciation was held Sunday at the Kittson County Fair. Members of the MN State Fair Board and other fair board members were on hand to give their comments about Willis and his years of service with county and state fairs.

According to Kittson County Agricultural Society, Willis Lilliquist and RBS Shows the attendance was in excess of 30,000.

Licensed vendors of 3.2 beer in Hallock will be legally able to sell beer until 10 p.m. Sunday nights, starting July 19.

Students attending conferences in Washington, D.C. were Ryan Younggren, Jeremy Seng and Eric Ristad.

The Milk Run wasn't as easy as it sounded in the Bicycle Road-E-O held last Friday. John Folland tried to "power drink" a half-pint of milk and ended up with most of it on his shirt.

Three weeks of work from Bowman Industries was loaded onto an Anderson Trucking semi-trailer last week and driven off to the Twin Cities. Driver Danny Anderson of Karlstad said this is the biggest load he has ever driven for the company. Anderson and his family have been driving for the company since it began in November, 1990.

The classmates of 1937 met at Susan's Cafe in Lancaster Saturday, July 11 to celebrate their 55th class reunion. Warren Glad was master of ceremonies. Frances Swenson gave the table grace and Susan served a turkey dinner.

1997 - 5 years ago

Winning the two-year lease on the 1997 Ford Expedition from C&M Ford and the Kittson County Fair was Bruce Lenz, Grafton. The name was drawn by the Bellamy Brothers.

A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Veronica Safranski.

"The Possible Dream . . . another step closer" concert was held recently as a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society, Kittson County Unit.

The Outlaw races and outlaw sprints were a featured attraction the last night of the Kittson County Fair. Racers from all over the area came to try and win part of the $2,000 prize purse.

Pedal Pull helpers were Jason Klinnart of New York Mills, who was visiting in the area; Loren Schmidt, Fessenden, who provided the sound equipment for the event and Milan Drewlow, Breckenridge, who was in charge of the event and brought it to the Kittson County Fair.

Ninety-six golfers comprising 24 teams participated in the July 4th Heritage Days golf tournament in Lancaster.