Editor's note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of October 18, 1978
New teachers in the Cyrus schools are Pam Solvie, who teaches first grade; Bonnie Drinkwitz, a secondary physical education and English instructor and Kim Rabe, who is teaching physical education and health in both the elementary and secondary schools.
Eighty-six of Minnesota's 86 counties will have reinforced concrete arch culverts or reinforced concrete box culverts manufactured by Hancock Concrete Products Co., Inc. in their highways by the end of 1978. Hancock Concrete has taken a different approach in that besides providing benefits such as a Comprehensive Health Insurance, Workman's Comp., Life Insurance; since 1975, they have instituted a retirement program known as ESOT or Employee Stock Ownership Trust whereby the employee becomes part of the company and shares in its growth.
The Hancock United Fund Drive is beginning this week and additional block workers are needed, according to Mrs. Orville Berget, chairman of this year's drive. The United Fund is the only charity campaign carried out in Hancock during the year. Residents are contacted only once and can make one contribution that will be distributed to the charity or charities of their choice.
As part of the RECORD'S policy of continuing to make the RECORD even more attractive and interesting to our readers and a better selling tool for advertisers, publishers Gary and Margret Sukow today announced three new developments. First is the purchase of a Compuwriter Jr. II, a computerized typesetting machine with a capacity of up to 36 different type styles in various sizes. Second is the addition of the editorial page column Dateline-Washington, by Walter Riley and J.J. Smith. Third is one the publishers believe is an exciting re-discovery in the newspaper field. That is 5 for Fiction, an entertainment feature that will appear weekly.
The Hancock Owls varsity football squad won their fourth straight last night in a smashing 49-6 victory over Hendrum, in a game played at the midway point of Rothsay. Rob Payne added insult to injury by running back an interception for a touchdown on the final play of the game.
35 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of October 18, 1983
The Morris chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) gathered at its corn plot located about six miles east of Morris last Thursday. The plot is on land made available to the chapter by Royce Anderson. The chapter planted and harvested 25 different varieties and will have results available soon. Last Thursday's plot test included Tim Lippert (chapter advisor), adult helper Dave Anderson, Royce Anderson, Kevin Wevley, John Pasche, Duane Wulf, John Hufford, Rick Bruns, Dave Friesen, Gary Domnick (adult helper) and Harold Luthi (adult helper). Not pictured is another important adult helper, Harold Anderson.
Those growing piles of corn along the Burlington Northern railroad tracks will disappear almost overnight when work on the tracks is completed and Harvest States Cooperatives fills its first unit train from the new facility later this month. Dennis Wendland, manager of the Harvest States elevator in Morris, said that when the work on the tracks is completed, they will load 54 cars in a 24 -hour period. The 54 cars on a unit train will hold 190,000 bushels of corn. Wendland said that the grain will be transported to the Harvest States terminal in Kalama, Wash. GTA merged with Harvest States on June1, to get access to that terminal.
The ads say "What the heck is happening at Donnelly Co-op?" A great deal indeed is happening, all geared toward the idea of "tying together" the operation better and more efficiently, according to general manager Eddie Dummer (also the mayor of Donnelly). Donnelly Co-op is currently erecting a high-laddered frame building measuring 60 by 96 feet that will house the operation's main office along with the feed aspect and petroleum storage.
Coombe Field was packed with vociferous football fans Friday night for an important showdown between the MHS Tigers and Benson Braves. The Tigers failed to achieve their goal of adequate ball control and ended up tasting defeat for the first time against conference opposition, 28-8.
35 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of October 5, 1983
Pastor Rachel Mithelman was installed at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church of Hancock October 2, 1983. She has taken the place of Pastor Richard Salge who had been at the church for the past several years and accepted another call. Mithelman and her husband, Jack, have been in Hancock for the past week getting acquainted with the church members and the City of Hancock. This is the first parish for the 28-year-old pastor who is looking forward to putting her years of study at the seminary into practice.
About 75 residents of the Cyrus School District attended the public open meeting on September 28, in the Cyrus high school auditorium. The Cyrus School Board called the meeting to discuss the superintendent position at the school which was recently vacated by the resignation of Michael Hruby. Hruby accepted a position at Sandstone, MN. Cyrus Board Chairman Pete Bright told the crowd that they had received 18-19 applications for the superintendent's position. He also noted that the board had received calls from the superintendents at Hancock, Starbuck and Morris proposing a sharing opportunity for the position. The Board will be making a final decision in the near future after discussing the sharing possibilities in detail with all three districts.
The HHS Dance Troupe entertained parents and Owl spectators during halftime of Friday night's game against Herman. Member of the team are Renee Gudgel, Shelly Joos, Julie Smith, Sara Schmidgall, Shelly Nohl and Rachelle Duncan.
The Cyrus-Hancock Owl gridmen picked up their fourth victory of the season on Friday when they pounced on the Panthers of Herman, 41-2. The game was the final home game for Seniors Bryan Wink, Keith Hanson, Jeff Berning and Erik Swanson, and also designated as "Parents Night."
Hancock Owl Right Back Lois Schmidgall tied a Minnesota State volleyball record recently in the contest at Barrett. The Sophomore Standout served 18 consecutive points to lead the Owls to an 18-2 victory over the Barrett Lakers on Sept. 27.
Mrs. Sally Cowger, Hancock fifth grade teacher, with the help of six of her students from last year's fifth grade class, presented at the fall workshop of the West Central Minnesota Reading Council. The workshop held at the Morris Elementary School was attended by 120 teachers interested in reading from a six-county area. "Books Alive," the title of Mrs. Cowger's mini-session, presented ways to encourage students to do reading in their free time. Many unusual activities with books were presented. Mrs. Darlene Olen, the Stevens County representative on the Board of Directors and Hancock's third grade teacher, helped with the planning of the workshop.