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Thursday, May 9, 2002


The Hancock Senior Citizens sponsored an essay contest for the Hancock Sixth graders for Older American Month. The students submitted essays about a favorite older person or, as many students did, their grandparents. 2002 sixth graders, Heidi Lonnerman and Michael Thielke were selected as the winners.

Adam Blair completed his United States Marine training. The Hancock local enlisted in June of 2001. He began recruit training on Jan. 2 and finished all requirements on March 29, 2002. During this training, Blair learned military customs, first aid, and a variety of military related subjects. Blair went on to be stationed at Camp Pendleton, California to attend the School of Infantry.

The Hancock Lions Club sent out invitations to the community in order to offer support for the community-building project. The project was to build a concession stand with restrooms at the high school's Baseball/Football Field.

Wednesday, May 13, 1987


The Hancock Softball diamond was the site of a showdown between the Hancock Owls and the Chokio-Alberta Spartans. The two teams played for the Pheasant Conference title, both having undefeated seasons. In the first game, the Owls came out with a 6-5 victory. The second game came as a severe loss to the Spartans, with the final score of 13-5. The final game of the night set the Owls behind again with a final score of 4-2.

Guests and Hancock Senior Citizens were invited to a Heritage Day display which included items from home and farming tools used in the daily life during the "olden days." Awarded for their essays on their favorite older American were sixth graders Jody Nohl, receiving first, Karen Bolluyt, receiving second, and Raymond Walters, receiving third.

Photo: Seniors over 85.

Tuesday May 10, 1962


Harland Estensen, Ray Lewis, William Meyers, and Jake Van Eps were up for election for the Hancock School Board. There were two openings, each with terms of three years.

Glen Vantries, 27, brother to Marv Vantries of Hancock, suffocated in a Uranium mine in New Mexico.

Friday May 8, 1942


The rationing of sugar for individuals went smoothly through the week. Mr. Maroney was appointed official registrar.

J. Richard Bordewick and William H. Grandjean sent $1.00 a piece for the curtain at the school. Bordewick and Grandjean moved to Los Angeles and were working at Lockheed Aircraft and Conveyer Company, respectively. The men also noted in their letter home that they depend on the Hancock Record to bring them the town news every week.

C.B. Park's grandson, Kenneth, was awarded a medal of heroic conduct in action while enlisted in the Navy. The news, sent by letter, arrived from a location in Northern Australia. Kenneth, son of Archie Park was born in Hancock and "therefore a former Hancock boy."

Friday, May 6, 1927


Photos: Songs of Plain Folks, Chevy car ad

Four or five persons were sent to the hospital in Graceville due to a three car accident on Highway No. 28. The Stevanus car, a big Mitchell touring car, had to make a stop in order to adjust the car's lights. One of the Stevanus boys was working on the car when Mr. Richardson of Graceville struck the rear end of the car, pinning the boy underneath and fracturing his skull. The force of the collision shoved Mr. Richardson's vehicle into the middle of the highway where Mr. Curley, of Collis, struck car squarely. The reporter was unable to learn the extent of the Stevanus boy's injuries, though it was noted recovery was not expected

Stevens County called for aid for the flood sufferers in the lower Mississippi Valley. While the President's call was for five million dollars overall, the quota for the county was set at $200. The community realized they would need more than that, towns surrounding Hancock as well as a few churches donated money for a total of $662.65 for the county. Mr. Benfield contributed by hosting a benefit show at the Strand Theatre in Morris with the entire proceeds going to the Red Cross fund.