Editor’s note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.



63 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 3, 1956

The 10-inch snowfall last week wasn't relished by too many folks-but to the small fry the heavy, wet snow was ideal for making snowmen and whatever else their fancy dictated. Snow sculptures appeared in all sections of the city. A cowboy with bowed legs and his pony were erected by the Russell Brown children, Marjorie and Louise Brown, in their yard on West Fifth Street. A neighborhood admirer of the cowboy and pony, Linda Mumme, partook in the fun.

A dealer franchise has been awarded to Furhman Buick by Johnson Motors of Waukegan, ILL., outboard manufacturing firm. Among the products to be handled by the local firm are the new Sea-Horse 7 1/2, 15 and 30 h.p. Models.

Harvey Ruona, Chokio, and Evald Stark, Kensington, were appointed supervisors of the Stevens County Soil Conservation district in action taken on March 26 by the State Conservation committee. The state committee at that time approved the county referendum held at which the green light was given to the formation of a new soil district in this county. As soon as the two appointed supervisors sign applications for certification and they are submitted to the Secretary of State the soil conservation district will be duly formed.

Specialist Third Class Erwin A. Anderson, whose wife, Jean, and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howe C. Anderson, live at Hancock, recently took part in “Bear Claw”, a Seventh Army command post exercise, in Germany. The exercise included the handling of communications in combined operating during the severe European winter. Specialist Anderson is assigned to the 97th Signal Battalion. He entered the Army in April 1954 and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Anderson arrived in Europe in December 1954.



43 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of March 30, 1976



Ken Pedersen, president of the Morris Lions Club, presented Bob Rose, Stevens County Memorial Hospital administrator, a check for $500 to be put towards the purchase of the fetal heart monitor. Also present for the donation was Nancy Olson, registered nurse who is supervisor of the obstetrical unit and Herb Weiss, Lions Club treasurer.

Looking Back 1976
Looking Back 1976


Tom Hennen, Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hennen of Morris, recently published a book of poems,”The Heron With No Business Sense”, contains 20 poems. Most of the poems in the book are between 10 and 20 lines in length. Some of the lines are only one word long. Seven poems from the book are contained in “Heartland II”, a 252 page, hardbound anthology of works by poets in the midwest.

Mrs. Sandra Berg, a Granite Falls mother of four teenagers is the most recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris, University Without Walls (UWW) program. Her Bachelor of Science degree in “art as therapy” combines a background in art and psychology with off-campus study and experience working with the elderly, the chemically dependent and the mentally ill.

Dr. O. Arvid Eide of Hancock has been named a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice (ABFP) as a result of passing a certification examination offered by the ABFP. He is now certified in the specialty of family practice. The intensive two-day written examination taken by Dr. Eide is designed to prove his ability in the areas of internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and community medicine.

For nearly 45 years Otto Thurmer worked as a carpenter building houses. Then one day 10 years ago, he stepped on a rock. This particular rock he stepped on twisted Thurmer's knee out of joint and since that time he has been unable to climb a ladder or work on his knees for any length of time. Thurmer has a new lease on life, so to speak, making wooden match boxes, spice racks, letter holders, and many other articles of wood.



40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of March 14, 1979

Looking Back 1979
Looking Back 1979

The Roger Duncan farm was the scene Monday of a roof raising! This winter’s heavy snows collapsed Duncan’s barn roof. Helping to dig out from all the snow and damage were Stanley, Anton, Otto and Steve Schaefer. Also present were DeWayne, Alvin Sr., Alvin Jr., Art and Robert Nohl; Ted and Harold Gramm; Jerry Joos and Dale DeRung. Lunch was brought and served by Mrs. Steve and Mrs. Otto Schaefer during the afternoon.

The Hancock Youth Center contributed a $1,000 check toward the Hancock bike path at Monday’s council meeting and Mayor Gene Schmidgall extended “my sincere thanks” for the contribution. The bike path, to Page Lake, will be built this summer. The Youth Center had pledged the funds earlier and Cindy Eull, in presenting them, noted that the Youth Center had met its pledge.

On Saturday March 10, six members of the speech team traveled to Moorhead for the Moorhead Annual Individual Speech Tournament. Participating were Susan DeWard, prose, Mary Boeckerman, creative expression, Tom Hausmann, discussion, Kathy Haliday, original oratory, and Beth Schoenmair, discussion. Receiving awards were Tom Hausmann, second place; Beth Schochenmair, excellent ribbon; Kathy Dickinson, superior ribbon; and Susan DeWard, excellent ribbon. The next tournament is in Glenwood on March 17.

Ramona Rohloff of Hancock was honored for being in the top 20 out of 150 Avon representatives in a six-county area at the President’s Club banquet in Moorhead recently. She has been an Avon sales person for only a year and received a U.S. savings bond for her contribution.