Glimpses From The Past

2016 marks 150 years of Pope County.


In celebration, we feature articles from all the newspapers published in Pope County in 1916.

Excerpts from the Glenwood Herald, Thursday February 10, 1916.

The convention committee of the commercial club has extended an invitation to the National Valdris Lag to have its stevne in Glenwood next June, and there is a strong probability that the invitation will be accepted. The Valdris Lag is perhaps the best organization of all the Norwegian lags and is said to have the largest membership. Its annual conventions have been held in Minneapolis several years and Glenwood will enjoy the distinction to be the first place outside the cities to entertain the organization of Norwegians hailing from Valdris, provided the invitation which has been extended is accepted as it seems very likely will be done. The officials of the Pope County Valdris Lag will meet in Glenwood February 18th for this purposed stevne. At this meeting representatives of the national organization will be present.

February 21 - 26 has been set aside throughout this country as National Pay Up Week. Pay Up Week was first tried in Waukon, Iowa, early in 1915, and proved to be a very effective means of collecting a large amount of this outstanding business. If this community shall get its proportionate share of the benefits from this national enterprise, it is important that all work together, that each of us pledges himself to pay his accounts, and in that way help to pass the prosperity around.

Henry Hall of Ishpeming, Michigan and a member of the Steamboat Springs ski club, is the 1916 professional ski champion. In the amateur class B highest honors were won by Andreas Olson of Iola, Wisconsin. Glenwood retains championship in the boy’s class, Oliver Kaldahl, brother of last year’s champion in this class, winning the coveted honors. Ernest Kaldahl another member of the Ed Kaldahl family of this city made the longest jump in the boy’s class with the record of 102 feet.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dubeau will make Sauk Centre their home after May 1st. They have bought the Palmer House, the leading hotel in that city, and will take possession the first of May.

E.F. Green’s place at Shallow Pond in Minnewaska was raided last evening by Harry Johnson and C.J. West of the United States Internal Revenue Department. A whiskey still was found and the government officials placed Mr. Green under arrest and brought him to St. Paul today on the noon train. His case will be submitted to the Grand Jury and it is thought probable that Mr. Green will be charged with operating a still illegally. It is reported that the government officials have traced Mr. Green to Glenwood from North Carolina, where it is alleged that he operated a similar business.

Excerpts from the Pope County Times, Thursday, February 10, 1916

The National Ski Tournament was a success. Judging the expressions of good will and appreciation from the visitors who came to partake of our hospitality and to enjoy the tournament, Glenwood has done herself proud in the entertaining of the National Ski Club members. Although the crowd at the grounds was not as large as it should have been, the extreme cold kept many way. On the other hand, the weatherman could not have given the skiers better conditions.

An organization was perfected Monday evening at the high school building which will be known as the “Teacher and Home association”. The purposes for this organization, when perfected will be a closer relationship between teachers and parents, closer cooperation between school and home and the general good which is to result, by reason of a better understanding between the pupils, the teachers and the parents.

The deficit, as near as can be ascertained, for the ski tournament is about $500. This includes the new building erected on the grounds. It costs money to stage a national convention of this kind, but it was worth it.

Excerpts from the Starbuck Times, Friday February 11, 1916.

Henry Hagen had his nose badly frozen Saturday while going after his mail.

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