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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.

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Glimpses From The Past

From the Glenwood Herald August 26, 1915

The outside work on the new [Cyrus] bank is fast nearing completion and it is now quite evident that the owners and people of this community will have one of the niftiest little banks in the country. All we need now to Make Cyrus a sure ‘nough metropolis is a nice two story brick hotel building, an up-to-date garage, an electric light plant, water works system, some more cement walks and few minor improvements, all which will be forthcoming at some future date.

The Plymouth Brethren have made extensive improvements on their house of worship in Lowry.  They have constructed a basement under the church, which they will use for Sunday school and other similar purposes. Several hundred dollars have been expended and church and grounds will be improved very much when the work gets done.

Forada beat Lowry 6 to 4 last Sunday in the closest game played on the home grounds this year. The fielding of the local team was far from errorless and they did not seem to be able to hit McClellan safely. This is the second game Lowry has lost in eleven played this year.

At a meeting of the stockholders of the Farmers Elevator Association last Wednesday it was voted to purchase the Atlantic Elevator. They intend to have both houses open during the busy season, because either one is not large enough to handle all the grain. The farmers will take possession of it this week and Robert Hume will be in charge. Mr. Erickson who has been manager for the Atlantic here for several years will go to Sedan where he will run an elevator for the same company.

I.M. Engebretson sold his Ford to Geo. Jurgenson and purchased a new Dodge auto from J.J. Hagstrom.

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From the Glenwood Herald June 17, 1915

Rev. H. Soltau on account of his poor health has resigned as pastor of the Glenwood Methodist Church and will for the next year follow farming on his forty acre farm near Barnum, Minn.  Rev Soltau preached his farewell sermon a week ago last Sunday.  In the 18 months of his pastorate the church has prospered and Mr. and Mrs. Soltau have made a host of friends that regret to see them leave Glenwood and hope that he will have a speedy recovery of his health.  Rev. Geo. A. Hanna, who for the past four years has been engaged in the newspaper business in Paynesville and Annandale, Minn., has been appointed to fill out the conference year.  Rev. Hanna has had eleven years’ experience in the pastorate in the southern part of the state.

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From the Glenwood Herald May 20, 1915

A bunch of ball tossers known as the High School Left Overs went to Lowry Friday and came home with with the scalp of the Lowry high school team buckled to their belt. From results which were 26 to 3, it seems as though the Left Overs ought to start in on something a little tougher.

The Park Board asks the Herald to state that driving or permitting stock on the park will not be tolerated under any circumstances. A large part of the park has recently been seeded to grass and if people will keep off there will soon be a fine lawn. The Park Board also wishes to have it perfectly understood that booze parties must stay away from the park. Or they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. In a nut shell the Park Board wants the people of the city to co-operate with it in making the park a beauty spot and a joy to everybody.

Do not forget the Grand Opening Ball at the Lakeside Pavilion to-morrow evening. Good music, good floor management and a genuine good time is assured.

Dr. Alexander is moving into his new quarters in the rear of the First National Bank. The room has been remodeled and now has a private office and waiting room.

Happiness reigned supreme yesterday noon among the school children of the six lower grades when announcement was made that these grades would be closed for the rest of the year. This action was taken by the Board of Education in order to help check the spread of scarlet fever of which there are about half a dozen cases in the city. In order that this action may become effective parents should keep their children at home as much as possible and prevent them from gathering in bunches.

A transient on train No. 112 was robbed of a purse containing sixty dollars while on the train about half a mile out of Brooten yesterday. Three men are supposed to have committed the robbery. They jumped off from the train immediately after they had committed the robbery and are said to have returned to Brooten where they bought tickets for Glenwood. It is reported that three men who answer the very meager description which had been obtained at the time this was written came to Glenwood on train No. 111 and left the train at the east end of the Soo yards. Marshall Bogie was informed immediately and he began work on the case.

The three men who are suspected of having robbed a transient on train No. 112 out of Brooten yesterday afternoon were arrested at Morris last evening and held there for the local authorities upon request by special officer P. J. Burns. The three men held at Morris are said to have relieved a Morris resident of ten dollars. It is also thought that the same men visited some of the Glenwood stores yesterday afternoon about four o’clock. No article of any considerable value was however missing.

Corn planting is very late this year on account of of last week’s cold and rain.

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From the Glenwood Herald January 7, 1915

E.  Kaldahl’s  ice crew is busy putting up ice for the coming year’s ice cream and creamery business.  Mr. Kaldahl’s business is growing every year and it has been necessary for him to enlarge his ice house.  He has volunteered to furnish ice at cost to any farmer customers who wish to put up ice now in order that their cream may be kept in better condition for the market next summer.

Whist teams captained by David Bogie and Ole j. Quam will contend for championship honors at the City Hall this evening.  Mr. Bogie’s team has already established a record by winning decisively from J. A. Eastman’s bunch of picked players.  There are those however who expect that Quam’s team will give Bogie and his clan considerable trouble this evening.  Quam’s team is composed entirely of experts in the great Norwegian game, all of whom are imported directly from Norway for the occasion.  That is at least a report which has gained credence around town during the day.

Sigurd  Bergeson, of Virginia, Minn., is in Glenwood today.  Mr. Bergeson is the National Amateur Champion skier of America.  He won that title at the National Ski Tournament last year.  Mr. Bergeson was out at the ski scaffold last evening and this forenoon doing a little practicing.  He says our slide is one of the best in America.

Clara Ennen’s young son fractured his collar bone while skiing Monday.  The broken part was attended to immediately and the boy is doing as nicely as can be expected.

Rev. & Mrs.  A. J. Lee were tendered a surprise New Year’s night by members of the Glenwood Lutheran congregation as an expression of the good will in which the estimable couple is held and of the splendid work which Rev. Lee has done both for the congregation and for the Old Peoples Home.   Several musical selections were given and refreshments were served.  Prof. B. K. Savre who was in Glenwood at the time spoke on behalf of the visitors and conveyed their good wishes to Rev. and Mrs. Lee.  A purse of money was presented to the honored guests as a further token of esteem.

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