Times Past: A look back at this week in history

25 Years Ago
Thurs, February 14, 1990
• Bridwell Creates Magic Between Red Dog, Reader – While Clifford waited for more Milaca Elementary School students to enter the cafeteria, three students, Michael Dehn, Mike Vedders and Lindsey Northway, had their chance to meet the dog’s creator and author, Norman Bridwell.
• Let’s Have Some Cheers! – Saturday’s Rah Rah Clinic, hosted by the Milaca cheerleaders, drew about 60 participants from first grade through fourth grade. The session provided some lively workouts.
• Locals in the news – MM Claremont Keeler and Florence George of Princeton were Wednesday afternoon visitors at the Ruth Young home.
MM John DuChene and Emily Walen were last Sunday evening visitors at the John and Lydia Kulyas home.
MM Jimmie Gaikowski and children of Andover, Minn,. and Mrs. Mary Gaikowski of Waubay, S.D. were visitors at the Kenneth Schoenborn home Sunday afternoon.
• Advertisements – Princess 1 Carat Diamond $2,375. Stewart Jewelers, Your Jewelry Store on the corner since 1900. Milaca.
Pump N’ Munch Stores, For all your bulk delivery needs, gas, diesel fuel, fuel oil. We have new & used car tires, & tractor fronts in stock & rear tractor tires are available. Foreston Oil Co. Foreston & Milaca.
Engaged? Book your Wedding Photos with us and receive 25% off all wedding invitations and accessories. Gene’s Studio, Milaca.

50 Years Ago
Thurs, February 18, 1965
• Sue Ellen Salo On Pacific Tour With Augsburg Band – Susan Ellen Salo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tuovi A. Salo, 225 3rd Ave., SE. Milaca, is currently on tour of the Pacific Northwest with the Augsburg College Concert Band. On Feb. 14th they return to give their home concert in Si Melby Hall on the Augsburg campus at 3 p.m.
• Pease Pioneer Celebrates 90th Birthday Friday – John Kuperus, Sr., of Pease, will celebrate his 90th birthday this Friday, Feb. 19, with a small party for relatives and members of the family. Kuperus, who is now the oldest member of the Pease Christian Reformed church, came to the U.S. in 1885, with his father John Kuperus, from Friesland, Netherlands. Unusual twist to the birthday is the fact that back in 1938, the Times ran a picture of John Kuperus on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Now his son John Kuperus, Sr., celebrates his 90th birthday some 27 years later.
• Locals in the news – Mrs. Ralph Van De Riet and son Brad and Mrs. Elsie Van De Riet of Raymond attended the funeral of Henry Hubers and were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Droogsma.
Mr. and Mrs. Osborne Husby of Princeton were Thursday evening callers of Mrs. Ruby Toussaint.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Sanford and John spent Sunday in Minneapolis. While there they visited Venus Riesland and Mrs. Esther Wiedner and also spent some time with their son, Greg, who attends the University.
• Advertisements – Friday Special, Walleye Fish Fry, 99c, includes vegetable, salad, home baked bread and coffee; Sunday dinner, southern fried chicken – ham – broiled club or T-bone steaks; Our specialty, country style German sausage and Chili, give it a try – it’s delicious. Milaca Hotel and Cafe, under new management, Mary and Bromo Stelzer, Milaca.

75 Years Ago
Thurs, February 15, 1940
• New Bus Mail Service Added – Better mail service to the Mille Lacs lake country will result from the adding of another bus schedule from Minneapolis to Isle, which will start on Friday, February 16th. Heretofore the mail bus left Isle at 8:30 a.m. every morning except Sunday for Minneapolis and picked up mail at points on the trip south, but did not carry mail on the return trip north. The new schedule provides for the bus to pick up mail on its return trip each day, and will go through Milaca at 4:30 p.m. daily. This will give the lake country much better service than before. J. Henry Kuhlman, of Ogilvie, is driver of the new route.
• Firemen To The Rescue – Kiester – A scare that won’t be forgotten too soon came to George Bauman last week. Mr. Bauman had just taken a forkful of straw from his strawstack near the barn when the whole side of the stack slid off, burying several head of cows. Help was needed and needed right away. He rushed to the phone, called the fire department and soon all was right again, including one bossy who was completely buried under the main part of the stack where she might have smothered.
• $2,700 Error In Making Change – Rochester – It pays to count your change one woman in this town has learned. This is the way she found out. She requested of the teller in a local bank $500. To him she handed five $20 bills and a pile of four other bank notes topped by a $100 bill. Flipping them back, he counted them. He saw two zeros on the three underbills in the pile topped with the $100. Everything checked. He gave the customer the $500 bill and then following her departure discovered not $100 bills were under three in the pile of four topped with the $100 but $1,000 bank notes. He reached her by telephone and found her blissfully unaware of the error.
• Locals in the news – Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Erickson and Mr. and Mrs. John Philo were entertained to supper at the Henry Stowe home in Glendorado Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lombard and Leonard Walls spent Saturday evening at the Ben Adams home south of Ronneby.
• Advertisements – Big Horse Sale Monday, Feb. 19 at Mora Stock Yards. Sale will start promptly at 1:00 p.m. A car load of well broken horses and some suckling colts will be offered. Morgan & Trollope, Owners. Kanabec State Bank, clerk, O. L. Beck, Auctioneer.
We can fix it! A bent fender, a broken window, poor brakes, a motor that wouldn’t start or a broken rear end. We can fix it and do a good job. Dahlstrom, Berg and Helmen Co. Milaca, Minn.

100 Years Ago
Thurs, February 11, 1915
• Milaca School Notes – The girls are still working hard at basket ball, with the hope of annihilating the Princeton team in the first round. The date for the game has not been definitely decided.
• A Subscriber Never Mentioned – The News-Herald, Litchfield, Ill., tells about a subscriber who discontinued his subscription because “the paper was always mentioning other people and never mentioned him.” Anyhow the subscriber was mentioned this time, and in the “mention” the paper says: “We never mentioned the fact that he ever won any premiums at the county fair, because he never exhibited anything. We never mentioned his name in a list of committees, because he never attended anything. We never mentioned his name in the list of donors, because he never donated so much as a doughnut, but we will agree to run a nice obituary when the time comes.”
• Hurt By Falling Tree – Earl Weimar of Foley was badly hurt by a falling tree Saturday afternoon at Lars Tolberg’s logging camp near Page. He was cutting down a tree, and in falling, it lodged on another so that it was thrown out of its course, striking him in the hip and abdomen. The injury was a painful one and he was taken to the hospital in St. Cloud Monday on a cot for medical attention.
• Locals in the news – O. G. Leverson of the Milaca Auto Co., attended the automobile show in Minneapolis Friday and Saturday.
A big dance will be held in the Westling hall in Bogus Brook Saturday, Feb. 13. Music by Milaca Four-Piece Orchestra. A good time guaranteed. Come out, sleighing is fine.
• Advertisements – Your Attention, Please. Before buying a silo, you will do well to investigate the merits of the Indiana Silo, which we sell. It has features which you want and need. Try our Lunch Room for Coffee and Hot Lunches. C. H. Hammarberg’s Store.
Toot! Toot! Stop your autos, motorcycles, aeroplanes, carriages, buggies, wagons, footsteps at our station for the best of fresh beef, mutton, pork and lamb, smoked and salt meats, sausage and ham. Milaca Meat Market, WM. Peterson, Proprietor.
Are you looking for a good new location? If so, why not Cass County, the land of clover and tame grasses, shady pastures, and the best of water. We raise all kinds of small grains and tame grasses and our root crops are hard to beat. Handy to both the Twin city and Duluth markets, we are still offering good lands from $9.00 to $20.00 per acre. If you are interested, write me. Ole A. Larson, Box 105, Walker, Minn.