5 years ago

Citizen’s Advocate

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

As countless people lined the streets to watch, the sanctuary was taken down at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Henning on Tuesday. The demolition of the old part of the church, which was taken down by Shaw Excavating of Henning, is part of an expansive construction project at the church that will include the construction of a new sanctuary. Construction is expected to take at least four months to complete and will cost more than $925,000.

For the past 125 years, the greater Henning area has had at least one newspaper published in its community each week. The newspaper began as the Alliance Advocate was first published on March 12, 1891, and was owned by an association including nine area residents.  Those nine residents who formed the association were. C.W. Brandborg, A.S. Paulsen, S.H. Ongstad, J.B. Hompe, C.W. Smith, H.J. Collins, Geo. A. Poulson, Henry Plowman and G. S, Saetre. The first issue of the Alliance Advocate is on file at the Citizen’s Advocate office. 

The Deer Creek Fire Department will be hosting a celebration in honor of their 111th anniversary.  Records show that the Deer Creek Fire Department was established in May of 1905. 

25 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 14, 1996

Dick and Denise Grefe and their daughters Marea and Monika represent the fourth and fifth generation of the Grefe Farm. The Grefe farm is being honored with Century Farm status. The Grefe farm was started by Diedrich Grefe who first came to the United States from Germany during the last century.  Great-grandfather Diedrich Grefe came to the United States as a young man in the 1890’s to visit his brothers Henry and Herman who farmed in the area. He planned to return to Germany, but needed money for the passage, he began working on the farm of Herman and Marie Lueders.  He decided to stay and in 1896 he bought the farm for which Century Farm status is now being observed. The farm has been passed down several times over the years with Dick taking over the farm in 1992.

The City of Henning has been getting good audit reports for the last few years and the trend continued at the City Council’s Aug. 6 meeting. 

The number of full-service gas stations in the United States, as contrasted to self-service stations, has been on the decline for the last quarter of a century, from 225,000 then to 190,000 now. Only 10,000 of them are in Minnesota. The decline is expected to continue. 

Oakwood Supper Club was burglarized in the early morning hours of Aug. 12, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department. An undetermined amount of cash was reported taken.

50 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 19, 1971

Arthur Espeland, president of the First National Bank of Henning, will represent some 70 banks in northwestern Minnesota at the Independent Bankers of Minnesota at their 10th annual convention.

The deal is now final whereby the Village of Henning is now the owner of the Alvin Brutlag 160 acre farm north of town. The village purchased that farm as a “Partial” location for possible excess liquid from the proposed new lagoon sewer system on the former Guse tract. Mr. Brutlag says they are undecided as to what they will do but will live on the farm until Christmas.

75 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 16, 1946

Dorothy Christopherson of Vining, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Christopherson, who was stricken with polio and taken to a Minneapolis hospital, is improving.

A committee of local council men have completed a survey of the village street lighting and have recommended that 50 additional street lights be installed here.

Late fall is regarded as the best time to do house painting, for by then the long summer sun has removed all moisture from the wood. 

100 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 18, 1916

According to County Attorney Thompson and Sheriff Billings, they have been collecting evidence against some 40 moonshiners in the county and papers are now being served on the infractors of the law.

J.C. Staples grocery store was entered some time during Wednesday night and the cash drawer broken open and the cash, amounting to about $24, taken. Entrance was gained by opening a rear window. Mr. Staple says he scarcely ever has much change in the drawer, and it looks as if the thief or thieves were aware of the extra amount of cash.

125 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 13, 1896

From the tone of the preachers and religious press it looks as if they do not think silver, which was good money for the Jews to pay for the betrayal of Christ, is good enough to pay back to the Jews.

John Lind is out in a letter of apology of his record of voting against free coinage of silver, and in one case gives his reason as being because it was a democratic measure. He further explains that he helped to fix up the Sherman law so as to have the legislation that was passed to be the credit of the republicans, and only such legislation, as Senator Sherman assured him President Harrison would sign. Altogether the apology is worse than the record.

If Mr. Daly wished to discuss political questions why did he not accept Mr. Hoskins’ challenge of two years ago. Is it possible that the editor of the Advocate is the only man in the county the silver tongued orator of Perham is afraid to debate with?