5 years ago

Citizen’s Advocate

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Steve and Deb Heidenson prepare for the final days of Battle View Landing on West Battle Lake near Clitherall. Their restaurant dates back to the 1920s but will close at the end of summer for the final time.

The Ottertail City Council met last Thursday evening for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. At the meeting, a public hearing was held regarding Verizon’s proposal to build a tower on city property. Rick Adams was in attendance to explain the project and answer any questions either the council or members of the public had. After a brief explanation and discussion, the council unanimously approved the building of the tower.

25 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 27, 1997

While most other Henning area people were eating barbecued turkey in the fire hall on Friday evening, Henning Township Board members Manley Nichols and Larry Flom were in the Henning Community Center next door discussing their roads. With them were Brian Armstrong and Sherry Leave, coordinators with Otter Tail County’s Enhanced 911 emergency services identification system. As a step toward developing a new E-911 address system, the county is in the process of naming al roads that are not already numbered and those that do not fit a north-south-east-west grid.

Preparation of a preliminary plan for county-based purchasing of insurance for Medical Assistance recipients was approved unanimously Aug. 12 by the Otter Tail County Human Services Board. If a county wants to consider its own plan, it must put together such a preliminary plan for the state by Sept. 2, to comply with requirements of a bill passed this year by the Minnesota Legislature.

50 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 24, 1972

Once in awhile we get to wondering about a person’s past and it was curiosity that made us interview Mabel Lang—guess the elegance and finery of the old clothing she wars had something to do with it. We discovered that Mrs. Lang has been in show business, owned horses, expensive automobiles and has known some important people including Malcolm Lockheed who invented the hydraulic four wheel brakes. Actually, Lockheed was a brother-in-law of hers. Mrs. Lang, daughter of the Thurston Floms, came to to Inman township as a young girl in 1898 settling on a farm five miles east of Henning. It was here that her love of horses developed and she did a lot of riding. Later she lived in Detroit and St. Louis. Her husband made considerable money selling Lockheed’s four wheel brakes to all major auto makers but Ford. As we were interviewing Mrs. Lang, who was 82 last March, she was putting away some flowers picked from her garden. Some of her comments were: “Now don’t jazz this story up too much.” “I hate d—m housework.” “I did sing a lot years ago” and then she sang and hummed a few bars from the old hit, “Singing in the Rain.” Mrs. Lang has two sisters still living. Robertina Jones in the nursing home here and Tilda Lockheed who resides in California.

Thirteen ladies have been doing their handiwork at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Henning. 

75 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 28, 1947

Eleven Northern pike were caught Sunday weighing 96.5 pounds from Ottertail Lake.

100 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 24, 1922

Olle Skrathult the foremost Swedish comedian, supported by a company of nine people will appear at the Opera House. Skrathult has been touring the west during the past winter and spring and played to full houses and at many places the crowds have not been able to gain admittance for lack of room. You will be sorry if you stay at home when Skrathult is in town!

125 years ago

The Henning Advocate

August 1897

A harvest ball will be given in the hall this evening. Pete Markuson and Ed Hedman are the prime movers in the affair.

Two soldiers lay under their blankets looking up at the stars, Says Jack “What made you go in the army, Tom?” “Well,” he replied Tom, “I had no wife and I loved war so I went. What made you go?” “Well,” returned Jack, “I had a wife and I loved peace, Tom; so I went.”