5 years ago

Citizen’s Advocate

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

There is a sense of calm surrounding Mike Wardlow as he carefully moves an end table to the sidewalk outside of the Salvation Army Store in downtown Henning last week. After all, he knows his days as an employee at the popular thrift store are winding down as he eases into retirement once again. 

“Uncovering the past has its consequences” author Dell Allen Bjerketvedt writes in the prologue of his book “Bullets and Bandages,” a firsthand account of his experiences in the Vietnam War. Bjerketvedt is a 1965 graduate of Henning High School.

The sixth annual Henning Haunted House will kick off on Friday night and will once again feature at least 10 different rooms to scare those who enter through the doors.

25 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997

Concentration was the quality that was most evident in the participants in the Henning Octoberfest Pie-Eating Contest Saturday. Pre-teen contestants Evan Culbertson and Curtis Teeter buried their faces and ate for about 15 minutes until the judges stopped the match and called it a tie. Last year’s teenage winner, Ben Vogt, used his hands to turn the pie at one point, so the judges declared the teenage match a tie between Ben and his brother Matt.

Since May, Central Minnesota Sales has been open for business on Highway 78 in Ottertail. And last week, an associated business, Central Minnesota Service Center, opened at the old George Lorentz Body Shop location on Elevator Avenue in downtown Ottertail. A used vehicle dealership and an automotive service center, they are owned and operated by John Klimp. 

50 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 19, 1972

It was a big night Thursday for the Ottertail Fire Department when they dedicated their new fire hall in gala fashion. Mayor Fred Wiebe gave the interesting talk giving some of the history of the department and stating that a new fire truck would be arriving soon. Fire chief Delmar Wiebe also addressed the large crowd. The Ottertail fire department members: Jim Ahlfs, Orland Fenske, Robert Shower, Jack Busch, Jim Boedigheimer, Fred Ehlers, Eerhard Buntrock, Russell Thalmann, Delmar Wiebe-chief, Lloyd Schutlz, Fred Wiebe, Lorenze Buntrock, Ormand True, Delbert Lueders, Tom Polford, and Roger Neels.

Mrs. R. R. Patterson, a former member of the Henning High School faculty and school board, has presented several books and a 51 year collection of National Geographic magazines to the school library. The 1920-1971 collection of National Geographics will be valuable resource material when supplemented by the two volume National Geographic Index Miss Rustebakke, school librarian is ordering.

75 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 16, 1947

A threatening forest fire raged in the large wooded swamp in SE Inman and NE Elmo Tuesday, but was reported under control this Wednesday morning. The fire was said to have started from a grass fire near the Harold Crouse farm in Inman at 11:30 a.m. and with a strong south wind prevailing the blaze was out of control in a hurry.

100 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 19, 1922

Inspiration Point in Leaf Mountain, which a few years ago, was scarcely known to the people of Otter Tail County, is just now attracting wide attention. Any Sunday of ordinary nice weather will find several hundred people on top of the peak, where a grand view of the surrounding country may be obtained. Rev. Morgan of the Federated church announces that weather permitting he will deliver a sermon on the mount next Sunday taking for his text, “Why People Have Worshipped on the Hilltops.”

125 years ago

The Henning Advocate

October 1897

Here is a recipe for the cure of the Klondike fever: Go out into a plowed field some cold morning before breakfast this coming winter, and with a pick-axe dig a hole 16 feet deep, come back to the house in the evening about dark and eat a piece of sewed buffalo. Robe and go to sleep in the wood shed. If necessary repeat the dose.

Mr. Glenz’s farm a little north of Deer Creek was the scene of a bad fire last Friday night. A large barn, containing 500 bushels of oats, five horses, three colts and two cows were burned. Two other horses were so badly burned that they had to be killed. It is a mystery how the fire started. There is some insurance, but it insufficient to cover the loss.

A machine is now in operation in San Fransisco that, with the assistance of a boy, will turn out 4,000 cans per hour, such as are used in canning fruits, etc. An expert dinner could make but 500 in a day. Now the expert dinner, whom the boy and machine have displaced, can “Maintain their individuality” on the protective (?) Tariff bill and charity soup—Rights of Man, Minneapolis, MN.

If all men would “Do unto others as they would have others do unto them,” misery and suffering would be greatly lessened. Mankind is not nearly so bad as some pessimistic philosophers would have us believe. The cause of most misery is the unrelenting, selfish battle for money. The love of the all-powerful lucre will break the strongest bonds of friendship; will bring contention into the home and misery into the heart; will destroy all confidence in our fellowmen and make of us more battling voracious animals. -Prison Mirror

The marriage of Fred Wandrie to Bertha Rockoff occurred last Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Brockoff in the town of Effington. Rev. Wile performed the marriage ceremonies. Elaborate arrangements had been made to entertain the large number of guests which was expected would be present, one hundred printed invitations having been issued to friends and relatives. An orchestra of five pieces went down to furnish music for the occasion. The festivities which followed the marriage ceremonies were kept up until 4 o’clock Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Wandrie will occupy the rooms over Mr. Wandrie’s Saloon building.