5 years ago

Citizen’s Advocate

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Eight people competed for the first Henning Harvest Festival Queen pageant in 1951. Candidates included: Marian Aagard, Joanne Lueders, Barbara Albright, Donna Mae Silverberg, Phyllis Amundson, Ruth Helen Thoreson, Merle Elaine George and Annetta Christensen.  Several of the past candidates reflected on the early years of the Henning Festival Queen pageant.

One might be hard-pressed to find a more memorable start to the Fourth of July holiday than Scott Schornack and the grounds crew at Thumper Pond Golf Course in Ottertail. The grounds crew, which typically starts their work between 4:30-5 a.m. during the peak time of the season, was caught in a fast-paced storm that downed trees and sent the crew running for shelter on the Fourth of July.

The Menze family farm, which has been a staple near the shores of Portage Lake since 1914, was recently honored as a Century Farm by East Otter Tail County. It all started back with the initial purchase by Christopher and Dorothea Menze, who farmed the land on the original homestead being 97 acres south of Saint John’s Lutheran Church and Highway 108 near Ottertail.  The farm then belonged to Herman and Erna Menze who farmed for a number of years before their sons Delvin, along with his wife Betty, and Arvin with his wife Nancy, took over the farm as a joint venture. Over those year the farm increased in size and in 2010 Mike and Denise Menze bought uncle Arvin’s share in the family farm. Today the Menze farm has nearly 1,000 combined acres of fields with corn, oats, soybean and hay.

25 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 22, 1998

Police chief Jim Brandborg was given his formal farewell from the City of Henning. A plaque was presented to Brandborg recognizing him for 22 years of service as a city police officer. “It’s been a long time,” said Brandborg. Brandborg, who recently completed training to pursue a career in the computer field, said he may “slough off for a couple weeks” before going back to work.

A smattering of routine matters occupied the time of Ottertail City council members when they met in regular session Thursday night, July 16. Among more substantive matters discussed was the embryonic golf course project and related proposed development. It was reported in the meet ing that the golf course project, Thumper Pond, Inc. is expected to get underway as early as mid-August.

50 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 19, 1973

The Henning Marching band came home with second place honors after appearing in the Menahga parade last weekend.

75 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 17, 1948

In High School tennis, Charles Egan beat Donna Albright 4-3 then went on to defeat Marilyn Syverson, but was stopped by Harlan Syverson 4-1. In the finals Kathleen von Ohlen played good steady tennis to defeat Harlan and to win the high school singles championship. Harlan and Kathleen then teamed up twin the doubles crown by defeating Donna Albright and Charles Egan.

100 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 18, 1923

A marriage license was issued in Clerk of Court Sawbridge’s office Saturday, the contracting parties being Anton Christianson of vining and Miss Mathilda Constance Ellingson of Golden. Mr. Christianson is the popular mail carrier in Vining and gave his age as 60 years while his bride is an estimable young lady of 19. The couple were married in this city by Judge Frankberg.

Sheriff Edward Swanson of Becker County and twenty-five volunteers searching the woods northeast of Detroit since Thursday night for a man believed to be Edwin Rust, slayer of Sheriff I.C. Fulker of Aberdeen, SD tonight ceased their efforts and returned to Detroit. John Anderson, a farmer living twelve miles northeast of Detroit, reported he had seen a man answering the description of Rust at 3:30 p.m. today. When he spoke to the man, the latter ran, Anderson said.

125 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 21, 1898

WAR BULLETS—Latest news from the seat of war

Spain will not make any peace overture.

From latest reports it is evident that the Spanish army has evacuated Santiago which Shafter claimed to have surrounded.

The Spanish cabinet has resigned but its resignation has not been accepted. President Gomez of Cuba says that number of our dead before Santiago has been under estimated and is about double that reported.

The Herald has the following copyrighted dispatch, dated with Gen. Shafter’s army July 10: Maj. Gen. Shafter believes that the main part of the Spanish army has abandoned Santiago, and that it now is fleeing to the westward it is expected as I write this dispatch, that the Americans will be in full possession of the city of Santiago by noon tomorrow. A joint attack by the army and navy was made upon the city this afternoon and much destruction must have been wrought by the American guns on land and sea. To this attack the Spaniards made only feeble reply.