1983: Worthington band concert dedicated to retired bandmaster Vic MoellerA weekly look at area history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
The Worthington Area Professional Home Economists celebrated the group’s 50th anniversary with a gathering that included a lavish spread at the Dayton House.
The Beach Nook, located at Worthington’s Centennial Beach, expanded its offerings (from, previously, ice cream novelties, candy and prepackaged snacks) to include hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza, french fries, nachos, shakes, hand-dipped ice cream cones, lattes, smoothies and more.
Members of the Worthington Woodcrafters group made 3,400 wooden blocks to be used as candle holders in luminary bags during the Nobles County Relay for Life.
Five years ago
The U.S. Windsurfing National Championships took place in Worthington.
At least 90 Army and Air National Guard members from the area were expected to be activated next month to serve in Europe.
A barn on the Jim Johnson farm, rural Bigelow, was destroyed in a Wednesday afternoon fire.
Osceola Community Hospital expected to complete its $1.5 million expansion and renovation project within the next 14 months.
A dedication dinner took place for the newly completed 6,000 square-foot addition at First Covenant Church, Worthington.
10 years ago
A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at The Achievement Center, Worthington, at its new facility at 414 Industrial Lane.
John Pellegrino retired after 24 years of work as a peace officer. Pellegrino had founded the local Drug Addiction Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program locally and joined the Worthington Police Department in 1974.
Scott Oberloh, an electrician since 1984, started his own business, Worthington Electric.
William Bradfield retired as senior vice president of Favorite Brands International, as well as division president of Sathers.
25 years ago
Wednesday night’s concert by the Worthington Municipal Band was dedicated to retired bandmaster Vic Moeller. It was Moeller’s 85th birthday. Moeller became city bandmaster in 1925 and in 1927 was named the city’s first high school band director. Moeller was brought to the park in a Model A Ford driven by Bud Weiser and escorted to the stage, where he was fitted with a pair of knitted slippers and seated in comfort in a lounge chair to enjoy the concert. Master of Ceremonies Arnold Sexe recalled highlights of Moeller’s career, and a birthday cake, cup of coffee and dish of ice cream were served him by Bea Brey.
John Sietsema, 17, was elected governor of Minnesota Boys State. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Sietsema, Sietsema said his campaign to win the governorship “wasn’t easy.”
Less than 50 years after the Assembly of God church began tent services at Worthington (1937), the local church’s congregation dedicated its contemporary, energy-efficient new church (located at 1730 Diagonal Road) this week. The new building provided 15 classroom areas, kitchen and dining room, as well as space for future expansion.
50 years ago
A service of ordination and installation for Warren M. Hoffman was this week in Bethel Presbyterian Church at Reading, with the Rev. E. H. Buschman of Ellsworth, moderator of George Presbytery, presiding.
Widower Louis Bush, Jr., of Ellsworth was named Nobles County’s Father of the Year. For the past eight years, the farmer had worked and raised his three children — Jim, 15, Lois, 13, and Bobby, 10 — on his own.
Residents throughout town stopped this week for a second look at the sharp new summer uniforms worn by Worthington’s police officers for the first time. They were “a complete contrast” with the black-blue uniforms the police formerly wore year-round, with the summer attire including khaki-colored cotton gabardine shirts, officer pink slacks, black ties, khaki caps — and holsters, of course.
Two nationally known horseback riders, both Worthington natives, voluntarily appeared in the Nobles County historical pageant this week. The women — Delores and Shirley Christensen — had frequently appeared in some of the nation’s largest horse shows, and Delores was “currently on vacation from Hollywood where she has worked in a movie, appearing in a daring scene which required professional riders.”
75 years ago
With unusually favorable weather, the annual Nobles County picnic in Worthington attracted a crowd estimated at more than 4,000 in the afternoon, a number that increased by half in the evening. The day opened at 9 a.m. with selections by the Worthington band. Following this, a program of sports took place on the courthouse lawn — races for the boys and girls, sack races, egg races, baseball throw for girls and a free-for-all race for men. A horseshoe pitching contest was carried on at the same time.