2004: Dayton House work nearly doneA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Andy and Geraldine Wagner of rural Adrian were to be honored as Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservationists of the Year at the SWCD’s annual convention in St. Paul.
The Fred and Pat Brandt home was one of five featured in the seventh annual Hospice Cottage Christmas Walk.
IDE@S Computers moved to a new location at 508 Oxford St., Worthington.
Worthington Public Utility’s Water and Light Commission planned to increase local residential electrical rates for 2009, but were considering holding off on raising the current retail rate.
Members of a community housing group announced plans to begin a feeding ministry in Worthington, called Bread of Life, after the first of the year.
Five years ago
Gregorio Irias Navas, the Honduran Consul General, made his first-ever visit to Worthington to help local Hondurans register for passports and to grant 18-month extensions on their temporary permission slips to remain in the U.S. Later in the week, the General Consul of Guatemala was also in Worthington.
The third annual Christmas House Walk, benefiting the Hospice Cottage Inc., featured the homes of Janet and Howard Rachuy, Lyle and Connie Voss, Larry and Pat Boots, Jerry and Jari Johnson and Justin and Traci Luinenberg.
Area retailers noted a few of the “hot” items for Christmas gift-giving: video games, super hero action figures, Barbie dolls, the board game Cranium and Hello Kitty items.
Several descendants of George Draper Dayton had a first look at the nearly completed Dayton House on Worthington’s Fourth Avenue this Friday.
10 years ago
Bill Lange opened “Bill’s Second Chance” store at 1015 Fourth Ave., Worthington. The store offered antiques, collectibles and secondhand items.
Luverne hosted its eighth annual Winterfest Celebration, despite a lack of snow and high temperatures in the 40s.
A new Gordy’s supermarket opened in Jackson. The 18,500 square-foot store was owned by Tom Anderson, whose company previously owned and operated the former County Market in Worthington.
Two Murray County women were each sentenced to 30 months in jail after pleading guilty to a second degree controlled substance charge (for methamphetamine sales and use).
The Luverne and Windom school districts considered their options after each failed to pass a referendum on Nov. 2.
25 years ago
With November being National Diabetes Month, about 350 people showed up at the Worthington hospital for free blood sugar tests.
Former local resident Sydney S. Feinberg was named president of the 300-member Minneapolis Downtown Kiwanis Club.
Playing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were “Country,” “The Terminator” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and “Thief of Hearts.”
An early Thanksgiving feast at Lakefield’s senior mealsite drew a record 140 people from Lakefield, Heron Lake and Okabena.
James Kellen, a certified public accountant and controller for Worthington Tractor Salvage, was elected as 1985 president of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. Doug Miller was elected vice president.
50 years ago
The Alvin Morman triplets of rural Adrian celebrated their second birthday. The threesome — Mark, Mary Kay and Marilyn — enjoyed a birthday cake made by their mother.
Charles Knuth, 614 Grand Ave., Worthington, a local electrician and a onetime alderman, was named by the City Council to the Water and Light Commission.
A three-act comedy, “No More Homework,” was presented by the senior class of St. Adrian’s high school in the school’s auditorium.
To the disappointment of almost no one, the prairie blizzard that swept across most of the Midwest Thursday veered away from the local southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa area. Snow fell throughout the local area, varying from two to six inches in depth, but the winds which were predicted missed the area. Nevertheless, icy streets brought a rash of automobile collisions.
75 years ago
Lloyd Davis, captain of the 1934 Worthington high school football team, was also the team’s leading scorer, records show. Davis “drove over the line” for seven touchdowns during the season to score 42 points.
More than 100 Nobles County hunters left this week for northern Minnesota to take part in the big game hunt. The rush for licenses was almost unprecedented, and the supply was exhausted Tuesday.
The Ideal Restaurant was “now open!” at 1010 Fifth Ave., Worthington. Emil Mohr was the proprietor, and advertised specials included a noon luncheon including soup and dessert for 30 cents and a “Sunday special” chicken dinner for 45 cents.
Dickinson’s Clothes Shop, “Worthington’s Only Exclusive Men’s Store,” advertised Hart, Schaffner & Marx suits this week for $26.50.