1935: Remodeled Landers’ store reopens for businessSaturday, Aug. 24, was the opening date of the new Landers’ women’s store in Worthington. When closed about a month ago for the completion of remodeling operations, the two-story building underwent a face-lifting operation that was so complete “that the oldest inhabitant cannot today find a single familiar characteristic.”
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
The Worthington City Council voted positively to use $4.5 million of its $21 million in hospital sales proceeds to fund the City of Worthington Aquatic Center. The council also approved a resolution authorizing the Worthington Police Department to continue issuing administrative citations for those traffic offenses authorized by the Minnesota Legislature.
Nobles-Rock Community Health Services began meeting weekly earlier this month with representatives of the clinics and hospitals in the two counties to organize a plan of attack for the spread of the H1N1 novel influenza virus. “We believe that we are going to be ahead of the game, be able to assess and triage,” said Brad Meyer, the NRCHS administrator.
The estate of the late Hank and Sophia Saner and their son Wilfred provided for a bequest of more than $82,300 for Client Community Services Inc., of Worthington. The Saners, who married in 1929, had farmed outside of Adrian for several years.
Five years ago
Ethan Peterson, 12, son of Scott and Deborah Peterson, Worthington, recently finished first at the American Taekwondo Association’s world championships in both form and sparring divisions. Peterson was a first-degree black belt.
High gasoline prices were taking a toll on area residents, with prices averaging $2.50 per gallon in Worthington this week.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Sioux Valley celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Former King Turkey Day race team member Brad Behrends was the designer of the 2005 King Turkey Day button.
The Nobles County Fair Association and the Worthington FFA Chapter unveiled plans for a new FFA food stand at the Nobles County fairgrounds.
10 years ago
Maria Erlandson was hired as the new Central Elementary principal in District 518.
Worthington Public Utilities was to begin construction of a new 2.1-million-gallon storage tank, costing just more than $1 million, at the water treatment facility.
More than a month after its originally scheduled debut, Prairie Expo finally opened its doors to the public Saturday with a temporary occupancy permit.
George and Henrietta Doeden, Worthington, both 97, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.
25 years ago
The Luverne beef slaughtering plant (IBP) which sold beef trimmings contaminated with cattle thyroid glands that apparently caused an illness in about 100 area residents was involved in no wrongdoing, said an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health. Meanwhile, grocers in Rock and Nobles counties, where the illness was concentrated, said shoppers at their meat counters were a little more cautious but “should have nothing to fear.”
The Worthington Water and Light Commission recommended that the city study the feasibility of purchasing the local People’s Natural Gas business and operating it as a municipal utility.
District 518 welcomed two new principals to its ranks this week: Michael Donohue, the new principal of the Lakeview School, and Gary Brandt, new principal of Central Elementary.
An Eagle Court of Honor was held for Jason Ostrem, son of Mr. and Mrs. Verlin Ostrem, Worthington, as he attained his Eagle Scout status. Ostrem had participated in Scouting since he joined Cub Scout Pack 121 in 1978. He had earned four 50-miler patches and 26 Merit Badges.
50 years ago
Worthington Municipal Hospital received word that its accreditation was renewed again for three years. The hospital was inspected June 17 by a representative of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, Chicago.
Morrie Watrud’s Super Self Service Ben Franklin store, Worthington, advertised the following back-toschool specials: children’s and youth’s canvas shoes with “built-in arches,” 77 cents a pair; five-hole punch spiral composition books, 10 cents to 50 cents; six pens “in pocket protector” ball point pen set, 47 cents; striped broadcloth boys’ briefs, three for $1; Crayolas in eight-inch box, 8 cents; and standard size typewriter paper, 10 cents to 50 cents.
Mrs. Peter Loger, rural Magnolia, was selected as one of 100 finalists in a national bake-off contest to be held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 25-27. Mrs. Loger had submitted a special fresh fruit pie recipe earlier in the year. As a finalist, she received an electric range, electric mixer and a cash gift, but was to compete for a $25,000 top prize in D.C. (complete with a four-day, expense-paid trip there).
75 years ago
Saturday, Aug. 24, was the opening date of the new Landers’ women’s store in Worthington. When closed about a month ago for the completion of remodeling operations, the two-story building underwent a face-lifting operation that was so complete “that the oldest inhabitant cannot today find a single familiar characteristic.” While naturally taking pride in her new establishment, Mrs. H. H. Landers, whose business acumen and boundless energy is the moving force behind it all, refuses flatly all charges that she brought any of it about with the idea of creating the most outstanding institution of its kind. First and foremost, she declares, is the element of service to patrons.
Gerrit De Bruin, a farmer living near Chandler, met instant death in a fall from a load of bundles which he was hauling to a threshing rig on the farm of Carl Van Steenwyk, in Moulton township, shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday. The field in which the men were working was exceptionally hilly, and it was presumed that in making the turn on a side hill, the rack overturned, throwing De Bruin to the ground with considerable force. He was 50 years old and left a wife and several children. De Bruin was born in the Netherlands and came to this country 42 years ago.