Looking Back: 1962 - Campbell's, employees' union reach dealA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Nobles-Rock Community Health Services was notified last week that it was denied a delegation agreement for food, beverage and lodging licensing. Therefore, the Minnesota Department of Health, which denied the request, was stepping in to take over the service as of Friday.
A cadet from the Civil Air Patrol Worthington Composite Squadron MN-113 — Aric Ablog, 17 — was promoted to the rank of Commander Second Lieutenant.
Surrounded by thousands of turkey race fans, Worthington’s Paycheck defeated Cuero’s Ruby Begonia in the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop, capturing the overall title with a combined race time of 4:06.
The Minnesota Historical Society’s traveling exhibit, “Uncle Sam’s New Deal,” was on display through Nov. 12 at the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building in Luverne.
William “Bill” Hedeen, 89, died Monday. Hedeen enjoyed a 60+-year career as a lawyer in Worthington. He was a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Minnesota Law School and was the senior partner in the law firm of Hedeen, Hughes and Wetering.
Five years ago
Galen Benton, a music educator in Worthington since 1970, recently retired.
Renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall visited the Lakeside Labs and the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa, to discuss her experiences and tout the Roots and Shoots program, a global environmental and humanitarian education initiative for youths.
Karen Pfeifer, Worthington, was honored with the Award for Outstanding Dedication to Public Health at the annual community Health Conference. Pfeifer was the 10th individual and first non-elected person chosen for this statewide honor.
The Worthington City Council approved a special use permit for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to build a new worship facility at the northeast corner of First Avenue Southwest and Knollwood Drive, Worthington.
Nobles County’s Veterans Service Officer Mark Joldersma announced he would leave his post after what he called the county’s “refusal to bend.” Joldersma was commuting daily for a part-time position but could not receive permission to adjust his work hours.
10 years ago
The 52nd annual Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne took place, with 18 bands competing in the parade competition and 11 in the field competition.
KM Graphics settled in and had an open house at its new location at 1036 Oxford St., Worthington.
Hog prices recently dipped below $20 per 100 weight; farmers typically need $41-42 per 100 weight to cover their costs, according to Jackson County Extension Educator Jim Nesseth. Nesseth also said it was the lowest August prices for pork in 20 to 30 years.
Nick Raymo was crowned king and Lakeyta Potter, queen, of Worthington High School’s Homecoming festivities.
Concerns about air quality and water requirements were slowing progress on plans for the Minnesota Soybean Processors plant in Brewster, even as groundbreaking was scheduled to take place later in October.
25 years ago
The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the grand opening of The Lost Era, a craft and gift shop located under the Cows’ Outside at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 10th Street. Debbie Petersen and Leann Fisher operated the store.
Leon Betz received a Progress Award from the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce for relocating his business, Lee’s Frame & Craft Shop, to a larger location at 211 10th St., Worthington.
Dorthy Rickers listed two apple pie recipes in “Mixing and Musing” this week — Amazing Sugarless Apple Pie, a recipe provided by Julie Morphew and Ercell Dykstra, and Apple Pie with White Wine.
The Water and Light Commission took action toward the eventual demolition of the former power plant in Worthington by authorizing Twin Cities Testing and Engineering Lab in St. Paul to develop specifications for the removal of asbestos from the building.
50 years ago
Campbell Soup Company and its employees’ union reached agreement on a new two-year contract, ending negotiations that started last month in advance of the Oct. 1 contract termination. While negotiators worked, employees continued on the job without a contract. The new contract provided for a four-cent-per-hour wage increase for each of the two years of the contract life, plus fringe benefits of improved medical insurance, better life insurance, increased surgical insurance and other minor items.
Advertised specials at Swanson’s grocery, Worthington, this week included a quart jar of salad dressing, 39 cents; a 100-foot roll of Jiffy Wrap, 25 cents; six packages of Kool Aid, 19 cents; five 500-count boxes of Vanity Fair facial tissues, $1; and a two-pound can of coffee, $1.18.
Pat Windschill, the ninth-grade daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ermin Windschill, Worthington, was elected president of the Worthington Junior High School Student Council. Other class officers included Craig Amundson, Tom Peck and George Rayl.
A frog-hunting expedition ended in tragedy for a 2-year-old Slayton boy. The boy’s body was found in a sewer a short distance from his parents’ home at 10:50 a.m. A grating that covered a catch basin had been removed, and the boy had probably fallen head-first into the opening, Dr. Hugh Patterson, Murray County coroner, said.
75 years ago
Sleeping sickness had again invaded the ranks of the farm horses in the vicinity of Kinbrae. Early Thursday, Adolph Moja lost one of his finest animals, which had contracted the disease. Gus Finckh, on a neighboring farm, also suffered a similar loss from the malady. Veterinarians had been predicting an upsurge of the epidemic just before cold weather.
The Worthington Daily Times’ “longest ears” contest was to end at 7 p.m. Saturday. Up to $5 in prizes awaited the farmers who showed up with the longest and second longest ears of corn.
Two Ellsworth men were suffering from injuries as the result of peculiar car accidents. Willie Francis, who lived southeast of Ellsworth, received a severely lacerated wrist when a bulb he was attempting to remove from the headlights of his car burst in his hand. Two stitches were necessary to close the wound. Also, two bones in the right arm of George Boomgarden were fractured when the engine backfired as he was cranking his car.