Looking Back: 1962 - Two-year-old takes a driveA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
The outlook for a white Christmas in the Worthington area looked bleak, with temperatures as high as 44 degrees prevailing and the previous scant snow covering melted to nothing.
With more than $9.5 million in undesignated dollars remaining in the legacy fund established with the 2008 sale of Worthington Regional Hospital, the Worthington City Council met in special session to re-evaluate how the money had been earmarked and to consider charting a course for what remained.
The city of Jackson was anticipating a new $1.5 million fire hall and ambulance service facility for the coming year. The proposed 15,000 square-foot structure was expected to be operational by sometime the following fall.
Sara Wahl was the new director of the Southwest Crisis Center in Worthington.
A recent Jail & Bail event at Worthington’s Pizza Ranch raised $13,400 for the March of Dimes.
Five years ago
Windom, home to one of the largest Scandinavian populations per capita in Minnesota, hosted its annual Sons of Norway Stavenger Lodge Christmas party at the Cottonwood County Historical Museum.
Ashley Anderson and Tami Anderson opened their new consignment store, Fairy Tale Endings, in Windom.
A portion of the former Campbell Soup Co. property in Worthington was to be redeveloped for use as a fire station, with the help of an $800,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The Heron Lake Watershed District received the 2007 Watershed District of the Year award at the Minnesota Association of Watershed District’s annual meeting in Alexandria.
More than 250 students from seven music ensembles joined in the Worthington High School Festival of Music concert.
Gene Foth, manager of Worthington’s Manna Food Pantry, received a Cargill Cares Volunteer Award. Foth gave the award’s accompanying $1,000 prize to the Manna Food Pantry.
10 years ago
Worthington’s high temperature on Dec. 14 reached 53 degrees, toppling an 81-year-old record high of 51 that was established in 1921. On Dec. 15, 50 was the high temperature —close, but not matching the high of 55 set for that date in 1939.
Holiday Inn Express of Worthington was recognized with the parent company’s Quality of Excellence award —the only Minnesota express hotel to receive the honor.
Paula Bryan was the new administrator of the 80-unit The Meadows in Worthington.
For the second year in a row, both the Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Department won recognition for their efforts to improve local road safety. Both received second-place awards from the Office of Traffic Safety for participation in Safe & Sober Challenge, a voluntary statewide program aimed at reducing drunk driving and speeding and increasing seat belt use.
The Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees approved a financial strategy that would result in savings of more than $1.2 million for the health care facility over the next 10 years.
The District 518 Board of Education discussed costs related to all-day, every day kindergarten, and also learned that federal funds might soon be available to introduce soccer as a varsity sport.
25 years ago
Recipes included in this week’s “Mixing and Musing” column by Dorthy Rickers included Calico Salad, Holiday Chocolate Drops, Slice and Frost Cookies, Almond Toffee Bars, Surprise Snowballs, Christmas Wreaths and Rudolph’s Antlers..
Advertised specials at Worthington’s Hy-Vee store this week included four kiwi fruit for $1, a pint of creamy coleslaw for $1.49, eight-ounce Kaukauna cheese cups for $1.49, and 18-piece chicken pack for $8.88 and three pounds of bananas for $1.
Travel in the area was difficult on Monday and Tuesday, as rain, mist and heavy fog shrouded the region before the precipitation turned to heavy, wet snow.
Vernon and Beverly Engelkes, Rushmore, ranked as the sixth largest producers of registered Angus cattle in Minnesota during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The couple recorded having 77 head of Angus with the American Angus Association.
The Worthington senior high, junior high and West Elementary school choirs presented the annual Festival of Christmas concert in a “festively decorated” Worthington High School gymnasium. The choirs were conducted by David Blegen and Cynthia Midgarden, while Beth Habicht conducted the orchestra and Larry Weber, the band.
50 years ago
Advertised specials this week at Worthington’s Red Owl included a two-pound tin of coffee for 99 cents, a family-sized tube of Gleem toothpaste for 69 cents, Betty Crocker cake mixes for 27 cents, a 16-ounce can of crushed pineapple for 19 cents, and six frozen meat pies for $1.
Area citizens who were asked where they were on Dec. 7, 1941, responded as follows: Agnes Graf of Worthington said, “I was in Worthington Hospital awaiting surgery; Theodore Sampson of Round Lake reported, “I was at home, but I don’t remember what I was doing that day.” Mrs. Leander Ruffing of Adrian said she was visiting her brother and his family at St. Kilian, while Arnold Ling of Round Lake said, “We were visiting my wife’s parents at Bigelow. It was my father-in-law’s birthday.”
Two-year-old Sherri Haack of Reading (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Haack) was left alone in the family’s car with her 3-year-old brother while her parents went into the U-Rest Motel on Oxford Street in Worthington to buy a Christmas tree. With the motor left running to ward off the cold, Sherri pushed a lever and the car went down the street with Sherri at the wheel. The car veered to the right before crashing into a fence. Damage to the car: $50. Damage to the fence: $25. No injuries resulted to the kids.
75 years ago
Maralys Christopher, 12, was in a Worthington hospital suffering with a fractured leg, the result of an accident in which the pony she was riding slipped and fell, hurtling the girl to the ground. Christopher’s leg was placed in a cast and her condition was regarded as being “as well as could be expected.” The accident occurred as the girl rode her pony to school.
An aged Nobles County man and his son-in-law, a deputy sheriff of Martin County living in Fairmont, were declared dead last night — drowned, after being trapped in a closed car which plunged through the ice of Hall Lake three miles south of Fairmont late Saturday. The victims were Abraham Johnson, 65, who was making his home near Bigelow, and Jack Johnson, 35, of Fairmont. Where the fatality occurred, the lake was about 12 feet deep.
Miss Verna Manuel was recovering from minor burns caused by the slight explosion of a gas stove in the home economics department of the Brewster high school. Manuel’s burns on her arms were most serious, although she also suffered some facial injuries.
Members of the Worthington Choral Club, under direction of Mary Kathryn Ney, gave the second local presentation of the Adams cantata, “The Holy Child,” at the Southwestern Minnesota sanatorium. The chorus was also to appear at the Presbyterian church at Brewster.