Looking Back: 1938 - Fire destroys Boote's buildingA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Worthington High School seniors Matt Sorensen and Hannah Mick were selected the school’s Triple “A” award winners for 2012.
The King Turkey Day board of directors announced plans to move several aspects of the annual community celebration out to the Nobles County Fairgrounds in September 2012.
Mike Hibma, an original employee of the Boise-Cascade mobile home plant in Worthington, retired after 42 years on the job.
Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum made a campaign stop in Luverne.
Worthington High School students put on the musical “Grease” at Memorial Auditorium this weekend.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College recently added the clinical skills component necessary to obtaining the two-year degree to become certified as a peace officer in Minnesota.
Five years ago
The new visual arts wing of the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa, was dedicated.
Jason Dobrenski and Shawn Denison opened Boredom Buster Hobbies in Worthington’s Northland Mall.
David Jorgensen, a professional truck driver for Windom’s Fortune Transportation company, was named Minnesota’s 2007 Truck Driver of the Year.
Two Balaton men accused of burglarizing a Slayton service station made a court appearance in Murray County District Court.
St. Mary’s School marked Catholic School Week with a variety of activities.
10 years ago
A memorial service for the four victims of a Jan. 19 car accident took place at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative. Friends and families shared reminiscences of the four girls, and the family of Annie Komarek Fuerst gave thanks that her organ donations would help others continue to live.
Travel Central owner Patti McNab moved her business from Worthington to the site of the former Kozy Heat gallery in Lakefield.
The Worthington City Council approved plans and specifications for a mandated cleaning project at the city’s industrial wastewater facility.
Icy roads and an ominous weather forecast kept District 518 school doors closed on Tuesday.
Momentum was building for the region’s second Habitat for Humanity home, with construction due to begin in March on a house at the intersection of Second Avenue and 15th Street in Worthington.
A former city of Slayton employee with responsibility for receiving and depositing city water payments was charged with embezzlement.
The Green Earth Players, Luverne, celebrated their 25th anniversary with a variety show at the historic Palace Theater.
25 years ago
More than 180 people gathered in the Fulda High School gym to ask questions and make comments about the upcoming special school levy referendum. District 505 residents would have a chance to vote on the referendum Feb. 8. If passed, it would raise additional money through the property tax structure to offset a growing debt.
Troy Williams, a 14-year-old ninth-grader whose arm was caught in a combine last October, was thrilled to hear that Twin Cities doctors were going to examine his arm and said he had a 90 percent chance of saving it. Doctors at the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital were involved, and local Shriners — Maynard Townswick, Clair Hoeft, Tim Blume and Glen Ebeling — had contributed much time and effort on Troy’s behalf.
Worthington High school debaters Philip Ebeling and Jennifer Dekker took second place in the Minnesota southwest regional debate competition at Worthington High School. They advanced to the state championships, to be Feb. 5 and 6 in Stillwater. The pair finished just one point behind the winning team from Chaska.
Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column listed recipes for Hearty Meatball Stew, Stick-th-the-Ribs Country-Style Ribs and Overnight Meringues.
50 years ago
Two members of the Lakefield Commercial Club marked 50 years with the organization — Walter W. Child and Frank B. Kalash. Child, 79, was a surveyor who had resided in Jackson County since 1883. He had made the first survey study of Kilen Woods State Park. Kalash, 77, practiced law for 42 years and was city attorney since 1925. He had lived in Lakefield for 75 years — the longest continuous stretch of any citizen of the village. Current president of the Lakefield Commercial Club was Astor Kilen, whose father founded Lakefield in 1879 and after whom Kilen Woods State Park was named.
Jim Fellows was the winner of the Milt Landes award for outstanding soil conservation activities. His wife, the former Jean Pfeil, was equally interested in conservation activities. The couple had three young sons, Roger, Richard and Gary.
By Jan. 22, Worthington had posted as many crashes (36) on city streets as it had during the entire month of January the previous year. Icy streets were to blame.
George Spieker, Worthington Route 3, was hospitalized with a leg fracture following an accident on the George Reed turkey farm where he was employed. Caught in the power take-off of a tractor while unloading feed, Spieker’s clothes were torn off in the minus-12 degree weather.
Larry Stoesz, 17, was in good condition at the Mountain Lake hospital after his legs were frost-bitten from the knees on down. Stoesz had been stranded in his ditched car overnight about eight miles outside of town. Stoesz, a star Mountain Lake basketball player, had been on his way to babysit the children of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fast when his car skidded off the road.
75 years ago
A Tuesday fire at Boote’s Hatcheries and Packing Co. was the first complete destruction of a local business building in nine years. Only the crumbling flame-charred tile and brick walls of the No. 1 plant of the Boote Hatcheries remained after fire swept through the Nobles street division of one of Worthington’s most important industries, inflicting a loss estimated at between $40,000 and $50,000. Fanned by a high wind, that blaze threatened the entire block, but local firemen saved everything but the garage building.
January, though generally regarded by folks here as pretty nice winter weather, was a “mean” month. By “mean” is meant that it was average throughout. January’s mean maximum was 23.2. Average mean minimum was 4.2. In 1937, thing were slightly different, with the mean maximum that year as 14.1 and the mean minimum -5.2, and the mean only 4.5. In other words, it was pretty chilly, to say the least.
Worthington won three debates and lost one in the triangular meet with Primghar, Iowa, and Pipestone on Tuesday. Payson Wolff and Robert Hasberger took both debates from the Iowa team.