1963: New church under construction in WorthingtonA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Mark Edward Wetsch, 49, of Minneapolis, was federally charged Tuesday with 13 counts of armed bank robbery.
Pat Henderscheidt, Worthington, found the Winterfest 2012 medallion. Henderscheidt received a basket of goodies from area businesses.
The Jackson County Department of Human Services moved into the newly constructed government center. At 11,730 square feet, the government center accommodated all 31 employees from the department of human services.
Hundreds of pigs were reportedly killed early Wednesday morning and two buildings destroyed in a hog confinement fire in rural Bigelow. The Ocheyedan and Sibley, Iowa, fire departments responded to the fire at the property owned by NNIK Pork.
For the first time since 1988, the Blandin Foundation was accepting applications for its Blandin Community Leadership Program from the Slayton/Fulda/Currie area. Twenty-four people from the region were to be chosen from an applicant pool to attend a five-day training retreat.
Five years ago
Gary Prins received the 2008 Community Service Award at the annual Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce dinner and annual meeting. Prins had been CEO and owner of Prins Trucking since 1967, when he succeeded his father in those roles. The 2008 Friend of Education Award went to the Early Risers Kiwanis Club, while the Hospitality Award was given to Graham Tire.
The Trojan Speech team placed second at the Schwans Speech Spectacular in Marshall. Eight Worthington High School speech students advanced to final rounds of competition.
Chad Harms and Micah Hietbrink opened H & H Repair on Worthington’s Oxford Street. The business was formerly owned by Mark Steinle, from whom they purchased it.
Worthington High School students performed “Guys & Dolls” at Memorial Auditorium.
Seven 196-foot meteorological towers were to be erected this spring in southern Nobles County to measure the wind.
The Des Moines River Dam in Jackson was to be replaced with a series of spread-out rock riffles, the Jackson City Council unanimously decided.
10 years ago
Mel Platt was the new chairman of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, and also at the annual dinner and meeting of that organization, Conrad and Judy Schmidt received the annual Community Service Award. Gordon Moore received the Friend of Education Award, while Bob Stuntebeck of RBS Transmissions was the Worthington is a Winner award recipient.
Gerry Erstad was the new owner of Norm’s Appliance on Worthington’s Oxford Street.
Worthington High School students performed the musical “Crazy for You,” which featured the music of Ira and George Gershwin.
Katelyn Henagin, 10, Bigelow, won the local spelling bee at Prairie Elementary, Worthington.
A bomb scare at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa, led to the evacuation of the campus and a lockdown of all facilities. The school had an enrollment of 1,100 students, along with 130 staff. The threat was received at 9:50 a.m. and an all-clear was sounded at 1:01 p.m.
25 years ago
The last living charter member of Charles Flentje American Legion Post No. 461 — Herman Nienaber — died at the age of 87. Nienaber was one of 15 World War I veterans listed on the post’s original charter, which was named in honor of the first WWI casualty from the Round Lake community.
Postal carrier Clarence Wasmund, who estimated he averaged a daily jaunt of 12 to 13 miles, was retiring on the same day he turned 55. Wasmund started delivering mail in 1962.
The area high school one-act play competition/festival was hosted in Windom, with seven schools participating.
Students in Jeanne Green’s ninth-grade elective class “Radio-Television” decided to spend a week without television. They, along with 130 additional students and teachers at Worthington Area Junior High School, were to participate in “Tubeless Week.”
Nine employees of the U.S. Postal Office at Worthington received pins from the National Safety Council in recognition of their years of driving postal routes without a mishap.
50 years ago
A Saturday afternoon fire destroyed a garage and machine shed on the Allen Bolluyt farm, three and a half miles west of Edgerton. The Edgerton firemen called to the scene were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the house, only 15 feet away, but could not save the garage. The garage had been built just last fall.
The new American Lutheran Church on Worthington’s Winifred Street was under construction. The structure was to be especially remarkable for the “windows of narrow lights,” soaring columns of window frames in all four walls with the symbolic cross repeated over and over again.
The Wayne Langland home at the east edge of Reading was broken into Sunday afternoon. Sheriff Harry Nackerud was investigating.
A heart attack claimed the life of Delmar Soderholm, 48, a well-known Nobles County farmer. Soderholm was secretary of the Nobles County Farm Bureau and clerk in Elk Township. He was an active member of the Sportsmen’s Club, First Covenant Church and the local I.O.O.F. Lodge. A bachelor, Soderholm had lived in Nobles County his entire life, had farmed throughout his adulthood, and was the child of Carl J. and Selma Larson Soderholm.
It took 18 days, but the thermometer finally went through a 24-hour period without falling below the zero mark in Worthington. The low reading on Jan. 28 was 2 above. The coldest day of the stretch was Jan. 23, when the low was -24 and the high was -12.
75 years ago
While progress of Baby Coyer, the smallest infant ever cared for in the incubator at the Worthington Clinic hospital, is difficult to determine, physicians reported today that apparently the two-pound baby was holding its own well into his sixth day of mundane existence. Technically the little fellow hadn’t yet had his birthday, it being standard clinic practice to not even treat these cases as newborn until they reached a weight of at least six and one-half pounds.
The Nobles County area had a hodgepodge of weather Saturday with rain, mist and sleet vying with a temperature that bobbed from a minimum reading of 17 above to a maximum of 35. With the rain and mist turning to ice, travel both on foot and by automobile became extremely hazardous.
Mrs. S. B. Bedford, one of the earliest settlers of Rushmore, died early Monday at her home there, aged about 78 years. Her husband, S.B. Bedford, for many years influential in business, financial and political affairs in Rushmore and vicinity, died Feb. 7, 1936.