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Looking Back: 1944 -- Ethel Barrymore in Worthington

One year ago

A large granite rock unearthed from a rural Brewster farm three years earlier was to be relocated to Fury's Island, a Nobles County park in Graham Lake Township. The boulder measured approximately 15 feet long, 10 feet wide and 10 feet tall. Years earlier, former Globe editor Lew Hudson referred to the rock as the Fourth Maiden, of the same coloring but a bit smaller in size than the Three Maidens, the large granite boulders sitting near the entrance to the Pipestone National Monument.

Grant Lonneman was the first baby born at Sanford Worthington Medical Center in 2018. Grant arrived at 10:25 a.m. Jan. 1, although his due date was Dec. 27. He was the son of Kelsey and Dustin Lonneman. He weighed eight pounds.

The 4,500-square-foot addition to the Windom Arena was nearly completed. The addition provided new locker rooms, a training facility and equipment storage. Officials expected it to be ready for use by the end of January.

A deadline for a movie theater deal between PBK and the City of Worthington expired at the end of 2017 with nothing settled.

Volunteers were needed to continue the Nobles County Relay for Life effort, after only four people attended a recent meeting to plan the event. A 2018 event was in jeopardy unless more people stepped forward.

Five years ago

Chuck Barkuloo retired on New Year's Eve after working for more than 20 years as a Daily Globe carrier. At the time of his retirement, Barkuloo was delivering 95 papers six days a week.

Mason Nelson was the first baby born at Sanford Worthington Medical Center in 2014. Mason arrived at 11:04 p.m. Jan. 1, weighing seven pounds, five ounces. He was the son of Adam and Megan Nelson of Jackson and he had a big brother, Travis. In 2013, 413 babies were born at the local hospital.

A blizzard warning and grim winter weather conditions prompted Governor Mark Dayton to declare that all Minnesota public schools would be closed Monday. He cited the need to consider the safety of Minnesota's children above all else as the reason for the mass closure.

10 years ago

Local realtors were seeing continued growth in the Worthington real estate market. In the first 11 months of 2008, there were 124 home sales within the city limits of Worthington. Byron Swart, Nobles County assessor, reported that 164 houses were sold within the county in 2007. The average market value of houses sold here in 2008 was $100,400, up from an average of $97,033 in 2007.

Tatie Conradie of Ocheyedan, Iowa, was the first baby born in 2009 at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington. Tatie arrived at 3:05 a.m. Jan. 2., weighing seven pounds, three ounces. He was the son of Frans Conradie and Lorie Breuer and had four older siblings.

Robert O'Connor, the county attorney of Jackson County, was being deployed to Iraq in the coming months. O'Connor was a colonel and 30-year member of the Army Reserves.

Eileen Johnson, Worthington, was a winner in the Hy-Vee Holiday Brands for Grands promotional contest. Johnson received $100 for each Hy-Vee brand item found in her home; she received the maximum possible amount of $2,500.

25 years ago

Eric Lee Koob was the first baby born at Worthington Regional Hospital in 1994. He arrived at 4:05 a.m. Jan. 1, weighing seven pounds, two ounces. He was the son of Dale and Debbie Koob and had one older brother. Eric was a little late arriving on the scene, as his expected due date was Dec. 27.

Tom Peterson, 45, a weatherman at the Sioux City, Iowa, station of KCAU, died in a head-on, two-vehicle accident at 3:37 p.m. Jan. 1 on Minnesota 60, four miles west of Heron Lake. Six members of one family who were in the second vehicle involved in the accident were injured.

Paul Mettling, 70, died Sunday. Mettling of Slayton was active at the city, county and state levels for many years during his lifetime. He had served as a Murray County commissioner, a Slayton school board member and secretary-treasurer of the Murray County Fair Board, among other positions.

50 years ago

Lien Electric Co., Worthington, advertised GE washers for $299.94 and GE dryers for $209.95.

Worthington city crews were running out of places to dump the snow removed from the downtown business district. Trucks had been using the city ball park area in the old lakebed, but the property was rapidly filling. Also filled was the old boathouse lot on the lake — and the snow kept falling. A search for where to dump future snow was on.

A large barn on the farm of Mrs. Bernadette Hullerman four miles west of Heron Lake burned to the ground. It was discovered about 2 p.m., but the blaze was too far along for Heron Lake firemen to stop it once they arrived. Other buildings on the property were saved. Included in the loss were several pigs. It was the second misfortune within a month for Mrs. Hullerman, who suffered a broken leg shortly before Christmas when she was knocked to the ground by a ram.

A 25-year-old Reading man died in a car crash two and a half miles west of Reading Sunday morning. His car apparently went out of control and overturned, coming to rest on its top in a snow-filled ditch.

The Worthington Jaycees had organized their annual pickup of discarded Christmas trees and were making the rounds for tree pickup this week.

75 years ago

W.L. Dickey, pharmacist on Worthington's 10th Street, announced plans for a remodeling program that would cut the cafe department down to light lunches, as present kitchen space would go into service as a stock room.

A fire, discovered at about 5:30 a.m., destroyed a truck belonging to Leon Leazer, Round Lake, Sunday morning. Neighbors assisted in putting it out and preventing a nearby chicken house from burning. They were also able to save the truck's tires.

Ethel Barrymore, queen of the royal family of the American theater, passed through Worthington on her way to the Twin Cities this week. Her company of 24 transferred from the Sioux Falls branch to the main line, which was bound for the Twin Cities. George McKinney was alerted by wire to prepare a dinner for the party at the Omaha cafe.

Wartime labor shortages were reflected in Worthington in the size of the ice-packing crew recruited by the Worthington Ice Company for the current harvest. Proprietor Lloyd Stowe was having trouble recruiting enough hands to harvest the ice, which was a hazardous task made more dangerous by lack of numbers. The two-foot square cakes being harvested this week were said to be of good quality and 14 inches thick.