Throwback photo — From issue of Thursday, March 30, 1950

These three Independent Review photos show some of the typical sights on Monday when snow and rain Sunday began to fill up all low spots and tax drainage systems beyond capacity. The upper photo, taken on Sibley Avenue South across from the Longfellow School, shows that a motorist had trouble navigating the lake on the street. This car got half way across when water on the motor stopped forward motion. The driver is trying to dry out wet wires. Water came in the car. The lower photos show the intersection at Marchall and St. Paul. Earlier in the week, neighbors in the vicinity saw a duck fly in for a little swim. The photo on the right shows the docile Crow River, which is now a mighty torrent. 

10 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE ISSUE OF APRIL 3, 2009

Litchfield firefighters and area high school graduates were part of the flood relief effort in the Moorhead-Fargo ares this week. The firefighters led by Chief Greg Gilbertson were called upon to assist with fire coverage and dike security last week. It received orders to report to Moorhead on Sunday.

"We've never been part of anything like this before" said Chief Gilbertson in a telephone interview. "It's very much a learning experience for us."

The Litchfield firemen were expected to return home on Wednesday.

Litchfield high school senior Nicole Northquest performed with a Minnesota High School Honors choir at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis March 23. She was part of a 160-voice choir drawn from some 90 Minnesota high schools.

Hutchinson Technology Inc., an employer of many Litchfield area citizens, said Friday that it is losing one of its largest customers. Seagate Technology, which had accounted for 19 percent of the firm's sales in recent years, has announced it will phase out its purchases over the next 18-24 months. HTI is evaluating the move and how it will effect future employment at the firm.

20 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE ISSUE OF APRIL 1, 1999

Pancakes and waffles are pretty standard breakfast items for many, but, in the Duane Larson household south of town, a special added touch makes them a gourmet treat. Off and on for 20 years Duane has tapped a stately stand of maples on the Larson's rustic home site across from Beckville Church producing his own 100 percent maple syrup. It is a rather slow and time consuming process, which has become something of a hobby for Duane.This year he is concentrating on one large maple just off the driveway to the place. It is line with nine small buckets attached to tubes driven into the tree's bark. When the weather is right, syrup drips slowly, but steadily, into the buckets. It takes 28 gallons of sap to produce a gallon of maple syrup. Duane, who once managed Hardware Hank in Litchfield is a handyman with tools, and he has converted an old refrigerator into a "sugar house" to make syrup.

The independently-owned Hutchinson Telephone Company could be providing phone service to Litchfield customers in the near future. U.S. West, the current telephone service provider here, is cutting back its holdings and has put up the Litchfield system and 39 others in Minnesota for sale. The idea that Hutchinson Telephone will be the buyer locally was strengthened at a Monday night council meeting when Tom Dahl, general manager of Hutchinson Telephone attended the meeting. The Hutchinson firm has taken a lease on a tract of land east of Holt Motors as the possible site for a new building.

50 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE ISSUE OF APRIL 2, 1969

The body of George "Bing" Schultz, 77, was found shortly before noon Monday in an abandoned house near the District 15 school about four-and-one-half miles east of Litchfield in Darwin Township. Litchfield Police Officer Darrel Hartz and Meeker County Deputy Charles Holtberg found the body while making a search of abandoned houses in the area. Acting Coroner Cecil Leitch said that the victim had apparently died of exposure. The victim was reported missing from his home on East Fifth Street since Thursday. Schultz had apparently walked to the house from Litchfield. At one time relatives of his lived in the abandoned house where he was found. Sunday, about 50 volunteers, along with members of the sheriff's office and Litchfield police, combed the Forest City area where Schultz lived as a boy. He had often talked of returning there.

Federal food stamps will go on sale to low income-families in Meeker County April 3, according to Robert L. Scott, county welfare director. The food stamp plan is intended to increase food purchasing power to low-income families and at the same time provide additional markets for U.S produced farm products. Under the plan families can purchase food stamps, which can be spent like money in any participating food store in the county. Cost of the stamps varies with the established income of a family.

Freckles and his winning smile helped Danny Brehmer, 10. He used that combination to sell 16 books — 160 tickets — to the Crow River District Scout O-Rama slated for the Litchfield Armory April 19. Danny, son of the Warren Brehmers, was the top salesman. He won a camping tent as a prize for his sales.

"I went to ask everybody I could think of," he said of his prize-winning effort.

69 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE ISSUE OF MARCH 30, 1950

The Litchfield National Guard unit moved up to its required strength reaching eighty enlisted men with the signing of the following: Ralph Tacheny, Carl Baumgartner, Robert Rosenow, Gerald Thissen, Everett Carlson, Duane Christenson, John Fosss, Jim Tacheny, Art Hellwig and Phil Johnson.

Last Saturday afternoon Oscar and Warren Olson, while driving the Long Lake Road near Acton Township, watched a herd of 15 deer cross from the Harlan Slinden farm into the Albert Stenberg fields.

More than 800 people toured the new Litchfield Clinic at a Sunday open house. The modern, spacious building contains the offices of Drs. H.E and C.A. Wilmot, Donald Dille and W.A Chadbourn. Each doctor as his own consultation office and examining rooms, and there are facilities for x-rays, minor surgeries and other accommodations.

Art Kielty and Arnold Haagenson had an unexpected encounter with a deer on Wednesday night while returning to Manannah from a business trip to Paynesville. The deer leaped onto the road near Lake Koronis, disputing the right of way with Art’s Mercury. The deer lot, but Art is not sure the piece of venison the game warden allotted him compensates for his car's front end damage.

115 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE ISSUE OF MARCH 26, 1904

N.J. Nelson walked to Grove City in slush from Union Grove last Friday to take part in the debate. The distance is fully eight miles. That is doing your duty as a citizen.

A sudden blowing of the whistle at the Manannah creamery Monday morning caused much excitement. A stampede resulted among horse wagons and milk cans. Two wagons were damaged — one quite severely.

The Easter service at the Manannah Catholic Church was reported to be the best ever. The choir was complimented for its efforts.

Frank T. Nelson has given it out on several occasions that he will not seek the office of sheriff again. He is serving his second term. Nelson is reported as saying the office is not a good one financially for the one serving. It scarcely pays for the trouble seeking it, he says. Nevertheless, it's likely that this will not deter candidates from seeking the office.

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