DAYS GONE BY 1962: Mystery hole in Eagle Lake prompts search for unknown object
Excerpts taken from the Park Rapids Enterprise. These entries are taken verbatim to preserve the flavor of the stories. That includes spelling errors and often, missing names.
100 years ago (1912)
Jan. 11, 1912
BECKER HOUSE BURNED FRIDAY
Home and contents total loss: Insurance $700
A cold spell such as this section has experienced the past weeks always brings some fire losses but this year the losses have not been so numerous as the conditions would lead to expect. Friday morning word was received from the west stating that the Valentine Becker farm house was burning, and the report was confirmed later. The origin of the fire was not known. When it was discovered the upper part of the house was all aflame and nothing could be saved. Mr. Becker improved his house last year and on Dec. 27 came into town and took $500 insurance on the house and $200 contents. Mr. Becker now appreciates the value of an insurance policy, and while his loss is considerable above the amount of his insurance he will have the ready cash with which to re-establish himself and family in a home.
70 years ago (1942)
Jan. 29, 1942
BASEBALL HISTORY IN PARK RAPIDS JAN. 25
Lakers tie Rapids 7-7 in opening 1942 game
A history making event occurred in Park Rapids last Sunday, when a five-inning game of baseball was played by Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes teams. The game was played on a field entirely free from snow, with the mercury above the freezing point.
The game ended in a 7-7 tie, being called at the end of the fifth inning. The game was a real contest, as a glance at the box score indicates.
50 years ago (1962)
Feb. 22, 1962
EAGLE LAKE HOLE MYSTERY REMAINS UNSOLVED
Another probe planned when ice goes out
Sunday was not a good day for area residents who like to see mysteries solved in a hurry.
About a hundred of them gathered at Eagle Lake to stare transfixedly at a hole in the ice where a diver entered to probe the lake for an unknown object. The probe was not successful.
The object landed on the lake on the night of Jan. 28 and apparently melted its way through about 20 inches of ice. The sound of this impact roused Charles Jude, who lives nearby, from sleep and he alerted Sheriff Bob Potter's office to the unusual incident. Hopes were high as Jack Blocker, Jack the Frog Man of Minneapolis, began his probe of the lake bottom. The diver, however, came with nothing more than a handful of silt and some pieces of bark.
Sheriff Potter, with the diver, two of his assistants at the extreme right, Dewey Bergquist, WDAY-TV weatherman-remains confident that something will be found when the lake is dragged after the ice goes out. The sheriff said his belief was based on "something we've found" but he declined to elaborate. In the meantime, area residents are back to asking one another the question: "What do you think made that hole in the ice?"