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100 YEARS AGO: Inebriated lumberjack rescued, button factory opens in Hubbard

100 years ago

"Frost and booze do business," an Enterprise headline stated, "A bad combination for January weather in northern Minnesota."

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"The past week was an unfortunate one for several in this part of the state, and the victims are to be found among those of hazardous occupations (an accident claiming the life of a watchman at the Red River Lumber Company Mill in Akeley) and those making free use of booze (a lumberjack falling out of the back seat of a sleigh)."

The lumberjack, "well filled with booze" was riding out to a camp north of town when he accidentally disembarked from the sleigh.

"His companions were not in a condition to miss him until later in the day," the article stated. "Fortunately, a stage passed along the road an hour later and found the poor fellow lying face down in the snow, where he should have perished, but for assistance."

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Henrietta Township news, reported on the front page, detailed a profusion of illness, but some recovery.

"The Farmers' Club meeting was adjourned for a week on account of sickness, of which there is considerable in abundance.

A case of measles is reported at the home of Jake Avenson.

Frank Kruft's children are sick."

But "Bernard Sitz, who has been very low, is able to be around again.

And "Henry Hartman has so far recovered from his recent sickness that he is about his work again."

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A button factory opened in Hubbard.

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James Flood killed a timber wolf near Two Inlets, his 11th of the season.

75 years ago

"Creamery's butter production up to 676,196 pounds in '37," a headline reported.

"All butter production records were smashed in 1937," readers learned of the butter manufactured by the Park Rapids Cooperative Creamery.

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Horse races were planned for the Shell Prairies Agricultural Association summer fair.

The decision was based on racing "staging a comeback at many fairs" statewide.

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Hubbard County's rural schools were inspected by a health officer and "not one out of the 52 schools investigated could be given complete approval."

The investigations covered water supply, method of dispensing drinking water, hand washing and sewage disposal.

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The deer- and sheep-killing wolf, "believed to be a cross between a timber wolf and police dog" was trapped near Itasca.

The wolf that was gaining legendary status for its ability to elude trappers, had apparently been caught in a snare the year before. It fought so violently the snare cable was twisted off.

The neck of the "cunning brute" showed the effects of the snare, a hole the size of a quarter in the esophagus, which compromised his physical condition.

50 years ago

"A capacity crowd of several hundred people turned out for an open house hosted by KPRM radio in the municipal hall in observance of its establishment as part of the Park Rapids business community."

25 years ago

Citizens were asked to report trumpeter swan sightings.

Ten pair of "rare swans" was released in refuge areas near Detroit Lakes the previous April. Just before Christmas, a pair settled into a wintering site in Becker County but the rest of the swans' whereabouts remained unknown.

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"The numbers are in and true to employees' predictions, (Itasca State Park's) Douglas Lodge broke even in 1987 so employees' jobs are safe for another year," a story stated.

Legislation passed the previous year stipulated Douglas Lodge employees could not be terminated while operations were at least breaking even.

The park had a record-breaking year for visitors in 1987 but the park manager contended the high cost of labor prevented greater profits.

Douglas Lodge labor costs were at 63 percent; the park manager estimated that figure should be 25 to 35 percent, "maximum."

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