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100 years ago (1913)

"The most important piece of temperance legislation," the Webb Liquor Measure, was reported to have passed the congressional House and Senate by large votes.


"For years past, the department at Washington has been issuing liquor licenses to persons in states that have voted for prohibition, and the inter-state commerce laws have been such that the state could not protect itself against importation of liquors.

"Consequently, prohibition has been far more of a failure than it otherwise would have been and no end of trouble has resulted...

"National temperance workers have reason to feel they have won quite a victory in this decisive action."


Two deaths were reported in lumber camps north of Park Rapids. One "answered the final summons" when he was struck by a falling tree. The second succumbed to typhoid-pneumonia.


Delegates from Chippewa councils throughout the northwest were in Cass Lake, hoping to organize tribes under one body with a set of officials to handle affairs.

The presiding officer outlined the Rice treaty that was to have allowed every man, woman and child in the Chippewa tribe an allotment of 160 acres. But the Indians received only 80.

"The council developed into a fractional fight with the question whether to organize as the bone of contention," the story reprinted from the Cass Lake Times reported.


A Lincoln Memorial Day service was to be held by Park Rapids congregations. Subject: "Abraham Lincoln or The secret of true greatness."


"Miss Florence Crandall was looking out her north window in her home at about 10 o'clock when she saw a bright streak of light shoot towards the earth," a story reprinted from the Laporte News reported.

She initially thought it to be lightning, but hearing no thunder and realizing the flash was too long - and that lightning would hardly be expected this time of year - she determined it to be a meteor.

75 years ago (1938)

"Spinach ordered for 'fighters,'" a front page story in bold face type declared.

"A carload of spinach is expected to arrive in Park Rapids within the next few days.

"Amateur boxers who failed to qualify for the Golden Gloves team, but who fight for the sheer joy of it will be fed a diet made famous by Popeye."


A story recounts "a tragic love affair," between Abe Lincoln and Ann Rutledge that was "almost ruinous to the emancipator."

"Unselfish humanitarian though he was, Abraham Lincoln's career was almost wrecked when he was 26 by a tragic love affair with Ann Rutledge." (The article does not elaborate on why this might occur.)

The incident was recalled at the 1938 dedication of a new railroad train, the Ann Rutledge, named for the "pioneer belle," her great-grandniece and namesake, "a beauteous young stage actress," at the christening.

Lincoln's Ann Rutledge was the daughter of a tavern keeper in Salem, Ill. "whose love the bashful and awkward young politician sought for years."

Lincoln's feeling of inferiority reportedly sent him back to the state capital and Rutledge became betrothed to a successful storekeeper, but with a "shady past."

Lincoln was reportedly aware of this, having handled papers showing his real name to be different than the one used.

The groom-to-be left for New York with the understanding he'd return to claim his bride.

When he did not, Rutledge, 22, "sought refuge" in Lincoln, 26, who returned to New Salem in the spring of 1835.

Freed from her betrothal, she planned to marry Lincoln and "help him climb to prominence.

"But at the end of summer, she was stricken with malaria. On her death bed in the log cabin on Sand Ridge Farm, Lincoln and Ann spent a last hour together.

"Two days later, she passed away."

50 years ago (1963)

The Ringer Company in Park Rapids announced plans for a 25 percent expanded production, with 30 to 50 additional persons expected to be employed.

The employees were to produce Ringer jackets to "satisfy increased demand from retail outlets throughout the country.

"It should be gratifying to all the residents of Park Rapids to note that this plant started with approximately 20 people and now will be operating with between 150 and 160 during 1963," the Enterprise reported, noting clientele include Dayton's, Bloomingdale's and other high profile retail stores.

Jean Ruzicka
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