TURNING BACK THE PAGES OF TIME
100 years ago (1913)
A near fatal accident occurred near Lake Itasca when two men in a horse- drawn sleigh came upon a "bunch of deer."
They hollered at the deer and as the deer began to run, the horse team began to gallop. A sharp bend in the road threw the sleigh box from the runners, the sleigh and the two male occupants striking a tree, rendering Mr. Frankenberry unconscious.
"Mr. Pierce was cut up some about the head, but the force of the blow was across his breast.
"Both men were helpless and Mr. Frankenberry did not recover himself for nearly an hour. His head was badly bruised up and his eyes swollen shut."
Pierce was able to get out of the house two days later, "but will not be able to do manual labor again for several weeks," the article stated.
The value of Minnesota dairy products in 1912 was reported to be $53 million. The output of dairy products of the last year established a new record, the Enterprise reported. Each cow produced an average of 175 pounds of butter, which sold at 27 cents a pound, which was an increase of more than 10 percent over all previous figures.
"Minnesota butter, which the report asserts, is now the finest in the land and commands a premium price on all markets, was furnished by 1,125,000 cows, which gave an average of 4,000 pounds of milk a year," the article stated.
A. T. Jacob, who made an investment in iron ore lands by Crosby two years previously, was poised to "profit handsomely," the Enterprise reported.
Jacob owned 1/32 of the interest in the tract, "and developments thus far indicate that it will prove to be of great value."
Akeley was in the process of organizing a cooperative canning company, "with the understanding the Walker and Red River Lumber company lands tributary to the city will be blocked off into tracts for 5, 10, 20 and 40 acres and sold to prospective patrons of the factory."
The factory was to be a "stock company enterprise, with many businessmen subscribing."
75 years ago (1938)
The state conservation commissioner was advocating control of Minnesota's wild rice harvest, pointing out the "water oats" had been used for food in Minnesota for centuries and in more recent years "a welcome source of income for the Indians.
"Some years ago, the white man introduced machines to harvest wild rice, but the law now prohibits their use and provides that only hand propelled skiffs or canoes may be used in the wild rice fields."
A game refuge was being proposed in the area between Park Rapids and Fish Hook Lake.
The proposal stemmed from "the question of safety to the many people who live and travel in the area. Carelessness in the handling of the .22 caliber rifle with the new high power cartridges creates a real hazard," the newspaper pointed out.
The second impetus was creating a nesting site for game birds, live duck decoys and feed to be distributed during spring migration.
"The Lady Fights Back" was playing at Park Theatre, featuring the "new audioscopiks."
The Park Rapids audience was about to be introduced to 3-D technology, "seltzer water coming out of the screen, baseballs making the audience duck."
50 years ago (1963)
A Minnesota lakeshore property owners league had formed aimed at lowering property taxes.
A state membership meeting in early March was to address "whether the league shall institute a lakeshore real estate tax withholding action. Such would be the refusal to pay real estate taxes for a specified number of years."
A sharp increase in taxes on lakeshore property, forcing some retired people to sell lake property "to get out from the crushing blows of inequitable taxes," was said to be a major factor in the movement.
"The old adage that anyone who owns lakeshore property is wealthy and can afford to pay the tax is no longer true, emphasizes the league," the story stated.
A Hubbard County affiliate of the state organization was scheduled to meet, re-activating an organization that had not met for some time.
St. Joseph's was restricting hospital visits due to an "impending Asian flu epidemic now sweeping the nation, coupled with over- crowded conditions at the hospital."
Opportunities for women in the field of home economics were reported to be "almost unlimited."
A "home ec" degree opened doors in teaching, retailing, designing, journalism, research, business, designing appliances, food service management and more.
"Home economics can prepare you for a double life - that of a career and homemaking and thus help you achieve a more satisfying life through wise use of your resources."