Remembering businesses long gone and celebrating the survivors
Excerpts taken from the Park Rapids Enterprise
100 years ago
June 30, 1910
CONDITIONS GROW SERIOUS
Drought Remains Unbroken and Crops are fast burning in hot sun and winds.
Dr. P. A. Walling has been keeping the official government weather record in Park Rapids for nearly 21 years, and records that he has kept the past month have reached an extreme never before known here. The extreme heat began on the 17th when the thermometer recorded 93. Since that time the high points reached each day have been as follows: 93, 87, 95, 98, 99, 93, 97, 97, 86, 92, 97, 95, 95, making an average of 94. During the month of June there has been a rainfall of .6 inches.
70 years ago
June 13, 1940
Due to the war and condition in general, the American Legion has decided to dispense with the proposed Fourth of July celebration. An order for a huge fireworks display has been cancelled and other entertainment features called off. The Legion hopes that world conditions will right themselves so that a fitting celebration can be held in 1941.
50 years ago
June 23, 1960
REDBOOK MAGAZINE SAYS: LOGGING CAMP ONE OF BEST RESTARUANTS IN THE U.S.
Park Rapids Region residents have long been known that the Rapid River Logging Camp serves excellent food.
Now Redbook Magazine announces that the Logging Camp as been selected in a poll of newspaper and magazine travel editors as "one of the best restaurants in the United States."
Results of the poll and the recommendations of the travel editors appear in the July issue of the magazine which is read monthly by more than 6,000,000 people.
The Logging Camp is owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Colby. It is now owned by Kenneth and Theanne Pritchett, since 1982.
June 18, 1985
NUMBER OF JOBLESS DOWN
Unemployment in the area decreased again for the month of April. The rate in Hubbard County fell 2.3 percent in April. March's rate of 14.7 compares to the new rate of 12 percent.
Translated into numbers, this means of the 5,414 total employable people in Hubbard County, 4,730 are employed while 684 remain unemployed.
Commissioner Barbara Beerhalter of the Minnesota Department of Economic Security reported today that "The continuing drop in the jobless rate has led to the best overall reading since 1981, when unemployment was 5.0 percent of the labor force."
25 years ago
Remember these businesses no longer in our midst but still fondly remembered: Bishop's Dept Store, The Red Lantern, Green Thumb Floral, Tom Kostal Ford, Top Skate, Chateau Paulette's, Fuller's, Pier 34, Ness Motors, Hewitt-Zitzer Ins., Red Owl and Antler's.
June 8, 1985
A SLIDE SITS EMPTY
Maybe because kids of Park Rapids haven't discovered it yet, it was just erected in Heartland Park courtesy of the Jaycee Women. They're funding a project that will provide the park with a swing set and a multi-purpose gym. The units will be installed this summer.
10 years ago
June 14, 2000
OFFICIALS EYE PRELIMINARY JAIL PLANS
Law enforcement and other county officials reviewed a first draft of architect's drawings for an addition to the jail Monday.
A preliminary cost estimate for adding a second floor to the existing Law Enforcement Center (LEC) is approximately $1.1 million.
If anyone else has an idea or thinks of anything that would be interesting to find or is wondering "whatever happened" please let me know and I will see what I can find. Contact me at the Enterprise at con email@example.com or 732-3364.