Hector Historical Center

"All people are living histories -  which is why History Matters." 

The local newspaper, the Hector News Mirror, has allowed the history center to submit articles dating back to the early 1900's which we have taken from past publications of the News Mirror.  We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do. 
Publication: 3/9/2016

History: taken from articles published in the News Mirror

This week 100 years ago

If you have ever had the opportunity to look at the newspapers from 100 years ago, you would be amused at all the advertising of remedies for various health ailments. These were a few of the headlines from this week’s News Mirror in 1916: A New Remedy for Kidney, Bladder and all Uric Acid Troubles (take a short treatment of “Anuric”.); Freckles-Now is the time to get rid of these ugly spots (simply get an ounce of “othine”, double strength, from your druggist and apply.); In the effort to eradicate Headache and Neuralgia (Hoyt’s Headache and Neuralgia Cologne); New Treatment for Swollen Veins (Emerald Oil, full strength); Meat Clogs Kidneys (take a glass of Salts); Cleanse the Pores (Smear the skin with Cuticura Ointment); and Mothers see that the whole family takes at least three or four doses of a thoro (Hollister’s Rocky Mountain Tea is the best Spring tonic-laxative, purifier), purifying system cleaning medicine this spring. Now is the time. The family will be healthier, happier and get along better if the blood is given a thoro purifying, the stomach and bowels cleaned out, and the germs of winter accumulated in the system, driven away.

This week 75 years ago…

Here’s a few of the new tractor owners: Olaf Norskog, Eric Anderson, Clifford Anderson and C. B. Norskog.

About thirty relatives and friends gathered at the Lloyd Wehking home on Friday evening to help little Russel celebrate his third birthday anniversary.

The Palace Theatre: America’s most Famous Feudists in the Screamlined Battle of the Century! Jack Benny vs Fred Allen in “Love Thy Neighbor”

A Special Six Business Coupe Oldsmobile. 100-Horsepower, 6 cylinder, econo-master engine, 119 inch wheelbase, bigger, roomier body by Fisher new interior luxury, 4-coil spring rhythmic ride, dual center-control steering. Add Hydra-Matic Drive and you have a line-up of modern advancements no other car can match! With Hydra-Matic Drive, gears shift automatically. There’s no clutch pedal in the car. You get quicker getaway, snappier response, smoother, open road cruising-and all at substantial savings on gasoline. Priced at $852

The Hector Hatchery will take off its first batch of baby chicks this Monday, March 10th and will leave two hatches a week throughout the season.

The Library Board is pleased to announce that Mrs. Lydia Stepp who has been doing part-time work in the library, will now be full time librarian.

Vernon Peterson of Hector (sophomore at Hamline) was inducted in the Phi Delta fraternity during formal initiation ceremonies held recently at Hamline University.

The “Brookfield Kernels,” Hector’s town team will play Brownton here this Friday night at the school auditorium at 8 p.m. in another of the popular basketball games the local boys have been playing this year. Admission is free.

The “Bull Dogs,” Hector high school’s basketball team, are all set for their game with Stewart in the first round of the District 12 tournament.

This week 50 years ago…

Hershey Chocolate Chips 6oz pkgs 5 for $.89

Wilson Moist Hickory Smoked Picnic Ham $.39/lb

Velveeta 2lb box $.89

Ronald Klawitter Public Auction to be held Saturday, March 12th consisting of outstanding herd of dairy cattle, fine line of farming machinery, hay and feed.

Sara Christine, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Johnson (Gail Grimm) was baptized Sunday at the Swedlanda Lutheran Church in Palmyra. Pastor Gustav Ander officiated. Sponsors were Mr. & Mrs. Lowell Grimm of Foley.

Suzanne Anderson, a sixth grade student, won the elementary school spelling contest Monday, February 28th. The second place winner and alternate is Leila Macik. Suzanne is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Anderson and Leila is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Macik.

Judy VanderVoort, Rick Smith and Colette Ruona were chosen from a list of students to represent Hector at the 17th Dorian Instrumental Festival at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

Jim Ericson has been appointed as the new village assessor at the Village Council meeting.

Mike Ness, Bulldog wrestler, will represent Hector at the State mat meet to be held at Williams Arena, University of Minnesota.

This week 25 years ago…

Eleven students at the BLH High School students won awards competed along with 425 students from 24 area high schools competed at the seventh annual Skill-O-Rama contests held at Willmar Technical College February 14. Eleven BLH High School students won awards and were presented plaques: Jay Dobberstein, Wendy VanderVoort, Lisa Ahlbrecht, Nathan VanderVoort, Lisa Kramer, Tanya Koll, Jason Kienholz, Eric Nuytten, Mike Melberg, Kamy Karl and Danette Rath.

The Hector Lioness Club members Milli Clark, Barb and Carol Loftness and Diane Ahl prepared more than 400 omelettes at the Lioness annual breakfast Sunday.

The Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouting was presented to three Webelos, Eric Sjogren, Zachary Nyhus and Jed Fluhrer, of the Hector-Buffalo Lake Cub Scout Pack 275.

Many relatives and friends enjoyed with Bertha Mihm and her family, her 90th birthday celebration at St. John’s Church, Hector, Sunday afternoon.

The American Girls plays are three short plays presented at the Palace Theatre in Hector March 9th & 10th. Director is Marilyn Menser and Student Directors are Linda Fluck, Missy Kirkpatrick and Terra Schafer.

Glenn Thompson, vice-president of National Accounts for Suttle Apparatus for 13 years, passed away at his home in Washington, Indiana at age 60.

Carrie Sandbulte from Hector is the recipient of a national scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers.

Contel of Minnesota customers will receive up to a 11 percent reduction in telephone rates for residential and business telephone services…

Renville County’s payment of $14,000 was used to cover cost of the final recount in last November’s disputed election for sheriff between Don Davern and Jerry Agre.

Drugstories by Mike: Murphy’s law: People who snore always fall asleep first.