DID YOU KNOW? A look back to 1949

Record contributor Sheldon Christenson takes a look back at Adams County History.

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For The Record

I was going through some 1949 editions of the Adams County Record and came across what I thought was interesting.  Here are a few:

• The Gambles store in Hettinger was advertising a 5 piece bedroom suite for $199.50.

• The Bucyrus Garage was advertising a brand new 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline for $2300.

• Irene’s Dress Shop was having a spectacular savings on one-of-a-kind furs such as beaver, Persian lamb, Mink sides, Alaska sealskin and squirrel.  A Mendoza Beaver fur was selling for $199.

• The minimum taxi fare for trips in town will now cost 35 cents.

• Playing at the Strand Theatre February 1-3 was The Hagen Girl starring Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple.

• Floyd Peterson and Bill Krambeer announced the formation of the Hettinger Screen and Window Company.

• Hettinger is to have a Park Board of 12 members to look after its recreational and park areas.  Dr. Lynn D. Hancock, city park commissioner, will head the board as commissioner.

• Hettinger will have a Legion sponsored Junior baseball team this year for the first time since 1938.  Johnson-Melary Post 115 commander Les I. Bird will be the head coach.

• The Shooting Stars basketball team won the 7th District championship by defeating Bowman 51-35.  Williard Solberg was the team’s coach.

• The Lodgepole community contributed $1000 to the construction of the Hettinger Memorial Hospital.

• Snyder’s Quality Bakery was advertising hot cross buns for Easter.

• Delores Schell was the salutatorian and Clarence Almen was named valedictorian of the 1949 high school class.

• M.A. Halvorson’s Jewelry Palace was having a sale on some of their jewelry items to celebrate their 33rd anniversary.

• Selected to attend Girls State by the Reeder American Legion Auxiliary was Ruby Ann Oase, a junior in the Reeder High School.  She is the daughter of Mrs. Ruby Oase

• Bucyrus High School graduated five students, Doreen Larson, Lloyd Honeyman, Alton Johnson, Walace Spencer and Davetta Thorson.

• Hettinger Chamber of Commerce was sponsoring their 3rd annual “Rodeo Days” June 3-5.  Parade all three days and baseball games scheduled for June 3rd and 4th.

• S.C. White Hardware was advertising a brand new 8.6 cubic foot Zenith refrigerator for $299.95.

• Muth Plumbing and Heating moved their business to the building across from the court house on Highway 12 formerly occupied by the Hettinger Gas Co.

• Hettinger will have another lawyer just as soon as Lyle G. Stuart of Bucyrus can find a location for an office.

• Hettinger’s baseball team won the ND State Amateur baseball tournament by defeating Ellendale and will now go to Watertown SD for a tournament.

• Brothers Jimmy and Bud Warbis were two of the big guns in helping Haynes Congregational Church walk off with the championship in the Hettinger Junior Park Board baseball league.

• The Red Owl was advertising picnic hams for 39 cents a pound.

• The Hettinger High School football team won the West Missouri River Football Conference by downing Bowman 20-6.  Scoring for Hettinger were Dale Bergland, Phillip Ketterling and Bob Lewis.  They finished undefeated with a 5-0 record.

• The Hettinger High School Shooting Stars opened their 1949-50 basketball season with a 38-32 win over Ekalaka.  Dale Bergland and Don Wiest each scored 14 for Hettinger.

• The dedication of the new Hettinger Community Hospital took place on November 13, 1949.

• Mrs. Ella C. Stewart, R.N., of Billings, Mont., will take over as superintendent of the Hettinger community hospital.