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Hancock Looking Back -- 1-20-11

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10 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Astronomer Jeff Larson visited the Hancock school where he spoke to Hancock science students about his work at the Stewart Observatory in Arizona.

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Hancock first graders presented a special skit for their parents and grandparents. The skit was a culmination of a study about Gingerbread. the class also made gingerbread cookies and read books about gingerbread. (The first graders in 2001 will be the graduating class of 2012.)

15 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Thursday, Jan. 18, 1996 issue of the Hancock Record.)

The first major winter storm of 1996 dumped 17 inches of snow with winds gusting up to 50 mph and temperatures as low as -27 degrees.

Hancock fourth graders presented the play "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" with Kirby Marquart playing the part of Charlie and Alex Nelson as Willy Wonka.

40 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Thursday, Jan. 21, 1971 issue of the Hancock Record.)

It seemed like old times for several members of the Hancock VFW Post when they drew KP duty for their annual ice skating party for the youngsters in the community. Dishing out 15 gallons of hot chocolate and 20 dozen hot dogs and buns at the West Side Park were Harland Estensen, Marvin Wente, Don Schmidgall, Ben Mikkelson, John Quasebarth, Elmer Meierding Sr. and Harold Blasing.

Mrs. Wilbur E. Gahm has been selected by the Hancock board of education as the teacher of the year in the local school. Mrs. Gahm began teaching in Hancock seven years ago. She teaches senior high English and has majors in history and social studies and a minor in science.

75 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Friday, Jan. 24, 1936 issue of the Hancock Record.)

In spite of the recent cold weather, the Fun Carnival scheduled at the lodge rooms will be staged and it will be a good warming place to spend the evening and save on your coal at home. The boys are busy putting up stands for the various amusements and there will be everything that is needed to make it a big night.

Wednesday morning gave us the coldest snap not only of the season but for some years past. The mercury went down to 38 below according to the average of various thermometers around the village. Accompanied by a raw wind, the cold was all the more noticeable and it kept most of our folks busy stirring up the fire and wondering how long the coal bin would hold out. The local schools were closed for the day and the radio announced that many schools in the Twin Cities were closed owing to the extreme cold.

100 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Friday, Jan. 20, 1911 issue of the Hancock Record.)

If anything is to be done this year in the way of a new school building it is time to start. With $3,000 in the sinking fund and the district able to borrow $16,000 more it is a shame and disgrace to let the children freeze through another winter as they have every winter so far and as they are doing this winter.When scholars in a public school are compelled to march up and down the aisles and take exercises swinging their arms to keep warm in place of attending to their studies it is getting past the stage when parents with children in such a school can sit quietly under the admonition, "wait till we can raise the money."

Don't forget the masquerade ball at the Opera House. The committee hosting the affair, have made every possible arrangement to assure all who attend a good time. The proceeds are to go for a good purpose and not to the committee giving the dance.

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