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Hancock Looking Back -- 2-17-11

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10 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001 issue of the Hancock Record.)

The first day of Snow Week at Hancock Public Schools was observed with pajama day. A few of the students who dressed for the day included Kayla Schmidgall, Shannon Tucker, Jenny Hommerding, Mandy Greiner, Megan Grunig, Kristin Larson, Taylor Gramm, Emily Thielke, Hannah Schmidgall, Jacki Flaten, Alexis Gramm and Josh Nohl.

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The Jr. High Knowledge Bowl team took two first places and one second place finish at recent meets. The team includes Alizabeth Zeltwanger, Kathy Larsen, Kari Carlson, Ken Messner, Aaron Jepma and Loren Schmidgall.

15 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Thursday, Feb. 22, 1996 issue of the Hancock Record.)

John Ver Steeg was the center of attention as five ninth grade girls sang "Farmer Tan" to him during the Hancock Home and Ag Day. The girls, Lindsay Gramm, Leah Christie, Alissa Peterson, Bethany Ver Steeg and Erin Elder, were part of the entertainment on Saturday of the show.

It is official. The grant for the Roadside Beautification project in Hancock was approved. Materials needed in the project have been ordered and it is now simply a matter of waiting for warm weather and good planting conditions. Volunteer help will be needed to make this project complete.

40 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Thursday, Feb. 18, 1971 issue of the Hancock Record.)

If any farm home is protected from unwelcome guests it must be the Donald Hacker place. Mr. and Mrs. Hacker have their own security force in their sons, James, Lowell and Charles. The boys are Pheasant Conference wrestling champions. Also placing in the conference meet was Warren Payne, third place and Dennis Haugen, second place.

One of the matters to be decided at the annual meeting of the Hancock Co-op Creamery is wheather to shorten the firm's name to Hancock Co-operative Co. The reason for omitting "Creamery" from the title is that the firm hasn't engaged in the manufacturing of butter for several years.

75 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Friday, Feb. 21, 1936 issue of the Hancock Record.)

It has cost the state highway department approximately $800,000 to keep its 11,000 mile trunk highway system open to traffic during the almost continuous storm conditions of the past three and a half weeks. With 400 state plows and 100 rented emergency trucks and tractors going day and night most of the time since late in Jan., the expense has been a severe strain on highway maintenance funds.

A fire alarm called the department out last week and the fire truck succeeded in getting to within a block of the Henry Fenner residence near the Holland church. Much to the relief of all, the fire had been extinguished. It started in a small quantity of rubbish in the basement and sent out plenty of smoke but was easily put out.

100 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Friday, Feb. 17, 1911 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Mr. and Mrs. S. Swanson have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their little son, Oscar, aged eight years. The little fellow was taken ill with the grip last week and did not seem in danger until Sunday afternoon when he grew worse and passed away.

Oscar Mumm and son, Edwin, left for the Mayo hospital at Rochester, where if thought advisable, the boy will undergo an operation to have his eyes straightened.

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