Hancock Looking Back -- 7-22-10
10 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Thursday, July 20, 2000 issue of the Hancock Record.)
Our children need to be heard. They need to be heard at their grade school plays, high school band and choir concerts, speech meets, sporting events, musicals, plays, graduation and so much more. There are few things more frustrating to a parent than to attend these anxiously awaited events only to find that you can't hear what is being said or performed. This has been a common complaint for several years from the public at the Hancock School. It is something that recently prompted an anonymous donation to the school for replacing the current sound system.
In his first board meeting as superintendent of Hancock Public Schools, Jerry Martinson presented a full agenda of items to be considered by the Board. The majority of these included reorganization items.
15 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Thursday, July 27, 1995 issue of the Hancock Record.)
Chad Smith was one of the victims in a mock drill for Hancock First Responders last week. Chad was acting at being caught in a power take off and needed emergency care. Other actors were Ryan Griffith, who was buried in a silage wagon, and Bob Griffith, an anxious parent who suffered a heart attack at the scene. Some of the First Responders who helped at the scene were Cathy Joos, Cheryl Messner, Marcia Greiner, and Darby Greiner. The practice session was held at the Gary Greiner farm.
40 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Thursday, July 23, 1970 issue of the Hancock Record.)
A plan to improve several blocks in the residential area with blacktopping was approved by a majority of property owners affected by the proposal, at a public hearing Monday evening. The meeting was called by the Hancock village council. The area included in the project is Hancock Avenue from the water tower corner to First Street (five blocks) and Washington Avenue from Sixth Street to Fifth Street (one block).
Hail, accompanied by a strong wind, caused considerable damage to crops east of Hancock shortly after seven o'clock Saturday evening. Hardest hit was an estimated two sections in Hoff and Langhei townships which also had hail and wind losses the previous Sunday.
75 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Friday, Aug. 2, 1935 issue of the Hancock Record.)
"The weed situation in Hancock is a disgrace to the village and we believe it is the worst looking town in the United States and Canada," stated a citizen of the village to us the other evening and he was really somewhat peeved and more than half way justified. Just take a little walk around town and look it over. Take a look at the lot where the Congregational Church formerly stood or any other vacant lot, and you will agree that there is room for complaint.
100 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Friday, July 22, 1910 issue of the Hancock Record.)
Last week the Hancock Market Company received one of the new prison mowers and sold it the next day to Herman Holtzheimer who is the first man around here to own a machine made at the state prison. Mr. Danens, agent at the elevator informs us that the prison has shipped them one or two binders which will be here in a day or so but it is not expected that they can get any more mowers for this year and only the two binders.
Dr. S. E. Arnold, formerly of Chicago, has decided to locate here and has already taken possession of his offices which for the present at least will be in the front rooms over Sellands store. Dr. Arnold has been located at Chicago for some ten years and just lately moved up to Wheaton, but coming over here last week to look over the village after the death of Dr. Gates decided to come here and locate. As soon as he can get settled and find a residence he will bring his wife and son here.