Hancock Looking Back -- 8-12-10
10 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000 issue of the Hancock Record.)
Demolition of Hancock's old water tower is scheduled to begin next week. According the Public Works Director Vern Christie, the new tower has been in use for some time now in preparation for the change. The new tower and the old tower have each been filled to about half capacity and on Tuesday the old tower was drained completely. The new tower was in full use on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
The world may change, but the Word stays the same. Pastor Elton Hallauer of Hancock has learned how true this statement is by serving 50 years in the ministry, 45 of those years were in this area.
15 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Thursday, Aug. 17, 1995 issue of the Hancock Record.)
Chain saws were buzzing, the electricity was blinking and the calm after the storm was settling in. The storm of the year for Hancock resident hit us by surprise in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 11. Straight line winds with gusts of up to 70 mph were reported in the area along with some unconfirmed comments of possible twisters. This, along with heavy rain and damaging lightning caused a good deal of damage in this community.
Representatives of the Senior Citizens Center asked the city council if they could offer financial help in repairing the roof on the Senior Citizen Center. the building is owned by the city and leased to the seniors who are responsible for upkeep, However, the cost of the roof repairs will be around $7,000 which the seniors cannot afford. Since it is a city building, the council felt they could help them out, but also asked them to continue pursuing grant and other fund raising options.
40 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Thursday, Aug. 13, 1970 issue of the Hancock Record.)
St. John's are the new champions of the Hancock Church Softball League. The new champs gained the title by sweeping the playoff series, climaxed by a 13-5 win over West Zion for the crown on Monday night.
Peg Gramm, of the Hodges 4-H, and Eileen Larson, of Swan Lake were selected at the 4-H Dress Revue at the Morris junior high auditorium Thursday evening to represent Stevens County at the State Dress Revue at the Minnesota State Fair. Bev Hector, of Rendsville, was named alternate.
75 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Friday, Aug. 23, 1935 issue of the Hancock Record.)
One of the hardest rains in years visited this section last Saturday night and another hard rain on Monday. The rain Saturday night was accompanied by quite a bit of thunder mostly of the milder order but there were three crashes that brought everyone up standing, whether awake or asleep at the time.
Red Lake Falls - The Lost River was found by a lot of people over the weekend when a merry-go-round loaded on a big trailer was too heavy for the steel bridge on U. S. Highway 59 and the whole structure caved in. The truck that broke the camel's back was one of a number used to transport the Nennies Bros. Carnival which was enroute from Thief River Falls to Mankato.
100 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Friday, Aug. 12, 1910 issue of the Hancock Record.)
Shock threshing and stacking is in full swing. Cutting excepting flax is finished. The grain so far marketed grades way up, the wheat going A1 in nearly every case. Unless we get a couple of good soaking showers, however, corn is not going to be the crop it promised by a long ways as in many instances it is not earing out well.
Hancock was dry Friday and there certainly was a rushing of buckets. In some way a chip got into the pump at the power station and the pump refused to work and in order to keep a supply of water on hand in case of fire the mains were closed until the repairs could be make, but everything was in working order again in twenty four hours.