Looking Back -- August 5
10 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000 issue of the Hancock Record.)
Grain harvest is in full swing in this area. Harvest began last week and all reports indicate high yields. Weather conditions have been favorable for the timely completion of this year's harvest.
The fresh clean smell of mint is in the air. It is harvest time for this crop and if you are fortunate enough to be close to the fragrant fields you will appreciate the effects of its maturity. Mint is a new crop to this area. In fact, the spearmint and peppermint fields located west of Benson are the only ones in the state of Minnesota. The crop was introduced here about three years ago by Tom and Vicki Vail who live in Hancock.
15 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Thursday, Aug. 10, 1995 issue of the Hancock Record.)
Providing technical and financial assistance to communities interested in landscaping state highway right-of-ways is the purpose of the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Community Roads Landscaping Partnership Program. Area residents who attended an open meeting last week in Hancock learned more about this program and how Hancock can benefit from it.
Thirteen foot stalks of Indian corn were grown this season by Terry Lebens of Hancock. The tall corn is part of a larger garden grown by Lebens which includes sweet corn, pumpkins, gourds. kohlrabi and tomatoes. Lebens ordered the seed from a seed catalog this spring, but before planting he tilled in a special fertilizer mixture.
40 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Thursday, Aug. 6, 1970 issue of the Hancock Record.)
The village dump grounds on the west side of Page Lake, will be closed down August 10, according to a directive from the State of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. State law specifies that disposal sites cannot be located within shorelines. The village has made arrangements with the city of Morris to use their facilities.
The Rev. Luther Tolo has resigned as pastor of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, effective Sept. 1. Pastor Tolo has accepted a call to Monterey Park, Calif. Before coming to Hancock in the summer of 1966, Pastor Tolo served a congregation at Grove City.
75 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Friday, Aug. 16, 1935 issue of the Hancock Record.)
The Hancock girls played the Relief girls of Morris under the flood lights up there Tuesday evening and showed them how the game really ought to be played, especially in the line of pitching as Genevieve Reitz allowed the Relief lassies only three hits while her team mates ran up a score of 17 tallies to 2 for the Relief team.
Threshing is in full swing in all directions and the yield is just about what was expected after the hot spell we had. Rye seems to yield in fair shape, but wheat is almost a complete failure with little if any milling wheat and most of what was cut at all either chicken feed or worse.
100 YEARS AGO
(Taken from the Friday, Aug. 5, 1910 issue of the Hancock Record.)
George Blackmun sold his fine bay team to Con Mahoney and then bought a double seated International aute which had been run about six weeks, which he is using on the mail route, as the machine is arranged that he can take off the back seat. Aside from trying to start the thing with the brakes sent several times he has had no trouble and has a good machine when he wants to take his family out riding. His patrons on the route now get their mail a few hours earlier as he gets in at about 11 o'clock. So far Henry Sonnichson has a bit the best of it as he has a longer route and beats George to it by about fifteen to twenty minutes. When George gets his machine trained however he expects to make Henry hump.
Dan Hines and John Atz went up to Fargo Tuesday afternoon. The two small boys had worked pretty hard all the season putting up hay and felt they needed a rest after their strenuous labor. Whether or not they get homesick and come back right away or will stay out their visit is a question.