20 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE SEPT. 13, 2001
The day before the most horrible attack in American history, Jeanne Johnson attended a seminar at the United Nations in New York and imagined a world at peace. Less than 24 hours later, the rural Litchfield resident saw that dream come crashing down when two hijacked commercial airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and yet another – reportedly headed for a second target in the nation’s capital – collapsed near Pittsburgh. “I don’t know what to say; we’re all pretty much in shock, ”said Johnson, an associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who was attending a week-long non-governmental organization conference at the United Nations, about three miles north of the World. Trade Center. “I just wanted to come home,” Johnson said as she learned of the terror attacks, as she waited to board a UN bus. “There was just a lot of disbelief. We went to the UN to learn ways to live in peace… and something like that happens.
When Litchfield little thumb Manager Sherry Odegaard left work at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, business was as usual in her store, located at the corner of 10th Street and Sibley Avenue North. About an hour later, people were lining up at gas pumps, fueled by fears the World Trade Center disaster in New York City could push gasoline prices up to $ 6 a gallon by Wednesday. . The scene was the same for most Litchfield gas stations on Tuesday night. “It’s crazy,” Odegaard said. “I think everyone is panicking. She estimated that Tom Thumb sold 3,800 gallons of gasoline in about four hours on Tuesday night, about triple the amount the store usually sells on any given night. Despite the feelings of the public, she said the prices in her store had not changed the next morning. Other gas stations in the city reported that prices had not changed or had increased by a few cents.
Longtime Oak Grove Delivery Driver Al Brouwer returned his last house key a few weeks ago. Brouwer has delivered dairy products to homes and businesses in Litchfield for the past 27 years, but decided to sell the business for a variety of reasons, including the physical strain of the job. People trusted Brouwer so much and knew him so well that they would often give him the key to their house so he could come in to make his weekly delivery. “I had a whole ring of house keys,” he said. “I knew what they needed by what they had left in the fridge.” He traveled a 15 mile radius around Litchfield, averaging at least 100 stops per day.
Part-time music teacher at St. Philip became their full-time principal at the start of this school year. Diana McCarney, who had been teaching music part-time at the school for 10 years, was hired as principal after Teresa Hankins left at the end of the past school year. McCarney, a mother of four, completed her Masters in Pastoral Ministry at St. John’s University over the summer.
50 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE OF SEPT. 15, 1971
Christ Church in Litchfield will mark its 100th anniversary with a day of services and special activities on September 19. The small white church used by the congregation is located directly across from Central Park on North Marshall and is the oldest church in Lithcfield. Reverend Lynn Dietz, who served the Church of Christ for 11 years from 1959 to 1970, and is now pastor of First Christian Church in Chandler, Arizona, will be the guest speaker at the Centennial Services.
The Litchfield School Board voted unanimously Monday evening, do not provide after-school bus service to students for sports and other school activities. The Council had discussed this possibility in recent months. Superintendent Richard Johnston said the board’s action resulted in part from a survey of rural residents that did not indicate strong support for the plan. If the service had been provided, the council had hoped to recover some of the costs by charging bus users a fee. Johnston said the overall cost was a big deterrent.
You can thank people like Fred Getzkow for the fact that the bacon you eat these days is much less fat than before. The Getzkows are in pig farming – a very specialized phase of it. On their well-maintained farm, just a mile north of Eden Valley, Fred and Yvonne Getzkow herd around 50 valuable Hampshire, Duroc and Yorkshire sows. In the modern on-site farrowing house, around 100 litters are born each year – 800 to 1,000 pigs. The Getzkows do business in a large area – pretty much every state in the Union and in Canada, and recently received a request from the University of Mexico regarding the purchase of breeding stock. They mainly sell to farmers who want top notch boars and sows to improve their own pig farming operations.
75 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE OF SEPT. 12, 1946
Meat price controls were applied last Tuesday and the supply of fresh meat at Litchfield was depleted on Monday. Some places reported they were full in fresh meat on Saturday lunchtime. Others had only soup bones or liver Tuesday morning. There was an abundance of cold cuts available Tuesday. A rigorous enforcement program with a large force of investigators will be in effect in this district now that meat price controls have been put in place. District Director Dr Carel C. Koch and District Price Board Director John B. Winter were in Litchfield last Wednesday to discuss the new pricing system with clerks at the local OPA office.
Two new polio cases in Meeker County have been reported last weekend a son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Young, who reside three miles east of Litchfield. One was taken to Minneapolis General Hospital for treatment and the other almost recovered with only a mild case. Robert, 6, was slightly paralyzed in his throat and jaw, but has already made a near full recovery. Dorothy, two years and four months, was taken to general hospital on Saturday, where she is being treated for paralysis in both legs.
100 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE SEPT. 10, 1921
When the baseball season was meant to end With the game here last Sunday, manager AJ Whitaker received a message yesterday that the Miller brothers, nine sons of the late John W. Miller, a well-known former ball player in that locality, will be playing a game with the Litchfield team, if it could be arranged, at the ball park here on September 18th. It was decided to accept the offer and fans will have the chance to see all of the Miller boys, who are well known as excellent players, in a real contest. Those who have seen Joe Miller’s work on the Litchfield slab against Willmar, at the baseball stadium here recently, and also Roy Miller’s work in the last few games here, will no doubt be interested to see what the seven or eight other brothers can do in a game.
125 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE SEPT. 10, 1896
P. & K. Iron Works was awarded the contract for installing the motor and shaft to the AJ Barry elevator and the job is going well. The gasoline engine is one of the P.&K. model and will undoubtedly steer the elevator to perfection.
Litchfield’s kid met another species devilry in the form of shooting doves with air rifles and 22 caliber rifles. The practice must be stopped immediately or one eye will be gouged out or a more serious accident will occur.
A fleeing team came to demolish Sibley Avenue Monday and was only arrested after reaching Litchfield House on the south side of the tracks. Upon investigation, we discovered that the team was owned by Frank Deck from Manannah and was led by his wife; that they got scared and started running near the north bridge. Ms. Deck was thrown out and slightly injured. The team made their way down the avenue without breaking or hurting anything.
The first Saturday night when the weather is nice and the band has no other commitment, they offer to give our fellow citizens one of their descriptive concerts in the park. The concert last Saturday evening concluded their contract with the town hall but as the weather was bad, attendance was low. The group greatly appreciates the help and interest given to them by City Council and our citizens, and they have decided to give you a round-up in return.
Once again, Meeker County took top honors for creamery butter at the State Fair. This time the butter made at the Star Lake Creamery, southwest of Litchfield, by Mr. John Friedner came to the end with a score of 100, which is perfect. Meeker County has taken the top spot in these contests since Danielson Creamery came out on top and they offered to keep the lead because their butter is as fresh and sweet as a mountain rose.