Looking Back

1920: Don’t poke fun at those who seek quiet climate


December 29, 2010

The community celebrated the magic of Christmas. Main Street in Lake Preston was abandoned on Christmas Eve, the hushed stillness carried into the Lake Preston Lutheran Church which was far from empty. Pews were filled to overflowing with families who had gathered for a special celebration. “It was a night like no other” said the Reverend Wanda McNeil in her message. The service was inspirational as Reverend McNeil brought the true spirit of Christmas to life. Special music was provided by Jody Eschenbaum, Rose Tolzin, Cathy K. Nelson, Sally Wilkinson, Lydia Nelson, Vikki Hasche, Taryn Bickett and Sue Christie.

The last issue of 2010 carried a recap of all the events that occurred this past year.

December 28, 1995

The weather topped the headlines in 1995 from the first fire that occurred just moments into the new year to the well-attended holiday events that brought it to a close. In April, spring rains caused the cancellation of the Lake Thompson Walleye Tournament and flooded township and county roads. More than 2” of rain fell in April just after a late winter storm had dropped nearly a foot of snow. Farmers didn’t get a break either as wind and hail pounded their crops in July. After Oldham received 8” of rain in October, an early winter storm hit, dropping 8” of heavy wet snow accompanied by high winds.

Deloris Johnson and Daisy Anderson were the big winners at the annual Chamber Christmas drawing.

December 31, 1970

Mrs. Jerry Ellingson was the winner of the grand prize in the “Merry Christmas Game” conducted by the Lake Preston merchants and Chamber. The prize is a handsome Sylvania 24” color TV. Mrs. Ellingson’s name was the first one drawn, and she was present to claim her prize.

Swenson’s Rexall Drug announced the winners of the Boys and Girls Contest. The girls were Dawn Mikelson, Natalie Goodhope and Lois Laabs; boys were Kenny Ball, Phil McAdaragh and Roy Keiser.

Services were held on Tuesday for Gudmund Odden, a pioneer who was born in 1890 in a sod shanty in the North Preston vicinity. He was the father of Mayland and Gale Odden of this area.

December 27, 1945

The year 1946 promises to inaugurate one of the greatest eras in American history for home repairs and modernization, according to estimates received by the Tile Council of America. More than $316,000 is expected to be spent during the next five years by Kingsbury County homeowners. Few developments will contribute more to employment and general prosperity in any community.

Tire rationing will end Jan. 1, and pent-up demand will keep tire manufacturers busy. Dealers are asked to sell only two tires to a customer at first.

Miss Bethel Nelson arrived Monday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John G. Nelson. She is employed in the offices of the Navy yard in Bremerton, Wash.

December 31, 1920

A. B. Seely went to Sioux City, Iowa, where he secured a good position. Work at his tailor shop had been slack ever since the stringency in the money market struck this locality.

After Tuesday's storm, we are not inclined to poke fun at those who seek a quiet climate for the winter.


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