Bancroft News

1925: Looking back at all the businesses


The Rev. Richert of Brookings led the church service at the Presbyterian Church on May 8. Max Miller was installed as an Elder, and Roy Miller was installed as a Deacon. Rev. Richert also served Communion.

Tuesday, Rose Grothe visited with former Bancroft resident Dave Tibbetts, who had returned with his brother Rick for the funeral of Laurie Carmon. He reported that his aunt Odella Tibbetts had just celebrated her 102 birthday shortly before and seemed to be doing well.

Janice White, Brookings, and Rose Grothe went to Sioux Falls on Friday to visit with Dorothy Wentzel, Rose's daughter and Janice's sister.

Rose Grothe attended the graduation reception for Riley Myers at the Oxbow on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations, Riley, and may your dreams come true as you pursue more schooling and a career.

Several people from the Bancroft area attended the Mollie B's Polka Party in Huron on Sunday afternoon.

Rose Grothe and Janice White, Brookings, had Mother's Day dinner at the Carthage Cabaret on Sunday.

If you get a bad bladder infection, urine trouble.

1942 history
(thanks to Pauline Claassen)

January 8: Severe cold, as low as -34 degrees has been noted during the week.

January 22: The West Side Club will hold a pancake and coffee sale at Perry's Store Saturday afternoon and evening. The proceeds will be given to the Red Cross War Relief Fund.

Edward Dirksen left Wednesday for Army service. Cards were received from Delbert Schlueter and Donald Costello; they have arrived at their destination in the Far East.

The Red Cross sewing group met and completed their plans for sewing and knitting to do this winter.

LOOKING BACK: Almost 100 years ago (1925) these were the businesses in Bancroft: train depot, bank (that went bust), hotel (Argyle House), splendid school system, two grocery stores, Masonic Hall, pool hall, barber shop, two blacksmith shops, butcher shop, two cream-buying stations, telephone exchange, drugstore, lumberyard, two gas stations, two farm implement stores, two grain elevators, two churches, several baseball teams, Puffed Wheat Factory (1935-1936 taken over by K and K of De Smet), a dormitory (one of three in Kingsbury County, other two … Iroquois and Hetland), livery and dray service and a post office.

One church still in use and one elevator, plus a lot of grain bins, are all the businesses in Bancroft today. What a difference a century makes!


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