1950: Burglary at hardware store


70 Years Ago
September 7, 1950:
George Blue, a graduate from IHS and a recent graduate from the USD’s Law School in Vermillion, has set up his law office and is located above Wheeler’s Drug Store in Huron.
• Burglars entered the Westerberg Hardware Store some time during the night of September 4, and looted the cash register. They entered through the south window of the work shop which they removed. The pins were removed from the hinges on one of the doors into the store proper, and with the pins managed to get the door pried open to a degree when they could get through. They took between $15 and $20 from the cash register, but did not take all the money, so it is presumed that they might have been frightened while in the store. The telephone at the store must have been touched and the drop on the board at the telephone office notified the operator that a call was trying to be made. However, the operator rang back and no one answered. That incident might have frightened the burglars and not all the cash taken. Probably the same parties entered the Ralph Joseph shop, through the rear window, and took the bag containing money and checks. George Behl, who has his workshop in the building, stated that the window was open when he came into the shop the next morning.

90 Years Ago
September 11, 1930:
Emma Dirkson of Bancroft was severely burned on her right hand and arm Friday when she attempted to renew a wood fire in the range with kerosene. A few sparks remaining in the stove caused the explosion.
• Between 6:30 and 9:30 yesterday morning automobiles passed through Iroquois on their way to the state fair at the average rate of 540 cars an hour by actual count. From then on until afternoon, a steady stream of cars passed through but at a diminishing rate. It would not be surprising to learn that a record-breaking crowd passed through the gates yesterday.
• In the “Strange as It May Seem” cartoon, a feature by John Hix published in many of the daily newspapers, there recently appeared a cartoon picture of Esther Swartz of Hitchcock accompanying the information that Esther made 1331 points in 54 games of basketball, and that her team won 42 consecutive games, a record so remarkable that it has attracted national attention. Miss Swartz is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Swartz, and a niece of Mrs. Jesse Fisher of this city.

110 Years Ago
September 8, 1910:
• From all accounts the great comedy-drama “The Way of the Wicked,” which comes to the opera house Monday, September 12, will draw a large crowd, for the play is said to be first-class with incidents that stir emotion that moves and comedy that compels laughter.
• A carload of potatoes, shipped from Iowa, were on the track last week for sale. Potatoes are very scarce throughout the entire country and are bound to be a stiff price until next crop.
• During the state fair at Huron next week the foot-passenger is to have a show for his life. Between the city and fair grounds, automobiles will be confined to First Street, carryalls and horse rigs to Second Street, leaving Third Street free of dust and danger for pedestrians.


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