Bancroft News

Larry Martens hospitalized following motorcycle accident


Billie Sergant of Huron was the speaker at the church on Nov. 22.

Dennis Ranschau and daughter, Donna Johnson of Huron, went to Sturgis to visit Dennis’s brother, Dean, who had a heart attack which resulted in a quintuple bypass surgery. Dean was to get out of the hospital on Nov. 21.

Dennis recently attended funerals for a cousin, Rose Marie Crowell in Sioux Falls, and an uncle, Quentin Sorenson of Canton.

Rose Grothe received word Saturday that her son, Larry, who resides in Oklahoma, was in a motorcycle accident the night before. He has multiple injuries, and the accident brought on a stroke which has affected his right side. He is in intensive care at St. James Hospital in Tulsa, the top trauma hospital in Oklahoma. The doctors who performed surgery are the two top doctors in their field. Please keep him in your prayers at this critical time.


There were once two hotels in Bancroft. One was the Argyle House and was operated by Mrs. Dave Creighton, Dan Thompson, Frankl Gubbins, Henry Howell, Henry Krueger Sr., Charlie Wigman and Lew Wehrcamp.

The next building was a grocery and hardware store run by Eilt Classen, and later A. W. Perry and his son George. George also sold cars, farm machinery and cream separators. The north part of the building was a butcher shop owned by Tom Rosser. Rosser also put up ice in the winter, and during harvest time, he hired help to visit each farm. The farmer’s wife would have ordered huge cuts of meat to feed the threshing crews. They were fed three big meals every day they were threshing grain at the farmstead. The driver would leave town about 3 a.m. with his wagon and the meat that was for the noon meals.

The H. W. Ross Lumber company was in business for 50 years. Large stocks of dimension lumber, cement, sand and other building materials were available along with pipe for the wells and, at one time, kitchen ranges.


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