Bancroft News

Remembering community hall

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Brad Magness of Huron was the speaker Nov. 15 at the Presbyterian Church in Bancroft.

BANCROFT HISTORY

It was in 1914-15 when shares were sold to all persons interested in making another dream come true. The dream did come true in January of 1916 when the new community hall was dedicated. The building was built by Eilt Claassen and Ray Tyrrell and held its first major event in 1919 when a dance was held to celebrate the end of World War I and to welcome the boys back home.

The building also served as a place for burial services when community members had no church affiliation. School programs, PTA meetings and dances were also held there.

The size of the community hall limited its use as a basketball court. Spectators were forced to stand in ‘out of bounds’ areas or up on the stage. Needless to say, the seating capacity was very small. The size of the floor and low ceilings were also less than ideal. The furnace grate on the east end and almost directly below the basket contributed to many floor burns, but, despite the many drawbacks, many spirited games were held there.

The hall, in later years, served as a roller-skating rink and was used for the basketball games until 1960 when the new auditorium was built. Since 1989, the hall has rested on the Darrell Halverson farm.

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