Bancroft News

‘Well! If you don’t give a ‘rap’, I don’t give a ‘darn!’’


Brad Magness was the speaker at the Presbyterian Church on Jan. 9. This was his first time to be our speaker since he had broken his hip and had a hip replacement. Thank you, Brad, for a wonderful service. It is good to have you back again.

Linda Perry and Rose Grothe had dinner at a local cafe on Sunday.

Guess it was just too cold this last week for anyone to be “going” and “doing,” so I have no news to tell. At least if they did, they didn't tell me.

Overheard recently. A man and wife were talking about their Christmas gifts, and the wife was complaining that she'd been hinting that she wanted a fur coat for Christmas, but she got a new bathroom scale instead. Hubby chimed in and said that he'd been telling her that all his socks had holes in the toes, and she had neither gotten him some new ones, nor (heaven forbid) she'd mended the old ones. Wifey said, “Well! If you don't give a 'rap', I don't give a 'darn'.”

misfortune strikes

On April 4, 1912, the Bancroft Register recorded a rail (train?) derailment near town. No one was hurt. It was also in 1912 that another misfortune struck (it became that in the eyes of the WCTU) when once more, according to the Bancroft Register, “booze partisans” won a victory as Iroquois and Oldham voted in favor of saloons.

June 1914 was a special month to this town. It rained every day for a week, and water stood every place a person looked. The rain came from the north and spread out, but fortunately nothing was hurt. This was one of the many bad rains, which are not uncommon here. Redstone Creek often is high in the spring, but this year there was more water than normal. Other bad rains came in the 1920's and one occurred in 1962.

It was late 1914 or early 1915 when the bank was stuck with a hardship which would affect the entire area. Mr. Severson, the director at that time, caused the bank to go broke when bad notes were put into the bank and the stable collectable notes of the local bank were sent to Bryant. Will Agnew became president shortly thereafter and once more put the bank on its feet until the Depression and stock market crash.

July 18, 1916 was a day many will never forget—especially the Rusche family as it was on that day their barn blew down. The boys were fixing the seven-passenger Overland when they noticed a cloud coming from the southwest, and Ed hollered, “There's a storm, get out of the house as quick as you can.” Dirt rattled in the chimney, and the wind came. The barn went down, and livestock were found dead. (More next week)


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