O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell


50 years ago – 1968

LET BIDS ON NEW TOWN WELL - At a Public Hearing held May 6th in the council chambers at the light plant, bids and proposals for the construction of a new deep well for the town were considered. T h e bid of Layne Western Co., Ames, in the amount of $13,325.00 was found to be for the best interest of the town and was accepted.

MERLE FROENDT RECEIVES BURNS - Merle Froendt, Peoples Natural Gas Service representative, was burned Monday while working on a furnace at Nelson's Sporting Goods. Froendt was burned on the face and arms when an accumulation of gas in the furnace exploded Merle is recuperating at home.

County Tillage Demonstration Rescheduled; May 10 , The O'Brien County minimum tillage demonstration which was to have been held May 7 was postponed because of rain. It has been rescheduled for Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the same location, 3/4 miles north of Paullina on the William Simm farm.

40 years ago – 1978

SCOUTS PLANT TREE: Last Tuesday evening, Cob Scoots planted a Red Oak tree in the back yard at the Primghar Library. The tree was donated to.the scouts by the CIP committee of the Primghar Woman's Club. Scout leaders present were Von and Pat Kilts, Jim Stewart, Gene Cullen and Gary and Darlene Logan. Scouts are Aaron Kilts, Darin Logan, Doyle Logan, Daniel Johnson, Barry Stewart, Mike Watkins, Matt Alberts, Niel Cullen, Mike Davis, Tracy-Hardin, Jim Hardin.

Graduation Week begins Sunday - The Baccalaureate worship service provided by the churches and clergy of Primghar to be held Sunday, May 14, marks the beginning of graduation week activities for 30 Primghar High School seniors. The services begin at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.

P.W.C. receives CIP award - Out of 477 entries the Primghar Woman's Club received a. fifth place rating in the Community Improvement Program sponsored by the Federation of Women's Clubs and Sears, Roebuck and Co. The award was made at the state convention held recently in Des Moines. A check for $50.00 was given by Sears Roebuck and Co. and a certificate of recognition by the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

30 years ago – 1988

50 year certificate to Dr. Getty - Dr. E.B. Getty of Primghar will be honored Friday, May 13 for his 50th year of membership with Rising Star Lodge #496 Masons. A special program MC'd by Harold Grigg will be held at 8 p.m. at the Primghar Community Building. Special entertainment includes music by the Centennial Singers, Jonathon Struve, a ladies trio and Harold DeWaay. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Extra special degree - Graduation is extra special for people who have waited several years to go to college. Such is the case for a 1988 Northwestern College graduate. Rexann Leng of Primghar graduated from sanborn High School 19 years ago. Now, 19 years, a husband and four kids later, Rexann receives her degree in Elementary Education Saturday, May 14.

Vocal concert - Primghar vocal music students in grades K-8 will present a concert Wednesday. May 18. Titled "Sentimental Journey", the 7:30 p.m. event will "take you back" through pop tunes of the past 80 years! The public is cordially invited to attend.

Local student receives scholarship - Greg Heemstra, a Primghar student at Northwestern College in Orange City, has been named a scholarship recipient. Heemstra, RR 2, is a recipient of an Alumni Scholarship. He is a sophomore elementary education major.

Baccalaureate Services Sunday - Baccalaureate services for Primghar High School graduates of 1988 will be held Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. The service is provided by the churches and clergy of Primghar. Father Anthony Pick will bring the message.

Natural gas rates decrease - Peoples Natural Gas customers in Primghar are receiving a rate decrease on their gas bills this month. According to K.G. Henderson, Peoples District Manager, the typical residential customer will be saving about $9.50 or nearly 2 percent annually on their gas bills. Although this is a small decrease, it is the third decrease in the last three months that Primghar customers have received.


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