Today in Whitehall-area History

July 30, 1950

            Our Saviour's Lutheran congregation, of which the Rev. O.G. Birkeland is pastor, voted at a special meeting held in conjunction with services Sunday, to erect a Sunday school building this fall. A large part of the estimated $70,000 cost of the two-story structure, to be erected at the rear of the church building, has already been raised by donations.

July 30, 1923

            Arthur Elstad, Arthur Hallingstad, Ernie Gilbertson, John and Leif Solsrud, Rudolph Hagen, Oscar Christianson and Lyman Tyvand left Monday for Camp Custer, Mich., for 30 days’ training in the Citizens Military Training School. The boys are under federal supervision, and have all expenses paid by the federal government.

July 30, 1899

            Hans J. Hauge’s youngest boy fell from a fence at the N.L. Fredrickson’s place Sunday afternoon and broke his right arm at the elbow. Dr. Parker set the fracture.

July 30, 1883

            The excursion train that took our people to the circus at Winona last Monday was well loaded; about 30 of our citizens had business in the city that day, and took advantage of the excursion, of course, for that purpose alone. But it is a surprising fact that all who went on business were promptly on hand at the appointed hour within the walls of Cole’s great circus tent. The Times force went, devil and all, and took the thing in body and soul. The only report necessary to make of the affair is that it was the same old stereotyped form, somewhat magnified, that is brought yearly to humbug the American people, and which is attended with the same remarkable success. Fully 10,000 people were packed together in one solid, sweltering mass under the mammoth tent.