By Jim O'Leary
An e-mail newsletter for and about Waverly people, used with permission in the HLW Herald and on this web site.
August 16, 2004
Ye Towne Gossip from 1926
Banns of matrimony were called last Sunday at St. Mary's Church for Leo Canton and Ethel Vieau. Also Henry Stackhart and Mary Mertz.
We are pleased to report that William Quinn is again able to be about, after the recent accident when he dislocated several ribs when he fell from a load of cornstalks.
August Martinson wrenched his back this week and has been more or less inconvenienced ever since. Today, however, he says he is beginning to feel like his old self again.
Louis Mann, of Baker, Mont., who brought a carload of horses to Willmar this week, was here Tuesday trying to get trace of a brother, Frank Mann, whom he has not seen in 43 years. He says his brother is a resident of Wright County and is about 72 years old.
Rabies are reported in McLeod County. All dogs which are allowed to run in Hutchinson have been ordered to be muzzled for the next six weeks.
(Reminds me of the police academy exam in which the recruits were asked what they would do about rabies. One future policeman wrote, "A rabie is a Jew priest and I would do anything I could to help him.")
Mr. Murphy of the Murphy Transfer Company of Minneapolis was in Waverly on business last Friday. He expects to establish a new automobile freight and express business from Minneapolis to Willmar, serving as well, other towns en route.
(This Murphy business grew and grew and is still in business as "Murphy Motor Freight Lines," serving all of Minnesota. The Murphy truck used to deliver groceries to McNellis Grocery, Hughes Grocery, Kelly's Store, Mellon's Grocery and Franske's Store. Murphy, himself, was one of the drivers. I remember. I used to work for Jimmy Hughes.)
M.J. Padden went to Minneapolis Wednesday and drove home a new Pontiac car for Stephen Meister.
Ed Kingstedt and family of Kimball visited with Mrs. Jalmer Kingstedt Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Secora, Geraldine, Myrtle and Elorine Cronk were seen going east Saturday.
Catherine McKenzie entertained the following Sunday afternoon at a birthday party: Virginia Cullen, Marion Ogle, Adeline Martinson, Winnifred Giblin, Helen Galvin, Irene Malone, Laura Janson, Roseanna Clements, Margie O'Connor, Genevieve Stotko and Hazel Gagnon. Refreshments were served.
Free chest clinic report
The Wright County Public Health Association had a busy day. Dr. H. F. Wahlquist examined 62 cases. It is encouraging to note that no patients were reported to have conditions indicating the presence of tuberculosis. Eight patients, however, showed evidence of heart trouble, nine of goiter, and 26 had diseased tonsils. Only three of the 62 were reported as underweight.
Miss Ada K. Smith and Miss Emelia Anderson, both nurses, assisted Doctor Wahlquist. Other helpers were Miss Winifred S. Foster, Miss Helen C. Gee and Mrs. John Quinn. The work was financed through the 1925 Christmas Seal sale.
Charles E. Jude of Maple Lake, candidate for representative, visited Waverly Sunday and met a large number of visitors while here.
Mr. Jude is one of the progressive and substantial farmers of Wright County. He has lived in Wright County all of his life, and has a splendid record. He is honest and square and well-fitted for any office in the interest of the people of this county or state. He is well informed on political and economic questions. It is expected he will be among the big vote getters when the primaries are held. (This was not a political ad, but an endorsement by Mr. McDonnell himself.)
Malodorous crime wave in Sibley County
Eight youngsters of Morton recently stole some rotten eggs from under setting hens, with which they plastered the schoolhouse and a number of residences. At one house, they threw an egg into a room in which an orchestra was practicing. Several were thrown into a lodge hall in which a meeting was being held, and a number were placed on the driving seat of a closed car so that the owner sat on them, ruining a new suit and coat.
Want ad section
The "chiropractic physicians" of Howard Lake advertised from their office over the Besser Harness Shop. Their advertisement says:
"We have had unsurpassed results in the treatment of chronic and acute diseases such as rheumatism and its kindred ailments, stomach and intestinal disturbances, constipation, asthma, skin diseases, kidney trouble, nervousness, high blood pressure, loss of weight, diabetes, gall stones, goitre, lumbago, neuritis, headaches, anemia, tuberculosis, and all other diseases which require a continual building up.
"Each patient receives a regular examination, spinal analysis, blood test, analysis of urine and a definite charting of every organ. We use various methods: electrotherapy, diet, electric and vapor baths, massage and constitutional exercise."
("Quack, quack, quack.")
M.J. Padden advertised his new Pontiac Six for $825, while H. A. Bednorz was selling his new Oldsmobiles for $950, FOB Lansing.
Mr. Bednorz was also selling new tires for $7.50 "to make your motoring a joy" at his White Eagle Service Station.
If your car had trouble, Pususta's City Garage told us: "Our garage is a service station in all that the term implies; and regardless of what your car troubles are, we will correct them in a prompt and efficient manner."
A one-way ticket to Minneapolis on the Northland Transportation bus was $1.15. Round trip was $1.75. (Why drive a car?)
Ogles City Restaurant was selling Dutch Kitchen chocolates for 33 cents for a 1-pound box.
Giblin's Produce was selling, among other bargains, canvas gloves for .7 cents and a large can of pumpkin for 13 cents.
"I will begin to deliver ice to residences after May 1st." Earl Mumford, City Dray Line.
"Big trunk for sale. Good as new." Bridget Kennedy.
"Nice rooms for rent." Bridget Kennedy.
"Potatoes for sale. Inquire of F.P. O'Connell."
"Hay for sale. A few stacks of timothy hay for sale. Meady Dalbec, Waverly."
Want ad rates: One cent per word for each insertion. No ad for less than 25 cents. Want ads get the buyers.
Notice to clean up
Notice is hereby given by the Board of Health of the village of Waverly that all private premises, alleys, etc. must be cleaned of rubbish, ashes and all winter accumulation by May 15, 1926. By order of the Board of Health.
Notice to water patrons
Sprinkling of lawns in the village must be limited to from 7-8 a.m., 1-2 p.m., and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. These are the hours during which water is being pumped. Lawn and garden sprinkling is prohibited except at the hours above stated. This rule is made for the good of the service. By order of the village council.
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Were "The Roaring Twenties" really that roaring in Waverly? Maybe not.
But I wish I was back there. Don't you?
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