100 Years Ago May 4, 1918 Abers injured in fall. Earl Abers was injured quite badly while at work in the tile factory last week. In spite of his injuries, the good news is Earl is able to be at work again soon. Notice to the public. There have been several complaints from citizens about neighbors throwing tin cans and rubbish in the streets and public highways. This practice must be stopped at once. The citizens are to be reminded that the city ordinance provides a penalty of $5 to 30 days in jail for the offense. Let's keep Osakis clean!
100 Years Ago April 25, 1918 Billy Moore will talk on the war. Sargent Billy Moore, famous American soldier, will bring the real message about the war as he has just returned from Europe. Sergeant Moore is enlisted in the renowned Fifth Battalion of the First Canadians and will be giving his address at the Osakis High School Auditorium on April 29. Sargent Moore will be accompanied by the Royal Welsh Singers.
100 Years Ago April 18, 1918 Fight against barberry plant. Teachers of all the schools of this county received a letter asking them to enlist the help of their pupils in digging up and destroying the common barberry plant — not the Japanese variety of this plant — throughout the county by May 15. The students are asked to look carefully over the grounds of his or her own home or farm for this common barberry plant and report to the teacher. Hopefully, we can eradicate this plant that chokes out our precious wheat plants.
100 Years Ago April 11, 1918 New car for rural carrier. John J. Hanson, mail carrier for rural route no. 3 is now making his trips in a spic and span new Ford touring car. Four of the five routes out of Osakis are now being made by automobile during the open months. Scarlet Fever reported. Several cases of Scarlet Fever in a mild form are reported about town among children and a number of homes have been quarantined the past week.
100 Years Ago April 4, 1918 More Osakis boys get across to France. Word has been received by Osakis friends and relatives of the safe arrival in France of G.R. Lee, Carl Gingery and Kenneth Stevens, who are with Uncle Sam's military forces.
100 Years Ago March 28, 1918 Creamery fire. The Belle River Creamery, located near the Belle River store, burned down Tuesday afternoon at 3, together with the machinery and equipment. The fire caught in the saw dust in the ice house, but how is not known. Owners report a loss of over $8,000 and have plans to rebuild the creamery.
100 Years Ago March 14, 1918 Colts at auction. Ad: Saturday, March 16, I will offer at the Big Barn Feed in Osakis, a pair of two-year-old colts, both mares. Will make good work team. These colts will be offered for sale at Public Auction at 2 o'clock p.m. of that day. Gus Norheim, Owner Seed grain is scarce. Ad: Therefore, we invite any farmer having seed grain, corn, etc. for sale to bring in a sample pan-full. We will put some in our display window and take orders for you free of charge. Use this free service for your benefit. Osakis Auto Co.
100 Years Ago March 7, 1918 Osakis again answers the call. Need of shipyard volunteers finds patriotic response. Twelve patriotic men from Osakis have enrolled at the Osakis U.S. Post Office to be active in war work in the Pubic Service Reserve, especially just now needed in the shipyard, where the need for manpower is great.
100 Years Ago Feb. 14, 1918 Wool needed for soldiers. It requires the wool from 29 sheep to make the clothing and other equipment for just one soldier. More wool must be produced at home here in the U.S. That's why all local sheep farmers in Douglas and Todd Counties are asked to raise more sheep. An entire crop of U.S. wool will be required to clothe the Army preparing for France.
100 Years Ago Feb 7, 1918 Whist champion title goes to Alexandria. Six teams of Alexandria's crack grand-nula players played a return series with the Osakis devotees of the popular Norwegian card game, Whist, held on a "heatless Monday" afternoon and evening, beating the locals by 10 games in a series of 80 games.