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Living history: Four plan to break world record in Wadena

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 29, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena man reunites with Mickey Rooney

Wadena banker Alan Pettit reunited with his old Army ping-pong buddy Mickey Rooney on Saturday in Staples.

Rooney and his wife, Jan Chamberlin, performed their "One Man One Wife" show Saturday and Sunday at the Batcher Block Opera House in Staples.

The two men haven't kept in touch over the years but Pettit and Rooney reminisced for a few minutes before the performance.

Pettit originally met Rooney while they were stationed in France during World War II in 1944. Rooney entered the service to entertain the troops during the war. It was their ping-pong talent that brought the two men together.

The men ended up playing a number of ping-pong matches against each other and teamed up to play against others.

On Saturday, Rooney and Chamberlin said they like performing in small towns and had performed in smaller towns than Staples.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the July 28, 1994 Pioneer Journal

• Humphrey Manor burglary alleged

Robert Franklin Sapp, 55, whose address is listed as the Bell Hill Recovery Center, entered the apartment of a Humphrey Manor West resident on June 28 and allegedly stole a wallet containing $245. Sapp has been charged with first-degree burglary, a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years and a $20,000 fine; he was also charged with gross misdemeanor theft, which carries up to a one year sentence and $3,000 fine.

• Car vandalized at Blueberry Pines

Jennifer Ellenson of Park Rapids left Blueberry Pines Golf Course in Menahga last Saturday morning at 2:30 a.m. and found the sunroof of her 1990 Mitsubishi smashed. The car was also dented and the vandals squirted catsup in the interior of the car. Twenty cassettes and $50 were taken.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 1, 1974 Pioneer Journal

• Four plan to break world record here

Four Wadena freshmen will try to set a new world record beginning today at noon by dribbling a basketball at the home of Harlyn Hanson at Southbrook Lane.

The four are Rod Hanson, Jim Hamerlinck, John Brown and Bobby Jackson.

The reported world record in consecutive hours in dribbling a basketball is 39 hours.

Members of the family and friends reportedly will be the judges who will make sure the dribbling of the basketball is continuous throughout the marathon.

• Deer Creek phone numbers will change in Sept.

A reminder to persons of the Deer Creek community on the new telephone directories. Deer Creek telephone numbers will be changing in late September.

The new directory contains the new Deer Creek numbers. Telephone users should retain their old directory for use when calling Deer Creek numbers until the September change.

70 years ago

Excerpts from the July 27, 1944 Pioneer Journal

• Farmer loses foot in mishap on binder

Elmer Erickson, a 52-year-old Battle Lake farmer, was taken to a Fergus falls hospital Tuesday after he had lost one foot and suffered serious injuries to the other. The injuries occurred in a binder accident.

• Roseau editor dies at work in shop

Complaining of not having enough air in the print shop and a pain near his heart, Paul Buran, one of the publishers of the Roseau Times Region, passed away within a very few minutes late Tuesday.

Buran was a veteran in Roseau newspaper circles.