Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

From Our Files

1972: Winter storms strand students in Hartley

• Jan. 30, 1947

The home on the Mrs. Bertha Hirt farm, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Earl Peters and son, was completely destroyed by fire. Mrs. Peters reported the blaze as soon as she noticed it, but a high wind fanned it quickly into an uncontrollable inferno. Hartley firemen did the best they could with the limited amount of water available but it was insufficient to control the spreading flames.

Advanced sale of tickets pointed to the biggest firemen’s ball in Hartley’s history, but Old Man Winter came and with him snow, snow and more snow. As a result many would-be celebrants stayed snugly at...