Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

From Our Files

1948: Hartley girls hoopsters advance to state

• Feb. 26, 1948

Hartley hunters were asked to get in touch with their Sanborn friends if they really wanted to see the hide of the proverbial “big, bad wolf.” A hide measuring seven feet from nose to tail, all that was left of a 100-pound wolf, was brought to the Sentinel office for inspection.

The Hartley girls came through the district basketball tournament in championship form as they outclassed the George sextet in the title game. The encounter was turned into a complete route, with the entire squad taking part in the 53-31 win. Hartley advanced to the state tournament where they would meet the strong Keswick team from southeast Iowa in the opening game. The team was coached by Harold Church and Tom Dunsmoor, and was considered to be one of the strongest in school history.

• Feb. 22, 1973

The Hartley Low Rent Housing Agency received word from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that a temporary hold was placed on all funding for subsidized housing applications. Resubmission of the Hartley application was delayed until word was received of a change.

Madonna Towne, administrator of Community Memorial Hospital, and board members Amos Hartmann, Ortman Kaiser and State Representative Ingwer Hansen met with the Iowa State Board of Health. The board tentatively approved plans for the proposed nursing home addition. Final approval awaited submission of the architectural drawings.

The Hartley Chamber of Commerce hosted a public dinner honoring Ing Hansen. He was presented with a lifetime membership certificate honoring him for his 32 years as Chamber secretary.

• Feb. 26, 1998

Moris Gonnerman was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Club International Foundation. Gonnerman joined the Hartley Lions Club in 1979 and had a 100 percent attendance record. To be named a Melvin Jones Fellow, a member must meet criteria based on involvement and attendance at Lions Club functions.

Hartley native Valerie Haarsma was named the 1998 Dordt College Distinguished Alumna. Her life to that point had been a series of unexpected events including years spent in China and Bangladesh as a missionary and surviving a near-fatal bus accident.

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn wrestlers Matt Schuver and Jono Ruf qualified to compete at the state wrestling tournament. Schuver was a two-time qualifier. Both shared similar goals of advancing to, and doing well at, the state meet.

From Our Files” is compiled by Sentinel-News sports editor/staff writer Mike Petersen.