By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

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1948: Hartley boxer nabs another knockout


December 7, 2023

• Dec. 9, 1948

William Heitritter, 48, was taken to a Hull hospital after being gored by a two-year-old bull at his farm near Melvin. His injuries included two broken ribs and several cuts and bruises. He was testing cattle in a barn when the bull became enraged and attacked him.

A large crowd had already assembled in Hartley when Santa Claus arrived by plane at the local airport. Old Saint Nick was escorted to the school grounds by the Hartley Fire Department, from which point he led a parade through the streets of town.

Orlan Ott, Hartley heavyweight, scored a quick knockout victory whe...

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