Listen to the Weekly Radio Readings by Sheila Winstead, RCHS Board Member
Recorded January 2019
January 6 In 1919 after the World War had finally ended and our servicemen were coming home, the Red Cross was still working to make their lives better. This article appeared in the Roseau Times-Region of January 24, of 1919.
Realizing the urgent need of providing some pleasant place for returned soldiers and other young men in the village to spend the winter evenings, the local Red Cross has taken steps to temporarily fill this want by renting the basement of the First National Bank, which they are having fitted as a library and reading room.
The room has been fixed up and will be ready to open this evening at 7:30 o’clock. It will be in charge of a member of the Home Guard and will be open every evening from 7:30 to 10.
January 13 This story appeared in January 31, 1952, issue of the Roseau Times-Region. As near as anyone could figure it, Ed Peterson, bachelor, had been missing since January 7, when he had purchased groceries and caught a ride home from Haakon Sonsteng. Last Friday, 18 days later, he was found after a four-day search … killed by an oak tree which he had been cutting for firewood.
The search was started after Harry Olmstead had noticed the lack of activity around Peterson’s house and checked to find out when he had last called for mail…
January 20 Information from the Bob Bergland Family File, an email he had written in 2011…. “When I was a 5-year-old boy, living on our family farm along the river south of Roseau, we had a battery powered Philco radio used sparingly because we had no electricity to recharge the battery. A makeshift radio station near Skime started up in the summer of 1934 carrying mostly local musicians. I’ll never forget those broadcasts with a car engine chugging along in the background. Such was the best technology of the time.
I recently learned about a new series on local art featuring music and musicians from the early days sponsored by the Roseau County Historical Society. I recalled the first Roseau County radio station and decided to find out more about the enterprise and learned that Russ Berger would be a valuable resource. I interviewed Wally and produced this narrative…”
January 27 65 years ago, Postmistress Magnusson of Malung and Assistant Postmaster John Hedin were pictured in the February 4, 1954 issue of the Roseau Times-Region as the closing of Malung Post Office was announced. Another photo showed Boyd Goodboe, who would thereafter be delivering mail to Malung on a star route from Roseau. The story is read as it appears in the newspaper.
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