Lighted porchlights signaled the willingness to give to the March of Dimes drive conducted under the auspices of the Luverne Grade School Mothers’ club Thursday night. Typical of the scenes at virtually every Luverne home is this one caught by the Star-Herald’s camera at the Henry Untiedt home on North Estey street. Standing in the doorway is Mrs. Untiedt. The “marching mother” is Mrs. James Bagbey. Foreground is Stephen Bagbey who made the march with his mother. In all, 95 Luverne mothers participated in t

Bits by Betty

1954: March of Dimes reaches $4,253

The following appeared in the Rock County Star Herald on February 4, 1954


Polio Fund Now Over $4,000

Contributions turned in to the county March of Dimes committee up to Tuesday of this week amounted to $4,244.13, it was announced this week. 

Luverne’s “Mothers’ March” last Thursday night proved highly successful, with $1,453.48 turned in, according to Lester Tollefson, drive chairman. Largest single individual contribution was $50.

A special solicitation was made of the business district, but returns on this were still incomplete yesterday.

Beaver Creek’s benefit program and donations totaled $321. A March of Dimes dance at Hardwick brought in $473.76.

Magnolia’s program which included a band concert, musical selections, an independent basketball game between Magnolia and Beaver Creek, tumbling acts and the serving of lunch by the Magnolia Music Mothers Club netted $121.50. Other donations received at Magnolia raise the total for the community to $261.51, and the solicitation is still not complete.

A benefit basketball game will be held at Hills Saturday evening, with the Hills Indees meeting West Sioux Hardware, and the Hills grade school boys playing Steen. The preliminary game starts at 7 p.m.

Reports from the townships are still not complete.

Special contributions from organizations the past week include $50 from the Rock County Sportsmen’s Club and $36.50 from the American Legion, representing the proceeds from last Saturday evening’s bingo party. 

Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, 312 E. Main Street, Luverne, MN 56156.

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