Original town clock back up; Centennial Celebration set

By I-O Editor, Buck Traxler
Original town clock back up; Centennial Celebration set
TOP SECTION — With the main section of the clock installed, the bottom part put on, the top section was next for Phil Broesder and George Tornga to attach. Driving the front end fork lift they are standing on is Jimmy Greer which was donated by Front Line Ag to assist in the project of putting up the clock. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler.
   On Jan. 9, 1958 a Conrad landmark, the town clock mounted on Production Credit Association building at the corner of Main St. and 4th Ave. was taken down.
   The original clock was purchased for $1,800 in 1910 when the First National Bank building went up.
   In 1939 the Conrad Production Credit Association (PCA) moved into the building and kept the old clock running.
   Nevertheless, time and elements took their toll and a hail storm in August of 1958 damaged the clock.
   Despite attempts to fix the clock, it didn’t work and no longer kept accurate time. The relic time piece was hauled down and went to the farm of Steve Preputin.
   Through the effort of many dedicated folks, the original timepiece has been restored and Thursday afternoon, it was once again hung in its original place. History has come back alive!
   Thursday when the first section of the clock was installed, a crowd who had gathered to watch cheered, whistled and yelled their approval.
   The clock weighs in at over 500 pounds and a core of 15 volunteers spent over 1,200 hours restoring a big part of Conrad’s history. There are over 660 pieces of glass on the four sides of the clock which is some 12-feet high.
   Technology can be a wonderful thing and today, the clock has been wired so that it can be programmed to change time from a keyboard at the Wiegand Auditorium/Orpheum Theatre. It can also be programmed to play seasonal music.
Following is a schedule of events for the Centennial Celebration.
   On Friday, the opening ceremony takes place at the corner of 4th Ave. and Main St. with a formal dedication of the clock, from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
   The Shooting Sport Club is having a pulled pork dinner with two sides and dessert at the Meadowlark School, 17 3rd SW from 5-7 p.m. The dinner is only $5 and proceeds go to the Shooting Sports Club.
   Bingo will be played at the Horizon Lodge from 7-9 p.m. and at the other side of town, from 8-9 p.m. in Norley Hall, the Pondera History Association will have a special Happy Hour with hors d’oeuvres and great piano music by Bernice Paisley who will be wearing an original, we are told, “flapper” dress.
   From 9-midnight, there will be 100 of music and dance. It is $15 a single and $20 per couple and everyone is asked to dress up in a decade garb of their choice.

   Saturday the Celebration of Ages Parade begins at 11 a.m. Anyone being in the parade needs to line up out at the ball fields, just like at Whoop-Up.
   The parade will come down 7th, move up Main St. and turn at the 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union building at Main St and 2nd Ave. SW and go past the Pondera Medical Center.
   From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. the Conrad Transportation and Historical Museum at 402 S. Virginia will have a special display on railroads. The Conrad Library at 15 4th Ave. SW will have historical display and Stockman Bank will have the “Faces of Conrad” on display. These three places will be closed for an hour for the parade.
   From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. vendors will be on the 400 block of Main St and from noon to 4 pm. The Auto Show will be on the 300 block of Main. St.
   These street sections will be blocked off and individuals who park there for the parade are asked to removed their cars immediately following the parade.
   Going on from noon to 4 p.m. is a quilt Show at Joe’s Steak house on Main St., the Bread Making judging will be at the Lobby, 405 S. Main from 1:30 – 2 p.m.  You can get special stamps cancelled under “the clock” from 1-3 p.m. From 2-4 p.m. the Harvest Fest Cook-off will take place at G&D Hardware, 712 S. Main St. from noon-2 p.m. Come and sample some every yummy morsels of food.
   Also from noon-4 p.m. there will be live entertainment at 5 4th Ave. SE and from 1-3 pm. Jennifer Schlepp will have GEO/CACHE.
   You will need a GPS to find items she has hidden at historical displays around town. This new game of find the hidden treasure has become the “new rage” in high technology around the world. Happy hunting.
   The place to be between 4-4:30 p.m. is the “Winner’s Circle” at 5 4th Ave SE to see who wins the Hogs-n-Kisses contest.
   Will Shari Richter make it back- to-back years and certain glory or will it be someone new to smooch a piglet? Other folks in contention include Heath Elings, Mark Jones representing the PMC, Cheryl Curry from the Port Authority, Cindie Vandenberg out of the Pondera Golf Club and Van Motors, Dave Howard from Northern Seeds, Lynn Utterback, the District 10 school superintendent and the two hot dudes from the I-O, well, one at least and that would be Adam Jerome, reporter and Buck Traxler, editor.
   From 4-6 pm., the PMC will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner at the Meadowlark School. The dinner is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.
   From 7-9 p.m. come and put your hands together and tap your feet to the music of Wylie and the Wild West Show taking place in the Conrad High School gym at 308 S. Illinois. Erik “Fingers” Ray will be playing also.
   After the concert, you can slip on down to Ed’s Tavern on the corner of 4th and Front St. where a cool Karaoke will start at 9 p.m.
   Sunday from 12:30 – 3 p.m. the folks working on the NU Keil Park Project will have an ice cream social at Meadowlark School. This will be a free will offering.
   Get out over the weekend and celebrate our history, celebrate our tomorrow and have some good family fun. This only comes about once every 100 years.