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Wallingford Centennial Committee and Emmet County Historical Society discuss Wallingford Centennial

Event Aug. 10-11

February 18, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

One hundred years ago this year, Wallingford was incorporated as a town.

But there was a town before that.

The Wallingford Centennial Committee and Emmet County Historical Society joined forces Sunday as committees shared the progress they've made in putting together the town's centennial celebration Saturday and Sunday Aug. 10-11.

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Above is a photo of the Wallingford Creamery, copied from a photo at the Emmet County Historical Society Museum. The creamery was torn down in 1974.

As Mike Maloney, Emmet County Historical Society president, noted, there was a town predating Wallingford before its official incorporation in 1913.

Kris Fay, highlighting events planned for the centennial, said kids' games were planned in the park along with a kiddie tractor pull - possible Saturday morning.

Another Saturday morning event planned is the antique tractor pull followed by the firemen's dinner.

Fay said plans call for a central stage for entertainment, historical displays, and food vendors.

There will be a Sunday tractor ride and church service at Wallingford Lutheran with noon meal followed by a parade, finishing with a firemen's waterfight.

Other events include art in the park and a petting zoo.

Jarrod Fischer laid out the parade route which will start at St. James Avenue and go north for two blocks on Third Street to Davy Avenue then west two blocks to First Street. From there it will go south for three blocks along First Street to Ridley Avenue, turning east for two blocks again to Third Street then turning north again for a block. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

ECHS board member Don Valen said the museum had some old fire equipment that could be used in the parade - including two antique hose carts originally from Wallingford.

Fischer said the fire department will hold a ribeye and hamburger supper 4-8 p.m. Saturday during the centennial, as well as a separate supper fundraiser in June.

Maureen Clark recapped centennial fundraising committee efforts, starting with the committee's first meeting in June 2011. Clark said pop can collection started in August 2011 and that the group later sold 185 Pizza Hut discount cards followed by a bake sale at Pizza Hut November 2011.

A soup luncheon was held in October 2012 at the community center when T-shirts and crocks went on sale with 150 T-shirts and 130 crocks selling to date. The VFW held a supper last December.

Clark said rifles are now being sold with a Wallingford Centennial logo at $700 each until March 1. She said another rifle without a logo will be raffled off.

Wanda Sabby said the food committee is looking for food vendors. Anyone interested can contact Wallingford City Hall at (712) 867-4585 or any centennial committee member.

Sabby, who's also on the history committee, noted work on a number of projects, including obtaining information from the Emmet County Historical Society Museum, interviewing longtime residents and compiling books of various histories.

Sabby showed everyone a map which listed previous businesses. Apparently at one time Wallers Pool Hall also had a one-lane bowling alley with a manual pinsetter, she said. Sabby said Eunice Wee said at one time there were two grain elevators at one time and also a Wolden Drug.

Maureen Clark said she was in the last eighth-grade class to graduate in 1962, noting there was a binder devoted to schools both in and around Wallingford. There are also binders devoted to agriculture and rural life, parks and recreation and churches. Fischer said he's working on a binder for the fire department.

The centennial committee noted that it was indebted to the Emmet County Historical Society Museum for providing photos.

Wallingford families are also asked to provide scrapbook pages of their families for display.



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