Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Center

A group of seniors met on November 1, 1974, in the Zoar Lutheran Church. Roger Wetzel, Trudy Ertman and Jan Christie were actively involved in organizing the Senior Citizens Club. Its first officers included Pearl Aanstad (president), Henry Timm (vice president), Mrs. Herbert Martin (secretary), Mrs. Carl Mortenson (treasurer). The dues were $2.00 per member. Meetings were held alternately in the three area churches that were in existence at the time. The first Friday was a business meeting, and the third Saturday evening was a social meeting. Every member reaching eighty years of age was given special recognition with a decorated cake. In addition, the club sponsored several activities for its members, including slide shows, talks by visitors, educational programs, and other events. The club sponsored floats in area parades.

In October of 1976, the club began monthly bus services to Devils Lake, allowing members to make doctor's appointments, shop, etc. That same year, Storlie School Number 4 was moved to Hampden, and gifted to the club. The club placed the school in the northeast corner of the city park, and sponsored its restoration, which included several of the original student desks, the teachers desk, and most of the original photographs, and other materials. In March of 1977, the club met for the first time in the new mini mall, which included a large room for the use of the Senior Citizens Club. During its time, the Senior Citizens Club contributed to several county programs, including meals, bus, and nursing services. The club also planted trees, and each summer its members planted and tended to flowers in front of the mini mall. As of 2000, the club is no longer in existence, as too many of its members have moved, passed away, or otherwise unable to participate.

Information derived primarily from:

  • Ramsey County History: vol 2, p 598, 1983
  • Hampden Diamond Jubilee Book, 1979