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50 years ago


From the Feb. 13, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Simonsen sells business to Thelen, Stifter

Two Farmington men, Donald Thelen and Ed Stifter, have purchased the business and equipment of the Simonsen Plumbing and Heating firm here from Henry Simonsen effective March 1.

Simonsen who has been in that business since 1928 will retire. He and his wife have constructed a new home at the northwest edge of Farmington, south of County Highway 66....

Thelen resides at the east edge of Farmington. He has been a lifelong resident of the community having been with the mosquito control unit here the past six years....

Stifter is presently employed with Hagen Hardware in the plumbing and heating department....

The new company which will probably be called Farmington Plumbing and Heating will be located in the Simonsen building which will continue to be owned by Simonsen. They will do regular plumbing service work, and will continue the Lennox furnace line and the Crane Plumbing fixtures, in addition to air conditioning.

Group voices protest on school plan here

Approximately 20 persons interested in the elementary school building project met with the Farmington School Board Tuesday evening.

The purpose of the meeting with the school board was outlined by “Spokesman” Dr. Murray Hunter.

Hunter said the group was not in favor of the school board’s plans to build an extensive annex on the present elementary school property at this time....

The board’s plans also included an addition to the present high school building to provide food preparation space for a high school cafeteria to be housed in the old gymnasium.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $600,000. The building if located where the sketch indicated would require the purchase of the Ebeling property.

Barber quitting after 44 years in Rosemount

This spring Frank Gibson will pack up his hair tonic, his clippers and his prodigious stack of reading material and leave the place where he has worked for the last 44 years.

Frank J. Gibson, 68, has been barbering in Rosemount in the same shop for the last 44 years. He is leaving because his shop, built in 1903, is being removed to make way for a shopping center.

A native of Rosemount, Frank attended St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul, then went to work for Uncle Sam in Word War I. When he returned he went to barber school and started in the shop in 1919, a second generation barber....

Frank has worked in the stockyards and on a farm, but most of his life he has spent in the little barbershop with a razor and clipper and lively conversation....

His scissors have clipped through a lot of hair in 44 years:

“Too much to count.”

After the war, the butch haircut became popular because the “boys coming home from the service got used to the idea of having little or no hair. The fancy haircut style in the 20s was the Pompadour. It was the fanciest hair style until those Hollywood cuts became the rage.

Rosemount FFA banquet set

The annual FFA banquet to be held Saturday, Feb. 5, at Rosemount will hear Duane Leach, national vice president of the North Central FFA region and the main speaker....

Receiving plaques and certificates as honorary chapter farmers will be: Orvin Stelter, Donald Warkentien, Rollin Dennistoun and Emmet Carroll.

75 years ago

From the Feb. 17, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Blizzard halts county traffic

A 14-inch snowfall fanned by a gale, plugged highways and tied up vehicle traffic here Friday. State and county snow plow crews battled huge drifts and had traffic back to normal Saturday.

On the heels of the blizzard came a cold wave that sent the mercury to 33 below zero Saturday morning, according to official reports from Jerome Akin. It was the coldest day of the year.

Paved and secondary roads were plugged tighter than a drum Friday morning as the high wind whipped this section. Downtown streets were filled with trucks and cars awaiting the opening of choked roads by state plows. Forty trucks and a few cars were stalled on Highway 218 three miles north of town....

School authorities in Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount cancelled school Friday, the announcement going out shortly after 8 a.m. from radio stations....

Jefferson Hotel and rooming houses were jammed with marooned travelers. Garages were full of autos and trucks. Train, bus and auto traffic was resumed late Friday night and Saturday morning.

The village council got busy Monday and ordered a crew of men removing the snow banks from village main streets. The work was all done by late Tuesday.

Rosemount News

The “500” Club was entertained at a Valentine’s party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James McDonald on Sunday evening. Four tables were played. Mrs. James O’Leary and Mr. Harry Scott won the honors and the prizes. The cut prize was won by the visiting guest, Gordon Beaudette, a valentine box of candy. Was he happy? All report a good time.

The Roosevelt benefit birthday dance was postponed due to the big snow and will be held in Geraghty’s Hall Monday evening, Feb. 20. The Shamrock Swingsters will furnish the music.

”Farmer” displays Delaney pictures

“The Farmer” displayed a whole page of pictures and description of “The Delaney’s New Home” recently. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Delaney are a young couple residing on a 320 acre farm near Rosemount. They started farming on the Delaney homestead and lived in the house that had served the family many years. Sometime over a year ago the house was destroyed by fire while the family was away visiting at Hastings.

A hastily-constructed garage served as a shelter for a while and today they are enjoying one of the most beautiful and convenient farm homes in the county. The Delaneys have two children, Mary Ellen and John.

Mr. and Mrs. Delaney are well known in this community and friends congratulate them on the lovely new structure which they recently built.

100 years ago

From the Feb. 13, 1914

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

New church to be built at Rosemount

It has been rumored Rosemount is soon to have a new Catholic church. The past several years has wrought many changes in our sister village. They have, all told about 300 men, women and children, and everyone is a booster for Rosemount.

This kept up for a few years has caused many of the big things to look small and the march of progress is already being felt.

The little church which has been the worshiping place for these people for many years is now too small, out of date and not in keeping with the spirit of the hour and a new one costing, some say, between $60,000 and $75,000 is to be built.

Rosemount has always boasted of having the most wealth of any small town in the county. Her rich soil and close proximity to the Twin Cities has made her people rich. With this came beautiful homes, the auto and now they must have a larger, handsomer and more sanitary edifice.

Talk good roads

The good roads meeting held at the city hall Monday was largely attended by farmers and good roads enthusiasts from different parts of the county....

After a preliminary talk of 10 minutes by the president in explaining the object of the meeting by Lewis Nash of Ramsey County, he showed plainly the reason why large cities wish to have good roads leading to the cities’ drawing business from a greater distance in the country.

At first farmers were prejudiced against automobiles but auto owners and farmers are beginning to learn that their interests are too much in common for either to hold back....

County Auditor P.A. Hoffman gave the assurance of what things could be doing if people wanted it as the county had upwards of $60,000 to spend on roads this year, $7,000 of which would go into the new Capital National Highway soon to be built through Farmington.

Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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