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50 years ago

From the July 16, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Rosemount-Orchard Gardens telephone subscribers receive expanded service

Saturday night at midnight Central Telephone company will activate two new dial systems in another to provide expanded service for Rosemount and Orchard Gardens telephone subscribers.

The Rosemount expanded service program which will climax almost four years of planning, engineering, and construction, was started in the summer of 1960 when joint meetings were held between the Rosemount Businessmen’s Club and Telephone company officials. In May of 1962 Rosemount businessmen conducted a house-to-house survey of all telephone customers to determine whether a majority would be willing to pay additional monthly rates to receive toll-free calling to St. Paul and the southeast area which includes the Glenview exchange.

Almost 80 percent of the total subscribers connected to the Rosemount exchange voted in favor of the extended area service....

In addition to the new dial equipment, the telephone company placed new cable throughout the area and graded type telephone service (1 and 2 party) are now available throughout the service area....

Rosemount subscribers can now move from one location to another within the exchange area without having their telephone number changed. In addition, party line subscribers will now receive only their own ring.

Arrangements were made with Northwestern Bell to include Rosemount listings in the St. Paul alphabetical directory when it is printed in late fall of 1964....

The telephone company has made arrangements to have Rosemount Mayor George Ward, officially open the system by placing a call to St. Paul Mayor George Vavoulis. This call will be placed at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, the 18th, and telephone company officials predict that Rosemount subscribers will keep their switches humming now that they are able to call St. Paul without paying a toll charge.

School bond vote set for Tuesday, board split

Voters in the Farmington School district will go to the polls Tuesday, July 21, to decide whether or not to authorize the school board to bond the school district for $790,000 for a new elementary school....

The election has become one of the strangest in the history of this Independent School District.

The school board is completely and apparently irrevocably split on the bond issue. One half, consisting of members, R.F. Schultz, Dean Empey and A.C. Smith, Jr., is against the proposed issue, while the other half, Robert Stegmaier, F.J. Henneberry and Richard Beyer, are backing the proposal....

With the children now living in the district by the school year 1968-69, the district will need 14 classrooms, in addition to the 18 classroom buildings they now have. This does not take into consideration any pupils moving into the district other than a “sprinkling migration,” R.O. Boehlke, superintendent of schools said.

Civic leaders to be guests of telephone co.

Civic and municipal leaders from Rosemount, Orchard Gardens, Burnsville and Lebanon townships will be guests of officials of the Central Telephone company at pre-conversion activities at the Kon Tiki Club Saturday, July 18.

Following a 7 o’clock dinner, the new telephone systems composed of the most up-to-date equipment available will be explained to those present. At 9 p.m. there will be inspection of the installation at Rosemount and a historic first call placed through the new equipment to officially place the system into service will be made. The new dial system will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning.

Soil queen to be chosen at county fair

The Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation district will sponsor the Conservation Queen contest to be held as part of the Dakota County Fair, Aug. 12 to 16.

The Conservation Queen contest is a new contest for rural girls. It replaces the former Queen of the Furrow contest and is similar except that contestants will not compete in tractor driving competition. They will be judged on their Conservation Story, a conservation quiz, personality, grooming and participation in community activities....

Any unmarried Dakota County girls 16 to 21 inclusive may enter. 4-H clubs, F.F.A. chapters, business firms and others may wish to enter and sponsor contestants.

75 years ago

From the July 21, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Lois Neunaber wins amateur

Another good-sized crowd enjoyed the band concert, amateur contest and community sing in the village square....

Miss Lois Neunaber, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. H.W. Neunaber of Rich Valley, won the amateur contest with a piano solo, “The Robin’s Return,” and received a prize of $3.00. Marvin Rechtzigel won second with two accordion solos, a prize of $2.00. These were the only two amateur numbers from Rosemount; both were excellent and enjoyed very much.

The Farmington German band drew a good applause as did Mr. Leach when he sang, “The Lost Chord,” accompanied by Mrs. Grabenstein.

The programs are sponsored by the Farmington Commercial Club and the prize money is given by them. H.O. Tellier was master of ceremonies and Kenneth Springen was director of the band.

Poison weeds kill 3 cows

Martin Staph, farmer living near Farmington, had the misfortune of losing three head of cattle during the hot days of last week and it was thought that the heat killed them.

These cattle were sold to the Hoglund Brothers rendering plant and they were informed. Mr. Staph said that the death of the cattle was caused by either some poisonous weed or stagnant water.

This pasture was carefully checked and the poisonous water hemlock weed was found growing along the fences. This weed is a large weed three to six feet high, widely branching and having small white flowers produced in umbrella-like clusters which are one to four inches across. The roots of this weed are intensely poisonous to stock, particularly cattle.

Rosemount News

George Petersen, living one and a quarter miles south and east of Rosemount, received his United States citizen papers on June 26 of this year at the YMCA building in St. Paul. He was a citizen of Denmark, previously.

Mrs. L.M. Jacobson returned recently from Aberdeen, S.D., and points in North Dakota, where she had been visiting relatives. She says there are points in both states where the crops have been hit by drought and hoppers, and that in many places less than half a crop will be harvested. She says the hoppers are so thick they seem like a cloud when they get up in the air to migrate.

100 years ago

From the July 17, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

St. Paul Jobbers’ grand excursion

About 75 prominent St. Paul Jobbing and manufacturing firms will be represented in a party which will visit Farmington on July 25. This will be the second excursion made by the St. Paul party this summer.

The trip will be made in a special train consisting of solid steel equipment furnished by the C.M. & St. Paul Ry....

St. Paul jobbers and manufacturers make an annual feature of these tours, although this is the first time in a number of years that they have come in this direction. The local merchants constantly come in contact with the salesmen covering this territory for the St. Paul houses, but it is seldom that they have an opportunity to meet the actual heads of the big St. Paul firms.

The object of the trip is that the actual heads of the big firms may become acquainted with their customers throughout the territory, and in this way get in personal touch with the trade and its requirements.

One of the features of the visit will be the presence with the party of the famous Minnesota Band of more than 20 pieces under the direction of A.L. Snyder. This band will give street concerts in each town visited.