Looking back: Post 65 sponsored Junior Legion baseball
50 years ago
From the July 9, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
First Eagle Scouts here in 20 years
The first Eagle Scout ceremony in 20 years was attended by 80 persons at an Eagle Court of Honor at the “old gym” in Farmington’s high school Monday evening. The Eagle honor — highest in scouting — was bestowed upon two 15-year-old youth, Tim Hunter, son of Dr. and Mrs. Murray Hunter; and Scott Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Deane Harris, Farmington.
Local officials, members of the sponsoring Lions organizations, Scout assistants and other civic leaders were present for the esteemed occasion. The last Eagle Scout was Spencer Young, who received the award in 1944; Mel Danielson, Ron Heinen and Gordon Vall in 1942; and Ed Garvey and Bob Watson in 1933. To become an Eagle, one must know practically all the scouting skills, and pass numerous tests — it is no small accomplishment.
Local man, 21, others escape as motor ‘blows’
It was a dandy fishing trip ... but….
One motor on the two-motored DC3 airplane “blew up” and caused an unscheduled landing for a party of 22 Arctic Circle fisherman, including Robert Erickson of Farmington Saturday.
It happened on the eight-hour return trip, 40 miles from Bemidji, Minn. The plane was able to fly with one motor and made a landing at Bemidji....
Erickson, a local trucker and partner in an elevator at Dennison, Minn., was one of 22 guests of Doughboy Industries to make the week’s trip to Reindeer Lake on the Arctic Circle.
Cooperation fields junior Legion team
Rosemount American Legion Post 65 is again sponsoring Junior Legion baseball. Al Gorvin Jr., is athletic chairman and it is coached by Marv Ratzlaff.
Basic thanks is due Brockway Glass Co., an organization well acquainted with Junior League baseball for their cooperation in providing a home field, said Gorvin and that thanks was also due Tom Moore for donating equipment, Fluegel Elevator for trucks; and Fischer gravel for washed sand and Nick Fox for tractors and loaders.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. John J. Morrison, Rosemount, on the birth of a son, John James Morrison, Jr., June 30, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Minneapolis. He weighed 6 lbs., 13 ½ oz., and will be baptized Sunday, July 12 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Congratulations to Mrs. and Mrs. James Smith on the birth of a son, July 2, at Hastings Memorial Hospital.
Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Karl Volkert entertained at a family picnic at their home. Their son, David, was home from the Army Base at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland where he is completing an automation maintenance course. Other guests were the Ted and Edward Volkerts from Stillwater, the Ray Gustafsons from St. Paul, the Harold Dalchows from Robbinsdale and Mrs. E. Horrisberger and Winfred.
The Tousignant families met at the Edwin Tousignant home on the 4th for family picnic.
Regina McNearney returned home on Monday after spending four days with the Bill Edwards at New Lisbon.
The “16” Birthday Club met on Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Lorraine Quigley to help her celebrate her birthday. Refreshments were served and cards played.
75 years ago
From the July 14, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Harold Stapf’s auto burns up
A Castle Rock farmer’s auto burned and threatened to spread fire to a nearby rye field at 10:30 Wednesday night of last week.
Harold Stapf was driving home from town and was near the old Joe Towler farm when the motor caught fire and in a moment the whole front end was in flames.
Harold fought the blaze and burned his hand. Anton Schiller, his hired man, and Mrs. Stapf arrived and aided in the battle against the fire. Although the machine was damaged beyond repair, they prevented the flames from getting in the Empey rye field. The fire started from the coil, it is thought.
The machine, a 1932 Chevrolet coach, was partly covered by insurance.
Wednesday is heat record breaker
Men and beast alike suffered from the intense heat, Wednesday of this week; although the temperature was officially only 95, the humidity and lack of breeze, caused a great deal of discomfort.
Martin Stapf, east of Farmington, lost three steers from heat Wednesday, and W.D. Carrol, northeast of here lost a Holstein bull July 6.
Many farmers brought their horses in from the field, in the afternoon and carpenters and other laborers were forced to quit work about 3:00 p.m. because of the terrific heat.
W.P.A. crew here quits for six hours Tuesday
The local W.P.A. crew of 18 men working on a sewer and water project on Second Street in Farmington went on strike Tuesday morning at 9:00, according to Foreman John McGovern.
Without any disorder or trouble of any kind, they returned to work at 3:00 o’clock the same day and have continued since then.
Miss Dorothy Heinrichs was taken to the Deaconess Hospital Saturday suffering from appendicitis. She underwent an operation and is reported getting along nicely.
The Ladies Aid of the Rosemount Methodist Church invite you to their ice cream social at the church on Saturday evening, July 15. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. In case of rain we will serve in the basement.
Mr. and Mrs. J.H. McFadden spent Tuesday at the Rose Donnelly and Alice Curran homes.
Mrs. C.A. Gaylord of Cambridge is spending the week with her brother, B. Martin at the Skelly station.
Word comes from St. Joseph’s Hospital that W.J. Colgam is much improved much to the gratification of his many friends.
Mrs. Ray Sieckert called on Mrs. Floyd Howell at the Community Hospital Tuesday evening. She found Mrs. Howell some improved.
Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Corrigan have gone to live with their son, James, and wife on the A.P. Ratzlaff farm which they purchased recently. The old home place east of Rosemount will be in charge of their son, John. Mr. and Mrs. Corrigan lived on this farm thirty-nine years.
100 years ago
From the July 10, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Helen Jagoe of Coates spent Saturday and Sunday visiting with Ida Warweg.
Madie and Katie Devitt of St. Paul spent Sunday with relatives here.
A crowd of young folks here held a picnic at Antlers Park Sunday.
Marie Hagney returned home Friday after spending a week with friends at Stillwater.
Ellen Hagney visited a few days last week with Mrs. Jane Cahill at Rosemount.
Automobile door lost between Fred Groves and Farmington. It is of stark red color. Finder will please return it to Chris Hoffman and receive reward.
D.A. Reed has purchased the Geo. D. Becker farm east of town and is looking for a force of carpenters to begin the erection of a new barn and other buildings, including remodeling of the house.
When local news is scarce, don’t blame the editor. The reader is to be blamed. Why in the name of everything that sounds sensible does not the reader do something worth jotting down; or better still, why don’t he let us know what his neighbor is doing? The reader wants news, well, it’s ditto with us.
The “Glorious Fourth” of this year has passed into history with its customary picnics, fishing trips, hot weather and loud noises. Of course there has been causalities as accessories to the celebration of that day. We have heard some talk about a “sane Fourth,” but then “talk is cheap!”