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Looking back: Rosemount geared up for its annual winter carnival 75 years ago

50 years ago

From the Jan. 16, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Commercial Club elects officers in Farmington

The Farmington Commercial Club elected new officers at its luncheon meeting held at Hoagies restaurant in Town’s Edge Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The new president is Gordon Bezdicheck; the new vice president, Vern Marcell; the treasurer and secretary, Gordon Lagerquist and Dr. R.J. McDonnell, respectively, were re-elected for another term.

New members of the board of directors are Floyd Sievers, Leroy Kramer, Jerry Lange and Ed Geiseke. These men will join Lowell Julian, Gordon Rotty, R.O. Boehlke, and John Zimmer, old board chairman still serving their terms.

The new president asked for recommendations on a proposal to have new Christmas decorations in Farmington next year.

A committee composed of Don Kulstad, Vern Marcell and E.W. Ahlberg was formed to investigate the possibility and cost of purchasing the decorations.

Park board begins plans

Another step toward providing a future village park system was made Monday night, Jan. 6, when the locally-formed park board met.

The group comprised of appointed representatives of local civic organizations, met at Hoagie’s Restaurant to formulate some beginning plans.

Several board members were chosen to serve in various capacities. They are Dan Paul, chairman; Mrs. Robert McAndrew, secretary; and Robert Steele, publicity. A special representative to the village council said other committees will be set up as the plan progresses.

County Commissioner Jerome Akin discussed with the group the preparation for park planning on the county level and informed the group as to what possible help might by available from county and federal sources.

The group plans to meet again in the near future.

Rosemount postal receipts up in 1963

The receipts for the Rosemount post office for 1963 were $39,622.92 as compared to $27,339.31 for the year 1962 or an increase of $12,283.61, according to E.G. Doyle, postmaster.

The Christmas mailing at Rosemount was by far the heaviest in the history of the post office, but it was spread over a longer period which helped the post office staff in their work.

Rosemount News

Ronda Geschel celebrated her 9th birthday on Saturday with nine girlfriends in for a party. They all attended the theatre and refreshments were served afterwards at her home.

The following ladies attended a WSCS District meeting at Hamline Methodist Church on Monday: Miss Florence Elliott, Mrs. Everette Swanson, Mrs. M. Wutschke and Mrs. H.C. Hanson.

Mrs. Dorothy Hinrichs was able to return home from Deaconess hospital on Monday. It will be sometime before she will be able to return to work.

There will be an orientation session on Monday, Jan. 20, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the volunteer lounge at Ward 5 at Hastings State Hospital. This meting is open to all ladies interested in doing volunteer work.

Little Clark Fairbanks who entered Deaconess Hospital on Thursday is much better at this writing and his parents hoped he would be home the first of this week.

75 years ago

From the Jan. 20, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Rosemount winter carnival Thursday

Rosemount welcomes you to its Second Annual Winter Carnival Thursday, Jan. 26. As the time for this gala occasion approaches interest and enthusiasm is mounting; the town is acquiring a festive appearance as decorations are put in place. Candidates and their sponsors are working hard at selling buttons as the contest for the selection of Queen approaches its last week.

Already the advance sale of buttons indicates that a large crowd of enthusiastic winter sports fans will participate in the extensive program the carnival committee has formulated.

The six candidates for queen are: Ann Hoiz, Agnes Widerfhold, Lorraine Schult, Eleanore McDonough, Marion Tousignant and Ceil Lanfhoff.

The program will include winter sports for all age groups. School children’s events will be held in the afternoon. There will be skating races for both boys and girls, skiing races for both boys and girls, sled races for both boys and girls, and toboggan races, free for all.

The evening program will begin with the coronation ceremony which will be held at the skating ring.

Mr. E.J. McDonald, mayor of Rosemount, will crown the queen at 7:45 p.m.

At 8 p.m. a parade made of floats, marching clubs, bands and drum and bugle corps will be one of the highlights of the evening....

Fire routs 4 families; cause undetermined

Four families were driven into the street Saturday noon when the Dr. J.A. Sanford apartment house on Oak Street was partly gutted by fire.

This place, known as the old hospital building, was occupied by the Marvin Stempfley and John Sorensen families upstairs and the Dr. C.S. Johnson and Havey Birdsall families downstairs.

Those living upstairs lost all of their household goods, while those living downstairs had their furniture carried to safety with the exception of small articles such as dishes.

The fire was discovered at 11:45 a.m. by Mrs. Sorensen, who heard a muffled explosion in the Stempfley apartment.

Knowing that Mr. Stempfley had been gone since 10:30 o’clock., Mrs. Sorensen investigated and found flames shooting from under the Stempfley kitchen door into the Sorensen kitchen. She and her daughter, Norma Jean, 15, rushed downstairs to inform the occupants of the fire.

Mrs. Johnson, who was sick, arose from her bed and called the telephone operator who turned in the fire alarm.

When Mrs. Sorensen tried to return to her apartment, she was blocked by flames.

Wendell Johnson, who was also at home with his mother, immediately began carrying out household goods. He was soon aided by neighbors and firemen.

Mrs. Harvey Birdsall was at home alone with two small daughters, Jean Ann and Nancy Ellen while Mr. Birdsall was in South St. Paul working. Mrs. Stempfley and son had been visiting in St. Paul since Thursday.

The cause of the fire is yet unknown.

Rockets start home games

The Farmington Rockets will be out to gain revenge Friday night when they meet a smooth passing Lake City five here. The Lakers were victorious in their first meeting 33-28. The game will start at 8:15.

Also on Tuesday night the Rockets will be hosts to the Stillwater Grain Belts, a team composed of former high school and college stars, which should provide very strong opposition for the locals.

100 years ago

From the Jan. 16, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Local News

The stockholders of the Farmington Cooperative creamery held their annual meeting here last Saturday and listened to the report of the secretary. It was shown they had an average of 216 patrons during the year. They bought nearly a million pounds of cream and produced 262,540 pounds of butter, paying an average of 32 cents per pound of butter fat. The amount of business done was $97,526.86. A dividend was paid to all patrons of six months or more at a given per cent per 100 pounds of butter fat sold.

Card party and dance

Given under the auspices of the Rosemount Booster Club in Geraghty’s Hall, Rosemount, Minn., Jan. 20. Music by McDonough’s Orchestra. Introduction committee was Jas F. Geraghty, William Corcoran and M.J. Mullery; floor managers, Terry Bennett, A.T. Farrell, M. Devney, John Jagoe and Jas. A. Corroll; finance committee. John Hagney, J.J. Hynen and E.B. McHarper, $1. Everybody cordially invited to attend.

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 served as 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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