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Looking back: Rosemount school patrols were treated to a hockey game in 1939

50 years ago

From the Jan. 2, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Village park system sought in Farmington

The initial meeting of a Farmington group to formulate plans for a Village park system will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 6, at Hoagie’s dining room at Town’s Edge.

In November, heads of the various local organizations met to discuss a park for the village.

They voted to send one member from each of the groups to form a permanent advisory board for the village council.

Local persons appointed were Vernon Johnson, Lions Club; Mrs. Harlow Johnson, American Legion auxiliary; James Murphy, American Legion; Mrs. Robert McAndrews, Farmington Women’s Club; Mrs. James Murphy, V.F.W. auxiliary; Robert Steele, V.F.W., Don Paul, Farmington Commercial Club and Roger Pedersen, Jaycees.

Election of officers and forming of committees will be on the agenda.

County Commissioner Jerome Akin will be present to explain county funds.

The Village council is holding its first meeting of the year of the same evening, and Mayor Gerald Gorgos has requested that a representative be sent to inform the council of the progress made at the park meeting.

Air Traffic Control Center, Farmington, plays Santa Claus

The Air Traffic Control Center at Farmington played Santa Claus to a needy family in Lakeville and one in Hampton this Christmas.

John Fabian, Ronad Duea and Dick “Santa” Kralich, made the trip over the donations from numerous sources.

“Everyone helped out,” Fabian said.

The stores in the area gave us cut rates, then threw in some donations of their own.

Clothing, “mountains of clothing,” came from people at the center, a drive which included too many people to name.

Funds from the Minneapolis Employee’s Association and from a selection system by David Loibi, Duea and Fabian.

Fabian wished to thank the open hearted support of all the volunteers who gave and business firms, including: Enggren’s Food Land, Lakeville; Corcoran and Coast to Coast Hardware in Rosemount; Red Owl in Farmington; Ranch 52D and the Rosemount American Legion Post.

V.F.W. and Legion of Rosemount host 300 kids at show

About 300 children packed the St. Joseph’s school auditorium Monday to watch a free movie sponsored by the Rosemount V.F.W. and American Legion.

A Ma and Pa Kettle comedy, cartoons and a bicycle safety film entertained the youngsters from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. there.

This is the first event of its kind sponsored by the Rosemount groups, although there may be more, a spokesman for the Legion said.

The two groups expressed their gratitude to Father J.J. Furey for the use of the auditorium.

75 years ago

From the Jan. 6, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

225 youngsters see city hockey game

Members of school patrols from Farmington, Lakeville, Rosemount, Hastings, South and West St. Paul had the time of their lives at the St. Paul-Wichita hockey game Thursday night of last week, being guests of the St. Paul Hockey Club with State Patrolman George Kaisersatt of Farmington as general chairman of the combined groups.

The delegation, including school patrol members and bandmen, totaled 225 persons and made a 40-car parade in St. Paul....

This was the first time anything like this has been attempted by school patrols of any county in the state and the event was such a success that the state highway department may extend the plan to other counties....

Those in charge of the delegations from the various places included: Farmington – L.A. Godby and Legion Commander Al Haugh. Rosemount – Supt. Edmund T. O’Brien and L.O. Bernier of the American Legion.

Rosemount News

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rippberger and baby daughter spent New Year’s at the Will Rippberger home.

After spending some time with Mr. and Mrs. Ben Moeller after learning St. Mary’s hospital, Mrs. J.H. McFadden is now home.

Mrs. Steve Delaney entertained the Five Hundred Club on New Year’s Eve. Four tables were played. Ed Emerson won first prize for men’s and Mrs. Fosston Beaudette won first for ladies. Harry Scott won the door prize, and Mrs. F.A. Ruhr got the door prize being able to blow her balloon the largest without it bursting.

Walter Heuer, who has been operating the Andrew Linkert farm in Lebanon town for the past 10 years, has moved to the old home place of August Heuer in Mendota. Walter Haestch has purchased the farm and will move before spring.

Harold Stassen is inaugurated

Taking office Tuesday, Harold E. Stassen, Minnesota’s new governor, mapped out a program for advancement of the state which is attracting wide attention, according to dispatches from St. Paul and other parts of the state.

Sworn in as governor at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Stassen appeared before the Minnesota legislature at 3 p.m. that afternoon, one day earlier than governors usually give their inaugural address, and outlined his proposals for raising the standards of governmental service and improving conditions in Minnesota.

Repeating his campaign pledge to divorce the selection of state employees from politics, Stassen asked for enactment of a civil service system that will place their appointment on a basis of merit....

Stassen proposed that relief and welfare agencies be placed under a single department of social security, that various tax collecting agencies be placed under one department and that the work now done by the commission of administration and finance be reorganized....

100 years ago

From the Jan. 2, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Dr. Leffingwell former physician of Rosemount dead

The following account of Dr. Leffingwell’s death is taken from an Austin paper. Dr. Leffingwell was formerly a Rosemount resident and was the husband of Mary Heinen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Heinen of Rosemount.

Dr. Milton Francis Leffingwell died at his home on North Franklin St., Austin, Minn., Monday, Dec. 15, 1913, of pneumonia following a brief illness....

After graduation he practiced his profession at Madison and La Crosse, Wis., later moving to Rosemount, Minn., where he was married in the year 1900 to Miss Mary Heinen....

Dr. Leffingwell was a man of pleasing personality whose friends were only limited by the number of his acquaintances as the numerous and beautiful floral tributes testified. He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, one daughter Leona, his mother, one brother and a sister and other relatives....

Oldest man on rural mail delivery lays down the duties

Of the old guard who started out on the trip to deliver mail to the rural district in the United States in 1897 there are none left. Until recently Alex Record, carrier on route three, Farmington, was according to official record, the only remaining one, who on January 1, just 16 years ago today – made the trial trip....

For some time past Mr. Record’s health has not been the best and it was at the advice of his physician that he resigned only a month ago.

Mr. Record informs the Tribune that on his first trip he left the Farmington Post Office with only 35 pieces of mail and collected none. In the month of June 1913 he delivered 7,358 pieces weighing 971 pounds. His route was 27 ½ miles in length and the pay for his first year’s work was $300 which was increased at last to $1,100.

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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