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50 years ago

From the April 30, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Hall of Farmington Episcopal Church to be dedicated Sunday

The Rt. Rev. Philiu F. McNairy, will visit the Farmington Episcopal Church of the Advent, 412 Oak St., at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, May 3. He will preach and dedicate the parish hall which has been refurbished during the past year.

Bishop McNairy is well known in Minnesota having been rector of Christ Church, St. Paul, from 1940 to 1950. In 1946 he was elected “Man of the Year” by the St. Paul Junior Chamber of Commerce. He is prominent in Masonic circles, having served as chaplain of the Minnesota Grand Lodge.

A coffee-hour will be held following the service.

Ruth Cook new head of local women’s club

The Farmington Women’s Club met at their regular meeting on Monday night, April 27.

Women elected to take office next September are Ruth Cook, president; Mary Alice Wachter, vice president; Rose Chesness, secretary; Delores Maki, treasurer; and Frances Lagerquist, historian.

The evening program consisted of a national slide lecture by C.A. Foster, assistant curator of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Spring tour plans were made, and the group will attend the June 3 matinee of “The Glass Menagerie” at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater and lunch at Charlie’s Café.

Rosemount forms K of C Council

Rosemount Catholic men have started a Knights of Columbus Council there, John Francis, Apple Valley resident, of the Supreme Council said.

The organizing began about March 1, and three meetings have been held. Interest has run high and attendance was good, Francis said.

So far, the new council has 23 candidates for initiation to the Knights of Columbus (1st degree), and 12 reinstated members from other areas.

Initial organizers include: G.J. Groenjes, K of C District deputy; Nick Fox, membership chairman, Rosemount; John Francis; John Morrison, Rosemount, acting chairman; Dick Loftus, acting recording secretary; and Paul Caftner, Apple Valley resident with Supreme Council.

Grass fire ignites barn

A grass fire ignited an empty barn at the Garrick Maller farm, located three miles southwest of Farmington Saturday afternoon.

The L-shaped, 60x40 building was ashes within 10 minutes before arrival of Farmington firemen. The barn has not been used for three years, but the 80-year-old structure was insured, Mallery said.

The farm house was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Thill and Mallery resides on another nearby place. The tenant had a grass fire earlier to burn off foliage, and believed it was out. However, the wind fanned it to flames and ignited the building.

Nine initiated in Rosemount American Legion

Nine members of the Rosemount Post 65 were formally initiated into the American Legion on Tuesday evening, April 21 at the Rosemount elementary school.

Members of the ritual team putting on the impressive and colorful event were the following: Fred M. Howland, commander of Ritual Team, Chef de Gare, Voiture 45, 40 et. 8.

Maxwell F. Boller, 1st Vice Commander of Ritual Team, Cheminet National Voiture, 45, 40 et 8; Chris Olson, 2nd Vice Commander of Ritual Team, Voiture 45, 40 et 8; Thomas P. Iverson, Chaplin of Ritual team, Voiture 45, 40 et 8; Michael F. Jordan, Sgt. Of Arms of the Ritual Team, Chef de Gare Passe, Voiture 45, 40 et. 8.

75 years ago

From the May 5, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Achievement day plans reported

Marking the end of their two-year study of Home Furnishing problems, the 383 members of Extension and Farm Bureau project group plan to hold their final Achievement Day on May 20. The Hastings High School has been secured for the day with provision for luncheon exhibits and program. Over 200 members and guests are expected....

The Farmington Girls’ 4-H Club will present a living color wheel, a short pageant telling the story of the use of color. The girls will be under the direction of their senior leader, Miss Edna Voight, home economics teacher in the Farmington High School.

Miss Burtis, home demonstration agent, will be assisted in her county report by the following township chairwomen, Mrs. G.B. Daman, Castle Rock; Mrs. Wm. Maltby, Rosemount; Mrs. J. Devney, Empire; and Mrs. Harry Hanson, Eureka.

Committees for the day are: General arrangements, Mrs. John Devney, Farmington; Mrs. Henry McHugh, Farmington; Mrs. Earl Cook, Farmington. The hostess committee will be announced later.

Cannon league starts Sunday

Officially the 1939 Cannon Valley baseball season will open for the Farmington Club with a game scheduled at Nerstrand Sunday. The locals will have to be at top form to hope for a win as manager Muccle of the Woodsmen has again a top notch ball club and will endeavor a triumph in the opener.

Youthful Johnny Zimmell will get the opening pitching assignment and if his work Sunday is an indication, he will undoubtedly be retained as the club starting hurler....

It has been decided that because of the fact that so many of the local players are graduates of Farmington High School or are at present enrolled, also all home games are to be played on the high school diamond, that henceforth the locals will be known as the Farmington Tigers.

The first home game will be played Sunday, May 14, when the locals will be pitted against an invading team of Faribault Fairies.

Rosemount News

Don’t forget the Rosemount High School play, “Through the Keyhole” tonight, Thursday, May 4 and tomorrow night, May 5 at 8:15 p.m. at the school gym.

Edward Echler of Minneapolis dropped down on a surprised Rosemount in his red monoplane, Wednesday afternoon at Guerneys. He viewed his childhood home, Herman Echler’s house, occupied by Zimmerman’s from the air. His brother, Arthur Echler, who is visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed McDonald Sr., exchanged greetings at the landing field.

Many Rosemount people attended the District 94 dance party at Eaton’s Ranch on Tuesday evening, May 2. Mendota Rhythm Queens furnished the music.

Mr. Eddy Strasser, formerly of Moeller’s Café, has taken over the kitchen at the E and E Café at University and Snelling Ave., in St. Paul on May 1.

Mackey “McDonald” had the misfortune to break his foot a week ago. He will be on crutches for some time. Kurt Schneider was a bit more fortunate with a sprained ankle.

100 years ago

From the May 1, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Impure water

Every once in a while we hear someone complain about there being bare possibility of Farmington water becoming impure from the fact that our wells are drove and only ten or twelve feet deep. This is a fact, but let us tell of the kind of water the Tribune man was used to drinking before coming to Farmington.

Wells down in Southern Iowa are dug and averaged about 30 feet deep. It was always cool and refreshing, but at times was not easily forgotten....

One public well in being cleaned showed the following contents: three dead toads, several rats, two snakes, an old corset, set of false teeth, wooden leg, handful of human hair, two bones and part of a cat.

This story is not over drawn in the least, but an actual fact. Water cannot be too pure, but while we were deliberating about the probable impurity of our water, we thought that a few words of how it is here might prove timely.

Rosemount News

M.J. Corcoran spent Sunday at his home here.

Wm. Cahill of St. Paul spent Sunday at his home here.

Don’t forget to attend the dance given by the Rosemount Baseball team, Friday evening April 8.