Looking back: School openings neared 75 years ago
50 years ago
From the Aug. 27, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Tentative date set to move hospital patients
A tentative date of September 25 has been set to move patients from the old Sanford Hospital into the new Sanford Memorial Hospital at Farmington.
Farmington Ambulance service has donated the use of their ambulances and personnel to move the patients.
Postmaster Doyle honored for 30 years service
At a dinner meeting of the Minnesota Valley Postmasters on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Southview Country Club, Edwin Doyle, Postmaster of Rosemount, was honored for completing 30 years of service with the Post Office department.
Officials of the Post Office department were present and paid tribute to Mr. Doyle. Among those present were Chief Inspector and Mrs. John Streich, State President of the National Association of Postmasters Cleve Austin and wife, Past President Barney McGee of Detroit Lakes, Inspector Lukas and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Morse and about 40 Postmasters and wives.
Mr. Doyle was presented with a large anniversary cake with an inscription to fit the occasion and a box of cigars from his friends in the postal service.
Open house at new Sanford set for Sept. 19-20
Open House for the new Sanford Memorial Hospital, Farmington, has tentatively been set for September 19 and 20, Elwood “Gil” Gilbertson, said chairman of the Open House.
Gilbertson stressed the tentative nature of the dates because so many factors are involved. But if all goes well, Gilbertson said he expects between 5,000 and 6,000 people to tour the new facilities.
The dedication ceremony has been set for Saturday, September 19, at 1:30 p.m. No program as yet has been arranged.
Sewers cleaned after 35 years in Farmington
The Farmington street department is cleaning three or four blocks of main sewer line which have not been touched for about 35 years, said Bill Hince, street department superintendent.
The lines are the 15-inch mains on Fifth Street from Main to Pine, from Pine to Willow and from Willow to the “Village Acre.” An addition block from Oak to Main may be cleaned if there is enough time.
Hince said these mains were part of the original sewer system, installed long before the sewer plant was built. They lead directly to the creek.
American Legion to present flags at Rosemount
The Rosemount American Legion Post 65 will present flags to the Rosemount High School and St. Joseph parochial school.
The ceremony will take place on opening day of school, September 8 at 10 a.m. at the high school and 10:45 a.m. at the parochial school.
The flags to be presented have been flown over the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul.
The presentation will be made by Don Dues, commander of Post 65 at Rosemount.
75 years ago
From the Sept. 1, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Delayed region games Sunday
The regional baseball tournament was not started last Sunday as scheduled, but the event will take place at Pine Island next Sunday, there being a change in the playing schedule. Farmington Tigers will play Witoka in the semi-finals.
Tigers played Castle Rock on the local diamond last Sunday in an exhibition tilt, the Farmington boys winning by a 9-2 score. Marrinan and Murphy pitched winning ball allowing the Rocks but four scattered blows.
The roster of Farmington’s pennant winning aggregation are Francis Deegan, Jim Deegan, George Bell, Laverne Cherry, Robert Carey, Glen Conway, John Marrinan, Ernest Langula, John Zimmel, John Gibson, LaVerne Hastings, Ernie Mikatowski, Raymond Erickson, Tom Feely, Jr., and John Murphy.
In region play the locals are allowed to use four additional players from the league and those players selected are Vic Woods of the Eidswold Club, Ken Strandemo and Russell Bergh of Kenyon and Mickey Traux of Castle Rock.
Margaret Steen wins gold medal
The Eureka W.C.T.U. sponsored another Gold Medal contest last Friday evening at the East Christiania Lutheran Church. A large and attentive audience listened to four contestants who very ably delivered their selections. The Gold Medal was awarded to Margaret Steen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Steen of Eureka Center....
The judges were Supt. C. Hooker of Lakeville, Mr. Harlow Johnson, principal of the Farmington schools, and Mrs. Francis Mohn.
Flies here in new airplane
Thos. J. Casey, proprietor of the National Institute of Electronics, Minneapolis, flew here in his new airplane Saturday for a visit at the home of his parents, Dr. and Mrs. P.H. Casey.
Although he was accompanied by a pilot, Tom was at the controls and landed in Wm. Feely’s alfalfa field near town.
Schools complete preparations for school opening
Enrollments in the Farmington, Lakeville, Rosemount and Randolph public schools is being competed this week. Preparations in all of the school buildings are being made for the opening of school next week.
All of the schools will open Tuesday, Sept. 5 as announced.
A shower is being held this evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hearnen in honor of Miss Mildred Alstadt, a bride-to-be of Francis Mullery, the happy event to be held at the home of the bride at St. Henry’s church at Perham, Minn., on Sept. 19. The bride-to-be is a popular young lady who came here from Perham a few years ago and has been employed at Al’s Café as a waitress.
The ground about St. John’s Lutheran Church has been leveled up and seeded to lawn. Also cement walks have been laid along the east and north sides of the property.
Jeanne Bernier has enrolled at the Rasmussen Business College, St. Paul, for a business course.
Mrs. H.B Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Dan McConaghie and Miss Dana Rothie called on Mr. Martin at St. Mary’s Hospital Friday. They report Mr. Martin as getting along fine and will be able to return home the latter part of the week.
Louis Warweg, Mickey McDonough, Ed Kelly, George Fischer and Leo McDonough left Monday for the world’s fair in New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Heinen and family spent from Thursday to Saturday at Battle Lake as a guest of Miss Selma Severson, a former Rosemount school teacher.
100 years ago
From the Aug. 28, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Rural carriers get raise
For some time it has been expected that the rural carriers would receive a raise in salary to $1,200 a year commencing July 1, this year. This has proved a disappointment to most of the carriers as the act by Congress is somewhat different.
The compensation for rural carriers is gauged by the length of the route and the number of pieces of mail handled, as well as the weight of such mail matter, shown by the records made some months ago.
“The Sheperd’s Call” a hit
The Perry Announcement Co. staged “The Sheperd’s Call” last evening in Music Hall. It was a comedy-drama and the scene was laid in the hills of the northwest. Before going further, let us say that is was one of the best plays for this winter and we feel sure that if they are all like “The Sheperd’s Call,” they will be well patronized by old and young.
Why Not Tag Bachelors?
A great many state legislatures have given consideration to bills taxing bachelors and many convincing arguments have been presented why men who escape matrimony should pay a penalty, but why not tag them as a more painless and effective method of extermination?
If the bachelors were tagged the widows could easily find them and Cupid would do the rest. The bachelor is naturally timid, but under the encouraging influences of a merry widow he can easily be led to the altar, for there is no more helpless craft afloat than a love-sick swan who has passed the age of discretion, and the little imp that plays ping-pong with human hearts has no more capable ally than a woman who loves at second sight, for experience makes Cupid subtle and bold.
The women have tag days to promote most every other public enterprise, and why not a tag day for bachelors? We have in Minnesota approximately fifty thousand bachelors and an equal number of widows.
Why not get them together and solve two vexatious problems with one marriage license?