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Looking back: Three overcome in Rosemount laundromat 50 years ago

50 years ago

From the Dec. 26, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

3 overcome in laundromat at Rosemount

At least three persons, including an adult and two children were overcome by fumes at the Rosemount automatic laundry Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 24, while several others were somewhat affected.

All are believed to have recovered without ill effects.

Taken to Ancker hospital in Farmington Ambulance was Mrs. Manley Tollerud, resident of U. of M. Poultry house, employed in the place. Nick Fox of Rosemount gave her breathing assistance with the Rosemount fire department resuscitator, after she “passed out.”

Deanna, 14-month-old daughter of Mrs. Richard Wagner, “fell down several times,” in a faint, her mother said. Mrs. Wagner is instructor of girls’ health and first aid at the Rosemount school.

Another child said to have fainted was Marlys Holman of 83 Eaton Trailer Park, west of Rosemount....

Another report of a name left at a filling station said a “Wanet Pickerin” was also among those affected. There was no confirmation of that name or address...

It is reported exhaust gas backed up from the dryers.

Mrs. Wagner said she came and placed clothes to wash and went out to shop. She came back and was attending the clothes when suddenly she noticed her daughter Deanna was falling down and crying. So was another child.

There were about five persons in the laundry at that time, and they all appeared not looking well.

Realizing a fume danger, she took her child outside....

About that time Mrs. Manley Tollerud walked over to Bill’s Dairy store....

She “passed out” on the floor, and Mrs. Lucking phoned Dr. Robert Erickson. Attention was directed toward reviving Mrs. Tollerud, and others affected were taken home before the physician could assist them.

200 escape as “rocket” is derailed at 70 m.p.h. in -20 weather

Two hundred persons escaped unhurt, only because a miracle prevented Rock Island’s passenger Rocket from being dumped as it was derailed at 70 miles per hour.

The accident happened in 20-below-zero weather at Castle Rock at 2 a.m. Friday.

The 16-car, three-unit passenger train, laded with holiday travelers, dragged the rear “trucks” of the dining car in an oblique position for 1 ½ miles, crossing two trestles.

Passengers had to wait three hours. The diesel engine portion came to Farmington for water, provided by a Farmington fire truck.

The first time the engine traveled the five miles to Farmington, the remainder of the stalled train had to be left without steam heat or power for ventilation....

The accident took place as the northbound Rock Island Rocket was heading toward the Twin Cities from Kansas City. The last four cars were two from Dallas, Texas and two from California....

At Castle Rock on the Milwaukee Road portion of the tracks, the front wheels of the rear trucks of the dining car – about in the train’s center – jumped off the tracks 50 feet south of the Castle Rock trestle. The wheels began tearing at the ties.

Veteran rail observers noted that the cold weather, which no doubt contributed to the accident, also made the roadbed extra firm and prevented a major disaster....

The usually quiet Farmington depot hummed with activity and became a communication center through the night to coordinate rail activities. Depot Agent Red McGinn of Farmington was among those called into late night service.

Firemen Babe Kuchera and Roger Clay spent the night keeping a water supply for the big diesels.

75 years ago

From the Dec. 30, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Roman Kubista, Mrs. Les Hysell head Masons, Stars

There will be a joint installation of officers of the Corinthian Lodge, A.F. & A.M and of Myrtle Chapter, O.E. S. in the Masonic Temple Friday evening of this week at 8 p.m. There will be a picnic lunch served.

Roman Kubista, Worshipful Master-elect, and Mrs. Leslie Hysell, Worthy Matron-elect, have made appointments for the coming year and the complete list of elected and appointed officers for both lodges will be installed.

Rosemount 2nd carnival Jan. 26

Rosemount will hold its Second Annual Winter Carnival Thursday, Jan. 26, 1939.

Plans are being made by the carnival committee of the Rosemount Commercial Club to put on a celebration which will surpass that of last year in interest and enthusiasm. Buttons will go on sale Saturday, Dec. 31 at 50c each....

Six candidates have been nominated for the honor of Queen of the Second Annual Rosemount Winter Carnival. The candidates are: Ann Holx, Agnes Wiederhold, Lorraine Schult, Eleanore McDonough, Marion Tousignant, Ceil Langhoff....

The carnival committee is made up of the following: John Wiederhold, Chairman, Edmund O’Brien, F.A. Ruhr, William Moeller, Dan Hernan, Fred Moeller, Rudy Linar, Al Wiederhold.

Receives personally signed letter from the president

Miss Margaret Ahern of Farmington holds a distinguished honor this week of receiving a letter personally signed by President Roosevelt. It is written on very simple light jade stationery with the wording, “The White House Washington” and the contents written by typewriter are as follows:

My Dear Miss Ahern:

I have learned of your recent operation and send this note to express the hope that it will be entirely successful.

Best wishes to you.

Very Sincerely Yours,

(signed in pen and ink)

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The letter was addressed to Miss Ahern at Illinois Research Hospital, Chicago, Ill., where she was operated on several weeks ago.

Here’s real yule baby!

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gilman at Rosemount, Christmas morning at 12:10. This is the only Christmas baby reported to the Tribune in this vicinity.

The new baby’s mother celebrated her birthday anniversary on Dec. 24 and the daddy celebrated his anniversary on Dec. 25 with the baby. Mrs. Gilman’s brother, Laurel, also celebrated his birthday on Dec. 24.

100 years ago

From the Dec. 26, 1913 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Wins second place

The Minnesota six months Educational Contest conducted by the State Dairy and Food Department each year May to November inclusive has just made its final report.

The Farmington creamery holds second place in the hand separator class for 1913 with an average score of 93.62 ½, the highest score in the hand separator class being 94.

This is the first time the creamery has ever participated in this contest and this is a good showing for a starter and with the loyalty of the patrons and other wear the buttermaker hopes to win still higher honors for the creamery.

The foundation of good butter lies in the hands of the patrons of any creamery who produce the raw materials, then the rest is left to the man behind the churn, therefore one can readily see how true cooperation is necessary to produce a gilt edge article....

The time is not far off when the association will have to rebuild for they have nearly outgrown their present quarters.

Pete’s vs. Foss at city hall

Local wrestling fans will have their chance to witness an interesting and scientific finish, wrestling match at the city hall on Monday night, Dec. 29 between Theodore Peter of St. Paul, light heavyweight champion wrestler of America, and Charley Foss of Milbank, S.D.

Foss appeared here a few weeks ago and made a good impression. He demonstrated that he had the strength, science and ability.

Theodore Peter needs no introduction. For the past three years the sturdy St. Paul German has been tossing his opponents with great regularity....

The match should be one well worth watching. Foss declares he will spring a surprise and trim the St. Paulite.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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