Looking back:Farmington’s ‘Wet’ vs. ‘Dry’ votes sent to be recounted 100 years ago
50 years ago
From the April 16, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Queens coming to style show
Queens Shirley Borell, Farmington; Amy Marin, Lakeville; Kathy Burch, Burnsville; Karen Quinnell, Randolph; Karyn Groth, Rosemount, and Mary Jane Lewandowski, Northfield, will be royally presented during the style show and will be our honored guests.
The Farmington Women’s Club and their committees have been working diligently with the cooperation of the local business owners to bring the ladies, young and old a most enjoyable afternoon.
Third mail route is established at Rosemount
On March 14 the third rural route was established at the Rosemount post office, according to Postmaster Ed Doyle.
This route is 27 miles long and at present has 427 families. It was established to provide better mail service to the Apple Valley and Broback additions.
Earl O. Krueger is the mail carrier on the new route.
Turtles are collected for experiments here
A Faribault man and his son visited Hansen’s Creek at County 31 Saturday, collecting turtles.
These turtles, they told Ardell Hansen, would be turned over to another party, and eventually sold to the University of Minnesota for experimental purposes.
They used boots and two long poles and fished out several large snappers, also some mud turtles and a high-humped variety. They had a sackful in about an hour.
The University uses just about everything for experimental purposes they told Hansen.
12 students in speech fest
On Saturday, April 11, twelve Farmington High School students participated in a speech festival at White Bear Lake High School. The contest was designed for junior high students and sophomores in their first year of competition. Blue, red and white ribbons were awarded.
Students winning blue ribbons were Kristein Jensen and Kathy Weflen.
Dale Ekegren, Sharon Briesacher, Shirely Sievers and Pat Iverson received red ribbons while Everlyn Wolkow, Mary Gergen, Sharon Grandbois, and Audrey Pechacke received white ribbons. Mr. David and Mr. Randall accompanied the students.
Rosemount has four lettermen from last year
Bill Lubbesmeyer, Rosemount high school’s baseball coach, announced last week the only returning starters from last year’s team are: Steve Atwood (p), Larry Mann (3rd base), John Mullery (ss) and Fred Fryar (c). Atwood and Mann are senior co-captains. Fryar and Mullery are juniors.
Those expected to see considerable action are: Russ Rechtzigel (1st base), Don Crow (of), Gordy Bohn (of), Bob Wilson (of), Dennis Grath (of), Bud Gores (of), Mike O’Rourke (of), Jack Gores (if), Lonny Schumacher (if), Ken Atwood (p), John Pivec (p), and Charlie Kecham (c).
Pitching, catching and infield should be fairly strong, but the outfield is mediocre. How the team will be able to hit is still pretty much of a question mark.
75 years ago
From the April 21, 1930 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Removing old pumping house equipment here
Wm. Reschke, local machinist, who was the highest bidder for the water department’s pumping equipment at the city hall, has nearly completed the task of removing the material from the pumping pit to his garage at the north end of Fourth Street.
The equipment was rendered useless to the village when the new and modern pumping plant was installed a while back. The old equipment purchased by Mr. Reschke consists of a three-cylinder pump, electric motor and a gasoline engine.
He sold the electric motor in St. Paul, and will salvage parts that will not be junked.
There is some talk of providing a rest room, library and council chamber on the east side of the city hall, but nothing definite has been decided.
Marie Corrigans debating team places second
Marie Corrigan of Rosemount, supervisor of the English department of the Aitkin high school, coached their debate team which placed second in the Minnesota division of the National Forensic tournament held at Minneapolis Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week.
The Aitkin debators and the New Ulm team which won first place thereby become eligible to enter the National Forensic contest to be held in California in June.
New physician at Rosemount
Dr. A.F. Dworak, physician and surgeon, has opened offices in the Geraghty building, Rosemount, Monday of this week, and has begun a new practice there.
The doctor who finished his school work in Omaha, Neb., in 1930 has been practicing in Minnesota for the past six years.
Mrs. Dworak and children are residing in St. Paul, temporarily and they will move to Rosemount as soon as a house is available.
100 years ago
From the April 17, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Ballots are recounted
The proceedings brought by the Rev. W. A. Hanscom of this place ordering a recount of the ballots cast at the recent village election came up for rehearing before Judge Johnson at Hastings yesterday.
Nearly one hundred witnesses and spectators from Farmington were present. A number of witnesses were called for both sides.
The drys established every point sought for while the wets did nothing much else than fall down at every point they tried to bring out.
The so called illegal voting by the drys was tried out in court to the satisfaction of all. One fact was made clearly plain and that was that the veto had either been most beautifully lied to or they are poor hands at handling legal matters.
After the examination of witnesses, the judges ordered the ballots recounted....
As to whether or not saloons will at once cease to do business in Farmington this evening, there is little doubt in our mind — or for that matter in anyone’s mind who heard the trial and an order closing all saloons in Farmington is momentarily expected.
Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you may be — mighty thirsty.