Looking backPlans for a ‘50 mile wagon road’ from St. Paul to Owatonna were announced 100 years ago
25 years ago
From the Jan. 14, 1988 edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Mother’s promise fulfilled through memorial
Rosemount Middle School’s new flagpole erected just last month will help to fulfill the promise a young mother made to her dying daughter almost a year ago. Dedicated in her memory, that flagpole will ensure that Kristen M. Devroy-Draxten will never be forgotten....
Kristin died last March 23 after suffering for a year with an inoperable brain tumor. A fall on the playground one spring day in 1986 appeared to result in a mild concussion. Several tests later, however, revealed the presence of an ugly, threatening mass that would nourish itself by slowly and hideously starving her vibrant, young body....
Rosemount Middle School still was one of Kristen’s favorite places, so a memorial donated to her school – the flagpole – seemed a fitting tribute.
Draxton said that two of Kristen’s teachers, Stuart Samsky of Rosemount Elementary School and Kevin Hanzlik of Rosemount Middle School, were major influences on her desire to become an educator....
But Karin Draxten assured her daughter that her fears would never be realized. A flagpole now stands at RMS in fulfillment of that promise.
50 years ago
From the Jan. 10, 1963 edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Rosemount OKs $1.7 million in bonds, 546-395
Rosemount’s school board were all smiles Tuesday night, after the 546 “yes,” and 395 “no” vote authorized a $1,700,000 new senior high school.
The Rosemount area placed their stamp of approval on the work of the school board, the 34-member study committee, the superintendent, and Architects Hamel and Green.
The site is 43 acres, the Harold Motz farm, northwest of the present high school, on adjoining land.
The school will house 600 pupils, provide acquisition of the land, develop the athletic field, build the school, provide equipment, etc.
Also included will be a lunch room on the present junior-senior high school, which will become a junior high building.
The high school will be designed to expand to 1,800 pupils....
The present bonded debt is $1,490,000 to which will be added $1,700,000 authorized by this election, totaling $3,190,000.
Jaycees gather yule trees at Rosemount
On Saturday, January 5, a 10-man crew of Rosemount Jaycees, under the direction of Jerry Fluegel, conducted their first Christmas tree pick-up.
Over 200 tress were picked up from private homes by the men throughout the village and hauled to the town dump south of Rosemount where they were burned.
The project was carried out in an effort to eliminate possible fire hazards, and also as a step toward preventing the discarded trees from becoming a litter problem in village limits.
75 years ago
From the Jan. 14, 1938 edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Rosemount meets ‘serious’ challenge
The Rosemount basketball team meets its most serious challenge in its battle to retain the top spot in the conference, as all six Missota Conference teams resume their bucket bombardment, following the holiday respite.
The Irish invade the bastion of the Simley Spartans who are resting in second place and are breathing on the levels of the Rosemount quint.
The Spartans will have everything going for them in this contest, the home court advantage, a chance to move into first place, and the leagues leading scorer in Dan Carlson, who has tickled the twine for 49 counters in the first three games....
Rosemount is the only undefeated team in the conference and a victory over Simley would place the Irish in a fine position for the remainder of the race, in addition to the elimination of one of their most serious challengers.
They boast the number two scoring threat in the conference in Pete King who has poured 47 through the hoops, plus the league’s tallest cager in Dale McClung who has been a terror on the boards so far this campaign. The Irish will need their best game of the year to remain in the ranks of the untarnished.
Rosemount to stage winter carnival soon
The Rosemount Winter Carnival will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26. At a recent meeting of the Rosemount Commercial Club, the following Carnival Committee was appointed by the Chairman Hubert Geraghty: Edmund O’Brien, Al Weiderhold, Carl Genz, Fred Uitdenbogerrd, Louis Bernier, John McFadden, Ralph Toombs, Leo Fleugel, William Hickey.
The carnival committee is working on a program which will include: Staking races, sled races, ski races, toboggan events, and ice games which will go to make up the afternoon program open to children of school age.
The evening program will be open to children of school age. The evening program will open at 7:30 p.m. with the coronation of the Rosemount Winter Carnival Queen, followed by a parade, bands, floats and winter costumes will be featured. Exhibition speed skating, figure skating, and ice games will round out the outdoor entertainment program.
Lawrence Beise had the misfortune to have his leg broken in a tractor gear recently and is now recuperating at the university hospital.
The first meeting of the Sewer Upper Club was held January 7 at Hazel Harmer’s apartment. Those present were: Eleanor and Marian McDonough, Evelyn Doyle, Florence Fitzpatrick, Lorraine Schult and Helen Warweg.
A dance will be held in Geraghty’s Hall on Friday night, January 14. Music will be furnished by Arnie’s orchestra. Prizes will be given. Ladies or gents 25 cents. Everybody welcome.
Mrs. F.A. Ruhr attended a three-table bridge party at Hastings on Saturday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Charles Mamer. The ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch which was served at Klein’s Café.
Carl Ewing who has run the Skelly Service Station for the past year, has sold the business to a Mr. Christianson of Valley City, N.D., who will take possession the 15th. Mr. Ewing will not sever his connection with the drilling for oil near here. He has a number of good oil contracts in Texas and will operate these in connection with his work here.
The hard times party held at the Kohls’ school house Tuesday evening was well attended.
The Ladies Aid of St. Joseph’s church will hold a card party at Geraghty’s hall on Wednesday evening, Jan. 19. Five hundred, bridge and forty-five will be played. Door prizes will be given. A lunch of weiners, rolls and coffee will be served. Admission 25 cents. All invited.
100 years ago
From the Jan. 14, 1913
edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
A fifty-mile road
The United States government will spent $10,000 toward building fifty miles of wagon road in Minnesota this year, providing the people will raise $20,000 more to go with it. There are four roads proposed – two running north from the Twin Cities and two south.
Of the two south roads, one runs from Minneapolis to Mankato by the way of Shakopee, the other from St. Paul to Owatonna by the way of Rosemount, Farmington and Northfield.
Farmington and Rosemount boosters have pulled off their coats and nothing is being left undone in landing the road right down the main street of both these towns. State Assistant Engineer Forbes favors this route, and he, along with a number of boosters, went before the county commissioners Tuesday asking for aid in securing the amount.
It is said that a number of the board look upon the project with favor and it is thought something like $2,000 might be secured from the county....
It is with this object in view that a meeting has been called for in Farmington next Tuesday and the interest of Dakota County is at heart, and urgently asked to be present and use its influence in getting this project through.
Mildred and LeRoy Schultz of Farmington spent one day last week here.
Katie Hynes returned to Round Lake after a visit at her home here.
Bertha Heinen of St. Paul spent a few days last week at her home here.
Patrick Cahill visited his brother William Cahill in St. Paul Friday and Saturday.