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Looking back: Rosemount freshman watched TV in class for the first time 50 years ago

50 years ago

From the Oct. 10, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Rosemount freshman watch TV in class

The freshman class at Rosemount is watching a weekly television program on Channel 2. The program is an educational program on occupations, according to the Rosemount Blu N’ Gold newspaper.

Gene Olson is the instructor of the ninth grade class and he remarks, “Educational television is a relatively new teaching technique and the problems of scheduling the programs are still great.”

Rosemount first started using television several years ago in teaching elementary Spanish.

Donnay begins 194 house project in Lakeville Twp.

Vern Donnay, a well-known Twin Cities area housing project builder, has begun construction of model homes on a 140-acre tract south of County Highway 42, intersection with Cedar Avenue….

It is in the Rosemount School District and Rosemount Superintendent H.C. Hanson has already begun negotiations to obtain 15 acres dedicated for a school. However, it is up to the town board to receive land for public use if it is to be dedicated. We understand the land is unofficially promised for school in the Donnay project. Rosemount school held a meeting with other government units Monday night....

This is the first time a Twin Cities “big brother” has crossed County Highway 42 (old Rosemount Road). Apple Valley, developed by Orrin Thompson is just north of County 42, and these houses are springing up rapidly.

Hospital okays x-ray; adopts new policies

At a special meeting of the board of trustees of the Sanford Hospital, the recommendation of the x-ray equipment committee was approved. The committee consisting of Arnold Kruse as chairman, Dale Smith, Dr. M. Hunter and Administrator R.B. Tangen had previously viewed x-ray equipment in the Twin City area and had recommended that the Westinghouse equipment handled by the Pengelly Company of Minneapolis be purchased.

The low bid of $36,982.00 was one of five presented. The addition of the new equipment together with the present Westinghouse equipment used in the old hospital, which will be moved, will bring our x-ray equipment up to date to compare with some of the facilities offered in the Twin Cities.

Included in the above equipment is a portable x-ray machine used primarily where a patient is difficult to move as well as in surgery when orthopedic work is being done.

“Slave Day” at local school

Farmington High School is having their A.F.S. Slave Day on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9:00 to 4:00.

“Slaves” will do almost anything, including raking lawns, washing windows, cars, floors, babysitting, housecleaning and ironing. Pay what you think the job is worth.

The money we raise will go toward having another foreign exchange student at Farmington next year.

75 years ago

From the Oct. 14, 1938 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Levi Day, 100 years old, dies in sleep

Enjoying life to the end, Levi E. Day, age 100, Farmington’s oldest resident, and one of two remaining Civil War veterans here, slept away in death Sunday evening at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. G. R. Day, where he was tenderly cared for. He had been able to be about nearly every day, taking his meals with the family until the past several days when he was confined to his bed with a brief illness, due to infirmities of old age....

This kindly gentleman was the only one in Farmington ever to reach the century mark and last December a four-day celebration was held by the family and townspeople in honor of his 100th anniversary, Dec. 8, 1937....

J.P. Kirkham, age 95, is the only remaining Civil War veteran and holds the distinction of being the oldest resident....

He enlisted in Co. C. of the Fourth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in 1861.

He was a fife player and was granted an honorable discharge in the Union army, being mustered out of service two years before the war closed because of ill health. Medical authorities said he might only live three or four years.

Returning to Minnesota, he regained his health and then remained to work on the farm while a younger brother enlisted in the service.

Ryan to blast Mexican general

Elmer J. Ryan, former Rosemount boy, a member of Congress from this district, will be honored next Wednesday night at 8:00 when a second district rally will be held in the Mankato armory.

Elmer’s speech will be broadcast over a statewide hookup from 8:30 until 9:00. Stations WTCN and KYSM will carry the congressman’s speech.

According to reports, he will crack the Mexican generals and the state Farmer-Labor machine.

Farmer group organizes here

About 150 farmers of Dakota County met at the city hall in Farmington Saturday evening and organized a unit of Associated Farmers, the meeting being sponsored by W.F. Schilling, state organizer from Northfield.

Charles Kohls of Rosemount was elected president; Walter Franzmeier, vice president and Harley VanSlyke, secretary and treasurer.

Mr. Schilling ... cited the fact that in January of 1919 the farmers were receiving $3.10 a hundred for their milk and the quart bottles were selling for 11 cents in the Twin Cities and that the drivers were getting $90.00 a month for peddling the same from door to door. But now under the new order of thing the union drivers were getting $39.00 a week for shorter hour service, one week’s vacation every three months on full pay and the farmer was getting $1.43 a hundred for his milk.

Rosemount News

Al Kirchner has purchased the Pat Doyle farm north of town and moved there last week. His father, Wm. Kirchner, will operate the farm in the future.

Joe Cich, who has been working the Doyle farm has rented the Geraghty farm south of town, formerly occupied by P.E. Kemp and Mr. Kemp has moved to Wyoming.

Miss Amelia Gergen, who has been waiting on tables at Al’s Café, has resigned her position and gone to Vermillion.

Mrs. Pat Rowe is erecting a house on her farm in Rich Valley to be occupied by her son, Jimmie, who will operate the farm in the future. George Kane is the master carpenter on the work.

100 years ago

From the Oct. 10, 1913 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Detective Mackey on the job

Thanks to Watchman Mackey the nuisance of boys jumping on and off trains upon their arrival and departure here is abating and the chance of some boy being carried home dead or with leg cut off is being reduced to a minimum daily.

The boys don’t realize the danger in this practice until it is too late and then they would give the world if they had not done it. But Mr. Mackey understands his work and he and the boys are getting to understand each other very nicely and some of the boys have promised to do different and others have promised that they will later, so you see that part of the big moral mill is grinding steadily.

Place of amusement

The most attractive place in Farmington just now is Lloyd Whittier’s motion picture show at Music Hall. Mr. Whittier is getting some late stuff and with his new motion graph you never saw better pictures anywhere. The hall is crowded nearly every night and the plays are giving very good satisfaction. Bruce Record and Carl Ballard furnish the piano and violin music which you know is of the best.


Francis Gibson who is attending St. Thomas College in St. Paul spent Sunday at his home here.

Lizzie Kearns of St. Paul spent Sunday at her home here.

William Cahill spent Sunday at his home here.

Stella Hyland was a St. Paul visitor Saturday.