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Looking back: VFW given building to use as hall

50 years ago

From the March 19, 1964 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Bob Simonsen, Ron Ersfeld in new business

Robert (Bob) Simonsen and Ronald Ersfeld, Farmington, former employees of the H.C. Simonsen Plumbing and Heating company, have entered their own business effective Monday, March 16.

The new firm will be called the R.H. Simonsen Heating and Plumbing, Farmington.

Robert Simonsen and Ron Ersfeld will work out of the R.H. Simonsen home at Rt. 1, Highland Circle. They will do anything in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning line, and will probably sell Kohler products.

Robert Simonsen, has been plumbing 15 years, all of that time with the H.C. Simonsen firm....

Ersfeld has been a plumber for Simonsen company for two years and resides on north Fourth Street in Farmington.

Rosemount VFW given building to use as hall

The Rosemount V.F.W. will soon have their own hall in the barber shop which will be moved to make way for the Ken Rose shopping center.

Earl Krueger, V.F.W. commander, said Ken Nelson, who is building the shopping center, offered the building to them if they wanted to move it away.

The V.F.W. accepted the structure and are presently in the process of purchasing a site to put it on.

Meanwhile Frank Gibson is still cutting hair as usual in the small shop in the heart of Rosemount. It will probably be a number of weeks before the building has to be moved.

The Rosemount V.F.W. which was started three years ago has never had a hall for its 37 members....

The building committee expressed its thanks to Ken Nelson for the gift of the building.

Those on the committee include: Earl Krueger, Bob Tooms, Bert Olson, Warren Cressnen, Marshall David, Emil Barnes, Al Gorvin Jr., Norm Zurfluh and many others.

Rechtzigel elected basketball captain at Rosemount High

During a meeting held last week at the Rosemount High School by members of the Irish basketball team, junior center, Russ Rechtzigel was elected to serve as their captain during the 1964-65 school year, according to Rosemount Blue ‘N Gold.

Commenting on the selection of the new captain in an article appearing in their school paper was Coach Fred Sheridan who said “I am very pleased with the squad’s choice and think Russ will make a very capable leader. He helped our attack considerably this year, with his rebounding and torrid shooting percentage, and I look for the even greater improvement from him next season.”

Russ, playing his first year of varsity ball, finished in a second place tie for conference scoring honors with another Irish cager, Rich King, average over 15 points in ten tilts.

75 years ago

From the March 24, 1939 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Spring thaw floods South Third Street

Floods Tuesday, the first day of spring, sent water rushing from a temporary lake southwest of town into a low spot on the pavement on South Third Street, slowing traffic on Highway 218, which was taken near the James Schneider residence.

The sudden rush of water into the street probably was the greatest here. Fortunately, the new 15-inch storm sewer recently was completed and aided greatly in disposing of the water, although the street and part of the sidewalk was flooded for a time.

Confronted with the flood which threatened to cause damage to basements, Mayor Jos. Cook and Councilman Jas. Schneider and L.A. Godby went on an inspection trip southwest of town where they located the source of the water in a temporary lake on the northeast edge of the Aetna farm. The water flowed along the road to the J. E. Price farm, then followed the railroad track ot the Ed Selk place and settled around the houses and pavement on South Third street.

Traffic was diverted after the supper hour.

The members of the village board expect to confer with the Castle Rock Township board relative to having the water diverted west from the Aetna farm to the Vermillion River....

Although nearly the entire block from Spruce Street south was flooded for a time, the water had disappeared into the strom sewer by 11:00 o’clock that night, residents on that street said.

Farm tax group organizes here

A county-wide tax meeting, called by William Carnel, farmer near Cannon Falls, held in the Farmington High School last Tuesday evening was well attended by representatives from all parts of Dakota County.

This meeting was called to discuss fully the tax problems confronting the farmers in Dakota County. D.L. Grannis, Jr., county attorney, acted as chairman of the meeting. Senator A.J. Rockne, chairman of the senate finance committee and known as the “Watchdog” of the state treasury, was the principal speaker and in his talk he pointed out that the demands for appropriations were increasing and these demands were largely from the northern counties in the state....

The group present decided to form a Dakota County Taxpayers Association to further study the tax situation and to make sure Dakota County taxpayers are not paying more than their share of the taxes.

Rosemount News

Twenty-five people gathered at Dist. 17 school of the regular March meeting of the Parent Teachers Association. Kenneth Biese, Raymond Barnes and Virginia Scott told about the Tiptop cafeteria which the children carry on cooperatively. They have served hot lunches for six weeks. The cafeteria served Irish stew for the P.T.A. and the room was decorated with shamrocks for the occasion.

On Tuesday evening a joint choir composed of Rosemount and St. Paul people, held practice at St. John’s church. About forty were present and enjoyed the singing.

Miss Brett of the V.M.T gave a very interesting talk on mission at Mrs. F.J. Schwantz’s home under the Ladies Aid on Thursday evening. Many were present from town.

Mrs. G.A. Uitdenbogerd and Mrs. Fred Uitdenbogerd and Glen and Jerry Fluegel were Farmington visitors Tuesday.

100 years ago

From the March 20, 1914 edition of the Dakota County Tribune

Improvement Club

About fifty farmers and business people of Farmington gathered at the Commercial Club room last Friday evening to listen to the talks given by Dr. R.H. Benham of Minneapolis and Prof. Ball state organizer for the county agent system. Pres. P.H. Feely presided as the chair and several hours were spent in discussing the advantages of the county agent....

President Feely appointed John Heinen, E.H. Dosey, L.N Issacs and Dr. R.H. Benham with Mr. Benham as chairman of a committee to go ahead and perfect the organization and Mr. Benham is this week putting in the time working among the farmers of Rosemount, South St. Paul, Mendota and Hampton getting them interested in the movement.

Election hangs in the balance

The matter of whether or not Farmington will be “wet” or “dry” the coming year continues to hang in the balance. Judge Johnson of this district has served notice on the election board to destroy the two ballots folded together, mark the scratched ballot uncounted and decided the election, according to the county or appear before him at Hastings next Monday and give reasons why they have not done so.

Rosemount News

John Heinen motored to Hastings Saturday.

Anna Hynes has been on the sick list the last week.

Margaret Heinen spent a few days of last week in St. Paul.

Laura Hayes of St. Paul spent a few days visiting her parents here.

The Five Hundred Club was entertained by the three teachers, Miss Gorman, Miss Scullie and Miss Feeley of the M.J. Corcoran home Friday evening.