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World War I Homecoming: October 1919

World War I began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. From the time of its occurrence until the approach of World War II, it was called simply the “World War” or the “Great War.”

More than nine million combatants were killed. It was fought mostly by soldiers in trenches. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with 20 million wounded, and 10 million military deaths.

When WW I ended, Shakopee was one of many towns that had a celebration. It was a huge event, and many people participated. The homecoming parade for World War I soldiers, marines, sailors, and nurses was held on October 4, 1919.

The celebration started with a huge parade that included veterans, organizations, commercial floats, and four bands. The parade was followed by a concert at Riverside Park and a ball game. Dancing at Dawson’s Hall and Berens’ Hall followed into the early hours on Sunday, October 5, 1919.

(Part of this information from Shakopee Scrapbook by Michael, Patricia, and Joseph Huber, and available from the Shakopee Heritage Society.)

Spanish Flu Epidemic: 1918

The Spanish flu epidemic hit Shakopee in October 1918. Fifty Scott county people and 12,000 Minnesotans died from the flu.

Among the first local victims were John and Theresa Deller, a Shakopee couple, and their newborn son. John and Theresa passed away within 12 hours of each other.

John died first, at 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, and Theresa died at 7 a.m. on October 31, 1918. Theresa had just had a baby boy at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The baby died right afterwards. The mother, Theresa, passed away a few hours later, without knowing that her husband had also died.

John was just 38 years old, and Theresa was just 33 years old. The couple had three other children, who suddenly were bereft of both a mother and a father. Theresa’s parents were Mr. and Mrs. George Fischer of the community.

The three people were buried simultaneously from St. Mark’s Catholic Church. But like many other churches, their remains were not taken inside the church, but only to the door for a blessing, and then off to the cemetery for a hasty burial.

Friends were so concerned that they fathered and said their rosaries across the road from the family’s home. They wanted to pay their respects, but they didn’t know what was happening, and were worried that they would also get the flu.

During the month of October the Spanish Influenza epidemic that staggered the nation descended on Shakopee. By October 20, 1918, public meetings were forbidden, schools were closed, and people died by the dozens.

Martin Frank Dorn, who lived north of town, died at 6 a.m. the next day, the fourth victim of the influenza in a week. The young man was just 17 years old, and his death was a crushing blow to his family. He had been ill about ten days, and the influenza later developed into spinal meningitis.

The strain on physicians was another problem, according to one issue of the Scott County Argus. They cautioned people not to call doctors for mild cases.

By the end of the year, burials of residents from 11 other cities and townships in Scott County followed. They included a 32-year-old Prior Lake barber, a 23-year-old farmer from Sand Creek Township, and two infants in Blakeley Township.

According to Gordon Buesgens, people came home from World War I, and they brought that flu with them. Gordon was five months old when he was sent to stay with relatives after his dad became ill.  His father, a young Chaska baker, died from the flu. His mother was too sick herself to attend her husband’s private funeral. Gordon, an only child, spent much of his childhood living with relatives in Shakopee while his mother worked.

Richard Zaun, a retired teacher from Helena Township, remembers his father Elmer say that the influenza felt like the normal flu. Richard and his five siblings all became sick. They didn’t eat much, other than the raw eggs their mother fed them. According to Richard, it was the only remedy they had.

(Some information from “Influenza Takes Toll in Community,” Scott County Argus, Nov. 1, 1918, and “1918 Pandemic Took Its Toll on County and State” by Shannon Fiecke, Shakopee Valley News, May 7, 2009.)

Nachtsheim’s Bakery: ca. 1893

By David R. Schleper

According to the Shakopee Tribune, on July 17, 1903, the Shakopee Bakery was established “a score or more years ago, and in daily operation ever since….” Baker Joseph Ploumen, along with Joseph Nachtsheim, Jr. and George Vierling were on the job from four in the morning until sometimes late at night with family helping to make bread for the people of Shakopee.

Everyone is familiar more or less with the mysteries of bread making. In the past, the mother kneaded the bread and coaxed into sweetness the fluffy whiteness, the staff of life. But when you stepped into Nachtsheim’s Bakery, where bakers in their white garments and caps mixed up huge barrels with flour to turn into bread, cakes, pies, and cookies, one could see how special it is.

“In the first place it is interesting to note that there is no fire when the baking is done. The big oven is set into a solid brick wall, and one can look into its cavernous maw by the aid of a lard lamp and see where 300 loaves of bread are being browned by the even heat,” noted the Shakopee Tribune. “The bottom is of square stones, and the low ceiling is an arch of brick on which is a lot of sand to hold the heat. The fire is built on one side below, and is kept up in the morning until the oven and its surrounding walls are sufficiently heated for the afternoon’s bakery, after which the fire is allowed to go entirely out for the day.”

While this is going on, the bakers are getting the dough in pans, the rolls into groups of seven or eight dozen, and then the baking begins. “The big pans are placed in the oven and taken out by means of a long wooden shovel, and the workmen are surprisingly deft in handling the pans with the clumsy looking wooden shovel, and the workmen are surprisingly deft in handling the pans with the clumsy looking implement.”

The chef begins to mix up big batches of eggs, flour, and other ingredients in an immense brass pail after the bread and rolls are done. All the ingredients are done by weight, so it becomes easier to do it just like someone would do it at home using a small basinful. White bread, cream bread, rye bread, graham bread, rolls, buns, white and brown cookies, all kinds of pies and cakes, along with special ordered fine pastries are all turned out at the bakery.

The people in Shakopee especially loved the rye bread. “The bakery makes all its wares from the yeast up, even making its own baking powder; and one is impressed with the thought that a baker has to know a lot of tricks of his trade as well as any other artisan. Yeast is one of the mysteries of bread making, and it was interesting to see the workmen boiling in a wash boiler a lot of hops, which are boiled until a match won’t blow out on the surface, the strained product to be used from time to time with the other ingredients in a big barrel….”

Shakopee had many famous products, including the best carbonated beverages, red brick, stones and ranges, and Little Six and Diamond S flour. Added to this list would be the rye bread from the Nachtsheim Bakery.

The Nachtshiem Bakery was a popular place in Shakopee in the 1900s!

(Some information from “The Shakopee Bakery,” Shakopee Tribune, July 17, 1903, p. 4.)

Corporal George B. Clark and the Civil War: 1861-1865

By David R. Schleper

Corporal George B. Clark, of Shakopee, Minnesota served with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company A, and was present at all of the regiment’s battles. The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment was the first in the nation to answer President Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops in 1861, and they courageously served with great distinction.

The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment mustered for a three-year term (1861-1864) in the Union Army at the outset of the American Civil War when the prevailing enlistment period was three months. During offensive movements, it sustained high degrees of casualties at the Battles of First Bull Run and Antietam and a catastrophic degree of casualties at the Battle of Gettysburg. It is most noted for its service on the second day at Gettysburg.

At a pivotal moment and position during the 1863 conflict at Gettysburg, Union general Winfield Scott Hancock desperately ordered the 262 men of the First Minnesota to charge the 1,600 advancing Alabama Rebels.

Carpenter recalled, “We advanced down the slope…Comrade after comrade dropped from the ranks; but the line went. No one took a second look at his fallen companion. We had no time to weep.” Only 47 men returned alive, but they preserved a key Union defensive position.

On July 4, Lieutenant William Lochren wrote a letter to his hometown Winona Republican newspaper. “We are in the midst of a terrible battle,” he wrote. “Two thirds of the regiment are killed or wounded. We got the better of the enemy in the fight, and our regiment captured one stand of colors.”

When given the opportunity to speak about the Regiment after the war, both General Hancock and US President Calvin Coolidge were unrestrained with praise. Hancock placed its heroism highest in the known annals of war and ascribed unsurpassed gallantry to the famed attack. Emphasizing the criticality of the circumstances on July 2 at Gettysburg, President Coolidge considered, “Colonel Colvill and those eight companies of the First Minnesota are entitled to rank as the saviors of their country.”

Corporal Clark was captured at Antietam but released through a prisoner exchange and then was wounded at Bristow Station. He re-enlisted with the 1st Battalion of Minnesota Infantry, was captured at Petersburg and incarcerated for eight months.

While imprisoned he endured virtual starvation and lost his teeth due to scurvy. George B. Clark was forty-five years old when he died on March 16, 1887 due to his continuing illness.

Burglars in Shakopee: 1900

By David R. Schleper

Burglars wanted to clean up the whole business portion of downtown, and were successful in entering four of the six businesses. Unfortunately, they only earned about nine dollars and a watch…not exactly fancy living!

The burglars started at the Hoffman house, which was near the depot. They tried to enter the hostelry through the back window, but were probably frightened away. They went two doors farther to the St. Paul House, and boldly forced an entrance through the front window into the saloon. The burglars secured about a dollar in change, and a jack knife, which they probably thought would aid them in their next burglary.

Next, the burglars moved one block east, where they broke into the Crystal saloon. They entered through a back window, which they forced open with a crowbar and chisels. The burglars got their biggest haul: nine dollars in cash and a watch.

Guess where the burglars went next? Another saloon! One block away was Ben Baker’s White Front saloon. Unfortunately, there was nothing there to take, so they were unrewarded, and decided to go down a few doors further to Strunk’s Drug Store.

A displaced screen and marks from a chisel and crow bar gave evidence that they attempted to break into Strunk’s Drug Store. Luckily a good, strong iron bolt prevented the burglars from entering the building.

The burglars passed by the bank and the Flaherty & Lies’ big store. Instead, they crossed the street and broke into Matt Huth’s saloon. They were rewarded by finding a few cents in the till.

After a bit more than a watch and nine dollars and some change, the burglars decided that enough was enough. They disappeared and no further evidence of the burglars and their money was never found. Most people of Shakopee figured this work was evidence of amateurs, and hopefully they would not be back!

Remember When: December 2018

1893: Scott County Argus

Dec. 7. 1893

Last Saturday Mrs. Henschel moved into her new store in the How Block, where she is very neatly and comfortably located.

Miss Hanna Flaherty is now acting as clerk in the store of Flaherty & Lies. Miss Kate will continue their dressmaking business at home.

The newly invented One Roller Disintegrator, invented by the Nameless Iron Works of Shakopee, Minn., was operated in their shop last Tuesday and gave entire satisfaction. It is estimated that it will feed enough clay to supply their machine manufacturing 100,000 brick in ten hours, preparing the clay from the bank for the brick machine to make a first class brick. The clay is not squeezed through rollers as is the case where two rollers are used, but is shaved. Brickmakers will at once see the advantage this invention has over the old process.

On Tuesday morning it was discovered that six of the twenty sheep at Lins Bros.’ slaughter house had been torn to pieces by dogs during the night. Some of the sheep had run into the water and remained there all night to keep away from the savage brutes. One of these was drowned. The injured ones had to be killed at once. Naturally the Lins Bros. are now feeling somewhat hostile toward the canine family and they propose to camp on the trail of the prowlers and deal out vengeance with a righteous hand, ably seconded by a trusty shot gun.

Deutsch & Zettel have displayed a whole lot of enterprise in the purchase of an up to date soda fountain which is certainly a beauty. The top is beautifully of carved oak and contains a large beveled plate-glass mirror while the fountain proper is of three kinds of granite and Mexican onyx, and trimmed with heavily plated silver. It has all the best appliances now out, including an apparatus from which to serve hot soda, and is a model of convenience as well as beauty. The cost of the outfit entire was $825. It is now set up and on exhibition at their store.

Dec. 14, 1893

Children’s eyes grow big when they take a look at M. Berens’ new toy store, which was thrown open Tuesday. The stock is complete in every line and includes interesting mechanical toys, dolls by the hundred, games without number, sailboats, steamboats, steam engines, musical instruments of all kinds, etc., etc., etc., in fact it’s a regular Santa Claus shop moved down from the north. If you doubt it, just give the place a visit.

L. Christian & Co. have closed the deal for the big Forest Mills engine, and it will be removed to their mill here within a few days.

The Shakopee Cash Store, Gertrude Berens Proprietress, made an assignment to Henry C. Koerner last Saturday afternoon. The liabilities foot up to about $4,000, while the assets will amount to some $2,800 or $3,000.

Dec. 21, 1893

Dr. A. A. Sabin is enlarging and remodeling his offices in the Reis Building, and when completed the result will prove a marvel of convenience and attractiveness. A reception room has been fixed up at the end of the stairway, and the old reception room turned into the private office by means of a double door. Besides these there is the electricity room and a bed room. The present reception room has been beautifully decorated with handsome wall paper, rounded ceiling and a cleverly executed dado of silver and gold color, and with elegant furnishings it will be a luxurious apartment. F. C. Heroux is the artist in charge.

The firm of Flaherty & Lies will continue business at the old stand and solicits the patronage of all as before.

A merry sleighload of Chaska youths and damsels enjoyed a moonlight drive and an oyster supper at Gellenbeck’s Restaurant last Monday evening.

Leander Schaeffer of Chicago is now a member of his brother Alex. Schaefer’s family. Mr. Schaeffer is a jeweler and watch maker by trade and will soon enter into that line of business in the Jacob Ries building.

The big engine for the mill is now on the way and will soon be here. Mr. Buchanan informs us that it is here but that they haven’t as yet taken it out of the wrapping papers. When the fact is known that the fly wheel alone weighs about ten tons this remark at once becomes humorous.

Dec. 28, 1893

A very beautiful baptismal font was dedicated at St. Peter’s church last Monday, after the morning service. The font, a costly one of solid carved oak and heavily plated silver bowl and trimmings, was bought and presented to the church by the members of the Sunday School, of which Mrs. H. B. Strait is the energetic Superintendent. It is a valuable addition to the church furniture and reflects much credit upon all concerned.

Leander Schaefer is now located in the Jacob Ries Building opposite the Bank and is prepared to do first class repairing of watches, clocks and jewelry at reasonable prices and satisfaction guaranteed.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Dec. 6, 1918

Reformatory in New Budget. The report of the state board of control, which was presented to Governor Burnquist last Saturday, carries with it a big boost for Shakopee in the recommendation for an additional appropriation of $231,000 for the women’s reformatory…

Don’t forget to visit John Heinen’s toy shop. Elegant new stock for your inspection.

The Shane Bros. & Wilson mill is sporting a big new auto truck.

The John Kopisca family moved into the Newgard house this week.

Dec. 13, 1918

Schoolhouse Robbed. Early last Friday morning the schoolhouse was burglarized and property to the value of $75 to $100 was taken. Theodore Weiland was awakened some time between 1 and 2 a.m. by the sound of breaking glass. Thinking that his house was being entered, he got up, but found that all was well; but on looking over toward the schoolhouse he saw several figures moving, so he took a close look at them, only supposing, however, that they were up to mischief rather than robbery. On Friday when school was called it was discovered that a large part of the equipment had been taken from the various departments, including the science department and the domestic science room. Owing to the very clear view that Mr. Weiland had of the party and the character of the stolen articles, it has been fairly easy for those working on the case to reach a pretty sure conclusion as to who the offenders are. It is not the wish of the school authorities to prosecute in the courts; restitution of the stolen property and payment for other damages seems preferable, and the local papers have been asked to announce in this connection that if the property is promptly returned no further proceedings will be taken. Otherwise, the matter will be pushed through the sheriff’s office.

Ben Levi has opened a meat market in the Notermans building south of the post office.

While skating on the road ditch last Thursday evening, some of the boys built a bonfire too near the ice, with the result that the ice melted and Edward Molke went in. It happened that the ditch at that particular point is nearly six feet deep and the boy had to be helped out.


Contract Let for New Sewer

At the special meeting of the city council held last Friday evening, bids were opened for the construction of the Adams street sewer. Four companies bid for the job…

The bid of Lars Overn, of St. Peter, being the lowest, was accepted, and a contract has been entered into with him to construct the sewer. Mr. Overn is the contractor who has recently completed the job of extending the water works to the reformatory. His bid was approximately $475 lower than the next lowest bidder’s.

The Adams street sewer will run from the new state women’s state reformatory to the river, down Adams street, which is the first street west of the institution. The distance between the reformatory and the river is something over half a mile. A great deal of rock is certain to be encountered, which is liable to make the job an expensive one, but it was not possible to connect with the city sewer father east, owing to the difference in grade. But aside from this, the city sewer is too small to accommodate so large an institution as the reformatory is certain to become in future years. Therefore the council was taking the sensible course in providing now for adequate drainage.

Dec. 20, 1918

Women Convicts to Shakopee? If the 1919 legislature accepts two recommendations of the state board of control as outlined in its biennial report, no more women convicts will be sent to Stillwater, after July next, but special provision will be made for their confinement in a new building in connection with the women’s state reformatory at Shakopee…

While splitting kindling wood last Sunday morning, John Velz had the misfortune to accidentally strike the top of his left hand with the hatchet he was using. The cords were severed and as a result he is nursing a badly mangled hand which will keep him from his duties in the barbershop for some time to come. His son, Clarence, will have charge of the shop during his absence.

Dec. 27, 1918

Closed Down for Holidays. Shakopee’s two largest industrial establishments are giving their employes a holiday lay-off. The Minnesota Stove company is taking the annual inventory and may be shut down for several weeks. The Shane Bros. & Wilson Mill shut down last Saturday evening, but will start up again Monday. The mill has been running steadily at full capacity for a considerable time, and the machinery is receiving some needed attention, or as manager Buchanan puts it, they are “giving the wheels a chance to cool off.”

Theodore Jasper presented his daughters with a handsome new Darhuff piano, as a Christmas gift.

Mrs. Frank Dellwo and children departed for Cloquet on Saturday, where the family will reside, Mr. Dellwo being employed as carpenter in rebuilding that city. Their home has been rented by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kahn Jr.

An entertaining Christmas program was given by the grade scholars of the public school last Friday afternoon. A number of visitors were present.

1918: Scott County Argus

Dec. 6, 1918

Towns Get Honor Flag

The chairman of the Scott county Fourth Liberty loan informs the Argus that each county unit has received as a recognition of the fact that each oversubscribed its quota.

Not a single unit failed to make its expectancy and more.

The percentage of distribution in each precinct is represented on their flag by stars. Where the distribution reached twenty per cent the flag contains one star, twenty-five per cent, two stars, and one additional star for every two and one-half per cent of added distribution, thereafter…

The flags are large and handsome, and in addition to the honor they represent, will be an ornament to any town hall or precinct voting place.

Dec. 13, 1918

Anton Hergott, formerly of Plentywood, Mont., has bought the hotel business of the late John Deller and opened it last week.

Miss Ida Scherkenbach has accepted a position as clerk in the local office of the Minnesota Stove company and began work this week.

The city council voted Tuesday evening to put lights along the ice rink across the river, which will be good news to the young folks who have been enjoying the fine skating afforded there. If the ice can be flooded and some one found to keep it in good condition a splendid rink can be maintained throughout the winter at small expense and trouble.

Dec. 20, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Brown and baby will move to Minneapolis next week where the former will have charge of the Dunwoody Naval club until spring.

St. John’s Lutheran church will have a Christmas tree and program at 7:00 o’clock on Christmas eve and services will be held on Christmas day at 10:00 o’clock a.m.

E. H. Teich’s team indulged in a runaway Wednesday evening when they became frightened and broke from a hitching rail at M. J. Berens & Sons’ store. Racing down First street and across the bridge they struck a pole, when the harness parted and freed the horses. Mr. Teich succeeded in catching one but the other disappeared down the river road and could not be found. The buggy was undamaged except for a broken tongue.

Dec. 27, 1918

The supreme court filed its decision Friday in the case of the Interior Lumber company, plaintiff, against John J. O’Dowd. The decision is in favor of the lumber company and against Mr. O’Dowd. Sen. J. A. Coller was attorney for the lumber company and F. J. Leonard for Mr. O’Dowd.

E. H. Teich’s missing horse which ran away last week Wednesday was found dead in the middle of Feldman’s lake north of town. The animal drowned in a foot and a half of water, being unable to get out of the lake, after it had run out over the ice into open water. Mr. Teich traced it the day after the runaway by its tracks and saved his harness.

Misses Elizabeth and Matilda Marschall will close their home here January first and go to St. Paul to remain.

Lawrence Schlinker, the first of Shakopee’s young soldiers to return from overseas, arrived here Monday morning, having been discharged from further service. Lawrence enlisted nine months ago as a mechanic in the aviation department and had been in England the past four months. He reached New York December 11th on the Adriatic, a 750-foot ship carrying 3,000 men. On account of rough weather the ship made the journey at slow speed to lessen the danger of accident. The trip occupied ten days, only one of which Lawrence suffered a touch of seasickness. He reports the climate of England warm with rains nearly every day at this season of the year. Like all of the boys he is overjoyed to get home and has found nothing to compare with the good old U. S. A.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Dec. 2, 1943

Meeting of Local Import Called by School Board

The Shakopee high school board is calling a meeting of all the people of the community who are or may be interested in the present status and disposal of thousands of dollars of NYA property.

This meeting to which every citizen of Shakopee, and every patron of the district are not only invited but urged to attend, is set to be held tomorrow (Friday) evening, December 3, in the high school building, at the hour of 7:30 p.m…

Dec. 9, 1943

Seal Sales Now $163.30. Mrs. M. L. Regan, local Christmas Seal Sales chairman, reported that up to Wednesday $163.30 had been received here. Additional seals, Mrs. Regan said, may be purchased in the drug stores or bank in Shakopee.


Selective Service Board Membership Change Indicated

Indicating that a change had been made in its membership the Scott County Selective Service board this week issued the following brief bulletin:

“John H. Moore of Shakopee, and John P. Baltes of New Market, have been appointed to serve on the Scott County Selective Service Board.”

The release did not disclose if the numbers were additions to the present three-man board, or if they were replacements for two present members…


Santa Claus to Arrive in Shakopee, December 18

Notwithstanding the war-troubled world, good old Santa Claus appears to be on the job as usual. Evidence of that fact is made clear from a communication just recently received by Dallas F. Capesius, secretary of the Civic and Commerce association.

The latest information is to the effect that Santa Claus will arrive in Shakopee Saturday afternoon, Dec. 18, if he is not held up on account of the flu which is so prevalent all over the country — and if the present outbreak locally has been pretty well cleared up by that time…

Dec. 16, 1943

Civic & Commerce Assn. Christmas Party Postponed. Due to the fact that colds and the flu are still quite prevalent in the community the Shakopee Civic and Commerce association has decided to postpone the annual Christmas party to a later date. Santa has promised to be here as soon as he receives word that all is clear, and he says, too, that he will come with a supply of candy nuts and fruit…


Schools Reopen; Sickness Still Checks Attendance

Almost back to its normal daily student attendance the Shakopee public school had but 43 absentees listed at noon Wednesday J. A. Metcalf, superintendent disclosed.

When the grade and high school closed last Tuesday afternoon because of an epidemic of severe colds and influenza, 146 pupils were on the sick list. With the re-opening of school Monday, 60 were absent and by Wednesday noon the absentee total had been reduced to 43…

Dec. 23, 1943

Benefit Basketball Game Here Tonight

A benefit basketball game, sponsored by the Letterman’s club of the Shakopee high school, is to be played in the school gym here tonight.

Coach Sanford’s team will be opposed by the undefeated Monroe high school quint of St. Paul and that should make for another thrill-packed game.

Proceeds from the match will go toward defraying the medical and hospital expense resulting from the injury received by Norman Pink in a football game last season…


Municipal Water Supply is Hampered When 75 h.p. Pump Motor Breaks

The importance of an adequate water supply for the modern city was forcibly impressed upon Shakopee residents this week when a sharp curtailment in the use of city water was ordered when the deep well pump on the municipal water system unexpectedly broke down Sunday night…

To maintain pressure in the mains and to provide at least a partial supply of water, an emergency system was rigged up at the Rahr Malting company’s plant, where that industry’s deep-well pump was put into steady operation, keeping its storage tank filled to capacity. From that storage tank the water was syphoned to a booster pump on a city fire truck which forced the water into the city water mains.

The water shortage not only affected homes and business places but also “gave the kids a break,” because the city’s schools were forced to close when the shortage rendered the sanitary systems inadequate and the steam heating plants practically inoperative.

Normal water supply, authorities are confident, will be restored today when the repaired motor and dismantled pump have been reassembled in the pump house at the power house.


Skating Rink Hit by Mild Weather Water Shortage

Hampered by mild weather and accompanying temperatures that were not the kind for making good ice, the municipal skating rink in Recreation park is not yet in the best condition.

Skating was permitted for the past few days but renewed and continued floodings, necessary to keep the ice in shape, had to be abandoned when the pump on the city’s water system broke down Sunday night.

With needed repairs completed Wednesday the rink was expected to be in excellent condition for the Christmas vacation period, city officials said.

Dec. 30, 1943

City Establishes New Rural Electric Rates. Affording potential customers on its rural electric lines a “twenty-year plan” for paying the “hook-up” charge for electric service the Shakopee city council has adopted a resolution establishing alternative rates for rural customers…

Reformatory Head Joins Red Cross. Granted a year’s leave of absence, effective January 1, Miss Estelle Jamieson, who since May, 1934 has been the superintendent of the State Reformatory for Women here, has accepted a positon as field representative of home service of the American Red Cross…


Jap Flag on Display in Post Office Window

An honest-to-goodness banner of the “land of the rising sun” made its appearance in Shakopee this week and for several days will be on display in the post office window.

It came with the arrival of Robert Wampach who just returned from naval duty in the South Pacific. The Jap flag, Bob said, was taken by an Australian soldier in the initial landing on Finschaven, an engagement in which the Shakopee sailor participated.

Japanese inscriptions on the red and white banner supposedly are the names of the men composing the Jap unit to which the flag belonged.

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Dec. 5, 1968

Gets Contract For Hwy. 101 Traffic Signals. Collins Electric Co. of Minneapolis was the apparent low bidder of $28,728 for furnishing and installing signal systems in Shakopee at the intersection of Trunk Highway 101 at Lewis Street and Holmes Street, according to announcement this week by the Minnesota Highway Department…

Yule decorations went up Monday of this week, December 2, in the Shakopee downtown area and along First Street and adjacent blocks with the Shakopee Utilities crew on the job. The decorations of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce will again this year include the traditional Christmas tree to be erected at the intersection of Holmes and West First. The tree this season is being donated by George A. Philipp to be taken from his residence at 626 South Holmes. The Shakopee Public Utilities crew is at work at the Scott and West First intersection early Monday morning of this week as their customary Yule assist was under way.


Teens Begin Own Center Project Tomorrow Eve

Faced with the prospect of Shakopee not having a place for teens to go, a group of enterprising Shakopee Senior High students have taken matters in their own hands and now have found their own place.

Tomorrow (Friday), December 6, at the new Shakopee Public Utilities facility at Fourth and Naumkeag, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 12 midnight, the teens of Shakopee will prove that they can self-operate and supervise a center of their own.

This center will offer a place for youth between the ages of 13 and 19, inclusive. The event tomorrow (Friday) night will be an experimental teen center activity, and if all goes well, this project is to continue until the City of Shakopee can provide something more adequate…


3 From Shakopee In Chorus Chosen For Record Album

Three Shakopee girls are members of the Good Counsel Academy “A” Chorus, selected this year by Delta Record Company, to cut a Christmas record album of Christmas Choral selections, according to officials of the Mankato school for girls.

They are Mary Kerber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kerber, RR 2, Shakopee; Jeanne Marschall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Marschall, RR 1, Shakopee; and Victoria Pieper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Pieper, RR 1, Shakopee…


Elizabeth Rockwell Chosen Shakopee Rotary Club First Exchange Student

Elizabeth K. Rockwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Rockwell, 620 East Eighth Street, has been chosen as the Shakopee Rotary Club Exchange Student and will be the first Shakopee student to be given a year’s study in a foreign country as part of the exchange program.

Miss Rockwell will be leaving for Sweden, the city to be announced at a later date, about August 1, 1969. Shakopee will in turn host an exchange student from Sweden…

Dec. 12, 1968

Joins KSMM As News Director. Lyle Johnson has joined the staff at Shakopee Radio Station KSMM as news director, according to Ray Foslid, manager…


Shakopee Medical Center Expansion Now Completed

Expansion of facilities at the Shakopee Medical Center, 323 Naumkeag, necessitated by the addition of Donald J. Abrams, M.D. to the staff in July, is now essentially complete, according to an announcement this week.

Located in the new addition to the clinic are an improved business office, lounge and new physical therapy department.

Parking lot facilities, with a heated sidewalk, have also been expanded, and other exterior improvements are to be completed in the spring of 1969…


Lucille Schwartz Of Bank Staff To Retire Dec. 31

F. A. Weiland, president of The First National Bank of Shakopee, announced this week the retirement of Lucille E. Schwartz from full-time employment with the bank.

Miss Schwartz joined the staff of the Shakopee bank in 1925, and she has been an officer of the bank since 1947, when she was appointed to the position of assistant cashier…

Weiland added that Miss Schwartz would work on a part-time basis after an extended vacation, visiting her brother in Arizona, following her retirement from full-time employment. She plans to work Mondays and Fridays upon her return to work on a part-time basis…


First Action In Proposed 3-Stage School Project

As the first move in a proposed three-stage building program, with activity proposed for each of the next three years, the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 board of education at its regular meeting Monday night of this week, December 9, authorized the architectural firm of Armstrong, Schlichting, Torseth and Skold, Inc. of Minneapolis, to proceed with plans for the remodeling of the present Junior High building, Fifth and Lewis…

The proposed construction time table, as presented by Architect Ken Skold Monday night of this week includes an estimated $775,000 new Elementary building, to be located in East Shakopee in 1970 and the expansion of the present Senior High facilities on Tenth Avenue, to include a second floor for classroom, a 600 capacity auditorium, and a shop addition, to be completed in the fall of 1971. Estimated cost, as presented by the architect, for the Senior High expansion is $781,000…

Also to be considered is the installation of bleachers in the Junior High building in correlation with proposed remodeling of the present auditorium-gymnasium to provide a larger physical education facility, along with the obtaining from the architect’s possible construction costs based on more detailed research and projections.

The construction time-table as presented in the proposal by the architect:

JUNIOR HIGH REMODELING — Begin immediately with design drawings, and development of the design next month, with March through May of next year to be for completion of working drawings. It is proposed that the bids for remodeling be let in May 1969 and construction to take five months with completion expected in October of 1969.

EAST SHAKOPEE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — this school is proposed similar to that of the present Sweeney Elementary School and to be located on the Hillary Drees property at Dakota and Shakopee Avenue. Proposed is that design drawings be under way January through March of next year, with April and May to be for design development and June through October be for completion of the working drawings. It is projected that bids for construction of this new Elementary facility be let the latter part of October or first of November 1969, with construction to take nine months and completion to be in August of 1970.

EXPANSION OF SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL — to include 9,800 square feet to be added as a second floor, 5,400 square feet for an industrial arts facility addition and a 600-capacity, 14,400 square-feet auditorium. Proposed is that the first five months of next year be allotted to the planning of curriculum up-dating with consideration to be given both modular and flexible scheduling, along with the building needs to accommodate curriculum innovations. The months of June through September of 1969 are allotted for the completion of design drawing; October and November are for development of the design, with December 1969 through May 1970 to be for completion of the working drawings. It is proposed that bids for construction at the present high school site be let in June of 1970 with construction to take 14 months and completion tentatively scheduled for August of 1971…

Also noted in the proposed remodeling of the Junior High building was the item of $3,000 for new carpeting for the library. It was pointed out that this could be taken out of the contract and handled independently of the other improvements.

Other proposed improvements at the Junior High building include the removing of the balcony, installation of a floor and partial ceiling, along with new lighting and a curtain divider in the auditorium-gymnasium; remodeling of room on the top floor to serve as a science teaching station; the converting of the faculty room to a dressing and storage room for home economics; the converting of the present drafting room back to a metal shop; installation of new lighting facilities in 17 classrooms and the corridor, and acoustical improvement to the hallway corridor of the gymnasium-auditorium and ventilation improvement to the audio-visual room.

Also during the discussion it was agreed that at the first meeting in January, the District No. 720 board would make a decision on what direction to take regarding the acquiring of the Hillary Drees property in East Shakopee for the site of the proposed future Elementary School. A year ago the board requested the Shakopee Planning Commission to designate this as a future Elementary school site and it is indicated on the zoning map of the City of Shakopee…


SHS Science Club Tours Rahr Malting Co.

The Shakopee Senior High Science Club took a tour of Rahr Malting in Shakopee on Tuesday, November 12. The tour was set up by William Runge of Rahr Malting and conducted by James Stillman.

The Science Club was shown the actual modern processing of barley into malt. The press included the steeping, kilning and germinating steps…

Dec. 19, 1968

City Conveys Land To Historical Society. Approved unanimously on a roll call vote at the special meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held Tuesday evening of this week, December 17, was Ordinance No. 290, which conveys title of Memorial Park Land east edge of Shakopee, to the Scott County Historical Society for its proposed Minnesota Valley Restoration project…


East First Center Seeks To Expand

Proposed expansion of the Shakopee Shops Shopping center on East First to the west, to include the four lots in the south half of block seven, was revealed at a public hearing held by the Shakopee Planning Commission on rezoning five blocks along each side of East First from present multiple dwelling to commercial shopping district. Following the hearing, the Planning Commission approved recommending to the City Council that the five blocks involved be rezoned…

Involved in the proposed rezoning are block one, two, seven and eight of East Shakopee and block 169 of the original plat of Shakopee. On the north of East First are blocks seven and eight, and the remaining three are located south of East First…


Plans $100,000 Expansion For Area Firm

Western Concrete Products Corp. will expand its facilities at the Shakopee-Chaska location.

Western Concrete Products Corp. of Spring Parks announced plans this week to increase size of plant facilities and install automation at its Shakopee-Chaska block factory location at the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 41, two miles west of Shakopee…


Dec. 26, 1968

School Board Sets Bond Issue At $2.1 Million. Approved by unanimous roll call vote at the special meeting of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education Monday evening of this week, December 23, was the presenting a proposition of issuance of $2.1 million dollars to the voters for the financing of a proposed three-stage building program with activity proposed for each of the next three years…

Old Utilities Now Teen Center. Teen-age center plans for the youth of Shakopee now include the use of the former facility of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission located at the foot of Lewis Street, with the youth who organized the activity receiving the support of Jaycee members and city officials.

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Dec. 2, 1993

Retired firefighters. Two veterans of the Shakopee Fire Department have each retired after 30 years of service. Gene Pass joined the department in September 1973 and is past president of the Shakopee Fire Department Relief Association. He retired in October. Charlie Ries, a former chief who also held the posts of captain and training officer, and first and second assistant chief, retired in November after serving since June 1973…


Students: Peer mediation preferable to fights

Any time you put a bunch of teen-agers together under one roof, there are bound to be arguments and fights.

But those very same kids are capable of solving those problems amongst themselves, without always having to resort to violence and/or disciplinary action from adults.

That’s part of the premise of the Peer Mediation Program, offered by the Mediation Training Institute of Plymouth. Its director, Gary Moe, visited the Shakopee School District recently to work with 24 sixth- through eighth-graders, along with some instructors, to help them learn how to resolve their own conflicts…


A step into the 21st century

Walking into the nuclear medicine department at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee is like taking a step into the 21st century now that the hospital has the PRISM 1000.

The PRISM 1000 is a single-head nuclear medicine imaging system that allows radiologists and physicians to look inside the body to more accurately diagnose a patient’s condition.

Hospital staff have used the new machine since the beginning of November…

Dec. 9, 1993

Track ownership goes to court

The two sides claiming ownership of Canterbury Downs were told by a judge in Shakopee Tuesday to come to a settlement by Friday or be prepared to go to trial Jan. 4.

Twin Cities financier Irwin Jacobs and Fargo businesswoman Susan Bala squared off for the first time in Scott County District Court with their attorneys. Each contends ownership of the failed thoroughbred racetrack. Canterbury’s most recent owner, Ladbroke Racing Corp., insists it sold the track to Twin Cities businessman Jacobs. And although correspondence describing negotiations between Ladbroke and Bala exists, Rick Reichow, Ladbroke vice president and chief financial officer, vehemently denies any deal with Bala was consummated…

Dec. 16, 1993

City OKs ’94 sidewalk project. The Shakopee City Council Dec. 7 adopted a resolution ordering the installation of sidewalks along Marschall Road from Fourth to 10th avenues and along 10th Avenue from Tyler Street to Shakopee Town Square. Construction is expected next summer…


White House called and man’s angel took flight

It took nearly three days to put 8,000 ornaments on a Christmas tree.

And you think you have a lot of decorating to do.

That’s because this particular tree is over 19 feet high and stands in the Blue Room of the White House…

The tree in the home of Todd Anderson of Shakopee is just a wee bit smaller, but it does have something in common with the one in the White House: a custom-designed angel ornament…


Shakopee School Board OKs bidding for new phone system

The Shakopee School District’s telephone system is being used to its maximum, according to Ron Ward, director of administrative services. And as of January, the system will no longer be supported by AT&T, which would normally provide replacement parts…

In response, the School Board Monday authorized the district to accept bids for a new system…

Dec. 23, 1993

City labors over decision on costly major sewer line

Shakopee City Council members met with representatives from the Metropolitan Council and the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission (MWCC) on Dec. 14 to discuss the construction of a controversial and expensive sewer line that will affect development and city residents for the next 50 years.

At issue is whether the city will pay between $3 million to $5 million for the oversizing of a sewer line that the MWCC will build to phase out the Chaska waste-water treatment plant, which now serves Shakopee. The plant is now over capacity and will need to be replaced or phased out. Under a cost-sharing agreement, the new line would serve Shakopee up until the year 2040.

Under the complicated cost-sharing agreement, the city would need to amend its long-range land-use plan, also known as its comprehensive plan. That is because the agreement involves a number of land-use issues, including the expansion of the municipal urban service area (MUSA) line, within which development is allowed in the metropolitan area, and a land trade that would take about 180 acres of industrial land out of the MUSA area and add 360 acres of land for residential development…


Growing with the community

The congregation at Calvary United Methodist Church has been making maximum use of its building on First Avenue the past 21 years.

An adult class has been meeting in the sanctuary. After worship services, a children’s choir meets to rehearse there. And in the educational wing, folding chairs and tables are put up and taken down, along with wall dividers, depending on what activity is taking place.

The secretary and the church’s pastor, the Rev. Norman Lidke, share an office. Parking is at a premium. When the church has dinners, meals are served in shifts. And some of the larger weddings are held elsewhere…

There is hope in sight, or more specifically, at a four-acre site on Vierling Drive, east of Marschall Road.

The 150-member congregation recently sold the 102-year-old former Lutheran church it has occupied at 705 First Ave. E. to the Flood Brothers (Gary and Jeff) of Jordan, with office space being added for Mystic Motors.

The church will lease the facility until it can move to its new building, which is expected to be completed in September. A ground-breaking service is being set in April…

Dec. 30, 1993

City renews Murphy’s contract with MVRP

The Shakopee City Council on Dec. 21 agreed to a new five-year contract with the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project Inc. (MVRP) to operate Murphy’s Landing…

The City Council agreed to renew the lease on condition that the MVRP assumes policy-making decisions, attempts to obtain grants and donations, and will “delegate the management to a staff that the MVRP will assemble and engage as prudent judgment requires.”

An amendment to the contract states that the MVRP board will continue to search for and retain the services of a qualified museum professional (curator) and that another individual may be retained to assist in the operation of Murphy’s Landing as an assistant administrator…


65-room Holiday Inn Express planned along Marschall Road

A Holiday Inn Express hotel may be built next to the Super 8 Motel at 581 S. Marschall Road by one of the owners of the Super 8.

Developer Murray Williamson, a former U.S. Olympic hockey coach who resides in Edina, owns the Super 8 motels in Shakopee and Chaska as well as Bemidji. He has formed a new corporation, MinTag Limited Liability Corp., to buy the Holiday Inn Express franchise…

The new hotel will be located on 1 ½ acres of vacant land along Marschall Road. Williamson declined to say how much he paid for the property…

“Rather than expand the Super 8 we decided on this project,” he said…

If the city gives its approval, ground could be broken in February, he said. If the corporation does not receive approval in a timely manner, construction will be delayed until after the busy summer tourist season, he said.


Jail annex will accept minimum-security inmates only

The Scott County Jail Annex near Jordan will not house medium-security state prisoners as planned, but will accept minimum-security inmates.

A proposal to remodel a wing of the jail annex to hold medium-security inmates has been nixed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections because state inspectors found that the costs would be too high due to the age of the building, according to Scott County Sheriff Bill Nevin…

Janice Hennen Photos

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1893: Scott County Argus

Nov. 2, 1893

Fresh oysters and fresh fish always on hand at Gellenbeck’s restaurant.

World’s Fair Souvenirs can be purchased at H. P. Marx’s at about half the price sold at the Fair. Call and see the beautiful sterling silver spoons and other fancy articles for Souvenirs. Some goods can only be obtained by leaving orders for duplicates as only a limited number are to be had.

Jos. Linhoff removed his family from his old home at Merriam Junction to his elegant new residence in this city last week.

Plans are being made for a pressed brick, plate glass front to be put into John Schwartz’s building on First street. The work will probably be done this fall.

A beautiful stuffed specimen of a native pelican is on exhibition at Deutsch & Zettel’s drug store. It stands over two feet high and is of the purest white except on the tips of the wing feathers, where the color is shaded to a beautiful drab. The bird was shot, together with its mate, by Otto Zaum at Pleasant Lake. It is a valuable specimen, and well worth a visit.

Little Mat Klinkhmmer met with quite a severe accident a short time ago. While cutting shinny sticks in company with Benny Kohls the latter accidentally struck Mat’s hand with an ax, as he was holding down a desirable stick for Benny to cut off. The middle finger of the left hand was cut nearly off, but hung by a small piece of skin. The finger was put back in place and stitched on, and the chances are now that the severed portion will be saved.

Nov. 9, 1893

Parties wanting wedding cakes or cakes for parties, we will be pleased to fill your orders, at Gellenbeck’s Restaurant.

A decided improvement has been made on First street in front of Pat’k Condon’s buildings, the old sidewalk having been replaced by a new and more substantial one.

A new cigar factory has been started in the Conter House by Gentgen and Simmer. They have bought out the business of C. W. Meyer who will accept the position of foreman under the new firm.

A. Greenberg intends to move into the How building in the spring.

Jacob Ries, Sr., will return from Chicago in a day or two with four awards received upon five displays which his progressive Bottling Works had maintained at the World’s Fair. Mr. Ries received the gold medal at the Paris Exposition, has a state and a county medal, and now with these new awards he may certainly feel that his goods are very much endorsed. It is a source of congratulation both to himself and to Shakopee that the products of his thriving institution meet with such marked signs of merit and approval.

Mathew Lies moved in from Marystown today. He has located for the winter in the Annen house on west Fourth street. Next spring he will build a commodious residence on the lot adjoining the west side.

Peter Yost met with quite an accident Tuesday. While leading a steer the rope got wound around the thumb of his right hand, the steer became unruly and dashed away from Mr. Yost. The rope tightened around the thumb and tore off the first joint, bone and all. It is a most painful accident and one of which his friends will regret to hear.

Val. Zoller has been revelling in a wealth of beautiful roses this week. His nephew who was recently here from Chicago sent up a big box of assorted beauties last Sunday and Mr. Zoller has been busy giving them away to his friends ever since. The greenhouse owned by his two nephews is one of the largest in Chicago, and if the contents of the box sent here are a fair sample, their flowers must be of the very best.

Mrs. M. Henschel expects to remove into her new quarters in the How Block within a week. She will occupy the third store from the Bank corner.

Nov. 16, 1893

A millinery department under the management of Miss Celia Stirn is proving quite a feature at the Shakopee Cash Store. Give it a call.

A work train on the St. Louis deposited several car loads of cinders at the scene of last week’s wreck, just before dark yesterday and this caused the report to spread that another wreck had occurred at the same place. The heavy grade and the sharp curve at this point will naturally cause the empty box cars to hop off the track, so that a wreck is not unexpected at any time. We would suggest that at the cost of a few box cars the road might pick up its track and run it across to this point without any curve. The increase in traffic from this place would pay for the work within a few years.

Mrs. M. Henschel will remove to her apartments in the How Block the first of next week.

The first skating of the season was enjoyed by the “small fry” last Monday on the little pond in the rear of the mill. And the genuine well-developed particle will be at hand within a day or two, if this north wind can maintain its grip for that length of time.

Messrs. Nicholas Berens and John Nachtsheim, who have for some years past been doing business under the firm name of The Shakopee Cash Store on Monday severed their business relationship, Mr. Nachtsheim retiring. Mr. Berens will continue the business here, while Mr. Nachtsheim will either open a general merchandise store in the How Block or accept a position with a firm in Minneapolis.

Nov. 23, 1893

C. Jos. Strunk received from Mr. Willson this week a big official envelope containing five cents, that amount being due him from his accounts of 1889, A. D. when postmaster here. He had remitted five cents too much on a money order, and the department has got up to ’89 in its work and hence remitted the amount as stated. Mr. Strunk was obliged to write a receipt for the amount, which was duly forwarded to Washington.

The first “heat” of the now prosperous Minnesota Stove Co. was run off just two years ago today. The benefits which the town has derived from its well deserved success are patent to all.

John Nachtsheim will not engage in the general merchandise business here as rumored last week. He has purchased a knitting machine and is now prepared to do all kinds of knitting to order at his residence. Children’s hose and men’s socks, 15 c. per pair; ladies, 20 c.

Nov. 30, 1893

Anton Koeper went to Wisconsin yesterday to get select Eastern timber for use in his wagon factory here.

Prof. J. F. Parsons principal of the Union school, treated the scholars to fruit, candy, etc., on Friday afternoon last.

Rev. Mr. Jones, Presbyterian minister, has rented the Octagon house and will move his family here the latter part of this week.

Flaherty & Lies are making an appreciable improvement in the appearance and comfort of their store by having it re-covered with siding.

P. A. Preiser has moved his family into Jacob Clemens’s house on First street.

Deutsch & Zettel have shipped their large soda fountain to a New York firm, in exchange for a new and handsomer one, from which will gush the cooling soda when robins nest again.

A skating rink has been made at the foot of Holmes street which will be owned and operated by Messrs. James Leyde, Michael Hartz, and Geo. Davis. The ice within the enclosure is in excellent shape and, if the institution can be kept running throughout the winter, it will prove a source of pleasure to the skating public and of profit to the owners.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Nov. 1, 1918

Schools Ordered Closed. The influenza epidemic seems to be far from checked so far as Shakopee is concerned. On Tuesday the board of health and the school board judged it best to close the schools. This step was not taken owing to any outbreak among the children, but largely because many parents were keeping their children home, and the classes were pretty badly broken up. St. Mark’s school closed the same day…

The H. J. Hoard family have moved to Derby, Conn., where they will be permanently settled for some time. Mr. Hoard is superintending the building of a dam. He is the resident engineer and will take several years to complete the work.

The Mathias Beckerich family have moved in from Eden Prairie and are occupying the Bieren house. They will reside in town for the winter.

A deal was closed on Thursday by which Jacob Mahowald, bought the harness shop of P. J. Mahowald, taking possession at once. He wishes to state that he will continue in the monument business and solicits your trade. P. J. Mahowald and family will move to their farm near Lakeville next week. The Mahowald family have a wide circle of friends here who regret to see them leave but wish them unbound success in their new home.

Nov. 8, 1918

Miss Helen Huth commenced a six months’ term of school in the Kopp district in Eagle Creek on Monday.

Nov. 15, 1918

All ladies of the Red Cross sewing classes are urged to come and sew every day excepting Saturdays. The chapter is anxious to get its allotment completed by December 1st.

John Kennedy was the victim of an accident which might have resulted fatally for him. Mr. Kennedy was on his way down town on Wednesday morning and while crossing the Milwaukee railroad tracks near the Simons Lumber Co., was struck by the engine and thrown across the tracks. The heavy Milwaukee freight was just coming to a stop and Mr. Kennedy failed to see or hear the train. He was struck on the right hip and suffered severe bruises. He was taken to his home and medical aid summoned. He is as well as can be expected at this writing and it will be some time before he will be able to be about again.


Shakopee Wild When Peace News Comes

Shakopee celebrated the surrender of Germany and the ending of the war as became a city which had sent more than a hundred of her young men into the service of the country. News of the surrender was first received in this city by W. N. Southworth shortly after 2 o’clock a. m. Monday morning, but he was unable to arouse anyone for a half hour. The operator at central who controls the fire bell was skeptical until Minneapolis had branded the report as official from Washington. Then the celebration broke loose. After the fire bell had sounded a few taps, the whistle at the stove works cut loose. St. Mary’s church bell was next, then one after another the other vehicles of noisy rejoicing entered the arena of pandemonium. Although one of the last to begin, the bells of St. Mark’s carried off first honors, for they can be heard for miles out into the country and it was their voices that carried the news to many a farm home hours before it would become known in the ordinary course of events. By 3:30 impromptu parades had been formed, and shouting crowds added their vociferations to the screeching of the whistles and the resounding of the bells. A bonfire was lighted at the corner of First and Lewis and the fire company turned out with the hose and ladder trucks. All day the bells and whistles kept up the fun, the whistles intermittently and the bells steadily. Trainmen added to the noise, and not a train came through that did not herald its approach with wild and prolonged “hip, hip, hoorahs” from its engine. One train on the St. Louis is credited with having tied open its whistle and maintained one long howl from Minneapolis to Albert Lea.

During the day several parades took place. Some of the girls staged one at 11 a. m. and in the afternoon the small boys turned out. The kids rode the Kaiser around in a garbage can, but the motto on their banner is better left unrecorded. In the evening a large parade was formed at the city hall. In this marched contingents from the local Red Cross, the Home Guard company, the Cadet band and other local institutions. In all probably 400 people marched. On one corner the Kaiser in his carriage of state, who had been the main feature of the parade, was surrounded by an armed guard soaked with coal oil and made to expiate his misdeeds in a blaze of fire, while J. J. Moriarty made a short address, the gist of which was a congratulatory encomium for Shakopee on her steadfastness and loyalty through the great days now past and hope that the temperature through which the Kaiser was just passing was not a fleabite to what he was going to get later on in the kingdom to which he will shortly be assigned. The individual celebrations lasted late in to the night. So much for the noise.

In every home, especially in those from which boys had gone out to do battle for civilization, there was rejoicing just as fervent of a quiet and prayerful kind. As Christian people who have prepared to make every sacrifice required for the cause of country, civilization and humanity, our people turned to their God in the hour of victory and though public worship in the churches was unadvisable owing the epidemic, many a thankful prayer was offered in the family circles that the horrors of war had been lifted from the heads of loved ones on land and sea.

Nov. 22, 1918

Shakopee Wants Cannon As Trophy. The war is over and Shakopee has given proof of her loyalty and devotion to the cause by the enthusiasm with which every war effort was supported as well as by her manhood contribution, many of whom joined the colors before the selective service act went into effect. Therefore the Tribune feels that the town should be presented with a public memorial of her activity in the cause of victory, and what could be more appropriate than that the United States government should present us with a cannon, to be placed in some public place, either the city hall yard or the court house grounds, to be a permanent memento to these memorable times. A captured German gun would, perhaps, be preferable as a war trophy, but one of the field pieces which helped to drive the Hun back to his lair would also be highly desirable…

Atty. J. J. Moriarty moved his office from the Busse building on First street to the Hinds block on Lewis st.

Mr. and Mrs. Christ Geisler and little daughter of Eden Prairie moved into the Broman house on First street, yesterday. Mr. Geisler bought the place last week, Mr. and Mrs. Broman going to Minneapolis to reside.

Nov. 29, 1918

August Casselius Badly Hurt. August Cassellius met with an unfortunate accident at the Shane Bros. & Wilson corn mill Monday morning about ten o’clock. He was sweeping and oiling machinery on the second floor, and while oiling a shaft on one of the roller mills his coat sleeve must have been caught by the drive chain. The machine carried a protecting frame, but his arm was inside the frame for the purpose of oiling, and it was probably the frame which was responsible, in part at least, for the injuries he received. The arm, caught in the moving chain and held by the wooden framework, was broken in two places. In addition, the chain, before breaking and releasing him, tore the flesh loose from the bones of the forearm, inflicting a ghastly wound. No one was near at the time, but he was able to walk to the first floor where others were working. He was hurried over to Dr. Reiter’s office where the injured arm was set and dressed, and at the time of this writing (Tuesday) it is not believed that amputation will be necessary, although the torn condition of the flesh makes it somewhat doubtful if it can be saved.

A Boon to School Children. One of the happy results of the road grading job just north of the bridge which was not mentioned in the contract specifications is the gift to the schoolchildren (and the rest of us, too) of an artificial skating pond three-quarters of a mile long and twenty to forty feet wide, reaching from Riverside Park past the new cement trestle. Heretofore parents have had to worry over their children skating on the river, or on the lakes. But here is a skating pond close at hand and perfectly safe for the smallest children, the water being nowhere deeper than a few feet. Just now the ice is as smooth as glass, and it would be hard to find a better winter pleasure ground for the youngsters.

The Thanksgiving dance given at the opera house Wednesday night was fairly well attended, about seventy couples being present. The new home orchestra made its debut and is reported to have given general satisfaction.


Road Work Progressing

The line drag grading outfit engaged in grading the mile road is on the last lap and according to the operators that part of the big job will be completed by the end of next week, well within the time calculated necessary for that part of the operation. The machine was set up late in September, so it will have taken just ten weeks to finish.

The next job will be the packing and leveling of the road bed, which looks as if it might be a stupendous job. And after that will come the surfacing. It looks as though it would be a long time before the road will be in use again. But the temporary inconvenience will be well compensated for in a thoroughfare which will be free from all the hills to which ordinary roads are heir.

1918: Scott County Argus

Nov. 1, 1918

Home Guard to Cloquet. Orders were received at 3:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from Major Williamson of the M. H. G., commanding Company F to go to Cloquet to relieve other companies who have been on duty in the fire-swept region and to assist in the distribution of clothing and money for the refugees. Company F will also have its first experience in standing guard. Twenty-six members left on the evening train for Minneapolis where they were joined by Company A of that city and proceeded at once to Cloquet.

Owing to the absence of a large number of pupils from the grades on account of the fear of influenza, and as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of disease, the public and parochial schools were closed Tuesday for an indefinite time.

Nov. 8, 1918

Airplane Visits Us. Shakopee was “bombed” about noon last Saturday when a Curtis biplane from the United States army air service mechanics school at St. Paul, manned by two aviators came wherring across country and gave an exhibition of aeronautics for the edification of the populace which was not slow in making its appearance when the presence of the machine became known. The aviators sailed low, barely missing the housetops and scattered litature broadcast, advertising the need of mechanics for air service. The driver circled the city and performed numerous stunts for about ten minutes before he headed for the twin cities and was soon lost to view. The same machine is reported by the twin city dailies as having visited other nearby towns.

John H. Moore has resigned his office as secretary of the Scott County Draft Board to accept an appointment by the U. S. Government with the Food Administration to supervise the buying and milling of gains in the northwestern states. Mr. Moore’s wide experience in the grain business has eminently qualified him for the position and his many friends recognize his ability and rejoice in his selection for the important work. Announcement of his successor has not yet been made.

Nov. 15 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bromann have moved to Minneapolis. Their home in this city was purchased by Chris Geisler who will move here in a week or two to reside permanently.

Speaking of the recent influenza epidemic Dr. P. M. Fischer says that after treating 350 cases of the disease in Scott, Carver and Hennepin counties and meeting with all its various forms and complications he is convinced beyond doubt that severe forms of this disease are not to be reached by any medicine outside of anti-toxin. Dr. Fischer introduced Dr. Rosnow’s vaccine two weeks ago and is using it most successfully.

Nov. 22, 1918

Joseph Ploumen, our popular baker, is able to be up again after wrestling with the flu for several days.

Atty. W. N. Southworth has been appointed secretary of the local draft board to succeed John H. Moore who resigned to accept a position with the Food Administration. Mr. Southworth assumed his duties Monday.


Suffragists Organize

Under the direction of Miss Grace Randall of Minneapolis an equal suffrage club was organized in Shakopee Tuesday.

Miss Randall is one of the organizers for the Minnesota Woman Suffrage association. She is appointing committees in various towns to do the final work in making Minnesota women full citizens…

The following ladies were chosen as a ratification committee in Shakopee: Mrs. H. P. Marx, chairman; Mrs. W. F. Duffy, Mrs. Eli Southworth and Mrs. Henry Schroeder.

Nov 29, 1918

A new commercial department has been introduced into the curriculum of the high school, including all subjects embracing a complete business course. Miss Lucretia Lewis of Cannon Falls is the instructor and arrived Sunday evening to begin the work.

Will and Ed Veiht have rented the Condon block on First street and will start a repair shop and garage. The work of remodeling the building to suit their needs will begin in about two weeks.

Dr. H. P. Fischer arrived home Friday from his hunting trip. The doctor met with better luck than the remainder of the Shakopee nimrods having secured a moose and a deer. Mayor Lenertz, M. A. Deutsch, Frank Huber and Peter Klausman, who comprised a hunting party at Cloverton, returned the same day empty-handed, but Will Deutsch of Lake Crystal, another of the party, brought back a fine deer.


Company F, M. H. G. Presented With Flag

Company F of Shakopee, Minnesota Home Guards, is now the proud possessor of a large, beautiful United States flag presented to it by the generous and patriotic mothers, wives, daughters and sisters of the members of the company.

Prompted by the desire that Company F should have its own flag the immediate relatives of the members of that organization got busy and, directed by Mrs. C. G. Bowdish, ways and means were found and a s a result of which their desire was realized and the company has a flag all its own.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Nov. 4, 1943

140 Donors Gave Blood Monday

Bringing to 756 pints the total volume of blood gathered in Scott county by the Red Cross mobile blood-gathering unit, 140 points were taken in Shakopee Monday Mrs. William A. Pomije, chairman, disclosed.

Monday’s collection was the largest obtained in Shakopee, Mrs. Pomije said, and was taken from 145 registrants, 15 of whom were from Prior Lake…

Nov. 11, 1943

Expresses Gratitude for Local War Fund Support. Announcing this week that Shakopee residents and business places had contributed $1130 to the War Service Fund, Mrs. Donald Ries, local chairman, expressed her gratitude to everyone who aided in the work…

FOR RENT.—6-room house; immediate possession. ANTON BOEGEMAN, Shakopee.

Nov. 18, 1943

Surgical Dressings Workers, Attention! The surgical dressings workers are asked to respond to a special call for work Friday, as the present quota of dressings can be completed on that day if any workers are present.

Short Wave Radio Employed by Telephone Company During Storm. Now that telephone communication has been restored to normal, and the damage caused by the recent snowstorm has been repaired, officials of the Northwestern Bell telephone company disclosed this week that a short wave radio transmitter had operated in Shakopee while lines were out of order…

A deal was completed Wednesday whereby Mr. and Mrs. Christ Lenzmeier have purchased the August Scherkenbach duplex, on West 5th street. Mr. and Mrs. Lenzmeier have occupied one of the apartments for the past several months.

Nov. 25, 1943

Eagle Creek Farm Sale Recently Made. Another farm sale of recent days was that of Alton L. Peterson, who sold his farm located immediately east of Shakopee in Eagle Creek township, to Lawrence Boeckman of Jordan. Mr. Boeckman is planning to take possession on or about March 1…

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Nov. 7, 1968

Proposals At Council On Old Mill Building. Proposals on the old mill building, located behind Montgomery Ward on Lewis Street, being condemned by the City of Shakopee and the court action slated to be heard before a Scott County District court jury next week, were presented at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at a special meeting held Tuesday night of this week…

Sunday Liquor Gets Approval By City Voters. Shakopee voters gave approval to the proposition of sale of liquor being permitted in Shakopee, between the hours of 12 noon and 12 midnight on Sundays, in special balloting held in conjunction with the General election Tuesday of this week, November 5, the total being 1,383 “yes and 1,014 “no”…


$507 Theft At Shakopee Bowl

Discovered early yesterday (Wednesday) morning, November 6, was a break-in and theft of $507 from the Shakopee Bowl Bowling alley on East First…

Owner Norman Schesso who closed the firm on Tuesday evening, discovered the break-in and that the money was missing from a cash box, when he opened up again yesterday morning…


Valley Cues Included In Firms’ Acquisition Plan

A. C. Buehler, chairman, Victor Comptometer Corporation, Chicago, and Earl Feddick, president, Valley Manufacturing & Sales Company, Bay City Michigan, this week announced an agreement under which Victor plans to acquire Valley Cues, Inc. of Shakopee on an “exchange of stock basis.”

Gene Hullander, Manager of Valley Cues, Inc., 240 South Shumway, also announced that the personnel at the Shakopee plant would be retained and that there are to be no changes in management…


To Let Bids On Traffic Signals On November 22

Included among bids, estimated to total approximately $430,000, to be let Friday November 22, in the cafeteria of the Minnesota Highway Building, St. Paul, as announced last Friday, November 1, by Minnesota Commissioner of Highways N. T. Waldor, is the installation of one, full traffic actuated traffic signal and one semi-actuated traffic signal and an interconnect at the intersection of East First (Highway 101) and Lewis and Holmes Streets in Shakopee.

The work is scheduled to start on or before June 2, 1969, and to be completed within 35 working days.


Metro Council For County Rd. 18 Bridge Site

The Metropolitan Council Thursday, October 24, gave its approval to a proposed bridge of at least four lanes over the Minnesota River at Hennepin County Road No. 18.

The Bloomington Ferry bridge site, just north of the Stage Coach on Highway 101, east of Shakopee, Scott County No. 25 extends from the ferry bridge, south to Highway 101…

Nov. 14, 1968

City Seeks Traffic Semaphore At Intersection On West First. A resolution memorializing the State Highway Department to conduct a traffic signal survey at Scott or Atwood on West First with the objective of the installation of a four-way semaphore was given unanimous approval at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee held Tuesday evening of this week, November 12, in the City Building Council Chambers…

New Auto Service Manager. Don Gish has been appointed new service manager at Brambilla Motors, according to an announcement this week by Ron Brambilla…


Fire Routs Tom Berens Family Early Sunday

The Shakopee Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Tom Berens residence, 106 East Sixth, at 5:45 a.m. last Sunday morning, November 10 when a chair in the family room caught fire, routing the couple and their nine children from their beds…

According to Mrs. Berens, the home was not extensively damaged.


Femininity In City’s Parking Lot Proposal

Presented at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee Tuesday evening of this week, November 12, was the adoption of designating the city’s recently completed five off-street parking facilities with a bit of femininity entering in.

Taking note that womanhood is often slighted in such cases, the proposal was that the five off-street parking lots be designated using the first names of women of pioneer families of the city. These included:

Louisa for Louisa Weiland, wife of Judge Theodore Weiland; Annie for Anna M. Gelhaye; Josie for Josephine Ries; Teresa for Teresa M. Lebens and Sophie for Sophia Coller.

Pointed out was that the city administration would need such designation of the lots, similar as is done in Southdale shopping center, in order to carry out maintenance duties, as well as the convenience of the public using the new facilities.

The Common Council took the matter under advisement, with it also being suggested that a system of numbers or alphabetical designation could also be used.

Settle Old Mill Jury Case Just Prior To Trial

Settled out of the court, just prior to a jury trial in Shakopee District Court yesterday (Wednesday), November 13, with Judge John Fitzgerald of New Prague, presiding, was the civil action of City of Shakopee vs. Kopp & Associates, a condemnation suit regarding the old mill building located behind Montgomery Ward on Lewis Street.

In the settlement the city acquires 12,750 square feet of property in a partial taking of the old mill site, including a right of way for the extension of Levee Drive. Settlement figure is reported to be $24,000 plus the city paying costs allowed by the District Court.

The settlement gives three and a half commercial lots to Kopp & Associates, similar to a proposal made at the special meeting of the Common Council held Tuesday evening of last week, November 5.

Kopp & Associates is to receive the payment from the city once a signed statement is received that the premises is completely vacated and ready for the city occupancy. Deadline on receipt of this statement is December 15. Included in the settlement is that the City of Shakopee is to raze the present old mill building. The city’s property acquired is equal to one and a half lots…

Nov. 21, 1968

John Ries, Jr. Fire Chief. Shakopee Volunteer firemen held their annual election to name officers to serve during the 1969 year at a meeting held Monday evening of this week, November 18, at the Shakopee Fire station, Second and Scott, with John Ries, Jr., named chief to succeed Anthony LaTour, Jr…


Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Sunday — Area First

A first for the community will take place at 7 p.m. next Sunday, November 24, when an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service of Worship is held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church under the joint sponsorship of five Shakopee churches, with the public cordially invited.

Sponsoring churches are the host Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Shakopee, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Shakopee, Christ Lutheran Church of Shakopee and Shakopee First Presbyterian Church…

Nov. 28, 1968

Shakopee High School Students Host First Regional DECA Meeting. The Shakopee chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America was host of the first Regional meeting held Monday evening of this week, November 25….

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Nov. 4, 1993

Scott County to remodel jail annex to house medium-security inmates. The Scott County Board has earmarked $250,000 to turn one wing of the Scott County Jail Annex near Jordan into a medium-security facility for prisoners held by the state Department of Corrections…


Shakopee Bypass in ‘never-never land’?

Festivities surrounding the opening of the Shakopee mini-bypass and bridge Oct. 20 overshadowed the announcement that same day that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) was cutting or postponing $234 million in state road and bridge projects.

DOT Commissioner Jim Denn made the announcement at about the same time Mayor Gary Laurent was cutting the ribbon near the new Highway 169 river bridge with other local, state and federal officials in downtown Shakopee.

Although DOT officials downplayed the action — which include postponing completion of the larger Shakopee Bypass to 1997 or beyond — transportation lobbyists and some legislators are angry with both the Legislature and Gov. Arne Carlson…


Loan for Murphy’s falls through, county is told

Murphy’s Landing has yet to resolve some of its biggest money worries.

Commissioner Ray Foslid of Shakopee last week told the Scott County Board that he attended the most recent meeting of the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP), which oversees Murphy’s operations, and learned that Murphy’s would not qualify for a low-interest loan from an organization that specialized in lending money to non-profit agencies…


School Board hears proposals for future courses in industrial tech

Computer modules, robots and lasers, and home construction may all be components of the Shakopee School District’s industrial technology courses in the future.

Industrial technology instructors from the junior and senior high schools appeared before the School Board Monday to present a report on what they had witnessed in other districts and what they felt could work in Shakopee…

They said they had been most impressed with industrial technology courses at junior high schools in Minnetonka and Edina, which included such areas as research, audio broadcasting, computer-aided drafting (CAD), engineering structures, lasers, robotics and graphic communications…


City to acquire land for water tower, well

The Shakopee City Council Nov. 3 voted to direct staff to pursue the acquisitions of property that would be used as the site for a water tower and well, which would be constructed by Shakopee Public Utilities.

On Nov. 2, the utilities commission voted to acquire the property near County Road 17 and the Timber Trails subdivision…


Alumni hoops tournament slated

Former members of the Shakopee High School boys’ basketball team are invited to participate in the inaugural Shakopee Boys’ Basketball Alumni Classic.

The tourney will be held Dec. 26-27 at SHS and will serve as a fundraiser for the SHS boys’ basketball program. The tournament is open to all former SHS players, graduates from 1950 to 1993. The tournament includes a single-elimination competition with a losers’ bracket. Each team is guaranteed at least two games. Interested individuals can either form a team of alumni or enter as individuals and be grouped on a team. The cost is $20 per person. Participants will receive a T-shirt…

Nov. 18, 1993

Fire destroys home in former brewery. An out-of-control brush fire apparently was the cause of a blaze on Sunday that destroyed a former brewery in Jackson Township which was home to a woman and her dogs and cats, according to the Shakopee Fire Chief Frank Ries…

Mini-bypass ramps scheduled to be open. Construction on entrance and exit ramps on the downtown mini-bypass and bridge project was expected to be completed Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT)…

Warehouse for firm being built here. Construction has begun on a 299,600-square-foot warehouse for American Can Co. on a 16-acre site in the Valley Green Business Park in Shakopee…


Fire destroys 19th century barn at Murphy’s

An historic 19th century barn that housed four horses and a mule at Murphy’s Landing in Shakopee was destroyed by fire on the night of Nov. 10.

Although quick action by a staff member saved the animals, a number of 19th century artifacts as well as the barn itself were lost in the blaze, according to Ann Hittler-Grover, a member of Murphy’s operating board…

The barn originally was owned by a family named Ryan that farmed in 1860 near Jordan. The farm was located off Highway 169 — then a mere dirt trail heading south.

The barn was moved to Murphy’s in 1973 by Al Breimhorst, then-owner of the farm, according to Murphy’s Director Gerry Barker. At that time it joined the original Ryan log farmhouse, which was moved to Murphy’s from where it was built in Sibley County.

Also lost in the fire were 19th century harnesses and other workhorse equipment. In addition, a Pieta and a pew from a former Catholic church were lost…


Alley closed: Is onetime favorite headed for the gutter?

Back in the good-old days, bowling was counted as one of America’s favorite recreational past times. But have things changed? Is the once-beloved sport of bowling headed for the gutter?

Locally, with the closing of Shakopee Bowl and Prior Place bowling centers, the only remaining facilities for area bowlers are located in Chanhassen, Burnsville, New Prague and northwest Shakopee, near the Chaska-Shakopee border…

Nov. 25, 1993

Church with rich history celebrates 125th anniversary

A Shakopee landmark will be celebrating its 125th anniversary Sunday, Dec. 5.

The special occasion is for St. Mark’s Catholic Church, the building with the spire that is a distinctive part of the Shakopee skyline. Its congregation will have special liturgies during Masses at 9:30 and 11 a.m. A beef and sausage dinner, open to the public, will be held after that in the school cafeteria, with serving until 2:30 p.m…


City terminates ice arena lease with hockey association

The Shakopee City Council Nov. 16 ordered the termination of a lease agreement between the city and Valley Ice Arena Inc., and approved the organization’s request to store its ice-cleaning machine in the former ice arena.

Valley Ice Arena wanted to terminate the lease, in which it utilized the “bubble”-covered hockey rink at Lions Park because the arena can no longer be used due to the poor condition of the covering…