Remember When: 1886

Compiled by Don McNeil, Shakopee Heritage Society

From the Shakopee Courier

Feb. 10, 1886 – The Grand Ice Carnival in St. Paul was attended by the thousands, and we have yet to learn that any were disappointed. Rather were they surprised to find so grand an affair laid out for their enjoyment. The people of St. Paul have gone into this carnival business regardless of expense, and will not be outdone by New Orleans Mardi Gras or St. Louis floats.

Feb. 10, 1886 – There is said to be more good oil territory in Russia than in the United States. This places the Czar on as solid a basis as “the Standard Oil Company,” and he can get about as near what he wants. The Czar of all the Russia and the “United States Standard Oil Company” are not powers to be sneezed at.

Feb. 10, 1886 – The big whistle at the mill elevator is up and blowing again. A welcome sound.

Feb. 10, 1886 – Some twenty-five young people from Shakopee attended the Carver Masquerade Dance on Saturday night given by the firemen.

Feb. 10, 1886 – Mr. Jacob Ries, Jr., left Thursday on a business trip down river in connection with the Star Bottling works. Alderman Ries and son are good and safe business men.

Feb. 10, 1886 – Mr. Julius A Coller has purchased of Dr. James H. Dunn the two lots formerly occupied by the white school building…good property.

Feb. 10, 1886 – The Shakopee toboggan slide may be a thing of beauty, but if the balance of the winter peters out in a thaw, it won’t be such a joy forever.

Feb. 10, 1886 – Two organs for sale or trade – for hay or wood or other article of use to owner. The organs are good as new and a good bargain promised.

Feb. 10, 1886 – A number of sections of fine grazing lands in Texas were recently sold at tax sales at one-quarter of a cent an acre, the lowest price ever reached in a cash sale in that or probably any state.

Feb. 10, 1886 – Nothing pays a young lady or young lady’s parents better than some knowledge of the man she would wed. Miss Nettie Dorsey, North Bend, Nebraska, the daughter of wealthy parents, last December married Mr. Claire, a school teacher recently imported. She has just returned from her wedding trip alone. Claire was a burglar, a bigamist, a horse thief and a fugitive from justice.

Feb. 10, 1886 – John Gerser would like to start a Sash and Blind factory here in Shakopee if he can receive some assistance. Let our married men look into it, and keep John here.

Feb. 10, 1886 – Don’t forget the Masquerade on Monday night. The proceeds go to the gymnasium fund, an institution of benefit.

Feb. 24, 1886 – M de Lesseps wants the French government to permit him to raise more money to prosecute the work of completing the Panama Canal.

Feb. 24, 1886 – A clock firm wants to start a factory here, if satisfactory arrangements can be made.

Feb. 24, 1886 – Judge Bornarth has received his patent for the gate hinge noticed by us before, and has arranged with the Wampach Company to manufacture them.

Feb. 24, 1886 – We understand that Mr. Case has been doing good business in accident insurance. A good thing to have in the family…not the accident, but the insurance.

Feb. 24, 1886 – Agents Wanted: A good, first-class salesman wanted in every township in Scott County to see an article that will go in every house…no competition – $4.50 to $9.00 per day guaranteed a good gent in fair territory.

March 3, 1886 – Journalists are proverbially wealthy…to be sure. We once knew one who was accustomed to write his “copy” on the soles of his shoes and then go barefoot while it was being “set up”.

March 3, 1886 – The amusement season is about over. Tomorrow night the wind up dance will be held at Ring’s Shakopee Roller Rink. It has been decided to open the rink for skating every Tuesday and Saturday evening until further notice. Prices will be admission – 10 cents, skating 5 cents extra.

Feb. 24, 1886 – Buffalo, NY – Feb. 16…A suit is to be tried this week in the Supreme Court on an action begun by the Cleveland Baseball Association against Henry V. Lucas, Manager of the St. Louis League Club. The complaints allege that they agreed to dispose of the franchise of the Cleveland Club to Lucas for $2500 and that Lucas paid them $500 down to bind the agreement agreeing to pay the $2000 balance upon admission of the St. Louis club to the league. Instead Lucas surprised them by telling them to, “play ball with themselves,” and finally ignored their demands entirely.

Feb. 24, 1886 – Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star Spangled Banner” is to have a monument in Philadelphia raised by 5 cent subscriptions in the public schools.

Feb. 24, 1886 – A new paper has been started in Shakopee. It is called the School Journal, and starts with a half dozen editors.

March 3, 1886 – “How are artificial eyes made?” the reporter inquired of a local optician. “They are first blown into the shape of a bottle. The look like a miniature whiskey flask. Then the operative separates the structure and after blowing in the center colors, the veins, and adding the shade to the eye ball, the edges of the inside are finished off, and the eye, which is nearly always an original shape, is packed away, perhaps never to be worn. It may lie around in a store for a hundred years before a customer is found whom it will fit or suit in every respect.”

March 24, 1886 – A New York paper recently sent a reporter to see how Vanderbilt’s tomb was guarded.

March 24, 1886 – The young man came back with the information that it was guarded by twelve men who knew nothing, heard nothing and never ate or slept but saw everything…they were Pinkerton men, and when Mr. Pinkerton was asked just how he guarded the tomb, he nodded his head and winked his eye.

March 24, 1886 – The clerks in the government employ at Washington have formed a sort of mutual protection association by which any clerk who is discharged receives the sum of $200 from his fellows to enable him to start afresh.

March 24, 1886 – The weekly Pioneer Press…the best newspaper published for the Northwestern farm and family. Price only $1.00 per year. Our great Seed Premiums…vegetable and flower seeds free.

March 31, 1886 – It is stated that farm laborers in parts of Missouri have begun to strike for higher pay. If such a movement should spread far it would encounter the opposition of the largest body of capitalists in America…the farmers of the United States, and the results might prove very interesting.

April 21, 1886 – Owners and keepers of dogs take notice! Notice is hereby given that all owners or keepers of dogs must cause such dogs to be licensed if they desire to save additional cost and expense.

April 21, 1886 – President Cleveland discusses labor troubles with Congress…proposes a National Arbitration Committee.

April 21, 1886 – John Dellwo has returned from his schooling in St. Paul and now has gone back to Mr. Zoller’s Shoe Shop.

April 21, 1886 – Be it resolved by the Common Council of the City of Shakopee: That the salary of Overseer of Streets, Highways and Alleys for the ensuing year be fixed at $1.75 per day for each day actually employed.

May 5, 1886 – Henry M. Smith, formerly Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Sheriff, became grossly intoxicated and desiring shelter from the rain, he attempted to break into the residence of a merchant named G. C. Merkel, who shot him through the heart, believing him to be a burglar.

May 5, 1886 – “Mississippi River Route” is the tourist’s choice and the favorite route with all those who seek to avoid the dust, heat, smoke and other discomforts of rail travel. By this route you view the famed scenery of “The Father of Waters.”

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