From the Scott County Argus
Jan. 1, 1891
Maj. H. B. Strait’s white horse started from the farm, last Saturday, without a driver and took a spin down the avenue. It finally brought up in front of Jos. Voelker’s where it struck Hubert Nyssen’s delivery team. The buggy and harness were laid aside for repairs.
Quite a number of boys and girls skated up the river to Chaska last Sunday. A number of Skating parties have been down from Chaska during the past week. Those skating on the river should be very cautious for, although the ice is thick and strong enough in most places, there are innumerable air holes, and as many places where but a very thin sheet of ice covers the water of the treacherous river. So long as the warm weather continues, where the ice is perfectly safe one day it may not be the next.
Ed. Affolter is now serving as deputy postmaster, succeeding Mike Hilgers who resigned so as to go to Jordan with his parents.
Jan. 8, 1891
Head Light Oil at the Old Drug Store.
It is said that the arrest of a local physician, for violating the health laws in not reporting a case of diphtheria at Alois Selb’s, will occur tomorrow. This is serious matter and there must be no trifling.
Commissioner Bruggemann did not attend the first day’s session of the commissioners so as to remain at home and thoroughly disinfect his house and himself from any possibility of spreading diphtheria, which disinfection he carried out under the instruction of the Board of Health.
Jan. 15, 1891
Chas. Strelo is making preparations to build a 16×20 brick-veneer addition to his house on third street costing $450.00 soon as the weather will permit.
Fire warden H. F. Gross inspected the second ward cisterns Tuesday.
C. W. Newell had some linen stolen from a wash line Sunday night.
Mat Huth has sold his interest in the dray line to his brother George and is expecting to go to the Pacific northwest to locate.
Jan. 22, 1891
Geo. H. Vierling sold his cigar factory last Thursday to his brother John. George moved to Minneapolis Monday to start a hotel.
Jan. 29, 1891
A large number of young people have enjoyed the excellent skating on the river at the foot of Holmes street for the past two weeks.
Three weeks ago the Argus said a doctor was going to be arrested for violating [?] the health laws in not [?] informing the authorities of a death from diphtheria in Marystown. That doctor was C. A. Entrup and he had a trial before justice Stevens last week and it took the jury just four minutes to acquit him. The prosecution was pretty generally considered to be one of professionally jealousy. The evidence shows that Dr. Entrup not only personly informed the health officer, Jacob Thorn, and put up a notice, but took great precaution so that the disease might not spread.
The Pork packing house is now buying and selling in car lots. They shipped another carload of their product to Chicago on Monday.
Chas. Seiberlig has moved into the Koerner house in the third ward and H. H. Miller has moved into Mr. Seiberlig’s house on second street.
Feb. 5, 1891
The post office was closed on Monday from ten to three on account of the death of the Secretary of the Treasury, Wm. Windom.
H. P. Marx has sold his thoroughbred trotting stallion to a North Dakota party for $1,000. Hubert took the horse up there last week, and while there saw Del Cogswell and Geo. Jurgens, at Devils Lake, and C. J. Lord at Cando. The boys are all doing well and have implicit faith in the future prosperity of the state.
A sleigh ride party drove over from Excelsior Thursday evening and enjoyed an oyster-supper at the Occidental.
Feb. 12, 1891
F. X. Hirscher has the contract to build an altar for the catholic church at Wabasha to be thirty-two feet high.
F. X. Hirscher is having material hauled for a new furniture store and undertaking room to be 40×60 feet, two stories high. Mr. Hirscher and his sons are skilled workmen, and they have attained the highest reputation of any firm west of Chicago for church alter builders, in which line they are the largest manufacturers in the Northwest. The increased capacity of their store room will permit of carrying the largest stock of furniture in the Minnesota valley.
Feb. 19, 1891
John Bohrer has improved the looks of his saloon by a new porch.
P. J. Wampach has leased the north-east corner of J. A. Dean’s lot near the bridge on which to erect a lime house and sales room. The building will be 18×20 and will contain an air tight bin of 100 bushels capacity. The bin will contain an opening at the top to allow of the escapement or gas from the line. The object of the bin is to keep lime from slacking and preserve its quality. Besides the lime bin the building will contain an office and salesroom, and will be of great convenience to the public.
Geo. Huth has erected a new barn on his premises.
Wanted.—A competent pressman, at this office, at once.
Peter J. Wampach has returned home from Minneapolis and will operate the Wampach lime kiln during the next season. The kiln will be remodeled to permit of the burning of coal although wood will be used in part.
Feb. 26, 1891
Interest has been revived in the Spearman murder case by the capture of Joe Remington, who was suspected of murdering a grain buyer at Arthur N. D., on Feb. 11th. Remington has confessed. Remington and Will Spearman worked for some months at the same livery stable in Minneapolis, and were great chums.
Peter Daufelt has just put in a stock of Success Rawhide Halters and Hame Straps, manufactured by the Michigan Whip Co. of Hastings Michigan.
Wednesday evening, at six o’clock, a young man from Bloomington attempted to swing his team and bob sled around on a pivot when trotting up first street at a lively gait. He succeeded, and several who witnessed the overturning gathered up the distribution.
March 5, 1891
If you wish the advantage of the largest stock of goods in the county to select from call on John Berens and co.
Last Friday evening several young ladies hired a ‘bus and driver and attended the social at Robert Dean’s at Bloomington.
Mrs. J. L. Titus and Messrs. Seymour S., Harlan H. and Moses S. Titus have presented the two lots immediately east of the Presbyterian church to that church, the deeds having been returned from North Dakota.
March 12, 1891
A meeting of local sportsmen was held at Strunk & Sons’ last Monday evening to devise some means of stopping all shooting of ducks in the spring, or to have the law so amended as to allow duck shooting up to the first of May. It was decided to have a bill introduced in the Legislature allowing the shooting of aquatic fowls from the 20th of August to the first of May. It was further proposed to have the game laws so amended that one half of the fines for violations of the law, go to the party making the complaint and the other half go to the Public school fund of the county where the fine is paid.
A petition, signed by a number of farmers in Spring Lake and Eagle Creek towns has been presented to the board of County Commissioners, asking for the opening of a road to commence at Mr. How’s farm in Eagle Creek, on the Spring Lake road, and extend directly east on the section line to P. McCann’s at the foot of Prior Lake. At the meeting of the commissioners on the 23rd inst a committee will probably be appointed to investigate the matter.
March 19, 1891
The only change in Eagle Creek town officers was the election of Geo. Huber as town clerk, he succeeding his brother Frank.
Thirty teams were counted on First street at one time last Sunday afternoon. Every pleasant afternoon the town is quite enlivened by the merry sleighing parties that gather from all parts of the town and form a double line along First street; those going up taking the north side of the street and returning down the other side.
John Gentgen presided at one of H. F. Gross’ barber chairs last Saturday.
On Monday, Chas. Lauer shot a jack rabbit on Maj. Strait’s farm. It weighed twelve and a half pounds.
Mike Huss sold his house to Mrs. Mary Everling for $800.
Doctor C. H. Kohler has sold out his practice at Maple Lake to W. O. Tessier, M. D., and removed to Shakopee where he will in the future make his home and practice at his profession…Dr. Kohler has rented convenient offices over B. A. Kohler’s drug store and expects to be prepared to respond to calls the first of next week.
March 26, 1891
J. A. Dean is going to move to Mrs. Reily’s house.
The house at Barden lately owned by James Wilson burned Tuesday. One tenant had just moved out and another was intending to occupy it. It was insured for $250.
The mill shut down last Thursday evening for a day on account of the engineers all being on the sick list.
April 2, 1891
J. Eckert has broken ground for a story and a half brick house diagonally across from Herman Logenfeils. The house will be sixteen by thirty feet with an ell sixteen by twenty.
There has been an alarming amount of sickness in this neighborhood this spring. That more than the usual percentage of deaths have resulted is indicated by the fact of F. X. Hirscher alone having sold thirty-one caskets since the first of January.
Wm. Pinger expects to move his business to Patrick Condon’s building on the south side of First street the first of May.
J. Schank shipped a car load of shoulders to Chicago Tuesday. The company are receiving all the orders they can fill for their superior hams.
On Wednesday H. F. Gross celebrated his thirty-fourth anniversary at the barber trade. He became an apprentice in St. Paul in 1857 and located in Shakopee, in 1866.
The fire department had a run to Mr. Marshall’s house in the third ward Sunday afternoon at half past five on account of a chimney fire. It was a glorious pull through the mud and the firemen have great respect for the party who turned in the alarm.
April 9, 1891
A new chimney has been built on the Lutheran church.
The steamboat Henrietta is expected up the river about noon to take on a cargo of some 300 bushels of corn, five tons of flour, four tons of bran and two tons of shorts for H. R. Shiere of St. Paul. Messrs. Buchanan have been buying the corn for Mr. Shiere. The price paid for the corn was fifty eight cents, delivered on the boat.
Wm. Hammeier has improved the looks of his house by a porch on the west side.
It is probably that the near future will see the establishment of a soap factory in Shakopee on a small scale, a gentleman coming here from Milwaukee for that purpose. The gentleman has rented Mr. Geo. Park’s tenement in the first ward, and has made arrangements with the packing house to use all of the grease it can supply.
April 16, 1891
Within a few days the Court house square will be beautified by the setting out of a number of trees.
That new chimney on the Lutheran church is a model of architectural beauty. It was built of Schroeder’s pressed brick by Fred Rohls and Aug. Woehling.
The streets are being thoroughly cleaned and the town looks quite respectable.
That prospective soap manufacturer, who had the refusal of Mr. Parker’s house for three days, hasn’t put in an appearance yet, and it is probably that the soap was only a soap-bubble that soon burst.
April 23, 1891
Deputy Public examiner West examined the county treasury last Thursday and found all funds accounted for and the books accurately kept.
Paul Fisher is furnishing and setting first-class shade trees for thirty five cents each. At this price no one should be without plenty of shade.
H. Duede has moved into Mrs. Duffy’s house.
H. F. Schroeder has resumed the manufacture of bricks with a large force of men.
One way to prevent your neighbors from imposing upon you by allowing their cattle to destroy your trees and other property is to build an ungainly fence down the middle of the street to protect your property.
April 30, 1891
Last Saturday, while fishing in the river, Leo. Goehnen caught a peculiar species of lizard that was about eighteen inches long, of gray color, and having a blood-red colored growth on each side of the head.
It is becoming quite fashionable for young ladies in town to take early morning walks. The favorite hour is five o’clock.
The owners of the old soap factory are having it repaired.
August Griebentrog is building a brick addition to his house.
Wampach Bros.’ lime house near the bridge is nearly completed.
Jacob Roth has purchased Mrs. Julia Lord’s place east of the fair grounds.
Julius Kohler caught an eel in the river, Monday night, that measured thirty-two inches long.
The council has elected C. A. Rose chief of police; Mike Huss, night watchman; John Goehnen overseer of streets and James McHale city attorney. The Courier will be the city official paper as heretofore.
May 7, 1891
Peter Jasper lost a barn and some grain, last week, by fire.
Chas. Grafenstatt is building an addition to his residence, which will be occupied by his brother Arnold.
Jos. Voelker is building a kitchen addition to his dwelling, and has material on the ground for a brick addition to his saloon to be twenty-two by twenty four feet.
The Wampach Co. sent two superbly finished vehicles to Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon. The manger, Mr. John Nortner, is sending out many vehicles that are a credit to the factory and our town.
There is talk of organizing a strong base-ball club here. It is a movement in the right direction and should be successfully carried out. Shakopee used to carry of the base ball honors of the valley and should regain its lost prestige.
Reis Bros. have erected a tower for a wind mill at their livery barn and in a few days will have the wind motor at the top. A thirty barrel tank will be placed in the barn to supply the horses with water and furnish water for cleaning vehicles. Huss and Wampach are furnishing the outfit.
Two of the saloons in town will change their places of business in July and a new one will be opened. Adolph Schmitz will move into Kohls & Berens’ vacant building and the place he vacates will be occupied by Wm. Pinger, whose place, the Edert building will be rented by Math Huth.
May 14, 1891
George Demers has built an addition to his house.
Philipp’s furniture store is shaded by a new awning. Several business houses have ordered new ones.
Clifton Holden passed through Shakopee Monday evening for Stillwater to serve a life sentence for murder.
Mrs. M. D. Gaffney’s house, with its contents, was burned Sunday evening while the family were at a neighbors. Insured with Aug. F. Bornarth for $600.
A choir, consisting of fifteen voices, has been organized, and will meet at the residence of James Heth tonight for the purpose of practicing a few songs for decoration day.
Mr. Alex Holmes, who has a photograph gallery at 771 Wabash St. St. Paul, has rented the second street gallery of Mrs. John Bohrer and will be ready to make the highest grade photographs after today. Mr. Holmes is one of the few skillful photographic artists in the state, and he guarantees to execute none but superior photographs. It has been a great many years since Shakopee could boast of the presence of a photographer who could finish a picture in the highest degree of the art, and now that we are to have one here he should be well patronized and induced to remain permanently. Mr. Holmes will have all the work from here finished at his St. Paul gallery, which he will continue to conduct, though he will give his personal attention to the gallery here.
Several residents of Shakopee of an inventive turn of mind are occupying spare moments in devising a contrivance of large capacity to pull flax from the ground. The manager of the Minneapolis linen mills has offered a stimulating reward for the invention of a contrivance that will do rapid and effective work, and one that will effectually supercede the slow and laborious hand pulling, thus making it practicable for the farmer to grow large fields of flax for the fiber. G. H. Kunsman and J. C. Buchanan have each drawn plans of machines which would appear to meet all requirements. A flax pulling machine is one that modern ingenuity should invent for there is a large and constantly growing demand for it. In Europe alone there are three million acres of flax grown yearly; all of it is pulled by hand, and as it takes an experienced man three days to pull an acre, it is too slow and expensive a method to become in general use in this country.
The Shakopee Gun Club will give a shooting tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday June third and fourth which will be attended by crack marksmen from all parts of the state. The Club is making extensive preparations for the tournament which promises to be an event of much interest to sportsmen.
May 21, 1891
The mill is shut down for a week while undergoing repairs.
John Gentgen has bought out Will Cargill’s barber shop and will be ready for business in a day or two.
Alois Hirscher was in St. Paul over Sunday attending his father who had an eye removed last week. The disease in the eye seriously affected Mr. Hirscher’s health and for over a week he was quite low but is gradually regaining his strength. At first the doctors thought it might be necessary to remove both eyes but instead of that Mr. Hirscher thinks the sight of the remaining eye has been slightly improved by the removal of the other.
The County Commissioners will build a brick woodshed and barn combined.
May 28, 1891
The Occidental Hotel has a new canopy top carriage.
Four outfits of Peter Daufelt’s hand made harness and Wampach wagons were supplied to indians by the government agent, yesterday.
Dr. D. Boyer, expert optician, is at the Occidental and will remain for a few days. He comes prepared to fit all eyes with proper glasses and carries the finest Bohemian lenses. Examination of the eye free. Call and see him.
The Aigen Theatre Co. drove from Excelsior to Shakopee last Sunday, and they were somewhat amused at the information on three different signs along the road, that they were three miles from Shakopee. The first and second sign boards are half a mile apart and the third is a mile and a half from the first, yet they all claim to be three miles from Shakopee.
Messrs. Hirscher have finished two handsome confessionals for St. Mark’s church and they will be erected in that beautiful edifice tomorrow. The confessionals are made of butternut, elaborately carved, finished in hard oil and profusely decorated with gold leaf. They stand twenty three feet high and are of style to correspond with the altars.
June 4, 1891
John Edert has moved into his brick dwelling.
The council has called an election, to be held Tuesday, June 30th, to vote on the $25,000 stove foundry bonus.
The shooting tournament of Tuesday and Wednesday was attended by only thirteen visiting marksmen owing to the rain Tuesday morning and indications of more rain yesterday. Over two thousand birds were used in the shoot.
June 11, 1891
Go to John Gentgen’s barber shop to get your hair singed and shampooed.
O. S. Brown is building a brick addition 16×17 feet, two stories high, to his third ward tenement.
The Shakopee Fire Department will hold a great celebration of the glorious Fourth of July in the grove at the North end of the bridge. Handsome posters have been printed by the Courier which announce the usual attractions including dancing all day at the park, to be followed in the evening by a public dance at Weiland Opera House.
June 18, 1891
J. A. Ring has opened a flour and feed store in the old rink building.
On Sunday afternoon one of the longest trains ever seen here, passed through town. It was over a half mile long and consisted of eighty-one flat-cars.
There will probably be a hundred yard running race between several young men in Shakopee on July fourth for the championship of the county. The hundred yards record for Shakopee is eleven and three-fifths seconds.
Theo. Weiland has purchased the output of the mill and opened a flour and feed store in the Condon block next to John Berens & Co’s. At present Mr. Weiland is taking orders at the mill.
June 25, 1891
Math Huth has moved into John Edert’s tenement on the corner.
The stove works bonus election will be held next Tuesday. The vote will be in favor of the bonus by a great majority.
The Belle Plaine ball players did not come down last Sunday as was expected. The boys here say they believe they are afraid to meet them in a return game.
Old settlers were vividly reminded of their early days in Minnesota by the terrific peals of thunder and the dazzling glare of the lightning during the heavy rain of Tuesday night. Lightning struck in three different places in town. One bolt struck the roof of H. J. Thiede’s house, passing through it by a chimney, going down the wall inside within two feet of a boy and after skipping about the rooms a little passed through a window casing to the outer air without doing any material damage. The unpleasant odor of the lightning drove the inmates from the house, so intensely disagreeable was it. Another bolt in the third ward killed a pig for Mrs. Ryan, and a third bolt struck a tree near Mr. Losacker’s.
Chas. B. Smythe’s new sailing yacht, “The Swan,” capsized on Prior Lake Tuesday afternoon after launching on the lake. The occupants, Mr. Smythe and two Clark boys and James Hull received a ducking and scare but staid by the boat, which righted when the sail was pulled down.
July 2, 1891
Shakopee now has fourteen saloons and a revenue of $7,000 from their licenses.
Miss Mabel Buchanan has succeeded Ed. Affolter as assistant in the post office.
N. A. Ferguson is talking of starting a machine shop, on a small scale, in Shakopee.
The front of Strunk and son’s drug store has been painted the color of Kasota stone. Mergens and Engleman are the artists.
Alex Holmes, the photographer, is executing some work that greatly pleases those who have seen the photographs he has taken here.
July 9, 1891
Nic Schweitzer’s house has been reshingled.
Barber John Velz has newly papered and painted his shop. Ed Haack has entered the shop as an apprentice.
Messrs. Jacob Ries and Jacob Sprink contemplate starting on a European tour next week, to be gone until the middle of September.
Mayor Weiland had new potatoes of his own growing on sale yesterday. Old potatoes have been very scarce; all the stores in town being without them most of the time for weeks, and a good many families have been obliged to do without them for several days. That this condition should exist here in a country town doesn’t speak very highly for the enterprise of our store-keepers, especially when a large wagon load of potatoes was in town a week ago and was taken to Chaska to find a market.
Some of our amateur sprinters are training to lower the local 100 yards record. Their trainers are looking for a record of ten and a half seconds.
July 16, 1891
Mat Annen is now the mail-carrier on the “Star Route,” having commenced the 1st of July.
The Lutheran Synod, of Ohio, at their meeting in Green Bay, Wis., decided to locate the Lutheran college at Shakopee.
July 23, 1891
Prof. William’s circus exhibited in town Tuesday. It is a twenty five cent circus and worth about the admission price charged. The last feature of the show was a well trained horse.
The directors of the Union school have engaged Mr. Bowdish for principal, Miss McLeod for the intermediate department and Miss Plumstead for the primary. Geo. Demerse was hired for janitor.
July 30, 1891
Nic Wampach threshed forty two bushels of winter wheat to the acre.
F. A. Johnson, of West Union, Carver Co., sustained painful injuries, last Friday, while trying to stop his team from running away. Mr. Johnson had stopped at Dr. C. F. Cook’s on Second street and an Omaha train frightened the team. Johnson ran in front of the team to stop it; was knocked down by the wagon pole and his head struck by one of the horses, cutting a long gash in his scalp which was sewed up by Dr. Entrup.
If you want a first class, two-seated buggy, go to the Wampach Mfg. Co. and get one at your own price. They are selling out.
A contract has been entered into between Messrs. Bierline and the city, and work will be commenced on the buildings soon as a site is purchased.
Aug. 6, 1891
Otto Dierberger now occupies rooms in the Conter House.
A number of cases of measles are reported in different parts of town.
Last Friday the contract for erecting the main building of the Stove Foundry, was awarded to Frank Buch for $5,400. The building will be 114×149 with an addition 23×44. The contractors have begun laying the foundation, digging a well, etc., and are to have the work completed by the 1st. of October.
Aug. 13, 1891
Barber H. F. Gross has touched up the posts in front of his shop with a little fresh coloring.
The Bierline foundry site has been selected, and work will begin immediately. The land was purchased of Henry Hinds, and consist of lots 1, 2, 3, and 4, of block 11, in East Shakopee, fronting on 3rd street, in the block directly east of and adjoining the Omaha shop block.
One of the new features around town is a tricycle; Miss Jennie Cook is the owner.
The Minnesota State Fair association recently sent out about a dozen agents on bicycles to advertise the coming fair. One of them passed through here last Friday and billed the town.
Aug. 20, 1891
Mergens and Englemann are painting the interior of the Parochial school.
Dennis Flaherty’s chicken coop was robbed Monday night of all the chickens it contained—eighteen.
After being vacant for a year the Conter House is to be reopened by Mr. S. L. Winter of St. Paul. Mr. Winter is a practical hotel man and says he will conduct a first class hotel. The hotel will be opened next week.
Shakopee may have another manufactory. Three gentlemen who are interested in the enterprise which has outgrown its present quarters, were here yesterday to see what Shakopee can offer in railway facilities and building sites. The gentlemen are not bonus sharks but came here on invitation. They are men of large capital and have an established business. They were not prepared to make or consider a proposition but were much pleased with Shakopee.
Aug. 27, 1891
For Sale! My house and three lots corner 4th and Lewis streets. C. T. Buchanan.
Thirteen Lutheran ministers, from different parts of the state, who have been attending a conference at Belle Plaine, are in Shakopee today in the interests of the proposed Lutheran college.
The authorities should put a stop to the whistling of railway locomotives in the center of town. There is no sense in engines of passenger trains giving utterance to unearthly whistles after stopping near the City Hall for the railroad crossing. If the fireman wants the brakes let off he can whisper across the cab to the engineer to let them off, for the latter is the only who uses the brakes and there is no occasion to blow the whistle.
Sept. 3, 1891
J. C. Linhoff paid Mrs. Buchanan $440.00 for lots one and two, block fifty.
Strunks have built a new stairway and walk between their drug store and the bank.
Mrs. Kate M. Petty has purchased the South half of block thirteen in East Shakopee for $350.
H. B. Cole bought some lots and in ten days disposed of them at an advance of a hundred dollars.
Mrs. Minnie S. Kinney has purchased lots one and two, block nine, East Shakopee, of R. J. Chewning. Consideration $175.
R. J. Chewning has purchased the residence known as the Huntsman place. The consideration was $1000, and it was a bargain for that sum. The property consists of three acres of land and a large two-story stone house.
Sept. 10, 1891
Dr. J. G. Newell has moved into O. S. Brown’s house on First Street, and Geo. McMullen has moved into the house he vacated.
The building of the “Minnesota Stove Works” is nearing completion. Contractor Buch says that a week from next Saturday, the nineteenth inst., it will be finished. The building is an imposing structure, well built, and a model of convenience for the purpose for which it is being erected. That the thousands of people who pass by on the two railroads may know for what the building is to be used Mr. Nye had a large sign painted bearing the words: “Minnesota Stove Works,” and placed on the north side of the building.
The Conter House has been doing a good paying business since it opened last week. Landlord S. L. Winter is a genial, accommodating gentleman, and he is well pleased with the business he is doing.
There are eight soldiers and an officer from Fort Snelling camped across the river. They are out after recruits. If there is any young man here who has lost all ambition and has a desire to wear blue clothes with brass buttons now is his grand opportunity.
For sale!—My house on First Street, next to H. J. Thiede’s blacksmith shop. Casper Hempher. For particulars enquire of A. M. Strunk.
For Rent!—The Schulte place, to any person who will purchase the two horses. D. L. How.
Sept. 17, 1891
Henry Spielmann has rebuilt that part of the walls of his barn which were made unsafe by the fire. The roof of the two parts will soon be put on.
A stranger in town the other evening remarked that Shakopee has a good many handsome young ladies. He was informed that a teachers’ institute was being held here this week.
Shakopee now has about all the manufacturing enterprises that it can accommodate until more houses are provided for workingmen. The next thing to receive the city’s attention should be a system of waterworks by tapping Riley’s Lake; efficient street sprinkling; electric lights, and a telephone system connected with St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Sept. 24, 1891
Mrs. McGrogan has sold her tenement in the third ward, now occupied by Louis Brown, to Mr. Flavell. Mr. Brown will move into the house on First street known as the “Lusk place.”
The flour mill has been sold to Christian & French and on Monday head miller C. W. Newell commenced overhauling the mill. The capacity will be increased a hundred barrels per day and it is expected to have the mill running by the first of October. Mr. C. T. Buchanan finally succumbed to the persuasive eloquence of the new proprietors and a presumably large salary, and on Tuesday took charge of the mill as manager. Our citizens will be glad that Mr. Buchanan gave up his business in Minneapolis and returned to Shakopee. It is the universal opinion here that Messrs. C. & F. could not secure a more capable, honorable and conservative manager than they will have in Mr. Buchanan, who has the implicit confidence of the entire public.
Yesterday the stove foundry received a carload of machinery and a fire-proof safe weighing 3600 pounds.
Mr. N. Grosheuser, of Eagle Creek town, has purchased the brick house in the third ward east of the Lutheran parsonage.
Oct. 1, 1891
Thos. Conroy was fined ten dollars and costs yesterday for trotting a team across the bridge.
Frank Buch is preparing to build two frame houses in the first ward on lots purchased of Mr. Kahn.
We have purchased a numbering and paging machine that will number to a hundred thousand; so those who want receipts, checks, etc. numbered can have the work done without sending out of the city for it.
Herman Schroeder has made over three million brick this season. This is considerable more than he expected to burn last winter when he was buying wood. He thought he would have some two hundred cords left over, but instead, he has run short and is in the market for forty cords more.
Oct. 8, 1891
H. H. Cassillius has moved onto the Clements farm in Eagle Creek.
Scott county Schools will receive $3.20 per scholar from the State school apportionment. It will amount to about $6,700.
Mr. Weiland has made arrangements with the mill whereby he is to handle all of the flour and feed for the city trade. Mr. Weiland will sell flour at the mill price and will deliver feed at five cents a hundred above the mill price, which is five cents per hundred less than the mill had decided to ask before arrangements had been made with Mr. Weiland. The mill will exchange with farmers as heretofore.
James Dean is building a two addition to his home.
Peter Annen and family have moved into town and occupy the tenement east of Paul Fisher’s.
There is a brisk demand in Shakopee for dry wood and if farmers would bring some in they would realize good prices.
Oct. 15, 1891
County Auditor Koerner received a box containing the general and special laws of 1891, that weighed three hundred pounds.
The mill does not retail flour and feed, preferring to leave the retail business to the merchants. Mr. Weiland sells flour and feed, and besides him flour is handled by Jas. McKown, Storer & Son and Jos. Nachtsheim.
Flaherty & Lies are building an addition to the west side of their store and adjoining the warehouse on the north. It is eighteen by thirty feet, and the north twenty feet will be connected with the main store by an archway and used for a grocery department. The other ten feet will be used to enlarge the warehouse.
Oct. 22, 1891
The Peavey elevator has been given a coat of red paint.
Nic Grosshauser has bought Otto Dierberger’s house in the third ward for $400.
There is talk of a new meat market being opened in town by a man from Chaska.
Alex Holmes has sold his interest in the photograph gallery to H. D. Brown, who will be here next Sunday prepared for work.
Landlord S. L. Winter is doing so much business that he wants the Conter House enlarged. It is probably that the hotel business in town will be largely increased during the winter and spring by new arrivals to work in the various manufactories. As no houses are to be had they will necessarily go to the hotels until houses can be built.
About a half vote was polled at the election Tuesday. … The vote on the Desk factory bonus was as follows: First ward: Yes 73, No 14; Second ward: Yes 61, No 6; Third ward: Yes 50, No 2. Total: yes 184, No 22.
Oct. 29, 1891
Postmaster Willson’s house is receiving a coat of white paint.
Messrs. Aug. Wehling, Fred Rohls and John Ring, Jr., returned from Olivia Saturday. They brought four domesticated wild geese with them.
Mr. and Mrs. James Reynolds, who were residents of Shakopee early in the sixties, have returned here to live and have rented the Pond house in the third ward.
Jos. Buch is building an attractive and commodious frame residence at the corner of Apgar and Fifth streets. The house consists of main past 18x 26 feet facing east with an ell 16×18 on the south side, both two stories high, and a one story kitchen on the west 12×18 feet. At the south east corner between the main part and ell is a 10×10 tower three stories high. The front entrance is in the tower, which contains the hall and stairway.
Nov. 5, 1891
Bring your basket to the Pork House and learn our prices for fresh meat.
A car load of machinery for the Russ. Jones Desk Co. was received here the first of the week, and is being placed in the old Hame Factory which the company will purchase.
Wm. J. Kauth is contemplating the erection of a 30×60 ice house in the first block above the Pork House.
For Sale!—My house on First Street, next to H. J. Thiede’s blacksmith shop. Casper Hempher. For particulars enquire of A. M. Strunk.
Nov. 12, 1891
The Bierline foundry has commenced moulding.
Wanted: A canvasser for Crayon Portraits. Call at Brown’s Photography Gallery.
The mill shipped a car load of sacked flour to Christiana, Norway, yesterday. Previous consignments have gone to Sligo, Ireland and London, England. The flour of this mill has a world-wide reputation.
Animal instinct was well illustrated by Chas. Kopp’s spaniel returning home. The dog was advertised for in the “Argus”, and knowing that the game was up with him after that, the dog returned home of his own accord.
A new condenser is being drilled by Huss & Co. at the mill and has reached a depth of seventy five feet. They have struck two or three small streams of water but are going still further for an inexhaustible supply. The condenser uses 300 gallons of water per minute day and night, so that an abundant supply is necessary.
Ten coopers are now employed in the cooper shop.
Domestic Sewing machines—none better—are sold by John McMullen.
Nov. 19, 1891
Landlord Winter of the Conter House has moved his family up from St. Paul.
John Edert has had the bay window on the west side of his tenement removed.
The Union school is collecting specimens of native woods. One scholar Miss Louise Miller has contributed twenty specimens.
Dr. H. O. Smith successfully performed a delicate surgical operation, last week, in removing a part of the spine from a Carver county patient.
Nov. 26, 1891
Geo Huth’s dray team hauled Bierline Bros. a load of pig iron which, with the wagon, weighed 8165 pounds. The bulk was not great but the weight surprised some of the onlookers.
Herman Thole had a narrow escape from drowning Monday. He broke through the thin ice on the river when about half way across. Some passers-by, who heard his calls for help, rescued him.
The Russ. Jones Desk Co. commenced manufacturing on Monday with a force of sixteen men. Mr. Jones, the patentee of the desk and the heaviest stockholder in the company is enthusiastic over the bright prospects the company has before it for doing an extensive business and being of lasting benefit to the town.
With the large increase in the number of young men in Shakopee this winter there should be no difficulty in maintaining a first-class and safe ice skating rink. The treacherous Minnesota river is not a safe place to make a rink where children, as well as others, could enjoy the exhilarating exercise in perfect security from a probably ice-cold bath and a possible drowning. At a comparatively small expense a rink could be made that would be safe and centrally located. A good location would be on the river bottom near the mill. Probably, for a proper consideration, the Mill Company would flood a sufficient area, say 150×400 feet or 200×500 feet, to make a good rink, and by occasional floodings, after snow storms or when the ice becomes cut up, the surface could be kept perfectly smooth. If the mill could not furnish the water it could be had by damming up the spring two locks east of the mill. At an expense of a few dollars the spring could be dammed so as to raise the water several feet and then by means of a trough or pipe the water could be conducted to the site of the rink. If those who are interested in ice skating would take hold of the scheme and push it with vigor a month’s skating could be had before severely cold weather sets in. The shed on the river bank, or a part of it, could be utilized for warming rooms.
A number of Kahn & Nye’s stove works employees are boarding at the Conter House. “The boys” are all good fellows and they were not slow in having a favorable opinion formed of them by our citizens. In answer to the question as to how that was brought about the humorist of the Conter House replied: “Because they are Nye’s boys.”
Dec. 3, 1891
Frank Branchand, an employee of the desk factory had two fingers nearly severed by a circular saw on Monday.
A skating club was organized last Friday with thirty-six members. The club has established a rink on the river, three blocks above the bridge, and has made provision for maintaining good skating.
John Wampach has ordered a well drilling outfit, of the very best make, and the first of next week will be ready to execute orders. We understand he will reduce the cost of drilling twenty-five cents per foot less than has heretofore been charged.
The first cook stove made by the Minnesota Stove Co., is on exhibition at John McMullen’s hardware store. It has every appearance of being a stove that will give the best of satisfaction to the trade and the cook who uses it.
Dec. 10, 1891
Call at H. & Edert’s and see the big doll. It will be given away Christmas eve.
A number of young men have organized a club to give a series of midnight hops during the winter. The first of the series will be held tomorrow night.
It was a year ago this week that Mr. and Mrs. Spearman and their grandson were generally supposed to have been murdered. At that time a murder trial was in progress at Henderson. This year another murder trial there has just terminated. The defendant O’Neil was found guilty of murder in the first degree.
Mr. G. L. Nye has organized a magazine club of ten members. The club plan is one that will be largely beneficial to the members by affording them a large amount of current literature at a small cost. Each member will subscribe for a different magazine, and after reading it pass it on to the nearest member of the club who in turn reads it and takes it to another member. In this manner they will be kept circulating until each member has had an opertunity of reading all of the periodicals.
Dec. 17, 1891
John McMullen has sold his bountiful milk-giving patent gate opener to Fred Goodrich.
Farmers near town were ploughing on Tuesday. Not bad for the polar region in December.
A cow was stolen from the barn of Jacob Friedrich, in the first ward, Monday night. In the morning the theft was reported to the police and chief Rose followed the footprints of the cow and thief in the mud out of town; then secured a team and traced the tracks into Minneapolis where the trail was lost.
Dec. 24, 1891
Jas. McKown’s store has been re-shingled.
Joe Buch’s house is ready for the inside finish.
The mill turned out 409 barrels of flour on Tuesday. That was the first time a Shakopee mill ever made over four hundred barrels of flour in a day. The new well furnishes an abundance of water for the condenser, which uses ten thousand barrels per day, and the output of the mill is being pushed to its greatest capacity.
John Delwo is preparing to build a house on the corner south of Joe Buch’s new house. The cellar has been dug and rocks are on the ground for the foundation.
It would seem as if the boom in the first ward couldn’t wait for spring. Aug. Krieger is preparing to build a story-and-a-half house 16×24, with an ell 16×18, on the lot west of Joe Buch’s.
Dec. 31, 1891
The sleigh bells never rang more merrily than yesterday afternoon when one of our society young men came sailing around the corner of Lewis and First streets, with a lovely damsel by his side. “She” proved to be a regular damsel in all that the name implies. For further particulars inquire of the other society young man et al.
Jacob Ries, Sr. this week purchased a very fine upright piano as a present to his daughters.
The mammoth Christmas doll in Huntsman and Edert’s show window was presented to Miss Anna Reimer of this place.
Mr. E. A. Walters, recently from Minneapolis, having moved here with his family to take a position in the desk factory, is now employed in the mill.
The moulders from the stove works took a bob-sleigh ride around town, on Saturday evening, serenading among others, their employer Mr. G. L. Nye.
The pupils of the High school last Thursday afternoon presented the principal Mr. Bowdish with a very neat inkstand and gold pen as a Christmas gift.
On Tuesday afternoon Thos. Ducoe’s team attempted to run down First Street. They were stopped before any damage was done, although one horse was badly scraped.
Mr. John Reis informs us that he sold the first string of sleigh-bells on Wednesday, from a stock purchased two years ago. That sounds like a fairy tale to old Minnesota residents.
Mr. H. F. Gross is working at a “sand and seed” picture of the Bartholdi statue, in his barber shop. The work so far is neatly done and gives promise to be a good reproduction of that work of art. It requires great patience and will take some two months to complete it.
Mr. Geo. DeMers is now packing at the mill, in the place of the other packer who recently moved here from Dundas. This will create no doubt a vacancy in the janitorship of the Union School building.
Mr. Jno. G. Kiesel, who came here from Glencoe, some eighteen months ago, to take charge of the prescription department of Kohler’s Drug Store has decided to give up that position, and attend a school of chemistry known as the Augustana College at Rock Island Ill. Mr. Kiesel deserves great commendation for his strict attention to the duties of that position which he has given while here. He has, however, never been too busy to make a friend, and his departure will be sincerely regretted by all. He certainly deserves success and we predict for him a most successful career in the future.