Remember When: 1915 (Scott County Argus)

From the Scott County Argus

Jan. 1, 1915

Special New Year services will be held today at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in St. John’s German Lutheran church.

FOR SALE—240 acres—130 acres under cultivation, balance timber and pasture. All of the place, except 20 acres, is fenced. There are about 3 acres of apple, plum and cherry trees just beginning to bear. There are two springs in the place, and well at the house, cistern in the house. There is a large barn, good house and other up-to-date farm buildings on the place. This farm can be bought reasonable and with good terms. Inquire of W. F. Duffy, Shakopee.

Jan. 8, 1915

Jacob Ries Bottling Works Inc. remembered their friends and customers with dainty New Year greetings and the handy little desk calendars issued annually by them. The Argus extends thanks for one of each.

Miss Lucile Timberlake, instructor in the domestic science department of the high school, has started an evening cooking class to meet weekly on Monday. The class had its first lesson this week on cake baking. Fourteen have enrolled, including Misses Ida Scherkenbach, Paulina Philipp, Anna Huber, Martha Linhoff, Rose Ryan, Gibney, Stacia Vierling, Antonia Wessling, Theresa and Lidwin Berens, Hilda and Louise Weiland, Mesdames H. C. Schroeder and C. T. Weiland.

Jan. 15, 1915

To Dance For Charity. The leading social event of next week will be the Charity ball to be given Monday evening at Berens’ hall under the auspices of the Home Economics club. Proceeds from the ball are to be devoted to the Belgian Relief Fund and it is hoped that the public will give the affair a generous patronage for the benefit of the worthy cause. The Haering-Simon orchestra of Jordan, who are favorites with the local dancing public, have been secured for the occasion and a delightful time is in prospect for all who may attend. The ball will open with a grand march at nine o’clock and everybody is cordially invited to come and enjoy a pleasant evening and at the same time assist in a charitable purpose. The price of admission has been placed at $1.00 per couple and 25 cents for every additional lady. Go to the Charity ball and help to swell the fund for the Belgians.

While playing pull-away on the high school grounds at recess Tuesday, Howard Dellwo had the misfortune to break his right leg near the ankle. The boy was carried home and Dr. Buck reduced the fracture and placed the leg in a cast. Howard will be unable to return to school for six weeks or more.

Peter Huth improved his barber shop this week with new wall paper.

Jan. 22, 1915

Charity Ball A Success. Quite the most enjoyable dance that has been held here in a long time was the Charity ball given last Monday evening at Berens’ hall under the auspices of the Home Economics club. The ball opened with a grand march led by Mrs. E. Southworth and Dr. H. P. Fischer, about sixty couples being in line. The program of dances was varied and included all the old time numbers as well as some of the newer dances, and the music by Haering-Simon’s orchestra of Jordan was all that could be desired. A very large number of the married couples who are not ordinarily seen at dances were present at the Charity ball, and its success as a social event was far beyond expectations. While the attendance was not as large as had been hoped for, a very satisfactory sum will be left after all expenses are paid which will be forwarded by the committee in charge to the Belgian Relief Fund. The ladies of the Home Economics club are pleased with the patronage accorded the ball and are to be congratulated on the success attending the event.

The annual ice harvest began yesterday. Ice is excellent in quality and of just the right thickness for cutting.

Jan. 29, 1915

We find we have a number of Boys’ and Girls’ Overshoes that must go. ONE BIG LOT 39c. Flaherty & Lies.

Miss Lucile Timberlake and George Vierling entertained the patients at Mudcura with a musical program Thursday evening of last week.

How to Correct the Mistake. If you misdirect a letter and think of your error just after you have dropped the letter into a box, don’t waste time waiting for the postman and asking him for it to let you correct your mistake. He won’t do it; the law does not permit him. You must call at the station to which the letter is going and explain the matter to the clerk in charge. He will redirect the letter for you if you give him the correct address to writing.

Feb. 5, 1915

Jacob Ries Bottling Works began work Monday after being shut down two weeks while repairs were in progress.

Berens’ hall was crowded to capacity last Friday evening on the occasion of the seventh annual ball given under the auspices of the Luxemburger Unterstuetzung Verein. To say that the event was a success would be superfluous for the Luxemburger ball never fails to draw one of the largest crowds of the year and the dance last Friday was no exception to the rule. One hundred and seventy-four tickets were sold and the crowd was too great to make dancing really enjoyable but everybody was in good humor and jollity prevailed. Stans’ orchestra of six pieces furnished music and the majority of the dancers were still on the floor when “Home, Sweet Home” was played at three o’clock. The dance was a moneymaker and the treasury of the Luxemburgers has been increased by $100 cleared on the event.

Manager Dawson of the Gem theatre will have a full line of costumes to rent for the masquerade ball next Friday evening, Feb. 12th. If you want something nice, see the suits at the Dawson theatre.

While F. W. Hilton was in town Wednesday from Eden Prairie his horses indulged in a little run down First street bumping into John Turner’s milk wagon and throwing Mr. Turner out. A number of milk bottles were broken and a quantity of milk spilled but aside from that the damages were small and Mr. Hilton promptly offered to settle all claims.

After being shut down since December the Minnesota Stove Works reopened Thursday of last week with a full force of men.

L. T. Breimhorst of Madelia has purchased the Aanes studio and will be here February 15th instead of Mr. Bailey of Wausau, Wis., as had been announced. Mr. Aanes will depart soon thereafter for Eau Claire to locate permanently. Shakopee has been fortunate in having an excellent studio for many years past and Mr. Aanes’ decision to leave is regretted by his patrons and friends.

Feb. 12, 1915

The moulders of the Minnesota Stove Works held an informal dancing party for their families and invited friends at Fraternity hall Saturday evening. It was a most enjoyable event and the committee in charge are to be congratulated on the success attending the occasion. The Mandolin orchestra furnished music from nine until twelve o’clock when a sumptuous rabbit supper was served and a program of toasts was responded to, the entertainment closing about two o’clock.

Sparks from the motor started a fire in the engine room at the mill Monday. The fire department was called out but upon their arrival at the mill found the employees had been more than equal to the occasion and the department’s services unnecessary.

Gives Clean Bill Of Health. Dr. Burns of the State Board of Health was in Shakopee Wednesday and made a thorough inspection of the city’s schools to determine the presence of contagious disease among the pupils, if any. The Argus takes pride in announcing that not one case of a contagious or suspicious nature was discovered and our schools are pronounced absolutely free from disease. Parents need have no fear of permitting their children to attend school regularly as Dr. Burns states they may do so with perfect safety. The report speaks well for the city and the schools and every precaution will be taken in the future, as in the past, to insure the health of the pupils, as far as possible, against exposure to epidemics or dangerous contagions.

Feb. 19, 1915

Many Argus readers will recall the accident on the Milwaukee road last fall in which a young fellow slipped and fell beneath a moving freight train while attempting to catch a ride to the cities, and lost a foot as a consequence. He was found to be a steamfitter in good standing in his union and the union men of the stove foundry took charge of him and had him properly cared for and afterward, sent home. To show that he appreciated their aid, the young man returned to Shakopee the other day to personally thank his benefactors. He is wearing an artificial foot and is apparently getting along all right notwithstanding his handicap in the loss of his foot.

Chas. Selbig, who has been employed in the steel range room at the Minnesota Stove Works, was seriously injured Tuesday when a heavy piece of metal fell upon his foot, crushing the foot and ankle and breaking both bones of the leg off over the ankle. He also sustained a bad cut. The injury is very serious and the outcome is uncertain owing to the danger of bloodpoison. Dr. Fischer is attending him.

Feb. 26, 1915

Don’t miss “The Modern Dance” in the Presbyterian church next Sunday evening. There will be no admission fee for either men or women. No prizes and no supper served. Just “Modern Dancing” and good music.

Guests at Mudcura sanitarium were entertained at a delightful musicale Thursday evening of last week. Sen. Alderman of Brainerd, George Vierling and Miss Lucile Timberlake rendered a program of vocal selections and Miss Laura Coller contributed a piano solo.

The warm weather of the past few weeks is breaking up the ice in the river rapidly and unless a sudden change occurs the Minnesota will be open at an unusually early date. The water is rising steadily and the ice may go out any time.

March 5, 1915

A. L. Hurr received a carload of new Ford cars Saturday which he has on display at his store.

March 12, 1915

St. Paul House to Re-open. An important business deal of the week was the purchase Monday by Mrs. John Jones of Minneapolis of the furnishings and hotel business of the St. Paul House. J. H. Ring, who has been conducting the hotel as a rooming house exclusively, will retain the bar in connection with the hotel which will be opened for business next week under the new management. Mrs. Jones was formerly Miss Elizabeth Keschnitzki of this city and comes here to make her permanent home. She will be assisted by her parents and sister, Miss Helen, and aims to give the city a first class hotel and to revive the old time prestige of the St. Paul House as an attractive and homelike hostelry. Sewer and water will be installed as soon as possible and other improvements made. Besides accommodating regular boarders and transients, the new management will serve short orders, lunches or meals on the restaurant plan. Mr. Ring’s family have already moved into their old home on Second street and Mr. and Mrs. Keschnitzki have taken up their residence with Mrs. Jones at the hotel.

March 19, 1915

A real estate deal consummated Tuesday was the purchase of the Joseph Mayer homestead and two lots on Fifth street by Ed Walsh. Consideration $1700.

The Shakopee creamery is undergoing repairs at the present time that will increase its capacity and enable its enterprising proprietor, George Dellwo, to handle the business much more effectively than under the old system. The office has been remodeled and a 5 h. p. electric motor, a freezing tank and new machinery for the manufacture of ice cream have been installed, giving the creamery modern equipment in its mechanical department and a much improved appearance in every way.

Luce Line Proposed. Col. Earl Luce of Minneapolis was at St. Patrick, Wednesday evening, and spoke in the interests of the Luce Electric railway which proposes to run a line from Minneapolis to Shakopee thence through Lydia and St. Patrick to Albert Lea. The project is considered favorably.

March 26, 1915

FOR SALE—My auto truck and country egg route. Profitable business for right man. J. H. Kennedy, Shakopee.

School Entertainment. On Monday evening, April 12th, the children of the public school will give their second concert in Dawson’s opera house for the public. For several weeks, the music director of the school, Miss Tonette Benson, has been drilling the children, and the efficiency and expeditiousness with which the work has been carried on, augurs well for the success of the affair. Those who heard the children in their concert last fall have an idea of what profit and pleasure one gets from hearing an exhibition of public school music, and such persons will be the first ones to assure themselves of this second opportunity to hear the children again after four months more of practice. Others have heard so much and such favorable reports about the last concert that there are but few now who are not looking forward to this event with unusual interest. This unique and valuable feature of public school activity merits universal support. And if the attendance at the last concert is an index as to what we may expect this time, the hall will be well filled.


Foundry To Open April 15th

The Argus is informed that notices have been posted by the Minnesota Stove Co. setting forth the fact that they will resume work on April 15th.

The whir and buzz of the machinery of the big plant will be welcome sound to the people of our city, and with the wheels turning round and every man at his post of duty, this thriving industry, which gives employment to the skilled and unskilled and which contributes so much to the prosperity of “Shakopee, the City of Progress,” will soon be turning out more and more of its product that is equal to any and excelled by none. May the big work go on.

April 2, 1915

The Minnesota river is on a spring rampage, way out of bounds and still rising. The trestle road is now well under water and travel on wheels in that direction is cut off owing to the danger of washouts.

Flaherty & Lies’ Easter show window is exceedingly attractive in its artistic arrangement and coloring and elicits many complimentary comments from admiring passersby. W. F. Davy, the efficient manager of the firm, is the decorator, and achieves some very handsome effects in window trimming and display of goods.

April 9, 1915

L. Christian & Co. have just completed a shipment of 550,000 lbs. of flour to The Netherlands, the excellence of Shakopee flour creating a constantly increasing demand in foreign markets as its merits become more widely known. The local mill ships to all parts of the United States and is constantly extending its territory to include more marts outside the states.

Shakopee Chapter O. E. S. will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its organization April 30th with a Homecoming, dinner and entertainment at Masonic hall.

See John F. Walsh for plain and ornamental plastering, first class cement dashing and patch work. All work guaranteed. Shak. Tel. 145C.

April 16, 1915

Theo. Jaspers is having a cement floor placed in his block occupied by Harold Brown as an auto repair shop.

The sanitarium cars were able to travel over the trestle for the first time Wednesday since the river overflowed.

Water in the river is receding rapidly and all highways leading into the city are again open to travel which was cut off for more than a week.

April 23, 1915

The foundation for the handsome modern residence of P. J. Callan is being laid and work on the building will be pushed rapidly.

Farmers, report your cattle and hogs for shipment, to J. H. Doyle, manager of the Farmers’ Livestock Shipping Association at Shakopee. Tel. 102-B.

April 30, 1915

J. H. Kennedy has purchased a house and two lots from John Wampach, the property lying directly east of St. Mary’s church. The consideration was $1685 and Mr. Kennedy will begin improvements on the place at once. He will take possession next week.

Joe Klinkhammer and Dr. C. W. Daye went to Glenwood City, Wisconsin, Saturday to spend the weekend fishing. They met with very good luck and returned Monday morning with some fine specimens of the finny tribe from the total of 42 trout which they were successful in landing.

May 7, 1915

Schroeder Brick and Lime Manufacturing Co. are building a new patent brick oven with a capacity of 600,000 that will greatly increase the output of the Schroeder yards.

FOR SALE—Shakopee Coral heater, 2d size; one Bon Ami oilstove and oven. Mrs. F. W. Covnick, Phone 12.

May 14, 1915

Extensive repairs have begun on St. Mary’s Catholic church, including the enlarging of the gallery which has already been finished, redecoration of the entire interior and painting of the exterior woodwork. Schwendinger & Schuster of New Ulm have the contract for the decorating which calls for $1,039.

Jacob Schmitt is making extensive improvements on the Thos. Durose home on Second street that was lately purchased by him. All of the sheds have been torn away, the house is undergoing repairs inside and out and electric lights and water are being installed. The former grist mill on the premises is being converted into a substantial barn and the buildings will be given a fresh coat of paint. The improvements already completed have made a marked appearance of the place and the value of the property will be greatly increased when the work now under way shall have been finished.

May 21, 1915

New Location For Public Library

The public library facilities are to be greatly increased by an arrangement that has been made between the Library association and the Board of Education of Independent School District No. 1 by which the library will be transferred to a room in the high school building…

The room chosen for the library will be fitted up by the manual training class with shelves and reading tables and will be supplied with periodicals and daily papers. There is an outside entrance and the use of the room by the public will not interfere in any way with school affairs. The books will be moved at the close of the present school term…


Carpets and Rugs Cleaned by the new process. Have your carpets and rugs cleaned by the new process. It is by far the best, most sanitary and gives general satisfaction. It restores the natural colors and disinfects without injury to the goods in the slightest degree. Work positively guaranteed. E. W. Haack – Shakopee.

May 28, 1915

Mayor Moriarty received an interesting communication last week from Kenneth Whitaker, a young man of Columbus, Ohio, who wrote to ascertain the meaning of the word “Shakopee.” Mr. Whitaker states that his mother was born in this city in 1855 and was in the Sioux outbreak when the village of Red Cloud was destroyed and during the outbreaks of 1864 and 1865. He has chosen the Indian name Shakopee for his canoe. Mayor Moriarty acknowledged the communication with a courteous reply, giving the required information, and a graceful canoe in the waters round-about the capital city of Ohio will serve to advertise our thriving City of Progress and further spread its interesting history and fame abroad.

All business places of Shakopee will close at 11:30 a.m. for the rest of the day, on Decoration Day, Monday, May 31st.

Mudcura sanitarium has added a half ton Wilcox motor truck to their farm equipment that may also be converted into an ambulance for the comfortable transportation of patients in case of necessity.

June 4, 1915

While assisting his employer, Henry Mergens, yesterday on plumbing at the St. Paul Hotel Frank Reilly was quite seriously burned about the face when a pot of hot lead exploded from the addition of cold metal.

Thos. F. Walsh has purchased of John J. O’Dowd eight acres of land joining his father’s property on the north, consideration being $125 per acre.


Diplomas Awarded To Twenty-one

Graduation exercises of Shakopee high school began Sunday evening with the baccalaureate address at the opera house which was listened to by a large audience. Supt. Harrington addressed the class and dwelt on the necessity of efficiency as the keynote to success in the modern walks of life. The students were admonished to seek only that which is best in life and to set up and maintain a standard of high ideals leading always toward perfection. Mr. Harrington’s discourse was earnest and thoughtful and commanded the attention of his hearers.

Musical numbers by Edward Huber and the Glee club of the high school were opening and closing features of the evening.

June 11, 1915

A runaway team on Lewis street Monday struck an automobile standing near Dr. Fischer’s office, breaking the mud guard, and then crashed into a cattlerack, tearing a wheel from the latter, and creating considerable excitement before the horses were captured after a wild run. The team is said to belong to a farmer from Bush Lake whose name was not learned.

June 18, 1915

The flower bed which for years has beautified the mill yard, has been discontinued and is replaced by a large, grassy mound bearing the word “Matchless” in an arrangement of stones, advertising L. Christian & Co.’s matchless brand of flour. S. W. Pinches, who planned and cared for the flower bed, is given credit for the new idea of decoration by the mill company.

Marvin Spindler is following in his father’s footsteps as a chicken fancier and has started a poultry business of his own with the purchase of three thoroughbred fowls from Frank E. Cross of Minneapolis, who is well-known to fancy poultry raisers here. The pen comprises a cock and two hens of Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds and are handsome and valuable specimens of that breed.


Shakopee Hospital Opened Monday

Shakopee Hospital, as Dr. P. M. Fischer has named his handsome new private hospital, was opened Monday when three operations were performed upon children for the removal of adenoids and tonsils.

Work on the hospital was begun early last September and it stands today a monument to Dr. Fischer’s enterprise and progressiveness, an ornament to the city and an institution that will fill a longfelt need in Shakopee.

By tearing away the west wing of his residence and rebuilding a large addition to his home, Dr. Fischer now not only possesses one of the handsomest residences in the city but a splendidly equipped private hospital that will greatly facilitate his professional work and an institution which his increasing practice has made a necessity in order to meet the demands made upon his time. The building contains sixteen spacious rooms exclusive of three large vestibules, a bath and operating room, all finished throughout in hardwood with birch and maple flooring. There are three wide, airy porches and a full basement of concrete with modern laundry equipment. The main hospital entrance, facing the west, opens into a vestibule that leads into the waiting room, beyond which are the doctor’s office, the library and private living rooms—all bright, pleasant rooms with large windows admitting plenty of cheerful, health-giving sunlight. Upstairs are five good-sized hospital rooms, the operating room, bath and sleeping rooms, the latter so arranged that they may easily be utilized for patients in the event of necessity. All are finished attractively in white and are thoroughly modern, the operating room being complete in every detail for surgical cases and emergency work demanding hospital equipment. Wide screened porches furnish out-of-door sleeping room if desired, and the building in every respect has the appearance of a beautiful and comfortable home where patients who dread or dislike entering a city hospital may receive every care afforded by the latter institution while enjoying the conveniences and comforts of pleasant home surroundings. The building stands in the center of a spacious lawn with handsome shade trees, shrubbery and flowers beautifying the grounds. It is lighted by electricity, heated by hot water and has city water and sewer connections. Shakopee hospital is bound to be a success and Dr. Fischer is deserving of all credit for giving to the city an institution of its kind. His standing in the community as a conscientious and successful physician and surgeon is such as to inspire the utmost confidence in his new venture, and with a modern hospital at his command he is now prepared to carry on his chosen work to the best possible advantage.

The operations performed Monday were upon children brought here from St. Bonifacius and were most successful. Dr. H. A. Dreschler, a well-known physician of St. Paul operated with Dr. Fischer.

June 25, 1915

Mr. and Mrs. John Heinen returned Monday from their wedding trip and are domiciled in the rooms over Mr. Heinen’s store. The new Mrs. Heinen, who comes here as a stranger, will be accorded a very cordial welcome to the social circles of the city.

Mrs. Albert Tiedt was hostess last Saturday afternoon at a parcel shower for Miss Agnes Stemmer whose marriage to Willis Kline will be an event of next week. The guests numbered thirty and the bride-elect received many beautiful gifts. Peonies formed the decorations and dainty refreshments were served at half after five.

The Hudson shop men, their families and friends come up by special train Saturday, arriving about 10 o’clock and picnicked at Riverside park. The picnickers were accompanied by the Hudson band and proceeded to enjoy the day according to inclination. A six inning baseball game in the morning between the married men and bachelors furnished diversion and was won by the latter by a score of 3 to 0. In the afternoon a program of athletic events was carried out and dancing on the pavilion occupied the time until supper. The visitors departed about 7:30 o’clock and before leaving their band gave a concert on Lewis street which was enjoyed by a large number of the townspeople who mingled freely among the picnickers during the day and enjoyed the occasion with them.

July 2, 1915

The Public Library, which has been located in Stelten confectionery for the past couple of years, has been moved to the northeast room on the ground floor of the Union School building, where it will be open to the public Saturday afternoons and evenings. Mrs. Duffy, president of the library board, will act as librarian until the arrival of Miss Schultz, who is taking a course in library training at the state university. The thanks of the library association are extended to Mr. Joseph Stemmer who kindly contributed his team and his own services in transferring the books and cases to their new location; and to Mr. and Mrs. Stelten, and Miss Anna, who has acted as librarian the past two years, the association and the patrons of the library are greatly indebted for innumerable courtesies and unfailing patience and attention to the many demands made upon their time. A ten volume set of the Junior Classics, Harvard edition, beautifully illustrated and bound, has been added to the library, affording excellent vacation reading for the young people.

The steamer Oronoco, the boat belonging to Drs. Mayo of Rochester, came up the river Monday with a private party of excursionists who disembarked here for an hour’s stay in our city. The boat is a large one and is very splendidly equipped. The day was ideal for an excursion up the river and the present high stage of water precluded the chance of the steamer running aground on the numerous sandbars in the Minnesota and made the trip a delightful one.

August Gelhaye’s saloon has been given a fresh coat of paint during the week by Henry Thul and Ed Mertz, greatly improving its appearance.

A picture of “The Last Supper” cast in iron at the Minnesota Stove Works for Anton Ring and embellished in colors in oil by Jos. Klinkhammer is on exhibition at M. A. Deutsch’s drug store and attracts a great deal of attention as a work of art unique in conception and execution.

T. J. H. Notermanns has let a contract to J. P. Kreuser for a new front to be placed in his meat market. Jos. Fischer has already completed the cement foundation and the carpenter work will be started at once. A new plate glass show window will replace the old one and a marked improvement will be made in the appearance of the building.

July 9, 1915

An informal meeting of some of the prominent business men of Shakopee was held in Attorney Julius A. Coller’s office Wednesday evening to discuss and consider the advisability of obtaining proposals to be submitted to the State Board of Control appertaining to a site upon which to locate the State Reformatory for women. Those present were firmly of the opinion that we have some of the finest sites for such institution to be found anywhere in the state and a location here would be most advantageous from every point of view.

Ed F. Thiede has purchased the E. J. Hamilton property, consisting of the house and one and a quarter acres of land at Faribault Springs, the consideration being $600.

July 16, 1915

Last Sunday evening, shortly after 9 o’clock when Miss Kate Kinn was returning from a neighbor’s, as she passed a woodpile near the door of her home, she was struck over the head with a piece of wood and knocked senseless. As soon as she recovered consciousness she went around the neighborhood and a search was made for her assailant but no one could be found. It is surmised that the attack was made by some stranger bent upon stealing, and whom she came upon unexpectedly and was struck down to enable the thief to escape without detection. Miss Kinn sustained a severe bruise from the blow and a bad shock but recovered quickly from the effects of her unpleasant experience.

July 23, 1915

A fishing party comprising Ed Huber, George Schneiderhan, Misses Anna Walsh and Laura Schwartz enjoyed a pleasant outing at Prior Lake Sunday and were successful in getting a nice string of fish.

Shakopee’s old-time rivals, the Jordan team, will come down next Sunday to meet the locals on the baseball diamond at Riverside Park. An interesting game is expected.

Mayor Moriarty has issued orders to the police force to arrest any youths seen jumping on and off freight trains passing thru the city and asks the citizens’ cooperation with the officers in helping to suppress the practice by reporting offenders. The latter, if caught, will be subject to a fine or imprisonment and a close watch is being kept upon the trains as the railroad company and the city officials are determined to stop the dangerous practice.

FOR SALE—A 1913, single, Pope motorcycle in good condition. T. S. Thompson.

July 30, 1915

As soon as plans are decided upon H. N. Sand will begin the construction of a pretty six room bungalow on the lot he purchased recently from Miss Sarah DeMers. Mr. Sand realizes the value of good residence property as a paying investment in this city and shows a great deal of enterprise in building modern residences to supply the demand for them.

Shakopee citizens are invited to attend a “Festival of Nations” to be held this even at Sam Ames’ new barn in Bloomington. A very fine program has been prepared and there will be many entertaining features. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome and a fine time is assured.

Aug. 6, 1915

In the interest of the Shakopee-Bloomington road M. J. Carr, one of the county commissioners of Ramsey county, offered a resolution appropriating $1000 to go toward the construction of the road. Mr. Carr stated that he was actuated solely by his loyalty to Shakopee, his old home and his sentiments and efforts are appreciated by our citizens. Sen. J. B. Ries and Col. G. L. Nye were in St. Paul Monday and were before the Ramsey county board in the interest of the project.

Theodore Stelten and his sister, Miss Anna, have purchased the Auto Lunch Parlor from B. J. Gellenbeck and took possession Monday. They will continue the restaurant and confectionery under the old name and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stelten will conduct the Eureka confectionery. Mr. Gellenbeck has no definite plans for the future and is spending a few days at the lake.

Aug. 13, 1915

More than 100 of our citizens, besides the Cadet band, were in attendance Sunday at the German Catholic Central Verein convention in St. Paul. It is estimated that between 60 and 70 were in the line of march with the band and numerous others motored down to witness the big parade incident to the day’s affairs.

The Minnesota Stove Co. will entertain their employees at a picnic in Riverside park tomorrow afternoon. The Coney Island orchestra has been engaged to furnish music for dancing and numerous other amusements will be provided for the enjoyment of the guests. The employees have the privilege of invited relatives and friends and a gala event is anticipated if the weather man does his share.

Aug. 20, 1915

During a thunder storm south of town Monday afternoon Mail Carrier Harry Cole had a startling experience when a bolt of lightning struck at close quarters to his mail cart and knocked his horse down in the shafts. The animal was uninjured and rose to his feet and continued the trip over the route apparently undisturbed by the shock. Mr. Cole said he distinctly felt the electrical charge and considers himself lucky that the bolt sought a different target than his wagon.

New Stove Factory Now Assured. The Equity Stove Company, whose articles of incorporation were published in the Argus a few weeks ago has amended its articles in so far as they refer to the corporate name of the company. In this issue the Argus publishes the amended articles which change the name “Equity” to “Shakopee” and the new company will be known as the Shakopee Stove Company. A five year lease of the Schroeder building in East Shakopee, which, we are told was originally built for foundry purposes, has been entered into and the necessary machinery to equip the same has been ordered and will be installed as soon as the building is ready for occupancy. Herman Schroeder, one of the firm of the Schroeder Brick & Lime Mfg. Co., informed the Argus that they have already begun work to put the large building in such shape and condition as to suit the convenience of the new company and that they have entered into a contract to have it ready for occupancy on or before Oct. 1st, next. In addition to the buildings now on the ground the Schroeder company will erect on the space immediately north of the present building, for the new company’s use, a large brick warehouse.

Aug. 27, 1915

Carpenters, plasterers, painters, plumbers, and lastly George DeMers, janitor, having completed and made spick and span the room partitioned off at the High School for the new library, the cases containing the library belonging to the school were placed therein last Friday. On Saturday Mrs. Duffy assisted by Misses Josephine Linhoff, Genevieve Lies, Magdalen Allen, Rose Deutsch and Lucille Schwartz, with Mr. DeMers and Mr. Borst handling the heavy cases, moved the public library books up from the ground floor and all are now neatly arranged and ready to be re-catalogued with the old school library and the new books to be purchased by the school in compliance with the new regulations governing school libraries. The new library is situated on the second floor at the head and just to the right of the east stairway, opening into the main hall on one side and on the other into the class room presided over by Miss Schultz, teacher of English and German, who will also act as librarian. It is easy and convenient of access to the public and it is hoped that not only the books but the room itself, as a reading room, may be used freely by the public and thus serve to help establish the much desired closer relations between parents and patrons and the school. Until the arrival of Miss Schultz, Mrs. Duffy will continue to keep the library open on Saturdays.


The Bloomington Road

At a special meeting of the county board last Monday at the court house a contract was finally entered into between Scott County and Joseph Mergens of Deephaven, one of Hennepin County’s most reputable road builders, the amount of the contract being $11,400. The road is to be graded on or before Dec. 1, of this year and be graveled by June 1, 1916. Work is to be started at once.

To Mayor J. J. Moriarty the credit for the final action taken by the board which resulted in a contract being entered into for the ultimate completion of the road, is largely due. Tireless in his efforts he persevered to the end that the problem of financing the project was finally solved. The proposition was then presented to the board who passed upon it, and the consummation of a contract for the construction of the road is the grand result.

Sept. 3, 1915

Notice To Farmers. Donald Childs, Scott County’s highway engineer, has requested us to urge the farmers the importance of putting their roads in the best condition possible, under the circumstances, this week and the fore part of next by the liberal use of the road drag so that the many people who will no doubt pass through Scott county on their way to the State Fair next week may be more favorably impressed and more generally apprised of the good road spirit that prevails among our people.

A meeting of the citizens of Shakopee is called for Monday evening September 6th at eight o’clock at the City Hall to discuss matters relating to the location of the State Women’s Reformatory. The Committee.

Sept. 10, 1915

Thomas H. Notermans, proprietor of the building occupied by the postoffice, has generously had installed new fixtures, new desks, new letter and newspaper cases, everything new and of steel construction, for the benefit and convenience of both Postmaster Hirscher and the patrons of the office. The case itself is about seven feet high with a top railing that reaches to the ceiling. It is of convenient design and consists of 320 call boxes, 243 combination lock boxes and 20 double capacity combination lock boxes, a general call window, information window and a large money order, registry, parcel post and postal saving window, the whole making a very handsome and useful fixture, and with the convenient arrangement of it Shakopee has the finest little postoffice in the valley.

Farmers’ Elevator A Very Busy Place Last Week. The Farmers’ Co-operative Elevator Company of Shakopee was a decidedly busy place last week. Manager Miller informs us that nearly 8000 bushels of grain were taken in last week from Monday to Friday. The wheat market of Shakopee is as good as that of Minneapolis, and when this fact becomes more generally known the grain raisers for miles around will market their grain here.

Scott County Gets Sixth Place At The State Fair. A telephone report from S. O. Miller, who has charge of Scott County’s exhibit put on at the State Fair by the Scott County Agricultural Society conveyed the information that our county did not fare quite so well this year as it did last, securing sixth place in the big contest and $185 as a cash premium. It costs some money, the amount has not been ascertained yet, and a great deal of studious effort to prepare this exhibit and to H. L. Borst and S. O. Miller is due most of the credit for the splendid showing made.

Chas. Hough, local yard manager for the Simons Lumber Company has moved his family into the Simons home on Lewis street, and Spencer Ferguson and family are occupying the place they vacated on Fourth street.

Sept. 17, 1915

A number of shade trees about town are being trimmed by the skillful hand of Paul Fischer, who was prevailed upon to come up from St. Paul to do the work by some of our residents. Mr. Fischer is an expert in that line as the beautiful symmetry of the trees about his old home here being testified.


Board of Control Visits Our City

Last Tuesday morning the Minnesota State Board of Control consisting of C. J. Swendsen, Charles E. Vasaly and R. W. Wheelock and three members of the State Board of Visitors including Mrs. Stewart of St. Cloud, Mrs. Kinney of Minneapolis and Mrs. Moore of St. Paul came to Shakopee for the purpose of looking over the various sites upon which options had previously been secured by the local committee, suitable for the location of the State Reformatory for women to which the Argus in several former issues has referred.

The first viewed was the Aug. Koeper site, then the Heller and Wampach site, the Pond site, the T. J. Condon site. By that time the dinner hour had arrived and the visitors repaired to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Julius A. Coller where a sumptuous dinner was served.

Starting out again after dinner, the party was joined by Mrs. Julius A. Coller and son Jack and A. M. Strunk and the following sites were viewed in order named: James Condon’s, Muches’, Vierling’s, Linhoff and O’Dowd’s and Rielander’s, nine sites in all among which were some of the finest to be found anywhere, and we are of the opinion that the visitors were very much impressed with them and the many advantages that Shakopee has to offer in connection with them…

Sept. 24, 1915

The W. R. C. will hold a thimble bee next Tuesday afternoon, September 28, at the home of the president, Mrs. E. Southworth. The guests will include the corps members and their invited friends.

While in the act of arresting a transient Wednesday morning for the theft of a bottle of whisky, Chief of Police John Doody was attacked with a knife by the man, who inflicted a deep gash in Mr. Doody’s side. The latter struck the fellow over the head with a club and cut his skull. He was overpowered and taken to the county jail where he is now, awaiting a hearing sometime next week. Chief Doody was quite seriously hurt and is confined to his home under the care of a physician, his wound being very painful.

Attention, Farmers. Now is the time to pick your seed corn and get it thoroughly dry before winter comes. It is the frost that kills the growing germ of our seed corn if not thoroughly dried. All corn is far enough matured now for seed corn if properly taken care of from now on. Do not leave it until you husk your corn this fall or you will have trouble with your seed corn next spring. Get one of our Corn King Seed Racks for drying seed corn. Mr. Miller will be glad to show you these racks at the Farmers’ Elevator and tell you the price. A. H. Timmermann.

Next week construction work on the Shakopee and Bloomington road will be started. Contractor Jos. Mergens will move his large equipment this week, and he expects to be all ready for action the first of the week. Mr. Mergens’ outfit consists of traction graders, wheel scrapers and about twenty teams of horses, so that when he gets his forces in operation the dirt will move lively. The concrete approach to the bridge is already completed and it is Mr. Mergens’ purpose to begin grading at the approach first so that traffic over the road may be resumed again without undue delay. The contract provides that the entire road must be graded on or before Dec. 1st next to avoid a cash forfeiture of $10 per day after that date.

Because of his proficiency in operating a foot throttle instead of the brake in driving an automobile, Joe Schaefer had an experience recently that has earned him the sobriquet “Barney Oldfield” among his friends who understand cars and their idiosyncrasies.

Oct. 1, 1915

Will the person who borrowed Val Reis’s overcoat two months ago, please return the same at once?

We are pleased to report that Chief of Police Doody is recovering nicely from the knife wound inflicted by an infuriated tramp and is able to be up and around the house but will not resume work at present. His brother Michael of St. Paul visited him Friday.

Oct. 8, 1915

The cupola has been placed on the Shakopee Stove Co.’s new building and work will commence soon.

A public meeting of the farmers was called for last Monday at Busse’s hall for the purpose of considering the proposition of buying the local creamery of Geo. A. Dellwo and then operating the same as a farmers’ co-operative creamery. J. J. Farrel, State Dairy and Food commissioner, was present and spoke in favor of such a proposition. Mr. Farrel is president of the National Dairymen’s association and stands high in the councils of the dairymen of this state. He has had a great deal of experience in the operation of creameries and has been very successful. It was quite generally agreed among those present, and many who were unable to attend the meeting, that a farmers’ co-operative creamery, well managed, and controlled by farmers who would remain loyal and steadfast to the co-operative concern, would be a good business proposition for both the farmers and the business interests of Shakopee. However, no definite action was taken in regard to the proposed project, but further and more serious consideration will be given to it and another meeting may be called at a later date.

Misses Margaret Buchanan and Rose Marx are hostesses today at the former’s home at a thimble bee in honor of Miss Elizabeth Storer, a bride-elect of the near future. A dozen friends will sew dusters and enjoy a social afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.

J. H. Moore has purchased of August Scherkenbach the lot adjoining the latter’s residence property on the north, next to C. T. Buchanan’s home. The price paid was $1000 but the lot has many improvements including a barn, well, sidewalk, water and sewer. It is Mr. Moore’s intention to build upon his property in the spring and Shakopee friends are rejoiced to learn that the Moore family will return here to make their permanent home.

Oct. 15, 1915

Geo. F. Rachel of Elysian, Minn., and Albert Rachel of Shakopee have purchased the dray line of Geo. J. Huth & Son and took over the business last Monday morning. Prompt service will be the new firm’s chief endeavor. Geo. F. Rachel is at present conducting a general merchandise business at Elysian, Minn. He informed the Argus that he expects to close out his business there and later on come to Shakopee to assume active operations with his brother Albert and perhaps put on another team next spring. The latter has moved from Fourth street to the Wm. Schultz place recently occupied by Henry Abeln.

Miss Kate Yost invites the ladies of Shakopee and vicinity to call and inspect her fine stock of new and up-to-date millinery. Tailored and pattern hats; also a full line of children’s and misses headgear in the best models.

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Pond and Rev. and Mrs. J. S. Thompson spent Wednesday and yesterday at a meeting of the Presbyterian Synod in Minneapolis and also at the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the First Presbyterian church. Mr. Pond’s father, the late Rev. S. W. Pond, was a charter member of the church. Mrs. Sherman Turner went down also as a delegate from the local society to the Women’s Synodical Missionary meeting.

Oct. 22, 1915

An important real estate deal was made Monday when J. A. Ring bought of Jos. Conter the Conter House on Second street, consideration $5000. Mr. Ring states that it is his intention to remodel the house into a first class hotel with steam heat, electric lights and water, the improvements to cost between $5,000 and $10,000. A garage will also be added. Time was when the Conter House was the leading hostelry of the city and if Mr. Ring’s present plans are carried out, Shakopee will have as comfortable and modern a hotel for its size as may be found in the Minnesota valley.

Peter Mergens and friends, Dr. N. H. Greenman of Fairmount, N. D., and W. C. Moulton of St. Paul, editor of the Northwestern Druggist, arrived Thursday of last week, the former to spend a week or more with relatives. The two latter had heard such flattering accounts of Mudcura Sanitarium and the curative effect of its baths that they were anxious to inspect the institution and accordingly availed themselves of the opportunity during a brief sojourn in the city.

Atty. J. J. Moriarty will go to St. Patrick to speak this evening at a meeting on the subject “American Citizenship.”

Leo Berens, Chas. Koeper, August Koeper, J. H. Ring, Jud Holman, and A. J. Mayer departed Wednesday on a “homeseekers excursion” to Minot to look at land in that vicinity.

O. H. Griffith this week sold his residence property to George Theis of Marystown who will move here next spring. The price paid was $2300. Mr. Griffith will build another residence for himself and continue to make Shakopee his home.

For Sale—Corn by the acre just east of the Valley Cemetery. Thos. Condon.

For Sale—8 room brick house and 2 1-2 lots, barn and 300 barrel cistern, located 1 block west of German Catholic church. Enquire of Miss Kate Kolbach, Shakopee, Minn.

Oct. 29, 1915

Miss Gertrude Hirscher, the popular clerk at the Palace confectionery, has resigned her position and will remain at home during the winter.

Chas. J. Hartmann wants your veal and poultry and will pay the highest market price for it. Before you sell see him or phone 51.

A boy’s cooking class was organized Wednesday. Miss Timberlake will teach them mostly camp cooking and an interesting time is anticipated by the boys.

We are pleased to report that J. M. Spindler is able to get down town again after a serious attack of lumbago that confined him to his home for six weeks.

Special Brick Ice Cream every Sunday at the Palace Ice Cream Parlor. Leave your orders.

Nov. 5, 1915

The biggest shipment of honey that has ever gone out of Shakopee to the writer’s knowledge was taken to Minneapolis Monday by Herman Klingelhutz of Chanhassen with his motor truck. The shipment was made by Thos. G. Notermanns and weighed a little over two tons of No. 1. honey. Mr. Notermanns’ hobby is bee-keeping and he finds keen enjoyment as well as excellent profit in his employment. Monday’s shipment contained only his best grade of honey in the comb and he still has a considerable quantity left. Mr. Notermanns is the father of our local meat market proprietor and moved here recently from Red Lake county bringing his bees with him.

When the farmer sells his grain or stock, deposits his money in this bank and pays his bills by check, he doesn’t have to pay the bill the second time. He has a record and receipt. Security State Bank of Shakopee.

Fresh walnuts at the Auto Lunch Parlor.

Miss Bertha and Joe Strunk entertained at a delightful Hallowe’en party Friday evening at their house. The spacious rooms were elaborately decorated with black cats, witches, Halloween streamers and shaded lights, and black bats and ghosts greeted the guests as they arrived. Fifty invitations had been issued and Halloween sports and games made the evening a merry one. In a “shadow” game first prizes were won by Miss Isabel Thiem and George Schneiderhan and foot prizes by Miss Laura Schwartz and George Dellwo. Partners were drawn for supper and witch caps were worn by the guests, supper being served in the dining room, which was lighted by red tapers used as table decorations, together with witches. The guests departed at one o’clock, unanimous in declaring the evening one of the merriest they had enjoyed, and voting their host and hostess most hospitable entertainers.

Nov. 12, 1915

Excavation was begun Monday for a new house to be built by O. H. Griffith on his lot adjoining Mrs. Vogel’s property on Third street. Mr. Griffith’s new home will be in bungalow style finished in stucco and 22 x 28 feet in dimension. The house is to be modern and will be ready to move into by April 1st when Mr. Griffith’s lease on his present home expires.

Through the efforts of a cousin at New Ulm Nick Kaup has received from the State Game Commission a pair of deer which he will keep as pets on his farm in Eagle Creek. The animals arrived Tuesday from New Ulm and have attracted a great deal of attention.

Theo Veiht, jr., of Merriam Park and George Annen of Minneapolis came up on their motorcycles for a home visit Sunday but were compelled to return by train because of the heavy rainfall.

Nov. 19, 1915

For Sale—Just one more fine building lot located on Pleasant Hill—sewer connections, sidewalk, apple and plum trees and all kinds of small berries on the lot. Enquire of Aug. Scherkenbach, Shakopee.

Henry Gey and Ed Dunkie, residing between Blakeley and Henderson, bought John Ries’s saloon Tuesday and it is rumored they will conduct the place.

Harry C. Mertz, who has been the efficient foreman of the Argus for the past five years, severed his relationship last Saturday to open a job office in the west portion of the Reis building. His place on the Argus force will be filled by N. M. Meyer formerly with Brown & Bigelow at St. Paul.

We are pleased to announce that J. M. Spindler will not discontinue his general merchandise store but has decided to remain in the business.

For Sale—Just one more fine building lot located on Pleasant Hill—sewer connections, sidewalk, apple and plum trees and all kinds of small berries on the lot. Enquire of Aug. Scherkenbach, Shakopee.

Nov. 26, 1915

John Niedenfuer has accepted a position as barber in Peter Huth’s shop and began work Monday.

The sewing class has started work on Christmas presents and there seems to be an air of secrecy wherever one goes.


High School Corn Show Scores Success

The Second Annual Corn Show of the Shakopee high school was held Saturday, November 20th, at the high school building and was attended with good success.

Two hundred and six entries were made, as compared with 80 last year, the large increase being very gratifying to the instructors who have labored to make the Corn Show a leading event of the school year…

Dec. 3, 1915

George Dellwo, the enterprising young proprietor of the Shakopee Creamery, has sold his ice cream business to Matt Langenfield of the Belle Plaine creamery. The latter will probably move the manufacturing plant to Belle Plaine but will continue to supply the local trade, using the Shakopee creamery as a storage plant.

Shakopee To Have More Electric Power. While the General Electric Company has furnished Shakopee with sufficient electric power for all ordinary purposes, it has decided to increase it by bringing to us almost triple the amount of electric energy supplied now. This additional power will be transmitted from the company’s power station located at Coon Rapids, the power furnished us from the Minneapolis station remaining as before. In order to care for this new and very much improved condition the company will erect a sub-station, 16×18 feet, immediately across the bridge from Shakopee. This arrangement is admitted to be of great advantage to Shakopee not only from the fact that it gives it so much more additional electric power, but also because it gives it two distinct and separate transmission lines, so that if perchance for some unlooked-for cause one of the lines became temporarily disabled, it could call upon the other, and the city’s service would go on uninterrupted. Shakopee is grateful for this superior and substantial advantage. The city’s power rates are as low as the lowest and its commercial lighting costs but eight cents per kilowatt hour.

Phone Company Sells. Wednesday, December 1st, the Farmers & Merchants Telephone Company, which had been operating an exchange in Shakopee and several rural lines out of Shakopee since 1904, retired from business, it having sold its telephone property, its right of franchise and its good will to The Shakopee Telephone Company.

The H. C. Mertz Printing co. has opened for business in the Reis block on First street, Shakopee, Minn. All new stock and type—the very latest. Job work done neatly and with dispatch. Give us a trial. Tel. 228.

Henry Zarth has purchased lots 6 and 7 in block 44, the two northeast lots in the block in which Dist. No. 41 schoolhouse is located. The price paid was $350.

Dec. 10, 1915

Public Library Hours. Work in cataloguing the school and public library is progressing steadily. The librarian, Miss Schulz, works overtime daily in an effort to get the books into circulation as soon as possible. The fiction of the library is now ready for use, and any resident of Shakopee desiring to draw out books of this class may now do so by securing a library card, which may be had upon application to the librarian. The library is open every afternoon, except Saturday and Sunday, from 1 until 2 p.m., and from 3:30 until 5 p.m. The librarian is in her office from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., also, at which time books may be exchanged, and cards procured. The library room is on the second floor of the high school building and is reached by going up the main stairway at the rear of the building. The public is invited to make the fullest use possible of the books now at their disposal.

Theo. Stelten is making a special effort to attract the winter consumers of ice cream and has made arrangements for, as he says, the best grade of ice cream made. He will carry a special line of three layer and three flavor brick ice cream all winter. See his advertisement elsewhere in this issue.

Tuesday last Ed F. Thiede purchased of his father, H. J. Thiede, the corner lot adjoining the latter’s residence property. The price paid was $1000. It is Mr. Thiede’s intention to build a modern residence in the spring.

Notice. All parties knowing themselves indebted to me for gravel taken from my pit are requested to settle at once; especially those who have taken same without my consent. Yours, J. A. Ring.

Jud Holman has sold the Riddell farm to Thos. Notermann. Consideration $1400.

S. O. Miller of New Market, who was in town attending the annual meeting of the Scott County Agricultural society, and W. S. Newgard returned Wednesday from an extended northern Minnesota trip with the latter’s jitney. The gentlemen stoutly aver that “Moriarty’s road,” between Shakopee and the Bloomington bridge, is the best made.

Dec. 17, 1915

Christmas exercise will be held on Christmas eve at both the Presbyterian and German Lutheran churches, with trees and programs for the entertainment of children especially. A cordial invitation is extended to the public to attend.

A series of agricultural meetings have been in progress in the rural school districts of the vicinity this week. Supt. F. B. Harrington and Profs. H. L. Borst of Shakopee high and Springer of the agricultural college conducted the sessions which were held in the Huber district, at Marystown, Eden Prairie, and will be held in Carver county this evening.

Dec. 24, 1915

Supt. George and workmen have been getting the ice skating rink in condition and unless bad weather interferes hope to have it in readiness for Christmas day.

We are now handling Lanthrop-Kemps delicious Ice Cream. It is considered the best and costs me more but I want the best because it will please you. Auto Lunch Parlor, Theo. Stelten, Prop.

Dec. 31, 1915

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Brown of New York, the latter formerly Miss Mamie DeMers of this city, are spending the holidays with their children at the George DeMers home. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are on the vaudeville stage under the name of Larry Moylan & Co. and gave a clever entertainment at the Gem theatre Monday evening. For the past two and one-half years they have appeared in a card manipulating act on one of the largest circuits in the east, and are now booked for a year in the middle west. Mr. Brown is known as “The Dublin Trickster” and is ably assisted by his wife, who appears with him as an Irish colleen. The dialogue accompanying the act is given in Irish dialect and affords much genuine entertainment. Mr. and Mrs. Brown were booked to appear last week at the Princess theatre in St. Paul and the New Grand in Minneapolis, but cancelled the engagements to spend the Christmas season with their family. They expect to leave again Sunday probably for Chicago. The Christmas number of “Vaudeville,” a magazine published at Chicago and devoted to the stage and the acting profession, contains a lengthy and interesting article upon “Magic,” contributed by Mr. Brown.

Sickness is very prevalent and a large number of our townspeople are victims of the grip.

Wanted—Second cutting clover and timothy or some corn fodder. Write or phone 7-G. John Kopisca, Shakopee, Minn. Route 1.

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