Remember When: 1916 (Scott County Argus)

From the Scott County Argus

Jan. 7, 1916

On Wednesday John F. Unze bought of George Kopp the shop occupied by the former in his blacksmithing business and a part of the adjoining lot giving him a roadway to the alley. The price paid was $2200.

Jacob Ries Bottling Works, Inc., remembered their friends and patrons with handsome New Year greetings and little desk calendars, which the recipients appreciate for their beauty and usefulness. The Argus extends thanks for one of the pretty reminders of the season.

Fire which was discovered in a clothes closet at the Geo. Kopp home about 7:30 o’clock Wednesday evening, destroyed a large quantity of clothing and did considerable damage to the home before it was put out. The blaze started from an electric light wire from which the insulation had worn off. Mr. and Mrs. Kopp lost all their clothing and the greater part of the wardrobe of the younger children was destroyed. The fire is thought to have burned for a long time before its discovery, and it is very fortunate for the family that it did not occur at a later hour or the consequences might have proved disastrous. Damages are estimated to be from $300 to $350.

Jan. 14, 1916

Two new Traveling libraries will be received at the local public library the latter part of this week.

Mrs. Catherine Clemens, who was in so critical a condition that her life was despaired of, is so far recovered that she was able to sit up Wednesday for the first time since her illness. Her recovery is considered remarkable inasmuch as the aged lady passed her 90th birthday anniversary November last.

Jan. 21, 1916

High School Notes. The grades are beginning their work in weaving baskets.

Mr. Ryan reports that his farm of 500 acres east of town has been sold to M. Wilson of Iowa who will be here in about two weeks to take possession. Mr. Ryan will hold an auction at the farm next Tuesday. He has also an offer on his farm across the river and expects to close the deal, the buyer being a resident of South Dakota.

Jan. 28, 1916

J. B. Heller has finished putting up ice for Ries’ Bottling Works and Hamm’s Brewing Co. and is now gathering his own harvest. He reports the ice fairly good quality but not as clear as last year’s crop.

Lee Gelhaye has bought out Bray & Dumkie’s saloon and will conduct it for himself.

Miss Martha Boldt, one of Shakopee’s fair maidens, has been entered as a candidate for “Carnival Queen” honors in the contest at St. Paul’s big winter sports carnival. The Argus hopes to chronicle Miss Martha’s success as the winning candidate and her many Shakopee friends will rally to her support in the contest.

Extend Daniel Boone Trail. Mayor Moriarty is in receipt of a communication from J. B. McHose, president of the Daniel Boone Trail association, stating that a meeting of the association will be held at Moberly, Mo,., on February 2nd, for the purpose of extending the trail south from Des Moines, Iowa, to St. Louis, Mo. This will make the Daniel Boone trail the great national north and south highway, and when the spring autoing opens up tourists will find a well defined blazed trail by proper “Daniel Boone” signs from St. Louis, Mo., through Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Mankato and Shakopee to the Twin Cities. The mayor was invited to address the convention upon the subject of “good roads,” but owing to a pressure of business will be unable to attend.

Feb. 4, 1916

Wireless Station is Erected by Amateurs. Presumably only a few of our local readers are aware of the fact that Shakopee is in touch with other points by means of a wireless station, but such, however, is the case. Joseph O’Connor and Charlie Holman, two of our enterprising young Americans, are the owners and operators of the system which they installed at the Jud Holman home a couple of weeks ago. The boys are working diligently every spare moment to perfect their apparatus and are not only deeply interested but find much profitable entertainment in their experiments. Their present station was constructed with the idea of receiving messages only from St. Paul and Minneapolis, but the young operators have also been successful in taking Duluth on one or two occasions…

With a crash that startled the neighborhood, the roof over the center driveway in the H. Simons’ lumber yard, caved in Saturday morning and fell, scattering debris in all directions. Fortunately no person was in the yard at the time and no one sustained injury. The accident is attributed to weakened supports and the heavy fall of snow on the preceding day and night undoubtedly caused them to give away.

John Pauly of Marystown was a caller at the Argus office Monday and informs us that Ed Pribyl of Maple Lake has bought his farm and will arrive about the first of March to take possession. Mr. Pauly and family will move to Watkins, Stearns county, where he has purchased a farm.

Feb. 11, 1916

August Timmerman was a caller at the Argus office Monday and informs us that as soon as spring opens up he will build a barn, 30×60 feet in dimension, and a 14×30 ft. silo. Wm. Diedrich will do the carpenter work.

J. B. Heller finished putting up ice Wednesday, the total harvest amounting to about 16,000 blocks he tells the Argus reporter.


Shakopee Bakery. Joseph Ploumen, Prop. Both Phones. We take pride in baking a superior quality of….Breads and Cookies, Doughnuts. Fancy Baking such as wedding cakes and all other kinds of cakes and pastry furnished to order.

We also handle different kind of flour. Deliveries are made to any part of the city.

Feb. 18, 1916

At the age of 52 years August Gelhaye claims the distinction of starting to cut what may prove to be his third set of teeth. At any rate Mr. Gelhaye tells the Argus that when he was 29 years of age he had a front tooth extracted by a dentist and was greatly surprised to discover the other day that a new tooth is growing where the incisor was removed. Mr. Gelhaye states positively that he knows it to be the third tooth cut and thinks it is a good indication of his always sturdy constitution and a possible starter of a new set of teeth.

The saloon purchased a couple of weeks ago by Lee Gelhaye has been sold to Joe Stradcutter of Belle Plaine, who took possession Monday.

Mrs. Gertrude Berens announces that she will receive orders for sewing.

J. H. Doyle, manager for the Shakopee Farmers Shipping association, took a car of mixed stock to St. Paul yesterday.

Feb. 25, 1916

While Francis Condon was driving through town Sunday his horse became frightened at a passing train at the city hall corner, broke the bit and indulged in a runaway down First street. Finding himself unable to cope with the situation Francis jumped from the cutter and let the horse pursue its own way. The animal was captured after a brisk run down First street with no damages resulting.

Members of the dancing class, finding a surplus in the treasury at the close of the series of lessons, decided to give a dance this evening at the opera house as a finale to the classes. Signers for the course and ladies will be admitted free of charge; all others at the regular price of admission, fifty cents. The Mandolin orchestra will furnish music and the public is invited to attend.

F. C. Hinds, who is interested in the photoplay field, is the author of a play entitled “Innocent” which is being shown this week as a vaudeville feature at the Empress theatre, Minneapolis. Fred sold the play to a film company and it is being produced in vaudeville to give the general public an idea of how a moving picture play is filmed in a studio. The Photodrama magazine, of which Fred is editor, is meeting with very good success and has received much favorable comment from contemporaries and motion picture producers.

March 3, 1916

Val Hoffman and Ben Nieters have sold their dray line to John Stephanie and John Massong, the latter firm taking charge of the business Monday last.

General Shields Trail. The General Shields trail is a new road to be designated at a meeting called by Mayor Moriarty for next Thursday, March 9, at New Prague. The mayor in his call has asked the municipal authorities of the following named cities to send representatives to the meeting: Minneapolis, Hopkins, Shakopee, Jordan, New Prague, Montgomery, Kilkenny, Waterville, Waseca, New Richland and Albert Lea. This proposed trail, with but few exceptions, is already built and the chief purpose of the meeting is to officially designate it and to provide for the proper blazing of the same.

John Thiem attended a state skat tournament at Minneapolis Sunday in which 225 players participated.

Volkert & Jansen opened their new meat market Wednesday at the Jos. Ries old place and have a fine looking shop.

March 10, 1916

Manager Dawson of the Gem has been giving some very good shows and that his enterprise is providing them for his patrons is appreciated is attested by capacity house at the specials.

Mike Huss sold his residence property on Lewis and Sixth streets to Henry Sand for $2400 this week and immediately closed a deal with Jos. N. Conter for the Conter House on Second street, paying $3500. Electric lights, heat and water systems will be installed in the hotel as soon as possible and Mr. and Mrs. Huss hope to have the building in readiness to take possession of in May. Mr. Sand sold the south half of the former Huss property to Jos. Adams for $500, and the latter will build a bungalow as soon as spring opens up.

March 17, 1916

Frank Boehmer has sold his house and lot on Third street to C. C. Grosshauser who expects to move to town and build a new residence. The purchase price of the property was $1150.

H. B. Cole tells us that he saw six ducks flying up river Tuesday—a sure indication that spring is near.

March 24, 1916

We understand that the ladies of the Home Economics club have taken up the proposition of providing a ladies’ rest room in Shakopee for the comfort and convenience of our country women, who, after doing their shopping in the stores, would have some restful place to sojourn while waiting for their men folks to finish the transaction of any business they might be about. There is no question but that such an undertaking is a most commendable one, and should the movement result in the attainment and materialization of the object so urgently sought a long felt want shall have been supplied and something really worth while shall have been accomplished; some thing that will not only be enjoyed and appreciated but which will surely insure to the material welfare of our city’s best interests. At any rate the proposition should receive careful and serious consideration and we doubt not that it will.

Fred Spindler, at the mill, reports that the Minnesota river is coming up at the rate of one-half inch an hour and has risen during the past week about eight feet. The ice is still solid except in a few spots along the edge where the river is fed by springs. High water is thought to be a certainty this spring, particularly if heavy rains occur.

The Liberty club has purchased new articles of furniture for their club rooms from the proceeds of the dance recently given by the boys.

Matt and John Thill of Merriam Junction have moved onto the Wm. Ryan farm of 240 acres which they have leased for a term of five years.

George Dellwo this week put in a new boiler at the creamery for the purpose of supplying steam necessary in the operation of the plant, although he will continue to use electricity as the motive power for machinery.

March 31, 1916

High water is the cause of cutting off the electric light current intermittently from Minneapolis and we are now from time to time receiving service by way of the secondary system from Coon Rapid thru Chaska, thus demonstrating the wisdom of providing two sources of supply for the city.

FOR SALE—Hotel and rooming house all modern. 14 well furnished rooms, doing good business; must sell on account of sickness; also 6-room house and lot on First street. Address St. Paul Hotel, Shakopee, Minn., Box 63.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ries have moved into the house vacated by R. J. Buchanan.

Frank Boehmer has bought from Mrs. Mary Cargill the lot east of her residence on Third street and will at once erect a cottage for himself.

FOR SALE—Residence of Mrs. Elizabeth Marx, in Shakopee. Large, ten room brick house, well built and in fine condition, with one or two sixty foot lots. One of the best residence corners in the city. Price reasonable. Inquire of Harry A. Marx.

April 7, 1916

The hotel property recently purchased by Mr. and Mrs. M. Huss is being remodeled and renovated as fast as the work can be done and the new owners hope to have the place in readiness to open to the public May first. Peter Paul is doing the painting and papering, Jos. Fischer the cement work, Henry Mergens has the contract for plumbing and the heating plant and Richard Wise completed the wiring for electric lights yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. Huss are expending a large sum on the building and intend to give Shakopee a first class hotel which will fill a long felt want in our city.

High water having rendered travel to the north impossible except by boat, Dr. H. P. Fischer, with his usual enterprise, has purchased a motor boat which is being used to transport passengers, mail and provisions to and from Mudcura sanitarium until the Minnesota river shall have receded into its bounds.

Contractor M. J. Mergens, who is working on the Bloomington road, had a carload of horses shipped here Tuesday from St. Paul to be used in the work.

Theodore Veiht has purchased the residence of Frank Buch on First street adjacent to Dr. Reiter’s home for $2000. Mr. and Mrs. Veiht will remain on their farm until fall and then move to Shakopee to reside permanently.

April 14, 1916

J. H. Moore and family were down from Wells to visit at the H. Hentges home over the weekend while consulting with Architect Peter Linhoff of St. Paul in regard to plans for the new home which Mr. Moore will build this spring on Lewis street.

Proprietor John Heinen of the Palace confectionery this week installed a very fine front bar to replace the one formerly in use at his soda fountain. The new bar is eight feet long with a base of Tennessee marble. The woodwork is of mahogany surmounted by an Italian marble top, and the whole makes a handsome piece of furniture which greatly improves the interior of the store. As further improvement the fountain will be refinished to match the bar and patrons of the Palace are extending compliments to Mr. Heinen on the inviting appearance the fountain and ice cream parlors present.

April 21, 1916

Invitations are out for a Leap Year ball to be given at the opera house, April 28, under the auspices of the Lafalot club. The event is not a public dance and admission is by invitation only. Refreshments will be served in the hall. Balme’s orchestra of Minneapolis will furnish music and a very pleasant time is looked forward to.

Dr. F. H. Buck has purchased the home recently built by O. H. Griffith on Third street adjoining Mrs. M. H. Fitzpatrick’s property and now Mr. Griffith will erect another residence on the lot between Dr. Buck’s and Mrs. Vogel’s homes. A barn is already in course of construction by Prof. O’Brien’s class of boys in manual training.

Chas. Kaley is building a new home on his property formerly owned by Jos. Osterfelt on Fourth street.

The Schroeder Brick & Lime company are shipping quantities of brick to points throughout the northwest.

April 28, 1916

Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Huss have moved into their recently purchased hotel building, the former Conter House, which has been undergoing transformation at the hands of paperhangers, plumbers and painters for several weeks past. The hotel will be known as the Pelham and fills a long-felt want in Shakopee, for Mr. and Mrs. Huss aim to give their best service to patrons and are now so housed as to be able to do so. Modern equipment and its fresh dress of paint and paper throughout have worked wonders in the interior appearance of the hotel and other improvements will follow as soon as the new proprietors can accomplish them. Mrs. Huss’ culinary skill is far-famed among the traveling fraternity and with the facilities afforded by the new hostelry for the accommodation of the traveling public the new Pelham is expected to prove a most profitable and prosperous investment by all who have witnessed its rehabilitation.

The pupils of Independent District No. 1 will hold a May festival and pageant at Riverside Park Monday afternoon, May 1st. In the evening an entertainment will be given at the opera house. The public is cordially invited.

A. L. Hurr was the fortunate patron to get the Easter ham given away by Volkert & Jansen.

May 5, 1916

Richard J. Wise announces that he has opened the Shakopee Electrical Supply Store and has a full supply of electrical goods now on sale. For cash contracts on all houses wired by him a fine electric iron will be given as a premium. For bargains on electrical supplies call and see him at the store on First street. Satisfaction guaranteed.

An important business transfer was the sale Thursday of last week of J. M. Spindler’s general store to E. G. Dahl of Van Hook, N. D. The new proprietor has been manager of a store at the latter place for a number of years and has fifteen years’ experience in the mercantile business. He will move his family here in about six weeks. Mr. Spindler decided to retire from his store business in order to devote his entire time to his favorite occupation of raising chickens and farming on a small scale. He will build immediately on his lots south of town and is looking forward expectantly to out-of-door work after many years spent in mercantile trade in this city. His announcement to the public appears elsewhere. Miss Anna Kreuser will assist Mr. Dahl in the store.

August Timmermann has bought the house of the late Mrs. Anna Fewer for $250 and will handle lumber on the site if his present plants mature successfully.

Mayor J. J. Moriarty’s handsome new Studebaker car was received last week and Mr. Moriarty was out for a spin Sunday to master the intricacies of the machine under Walter Schoch’s capable instruction.

Lester Brown arrived home Tuesday from Albert Lea, and in partnership with his brother Harold, has opened an auto livery and garage under the firm name of Brown Auto Service Co. Their ad can be seen elsewhere in the Argus.

A real estate deal yesterday was the purchase by Paul Moennens of Peter Kaup’s 80 acre farm in Eagle Creek for $7000. Mr. Kaup immediately closed a deal with Frank Buch for the latter’s residence property now occupied by A. R. Tabbert. The price paid was $2400. Mr. Kaup will take possession of his new home in the fall.

May 12, 1916

A veritable bargain festival at Bookstaff’s grand opening sale tomorrow. See window display.

Another Business Change. Thiede & Miller, general merchants, in business here for a number of years past, sold their stock of general merchandise Wednesday to J. S. Bredahl of River falls, Wis., who expects to take possession on or before the 1st of June. See their announcement elsewhere of a special reduction sale.

James O’Rourke sold the south acre of his two acre plot west of Wm. Lynch’s property to Al Tiedt for $500. The latter will build a home in the near future.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brouillette have rented the home vacated by George Reilly and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Plumstead will move into the former Brouillette home this week.

May 19, 1916

Committee Meets Hennepin Co. Board. In accordance with a resolution passed at the mass meeting held in this city for the purpose of devising ways and means for the construction of what is known as Lovers Lane, the committee appointed, consisting of Mayor Moriarty, Judge Weiland, and Councilman Linhoff, conferred with the Board of County Commissioners of Hennepin at their regular session on Monday. The entire proposition was carefully considered by the county board and a resolution passed providing for the county commissioners of Hennepin county to meet the City Council of the City of Shakopee on Tuesday of next week to agree on some definite plan of action. The committee reports that Minneapolis and Hennepin County is very enthusiastic over this movement on the part of Shakopee, and has promised liberal aid, a more complete statement of which we can make in our next issue.

The Schroeder brickyard opened last week for the season. The work was delayed longer than usual this year on account of cold weather.

May 26, 1916

While tearing down the porch in front of his hostel building Tuesday Adam Flecken fell thru the roof, striking on his back on the cement sidewalk and sustaining painful bruises. His spine was hurt, and he will be confined to his bed for some time to come, but fortunately his injuries are not of a permanent nature and no bones were broken.

Fredrick C. Hinds is at home from Minneapolis for a sojourn of two months before his return to that city to enter upon a larger field in his chosen work of motion picture playwriting and editing. The “Photodrama”, a trade magazine promoted and brought to success by him, has consolidated with “Amusements” and the Amusement Publishing Company will put out a newspaper for the motion picture public and have secured Fred’s services as managing editor. The latter has received some very flattering notices on his work and a recent article written by him on “Local Censorship—Why?” created a great deal of comment in northwestern motion picture circles and was reprinted by leading motion picture publications. Fred expects to do considerable writing during his vacation but his real work will begin in August, in preparation of the initial number of the new magazine which will appear September first, with a circulation of 35,000. His many friends in Shakopee will be pleased to note his success, as he has the distinction of being the youngest editor of any motion picture publication.

June 2, 1916

New telephones recently installed are Jansen & Volkert’s meat market, 100, and Chas. Plumstead’s residence 72C.

A spark from the chimney set fire to the roof of G. W. Kinsey’s home just at noon on Memorial day and the new chemical truck was given its initial run. Fortunately it was not needed as a neighborhood bucket brigade had succeeded in extinguishing the fire before the arrival of the fire department and the excitement was all over in a few minutes.

June 9, 1916

Children’s day exercises will take the place of the usual morning service at the Presbyterian church next Sunday.

John Gentgen has moved his barbershop in the Southworth block into the corner room on the first floor formerly occupied by Messrs. Southworth as their law office. Atty. W. N. Southworth now has an office upstairs and his father, Atty. E. Southworth, has established his office at his residence on Third street.

Leo Huth has resigned his positon with the Hamm Brewing company and has gone into the produce business for himself. He will handle poultry and eggs exclusively for a time but expects to extend his business to other branches later. Mr. Huth has the advantage of a wide acquaintance thruout all the adjacent territory that will greatly facilitate the establishment of his new venture on a permanent basis, and his well known business integrity is a factor that insures him his full share of trade.

Frank Boehmer is excavating for his new residence which he will build west of the residence property of Mrs. Nick Annen.

Dr. and Mrs. F. H. Buck are moving into their new home on Third street this week and Rev. and Mrs. T. S. Thompson will occupy their former home.

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Murphy are expected to arrive here Sunday from Pinckneyville, Ill., to make their permanent home.

Vincent Berens arrived home Tuesday from Chicago where he is studying dentistry at the University of Illinois, and will spend the summer here.

June 16, 1916

Scott county has eight creameries that made 881,965 pounds of butter during the past year for which the patrons were paid $210,107.70 according to information furnished by J. J. Farrell, state dairy and food commissioner.

Miss Bertha Hurr graduated Wednesday from Macalester college, St. Paul. Miss Hurr was an honor student, ranking third in a class of fifty-six, the largest class in the history of the institution. Those who went from here to attend the commencement exercises at Central Presbyterian church were A. L. Hurr and family, Misses Clara Kirkeby, Maude Dean, Grace Griffith and Mary Evans; also Miss Sopha Cherveny of Hopkins.

The steamboat Oronoco, belonging to Drs. Mayo, made a trip up the river Sunday but carried no passengers.

Read D. A. Bookstaff’s offer of a child’s auto truck for coupons and call at the store and see the truck. It’s a beauty.

Dr. P. M. Fischer has purchased a handsome new seven passenger Studebaker automobile which he will use as a family car and also an ambulance for his hospital.

June 23, 1916

L. E. Dawson has sold his moving picture business to Frank Viegel of St. James, the change to take effect July 1st. Mr. Dawson retains possession of the opera house block and will continue to make Shakopee his home. He has given the city the best pictures ever shown here and his patrons are sorry to see him retire.

John Corbett of Bathgate, N. D., who is taking treatments at Mudbaden, was in town Thursday of last week for his first visit in thirty-seven years. Mr. Corbett is a native son of Shakopee and will be remembered by many of our older residers. He was a guest of his uncle James McKown, and is expected to return here for another sojourn before departing for this home.

Building Operations. The erection of new residence buildings in Shakopee for the season of 1916 goes merrily and rapidly forward. Dr. F. H. Buck and family are already domiciled in their commodious eight room home of stucco construction located on Third street next to Fitzpatrick’s, Wm. Gruett, contractor. Chas. Kaley is putting the finishing touches on his seven room stucco building located on lower Fourth street, Herman and Frank Boehmer contractors; Henry Zarth will soon have his handsome seven room frame bungalow situated on upper Third street in the block west of Col. G. L. Nye’s residence, Wm. Gruett contractor, ready for the plasterer; John Adams’ six room frame cottage located on Lewis street opposite Judge Weiland’s is now under roof, J. T. Kreuser contractor; Thomas Notermans will soon have his four room cottage ready for occupancy, J. T. Kreuser contractor; Frank Boehmer has completed the foundation for his seven room cottage located on Third street next to Mrs. Cargill’s; John H. Moore has a force of men under the supervision of J. P. Kreuser at work excavating for his modern six room bungalow and bath located on Lewis street next to Aug. Scherkenbach’s residence; and C. T. Buchanan is having plans made for a cottage we understand he expects to erect on his lot between his present home and L. D. Nye’s. So that it will be seen that building operations in our little city for 1916 have a very good start. The reason is that Shakopee is a most desirous and advantageous residence location.

June 30, 1916

At a meeting of the Auto club Wednesday evening it was decided the club will entertain the children of the city on a tour some afternoon to be agreed upon by the touring committee of which G. L. Nye is chairman. The idea will be hailed with delight by the youngsters and the thoughtfulness of the club members in providing the entertainment for them is appreciated by everyone. It will be recalled that the Auto club also kindly furnished cars for the use of the G. A. R. veterans in the observance of Memorial Day ceremonials.

J. G. Ries has traded his building on Lewis street occupied by Volkert & Jansen for land at Thief River Falls. Mr. Ries was absent all of last week looking over land in that vicinity.

A. J. Munro has purchased of James O’Rourke, the lot west of the former’s residence, for $385. Mr. Munro plans to build at some future time.

Eagle Creek. G. F. Huber delivered a new Mogul 16 horse power tractor engine made by the International Co., which the Huber brothers purchased of James Lyons of Prior Lake. It is the first tractor to be used in this locality, and the boys are to be congratulated upon their method of up-to-date farming.

Wm. J. Thiede is improving his residence with a large cement floor porch and an addition containing a bedroom, bath and clothes closet. He will also install waterwords and sewer in his home as soon as the building is completed.

Yellow Ticket sale now on; continues until July 5th at E. G. Dahl’s. Big bargains. Don’t miss them.

Ladies, it’s impossible to celebrate the 4th of July unless you wear one those sport skirts of Middy Blouses at M. J. Berens & Son store.

July 7, 1916

Leo Huth has accepted the position with Hamm’s Brewing company at Park Falls, Wis., left vacant by the death of M. J. Ring, and will leave tomorrow to enter upon his duties immediately. Mrs. Huth will follow him in about two weeks or as soon as their household effects can be packed.

See Chas. J. Cassellius for all kinds of cement work. All work satisfactorily done. Call Tel. 178.

Jos. Huth sold the west 40 acres of his farm at Reilly’s lake to Max Vogel.

The steamboat Purchase and barge Twin City came up the river Sunday with a party of excursionists from St. Paul.

The Minnesota Stove company distributed patriotic souvenirs on July 4th advertising the company’s excellent stoves.

C. T. Weiland, L. D. Nye, Wm. McMullen and Walter Schoch witnessed the inter-continent auto races at the Snelling Speedway, July 4th.

July 14, 1916

Children’s Automobile Ride. The Shakopee Automobile Club will give a free ride to all children in Shakopee who have no family car on Monday evening, July 17th. All children wishing to go will meet at High School grounds at 5 P. M. Trip will be made to Spring Lake, where 20 minutes will be spent, from there to Prior Lake and home via Grainwood, trip to take one and one-half hour. This is notice to club members and others having cars to have your car ready at hour stated and give the children an outing. Touring Committee.

Eagle Creek. The dance held recently in the new barn on the Hattenberger farm was largely attended, and a most enjoyable evening was spent. Balme’s orchestra of Minneapolis furnished excellent music. The hall was artistically decorated and a delicious buffet luncheon was served at midnight. A jolly time was also had there on the eve of the Fourth and the time spent delightfully at dancing, Miss Cora Huber and brothers Elmer and Hubert rendered a number of inspiring selections for the merrymakers.

John McMullen has installed a new gasoline pump at his hardware store to supply the needs of motorists and others.

The Waconia band accompanied by a large number of citizens in automobiles visited our city Sunday afternoon and gave a band concert on Bridge Square to advertise a coming big band tournament at Waconia, July 30th.

July 21, 1916

More interest is being taken in Shakopee baseball this year than for several years past. First and primarily because the boys are playing good ball; second, because they have entered the State Fair Independent Base Ball contest and may be one of the teams selected to fight for the state championship in September. The state has been divided into districts. Our team belongs to the Le Sueur district which comprises the following teams: Shakopee, LeSueur, So. St. Paul, New Prague, Gibbon, Henderson, Le Sueur Center, Montgomery.

Band Concert Popular. The open air concert given by the Cadet band Thursday night of last week at Riverside Park drew a big crowd and the park presented a gala appearance thruout the evening. The music was roundly applauded and the boys were very generous in responding. It is reported that the concerts are to be a feature every Thursday evening and it is safe to say that that particular form of entertainment will prove very popular with the public. Since the park has been lighted and placed under the supervision of B. J. Gellenbeck as park police, who has equipped it with many attractive features, it is a favorite resort on these hot evenings, and many find it an ideal place in which to rest and enjoy the cool breezes from the river that are always to be felt there, no matter what degree of torridity is registered elsewhere by the thermometer.

July 28, 1916

The Shakopee Stove company began work Monday for the season with a force of twelve men which will be augmented later after the work gets under way. Orders now in are being filled at present and the work will begin on a moderate scale. George Riess is foreman and the men employed are the following: Frank Jansen, cupola tender, Wm. Spoerner, John Cavanaugh, Peter Lebens, Jos. Mayer, John McCaffrey, James and Wm. McGovern, Wm. and Herman Duede. Peter Huss is nightwatchman. The company has a sufficient supply of steel and will devote their energies to establishing the market.

For first class cement work see Jos. Fischer. I am also prepared to do plastering, stuccoing and brick work.

Extensive improvements are being made by the Farmers’ Co-operative Elevator Co., at their elevator in East Shakopee. A new office, dump scale, coal shed and hopper bins have been added and 11 in. cups installed capable of handling 1100 bushels of grain per hour. Frank Geiser is the contractor and the work is progressing under the supervision of W. J. Williams of Minneapolis. It will be completed in about a week.

Aug. 4, 1916

O. H. Griffith and family moved into the C. G. Hinds property adjoining Jas. McKown’s home Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Tabbert have moved into the home vacated by Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Wright, who will make their future home in St. Paul.

Mrs. P. J. Schwartz last week joined the ladies who were taking the baths at Mudcura.

“Bud” Mertz, shortstop for the Tigers, must have been dreaming of an unusually exciting game Monday night when he jumped through the second story window at his home, in his sleep, taking screen and all with him in his fall. His mother heard the crash and running into his room and finding it vacant, understood instantly what had happened, as Bud is something of a somnambulist. He was found in a heap on the ground, somewhat jarred, but unhurt except for a badly dislocated first finger which has necessitated wearing his hand in a sling and will keep him out of baseball for awhile. His performance gave his family quite a scare and he is considered very lucky, indeed, to have escaped with so slight an injury.

New poles are being set about town to replace the old ones supporting the electric light wires.

Aug. 11, 1916

L. Christian & Co. have opened the elevator opposite the depot and will buy rye. John Wampach is in charge and the elevator will be open daily.

Miss Agnes Krueger is clerking at the Palace confectionery, Miss Gertrude Hirscher having given up her work.

The steamboat excursion advertised for last Sunday on the Purchase failed to materialize, owing to various reasons. The boat was late in reaching here and it was finally decided to forego the long trip and give a short excursion down the river in the evening. A threatened storm in the early evening kept many from attending but those who took the trip report a pleasant time. The Cadet band furnished music and dancing was enjoyed from nine until shortly after eleven when the boat returned.

Al Tiedt has completed the excavation for his residence and has the lumber on the ground.

J. H. Moore of Wells was in town from Saturday to Monday to look after his new residence which is progressing rapidly towards completion.

Work on Jos. Spindler’s new residence will begin next week. The building is to be a two-story eight room frame house with bath and basement. He will also build a modern chicken coop 20×120 feet, part of it two stories high with a basement.

Aug. 18, 1916

Charles Groshauser will move in the near future from his farm home to Shakopee and will at once begin the erection of a new house on the south corner of his property on east Third street.

Peter Kaup moved into his new home adjoining the E. A. Lundberg property.

Aug. 25, 1916

Henry N. Sand, our local real estate dealer, has donated a cash prize of $83 to be awarded to the prize winner in the wheat exhibit at the coming county fair, as an added inducement to growers to bring in their grain.

Chas. Cassellius and crew of workmen completed 200 yards of cement sidewalk in St. Mark’s parish school grounds last week and this week are putting in a 32 x 35 ft. foundation for Al Tiedt’s bungalow.

Fair Building Going Up Rapidly. The large new fair buildings in course of construction which include large double deck exposition hall and large stock barn are being rapidly brought to completion. While there may not be sufficient time before the opening of the fair to lay the hardwood floor of the main hall or to give the buildings more than one coat of paint, they will be ready for occupancy.

Miss Marie Trieb, who has been central telephone operator for the Shakopee Telephone Company for the past six and a half years, resigned her position and left Tuesday for her home in Hudson, Wis. From there she went yesterday to Bemidji to spend an indefinite time. Miss Marie has been one of the most popular and efficient of the company’s operators and leaves a host of friends who sincerely regret her departure. Her place at the switchboard will be filled by Miss Esther Berens.

Sept. 1, 1916

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bredahl have rented the Wm. Gruett residence and moved in Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Walsh have moved into the Hinds house formerly occupied by Bert Evenson.

The Marx building on First street is undergoing thorough repairs and will be renovated and remodeled into an up-to-date modern building.

The school building in District No. 41 is receiving a coat of stucco and undergoing extensive repairs in preparation for the opening of school next week. Misses Margaret Hirscher and Esther Ring comprise the teaching staff.

Sept. 8, 1916

Auto Stolen on Street During Fair. A brand new six-cylinder five passenger Buick car belonging to Jacob Geis of Marystown was stolen from First street at 8:30 o’clock Saturday evening while crowds of visitors were in town attending the fair…

John Gentgen’s barber shop is undergoing renovation by H. R. Leach, and the new wall paper and fresh paint have greatly improved its appearance.

Sept. 15, 1916

J. F. Walsh Home Destroyed By Fire. Early Monday morning, about 3:15 o’clock, fire of unknown origin destroyed the home of Nicholas Braun which was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Walsh. The fire apparently started near the kitchen entrance and had gained great headway before it was discovered. Mr. Walsh was at Rosemount on business and Mrs. Walsh was alone in the house. She was roused to find the whole roof in flames and escape downstairs by the stairway cut off by dense smoke. Dazed and almost overcome she found her way to the window and called for help. T. J. Nickolay, who resides next door, heard her screams, and securing a ladder, rescued her just in time to prevent her from falling from the second story window. By the time the fire department reached the scene the house was beyond saving. The furniture on the lower floor was carried out, including the piano, but rain was falling at the time and completed the damage done by the fire. Everything in the house is a loss, including all of Mr. and Mrs. Walsh’s clothing and valuables. An insurance of $1000 was carried by Mr. Walsh and $800 on the building by Mr. Braun. Mr. and Mrs. Walsh are staying temporarily with Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Walsh until they can find a residence and begin housekeeping again. Their loss is a severe one, and they have the sympathy of friends in their predicament.

The Lavalle family moved in to Wm. Lange’s house on Second street.

The high cost of living won’t affect the Koeper dairy herd this winter as Jos. Koeper tells us that he has just completed filling his big silo with 200 tons of the choicest kind of corn fodder.

Herman Boehmer is building a new house west of the place rented by S. B. Ferguson, the foundation being already completed.

Sam Kahn has moved his family here from Blakeley and his daughter will attend the high school. They are occupying part of the Frank Buch home.

George Murphy is building a house in East Shakopee adjoining Mrs. Kate Pettey’s residence property on the east.

Sept. 22, 1916

Dr. J. G. Newell moved into O. S. Brown’s house on First street, and George McMullen has moved into the house he vacated.

J. W. Moyer sold his residence property on Second street, occupied by J. W. Wampach, to Jud Holman Monday for $1700.

Mrs. Dorothy Logenfeil is having her home wired for electric lights. Richard Wise is doing the work.

Peter Schultz of Bloomfield, Walt and Arthur Theis, Theodore and Anloph Veiht motored up from Minneapolis Saturday in the latter’s new Ford to attend the sale at the Veiht farm. Mr. and Mrs. Veiht will move to Shakopee as soon as their new home is vacated.

Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Ferguson and children have moved into the second story of the F. E. Brooks residence.

Sept. 29, 1916

Pavilion Opening. The biggest dancing event of the season will be given by the Scott County Agricultural Society at Riverside park next Friday evening, Oct. 6, the occasion being the official opening of its big new pavilion. Contractor Kreuser has just finished the laying of the maple floor, and everything will be set for a grand good time with a good well known six piece orchestra furnishing music for the dancers. Refreshments will be served at the pavilion and all those desiring to do so may park their cars on the grounds. Plenty of room, a splendid floor, delightful music and a jolly, large crowd will ensure a good time to all who attend. Everybody else will be there. Let us go, too.

L. E. Dawson is improving his opera house block by putting a new plate glass front in Wm. Engle’s poolroom. Mr. Engel is doing the carpentry.

E. J. Affolter and friends Carl C. Bell and F. H. Hutchinson were up from St. Paul Sunday securing photographs at the Indian reservation and Mudcura sanitarium.

H. N. Sand has sold his residence property which has been occupied by Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Gerde, to R. M. Plum for $3200. The latter will take possession next week. Mr. and Mrs. Gerde have packed their household effects and will live this winter in Minneapolis.

Oct. 6, 1916

Creamery Sold. An important business deal of the week was the sale Monday of the Shakopee creamery by George Dellwo to J. Hauer, who has been buttermaker since April. Mr. Hauer is an experienced creameryman and will continue the business with the sole aim of furnishing to his patrons the very best service and products within his power. In retiring Mr. Dellwo announces that it is not his intention to leave Shakopee but at present he has not decided in what line of work he will engage.

Big Sum for Good Roads. J. A. Ring and Mayor Moriarty spent Tuesday in St. Paul on a good roads mission. They were successful in securing, for the improvement of the Bloomington road, the $1500 that the St. Paul Association of Commerce appropriated for the Scenic Highway and later withdrew when that project failed to materialize. Both gentlemen are ardent good roads advocates and back their words with deeds that count.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Schmitz have moved into the former Shearer home opposite August Gelhaye’s residence.

Nicholas Braun is rebuilding his home which was burned recently, and will remodel it into a one-story bungalow.

M. A. Deutsch requests the immediate return of his vacuum cleaner by the party who borrowed it some time ago, and has forgotten to bring it back.

Theodore Stelten has rented Mrs. E. Marx’s building on First street and will move into his new location November first. The building is being entirely remodeled into an up-to-date store and when competed will be a most convenient and attractive place for the Auto Lunch Parlor.

Mack Stein came up from Minneapolis on his bicycle Saturday and visited until Sunday with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John McMullen.

Oct. 13, 1916

Miss Laura Kayford, who is lecturing thruout the state on “Our Modern Girls at Home and Abroad” spoke at the Presbyterian church Sunday evening and gave a most scholarly and interesting talk. While her lecture is primarily for high school students there is much good thought in it for older persons and all who heard her speak in highest terms of address.

Chas. Cassellius and crew are putting up two houses 22×24 ft. in dimension, for the L. M. Lilly Construction Co. of Minneapolis, on the lots west of Henry Zarth’s new residence. Mr. Cassellius expects to start building two more houses in the same locality next week.

I will sell one hundred and two shares of stock of the Shakopee Telephone Co. for the highest acceptable offer received before Nov. 1, next. Wm. Hinds, 1315 Irving St., Washington, D. C.

Oct. 20, 1916

Shakopee Pig Club Holds Picnic. The faithful members of the Shakopee Pig club, who finished the projects they started last spring, went on a picnic last Wednesday afternoon. All kinds of good things to eat sizzled over the camp-fire as the boys had their evening meal in real scout fashion. We are glad to see the boys actually finish the things they start to do. Mr. Smith says, among other things, that he is going to work a real live Pig club here next year and he hopes that he club will make a record for its hoggishness.

Frank Veigel, proprietor of the Gem theatre, spent Monday in St. Paul and while there bought an expensive new machine that is expected to make a big improvement in the moving pictures shown at the Gem. Mr. Veigel plans to use the machine at tonight’s show for its first try-out.

Oct. 27, 1916

Eagle Creek. The basket social held in Barden school last Friday evening was an enjoyable affair, and a nice sum was netted to the district. The proceeds are to go towards the expenses in the digging of a well on the school grounds. The school was tastefully decorated with Hallowe’en trophies. Mr. Rohe of Barden acted as auctioneer, and created a great deal of amusement in the raffling of the baskets. Dancing passed the evening all too soon, the Huber orchestra furnishing the music.

J. H. Doyle shipped two cars of mixed stock this year.

Frank Boehmer moved into his new home next to Mrs. N. Annen’s the first of the week and Mrs. Susan Franklin has taken the home formerly occupied by him.

Nov. 10, 1916

Twenty-three students of the high school, mostly juniors, enjoyed a wiener roast at the trestle on the bluffs Wednesday afternoon.

While George Dean was in Minneapolis Sunday evening his Ford roadster was stolen from the street where he had parked it and for awhile George thought that he was the victim of automobile thieves and minus a machine. Time proved, however, that joyriders had merely helped themselves to the auto for a ride to North Minneapolis where the car was abandoned. George recovered it Tuesday intact excepting for a broken spark plug, and is considered lucky that none of the fittings were stolen even tho the car was left.

Nov. 17, 1916

Remember the community sing at the high school Monday and be there to enjoy it.

Mr. and Mrs. George Murphy moved into their new home east of H. B. Cole’s, the first of the week.

Beginning the first of December and continuing thru the next three months, hot lunches will be served at the high school for the benefit of pupils who are compelled to eat their noonday meal at the high school building. One or more hot dishes will be prepared daily under direction of Miss Norman, the domestic science instructor, and the innovation is bound to prove popular with the school children who have hitherto eaten cold luncheons. A minimum charge, just sufficient to cover the cost of material, will be made. The students will continue to carry their basket lunches and the hot dishes to be served with them will be plain and nutritious foods designed to furnish an appetizing and substantial addition to the noonday meal that will be appreciated by the pupils who are unable to go home during the mid-day recess.

Nov. 24, 1916

J. M. Spindler expects to move onto his chicken farm before Thanksgiving altho his handsome new residence will not be complete until spring. Meanwhile the family will be comfortably housed in temporary quarters which have been put in readiness for them for the winter.

The initial community sing held at the high school building Monday evening was attended by seventy-eight persons and proved so enjoyable that it has been decided to repeat it. Owing to the Ries fire in the early evening and the Wilson parade later, many who would otherwise have been present were not in attendance. The next sing is to be held in January, a press of events in school circles making it impracticable to hold another meeting before that time. Miss Tonette Benson, instructor in public school music, was the leader Monday, and a delightful program of familiar old songs was rendered with fervor and enjoyment by the audience.

Bookstaff Variety store requires the services of 5 extra girls for the holiday season. Those with selling experience preferred. Apply at once.

FOR RENT—As private residence Conter House opposite depot; will arrange in apartments or flats to suit tenants. Address Margaret Conter No. 220 Chestnut Str., St. Paul, Minn.

Dec. 1, 1916

As a result of overwrought nerves occasioned by the excitement incident to the burning of the Ries warehouses last week, Miss Elizabeth Ries was confined to her bed for several days the first of the week quite seriously ill.

A very social evening was enjoyed Thursday week by the Knights of Columbus and their families at Berens’ hall. A splendid musical program was carried out in which Mrs. Frank Hirscher, Mrs. B. J. Condon, George Vierling, Emmet Farley and Edward Huber participated besides several chorus numbers. Refreshments were served and the later hours of the evening spent in dancing, the Star orchestra furnishing music. A very pleasant time is reported by everyone in attendance.

Dec. 8, 1916

Shakopee Telephone Co. Changes System. The Shakopee Telephone Company, with the view of giving its patrons the very best service possible, have added a number of modern improvements to its physical plant. These new changes in the system which were begun early in the year took considerable time and labor and when completed will afford one of the best telephone systems in the valley. First of all the company purchased the lot and building it now occupies from Dr. P. M. Fischer. The building was then remodeled into three nicely arrange offices, the front or business office, the operator’s office and the superintendent’s office. A store room was afterwards built, a hot water heating plant installed and water and sewer connections were put in. Then cables were put in to take the place of the single wires. These cables extend over the business portion of the city, and they will be further extended at a later date. Then came the installation of the new three-position central energy key-board which does away with the ringing locally to call central and very materially speeds up the service. The cut-over from the old exchange in the Hartmann block to the company’s new location was made last Saturday night with scarcely any interruption of the service and the operators were at their new posts without a moment’s delay ready and pleased to serve and accommodate the patrons of the company and to furnish either day or night the most speedy and satisfactory telephone service possible. A public telephone booth has been installed in the front office and can be used day and night…

Trestle Road Plans Under Way. Representatives of the State Highway Commission were here the latter part of last week and the forepart of this week for the purpose of making surveys and securing data in connection with the trestle road and Shakopee bridge improvement project. Of course, no work will be commenced until all the necessary details can be put into a workable plan or operating agreement duly entered into by all parties concerned. After that has been done contracts will be entered into for the prosecution of the work. So that at this writing nothing definite can be said as to when the real operations will begin which it is proposed will make the road at Shakopee the only permanent high water crossing in the Minnesota valley.

Dec. 15, 1916

Will Nieters is driving a new International ton truck which was delivered to him Thursday of last week and has superseded his team on his dray line.

Ladies Aid Society Cook Book now on sale at Kline’s Grocery Store and the Woman’s Exchange. An excellent Christmas gift for $1.00.

Dec. 22, 1916

Exercises appropriate to the Yuletide will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at District No. 41 school.

Work is progressing nicely on the skating rink and if the present weather continues without any snow storms intervening, Supt. George states that the rink is expected to be in fine shape for Christmas day.

Dec. 29, 1916

A business deal of the week was the purchase of T. H. J. Notermans’ meat market by A. D. Nicholas of Menahga who will assume charge of the shop on January first. Mr. Notermans will remain with him in the business until March first, but will move next week to his father’s farm, the former Riedel place, west of town. Mr. Nicholas’ family are at present living in the rooms above the post-office but will move into the flat now occupied by Mr. Notermans.

Mrs. Andrew Kopp telephones the Argus that she was the recipient of a handsome poinsettia presented to her Christmas by the Woman’s Relief Corps to whom she extends sincere thanks.

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