Remember When: 1940

From the Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Jan. 4, 1940

Shakopee Again Named Host Town for State Baseball Tournament – At the session of the Association of Minnesota Baseball Leagues held at the Frederic hotel, St. Paul, last Thursday evening, Shakopee was again named as the host city to the annual state baseball tournament, to be held about the middle of September. The naming of Shakopee last Thursday night marked the third consecutive year the tournament will have been held in Shakopee. This city won out over New Ulm which city had also bid for this annual state classic.


Scherkenbach Hardware sold to George Burshek

With the taking of inventory, the sale of the Scherkenbach hardware store to George Burshek, former resident of Buffalo, Minn., will be completed this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Burshek are now in Shakopee preparing their newly purchased business for an opening scheduled for February 1. In the interim the store, Mr. Burshek said, will be remodelled and reconditioned and outfitted with new fixtures to take a new stock of general hardware.

George Scherkenbach, former manager of the store, is completing plans for the opening of an electrical appliance shop, details of which will be announced later, Mr. Scherkenbach said.

Jan. 11, 1940

Shakopee Scene of Radio Sketch—Writer Describes Picture Familiar to Travelers of This Area.

Although the name of the city is not mentioned, readers will not fail to recognize Shakopee as the setting in a descriptive piece recently read in a broadcast from the State college at Ames, Iowa.

The sketch, from the fluent pen of Miss Helen Theis, daughter of the late Frank, and Mrs. Daisy Theis, and the niece of Helen Theis and Mrs. Mary Lander of Shakopee, is entitled “Auf Wiedersehen”, and was written by Miss Theis as a part of her senior work in the department of English at the Iowa college…


To Consider Staging Golden Gloves Semi-Finals in Shakopee

To consider the proposition of staging the golden glove amateur boxing elimination contest here, the Shakopee Softball league will meet in the firemen’s room of the city hall at 8 o’clock Monday night, officers announced.

The league, it was learned, “is hopeful of staging in Shakopee, this outstanding sports event which would qualify winners to the northwest finals in Minneapolis.”

Officers of the softball league are George Ring, John Lynch, Roman Kopp and Florian Dircks. These men request everyone interested in softball, all players, sponsors and fans, to attend the session.

Jan. 18, 1940

High School “Health Week” To Open At 8:30 Monday Morning

Plans for the Shakopee high school “Health Week”, under consideration for some time, have been arranged to include a program of talks by people outstanding in the medical field, combined with film to portray important aspects of health as a problem of modern education.


Community, school authorities, band, all feel that the crying need of this year is uniforms. The band has made such progress that entering the state contest seems the inevitable thing to do. Shakopee will not want its band to be the only one present without uniforms, especially when appearance rates up to 25 per cent in the contest.

Within the next few weeks plans will materialize for everyone – the community, the student body, the band – to cooperate towards a fund for this essential improvement.


The sophomore English classes are being urged to subscribe to the Reader’s Digest. It will be used for class work. A quote from Miss Lauer is as follows: “It is the cream of literature; so long as we’re skimming knowledge, we may as well skim the cream.”

Social Problems has subscribed to “Reader’s Digest” for the remainder of the school year. Its timely articles feature every subject taught in this class. That true statement certainly ought to be followed by all students, because it will be to their advantage.

Jan. 25, 1940

Dr. J. Coleman Huber. Dentist. 100 ½ East First Street. Office Tel.-430. Res. Tel—145.

Feb. 1, 1940

Issues Health Order

In an effort to halt an apparent epidemic of measles, Dr. B. F. Pearson, health officer, issued an order Wednesday afternoon making it mandatory for all children who have not had mumps, and whose brothers or sisters are ill with the disease, remain home from school. At least 20 cases have already been reported.


Shakopee Boys Organize Junior Athletic Club

Boys who have been taking part in the junior basketball program got together after last Saturday morning’s games and decided to form the Junior Athletic club. The club will have a charter membership of 31 boys who are dedicating themselves to the promotion and organization of all sports.

Election of officers found John Theis voted in as president; Billy Allen as vice president; Alvin Unze as secretary, and Bob Dawson was elected treasurer.

The club will meet once a week to talk over sports and discuss what they can do to improve their own play as well as to help others better themselves.

Feb. 8, 1940

The Dallas F. Capesius Insurance Agency and the Shakopee Finance Company. General Insurance. Automobile Financing. We offer you: Complete Insurance Service at a savings! Prompt & Courteous Claim Service. A confidential auto-loan service at reasonable cost. Shakopee Theatre Bldg.—Tele. No. 2

Feb. 15, 1940

A fire alarm system, one of the finest on the market, was installed recently in the school building. The system is always in working order, for if any thing goes wrong on the circuit, a light flashes and a buzzer rings until repairs are made. Three claxons were installed at such points that the alarm can be heard any where in the building.


Now Open…The New Marshall-Wells Store (formerly Scherkenbach’s). Featuring a complete line of Hardware, paints, electrical appliances, kitchen utensils…Grand Open March 1. Watch for Announcements. The Burshek Hardware. Shakopee, Minn. Tel. 491.

Feb. 22, 1940

Timber Wolf Seen Near City Limits

Reminding moderns of the somewhat dim past when pioneers lived in almost constant fear of vicious wild beasts that lurked in the forests and over the plains, a timber wolf is reported to have made its appearance in the southern city limits of Shakopee Monday morning.

According to Edmund Deller, St. Paul, who with his grandfather, George Fischer, saw the beast in a field south of the Fischer residence and near St. Mark’s cemetery, there was no doubt as to its identity. Deller described the animal as being larger than the average dog, and it loped in long strides very unlike the run or trot typical of dogs.

Feb. 29, 1940

Announces Grand Opening Of New Hardware Store

In a quarter-page advertisement in the Argus-Tribune today George Burshek announces the grand opening of the new Burshek Hardware, a Marshall-Wells Associate store here, for Friday and Saturday this week.

For more than a month, Mr. and Mrs. Burshek have been organizing and planning their store which is laid out in accordance with the latest methods for modern stores. New fixtures display the elaborate stock of merchandise in a manner that makes shopping easier, faster and more pleasant.

Special attractions have been planned for the “grand opening” days and the proprietors hope for an enthusiastic reception of their venture in Shakopee.


Over 800 Fans Witness Shakopee’s First Fight Card At Auditorium

Doubtless the largest crowd of fans who ever gathered in Shakopee to witness an athletic boxing exhibition was attracted to the auditorium Tuesday evening where they saw a fine pugilistic program carried through to success. The card drew a capacity house; long before the hour for the program to begin every available seat was occupied by fans waiting for the gong to sound. Much enthusiasm was shown and many were heard to express a desire for more of such programs. As a result the sponsors will doubtless stage another program in the very near future…


Six Calves in One Day? He Remembers 16

A recently published story about six calves being born on a farm in one day evoked no surprise or great interest to Anton Boegeman. Mr. Boegeman brought the item to the Argus-Tribune office where he related that “back in 1905 there were 16 calves born on my farm on Easter Monday. Two of my nephews were visiting me that day and every little while one would come running to me to report, “Uncle Tony, there are two new calves in the shed’; ‘Uncle Tony, there are three calves back of the straw pile’; ‘Uncle Tony, there is a new calf here another there’ … and that’s the way it was all day.”

March 7, 1940

$100 Vanished from Movie Theatre Here

A money bag said to have contained more than $100 in silver and currency, disappeared from a desk drawer in the office of the Shakopee theatre last Wednesday night.

The theft, it was learned, occurred in an interval of about 10 minutes which Francis Burns, in charge of the theatre last night, was out of the office making the rounds of the theatre preparatory to closing for the evening.

According to Burns, he had received the money from the cashier and placed it in the desk. Later he left the office to go to the basement and then up to the projection booth. When he returned to the office about 10 minutes later he discovered the money bag and its contents had disappeared.

Police were notified, but an investigation failed to reveal clues.


With Our Scouts.

Sunday, March 3, was Ski Day. Two carloads of us piled our skis and ski poles, lunch and were off to Lookout Park, which is at the top of the Shakopee hill. The cars came back to town and there we were. The object of the day was to ski from there down the hill along the bluffs, through Moon Valley, and then home. The snow was scarce, but by taking corners, cutting around edges of fields, we made the trip. The highlights of the trip were first—a good snowball battle in a vacant house we ran across. Half of us inside and the other half outside, and did the snow fly. This ended when Milo Cermak caught one a little too hard. Whoever threw that had a good pitching arm. The next was when we got to the Moon Valley lodge. We all took a good rest and had a bottle of pop. Then the best of all came. We went to the next valley and ate. Everybody had brought a can of noodle soup along. This we emptied into one large kettle and heated until piping hot. Boy did that ever hit the spot. A twenty minute ski from there took us home.

March 14, 1940

State Asks City’s Approval of Plans for Highway No. 101.

What appears to be positive indication of State Highway 101 into Shakopee from the east will be undertaken soon, came this week when representatives of the state highway department appeared before the city council requesting passage of a resolution approving the grades and plans of the proposed highway from the east city limits to Naumkeag street.


Heavy Snowfall in Three-day Storm

The snow storm that hit these parts Monday and that was still going strong Wednesday afternoon should be a source of satisfaction to those folks who have been wishing for their version of an “old fashioned winter.”

That with nearly two feet of snow, mountainous drifts, blockaded roads, and closed schools, there can be little lacking by way of proof that Minnesota is still Minnesota.

Aside from being truly wintry the snow is seen to be of great value to farm lands suffering from a moisture shortage; and in addition, “shovelling out” provided employment for many eager men and boys.


Three Members of Our School Board Resign

The Argus-Tribune is informed that three members of the Board of Education of Independent School District No. 1 of this city, viz., Dr. D. L. Halver, J. A. Coller II, and Dr. F. H. Buck, have resigned from that body. It is our understanding that these members contend that the board as at present constituted can no longer function and therefore they feel that no useful purpose can be served by their remaining on it.

March 21, 1940

Easter Dance at Johnny’s Bar. Shakopee, Minn., on Sat., March 23. Music by Ralph’s Troubadours. John L. Ries, Prop. No Minors Allowed!

March 28, 1940

Art Collection Now on Exhibition at State Reformatory

Through the courtesy of Clement Haupers, state supervisor Minnesota Art Project, a collection of twenty-one drawings in water color, lithograph, gouache, and wash drawings have been loaned to the State Reformatory for Women, for exhibit purposes.

All drawings are by Minnesota artists, it was learned, and subject material portrays many familiar scenes in and about the twin cities. Four paintings are by Miss Miriam Ibling who comes to the institution each Wednesday to instruct a class in art. Hidden and heretofore unrecognized talent is being found among the inmate population, authorities said.

The class has been in progress since the middle of January and already has produced drawings of considerable merit which are also being exhibited.

The public, it was announced, is invited to view the exhibit, housed in the main building at the reformatory, from today until April 1.


Home Here Razed By Morning Fire

Four fires, one of which gutted the James Smith residence on East Fourth street, kept members of the Shakopee fire department busy late last week…

The Smith fire was discovered at about 2 a.m. Friday, when the family was awakened by the blaze and smoke which appeared to have originated in the upper portion of the story-and-a-half brick and frame structure. The cause, firemen said, had not been determined.

Practically all of the interior of the house and much of its contents was destroyed in the blaze which for a time threatened to consume the entire building. The loss, it was said, is partially covered by insurance.

April 4, 1940

Act to Preserve Faribault Springs

Believing that the construction of State Highway No. 101 according to the present plans for the project at Shakopee’s east city limits will impair and to a great extent destroy the beauty and tradition of the historic Faribault Spring, a committee representing the city’s civic organizations has taken steps to have the highway commission alter its plan.

As now scheduled for construction the highway will pass through the pond near the spring. The plans call for a 14-foot fill to be dumped in the pond over a culvert 118 feet in length. The fill, it is believed, will obliterate the beauty of the site; and it is with a view to preserving the spot as it has been for centuries that the action has been undertaken.

The civic delegation, representing the city government, the Shakopee Civic and Commerce association and the Shakopee Exchange club appeared before the board of county commissioners in session Tuesday morning requesting the adoption of a resolution requesting the highway department to alter its plans.

Concurring, the board adopted a resolution which will be presented to the highway commission in St. Paul this afternoon.

The delegation appearing before the highway commission and representing the county board and Shakopee groups is composed of Commissioner Peter Ploumen, Mayor J. J. Cavanaugh, J. A. Coller II, Harold E. Flynn and W. F. Duffy.

April 11, 1940

Shak-o-High News

Friday afternoon the seniors had a class meeting at which important business was transacted. The class colors, maroon and white and the class flower, the white rose, were chosen to match the maroon and white caps and gowns which will be worn this year for the first time.


20 Entered In Beauty Contest

The beauty contest, sponsored by Shakopee business firms and featuring 20 young ladies of Shakopee and vicinity, is to be held at the Shakopee Theatre Friday, May 3.

At the contest, which will be judged by out-of-town judges, “Miss Shakopee” will be selected from the group of entrants. The winner is to be presented with a silver loving cup offered by the First National bank. Special prizes are to be awarded to the runnersup, sponsors said.

J. J. Harrington, St. Paul, is directing the contest. Business firms sponsoring the contest are:

R. C. Kline Grocery Co., Gamble Store Agency, Shakopee Jewelers, Pullman Cafe, Valley Bakery, Miladys Beauty Shop, Marge’s Beauty Shoppe, Shakopee Bakery, Modern Beauty Shop, Stein Plumbing and Heating, Burshek Hardware, Weber’s Corner Cafe, Rademacher Plumbing and Heating, Hennen’s Purol Service Station, Fox’s Tavern, Scherkenbach’s Electric Appliance Store, Johnson Motor Sales, St. Paul House, First National Bank, Al’s Cafe, Argus-Tribune, George Allen Garage, Savage, and Bowden Studio, St. Paul.

April 18, 1940

Chief Pontiac Says:

  • Careful drivers seldom skid.
  • Use caution as a practice and you won’t have to use bad weather as an excuse.
  • Pedestrians should be seen and not hurt.
  • You won’t live to be 80 if you try to reach it on the speedometer.
  • Drive with your head—not with your horn.
  • Control yourself—and you’ll control your car.
  • Does your driving set a good example?
  • Courtesy prevents crashes.
  • Alert today—alive tomorrow.
  • Stick to your safety resolutions and you won’t get stuck with an accident.
  • Memorizing safety rules is not enough—you have to practice them.
  • Absent-minded professors may be funny—but not absent-minded drivers.

St. Mark’s School Entertainment Matinee Prices

St. Mark’s school entertainment matinee admission prices Sunday afternoon, will be as follows:  High school pupils—15 cents. Grade school pupils—10 cents.

April 25, 1940

Judge Senn Authorizes Sale American Range

Following a hearing in the court house in Shakopee on Saturday morning, April 20, before Judge Fred W. Senn, Judge of the Fifth judicial district of Minnesota, to whom the matter on petition to sell the plant and assets of the American Range Corp. was referred, made an order authorizing the receivers to sell said property subject, however, to the further review and confirmation of the court.


Epidemic of Mumps Going the Rounds in Shakopee

For a number of weeks past an epidemic of mumps has been going the rounds in Shakopee, lingering here and there with little or no regard for age or personality. In some instances it has struck rather severely, causing the patient to become quite ill and miserable. Ordinarily mumps are considered a malady to which the young seem more susceptible than older folks. However, it may overtake older people, too, and it often does. One of these who failed to escape was Frank Strunk, a member of the Argus-Tribune staff. Frank was overtaken two weeks ago and has since been pretty sick. We are glad to be able to report however, that he is on the mend. His absence from his usual post in the Argus-Tribune plant has tended to handicap its operations, but we are hopeful that he may soon be back on the job again none the worse for wear.

May 2, 1940

City’s Fairest To Hold Spotlight Friday Night

Beauty and personality, plus grace and charm will occupy the spotlight when 23 of Shakopee’s “fairest” line up on the stage of the Shakopee theatre Friday night to determine who will be “Miss Shakopee” of 1940.


Hats off to Shakopee high schools masterful musical organization. Their performance was one of the highlights of the day. And if any high school band in the state has comparable uniforms, we’ll crawl through a field of barbed wire, sprinkled with glass splinters, to see ‘em. They’re a credit to the school and the community.

New Buildings To Be Erected Here

Building of the first of the new homes scheduled for construction in Shakopee this season is now in progress, it was learned this week. Plans for others have been completed and lumber dealers and builders believe that at least ten new homes will be erected in Shakopee this year.

The residence now under construction is being built for Carl Petsch on East Fourth street. The story and a half frame structure will include six rooms a sewing room and bath. Preliminary work on the house started early last week.

Nearing completion is the 32×40 foot horse barn at the State Reformatory. The barn has been under construction for the past few weeks.

Fred Rohlfs and Sons have begun the construction of a 16×80 foot addition to the north side of the Mill Pond Trout club, east of the city. The addition will be of concrete and frame construction.

Excavation for a 23 1/2×76-foot addition to the west side of the Pullman cafe was started this week. According to Fred Rohlfs, contractor, the one-story addition is to be of brick and concrete block with a structural and plate glass front. It is to house a modern bar room and cocktail lounge. The present bar room is to be remodelled into a dining room. Other remodelling details are also included in the plans, it was learned.


We Are Celebrating Our 1st Anniversary Monday, May 6th and Cordially Invite You and Your Friends to Celebrate This Occasion With Us. FREE BEER—9:00 to 11:00 P.M. Al’s Café. Al Waite, Prop. Shakopee, Minnesota.

May 9, 1940

City’s new Water Tank Largest Of Kind In U.S.

Fabrication of Shakopee’s new 105-ton “collar button” water tower, to be the largest of its kind in the United States, is now in progress in the Chicago plant of the Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.

Having a capacity of 250,000 gallons and an overall height of 130 feet the “unconventional” structure will be located on high ground at the southern limits of the city between Holmes and Lewis streets south of the present tank…

Unique not only in design, there will not be a rivet in the entire structure. It will be an “all-welded” job…

Total cost of the construction of the new tower, removal of the present tank, installation of electrical rust protecting equipment and extension of the water mains is placed at $25,436, to which will be added an engineering fee of 6 per cent of the total cost of the work…


The Shakopee Hospital Remodelling Completed

The Shakopee hospital, a member of the American Hospital Association, has completed the interior redecorating and remodelling of the hospital. The operating room and nursery have been enlarged, bed capacity increased and new equipment has been added, making it one of the most up-to-date institutions of its kind in the Minnesota valley.

The Shakopee hospital will be open to the public all day on Sunday, May 12, and a cordial invitation is extended to all visitors who may desire to inspect its arrangements and new equipment.


Hunt Burglary Suspects

The Shakopee police department and the sheriff’s office are hunting for the burglars who entered the Huth confectionery here late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Entry was made through a window on the east side.


WPA Sewing Project To Have Open House For Week of May 30

In keeping with a nationwide program under which the week of May 20 has been designated as an appropriate time to focus public attention on the scope of the professional and service division of the WPA program, Scott county’s sewing project, housed in the basement of the court house, will hold open house.

Each day during the designated week the project will be open to the inspection of the public between the hours of 9 and 12 a.m. , and 1 and 4 p.m., it was announced.

Seven women are employed in the sewing project here where any garment, including tailored suits and coats overall, unionalls and many other items of apparel are made. The clothing is distributed to the needy under the direction of the welfare office.

A nationwide radio program, covering the professional and service division of the WPA is to be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

May 16, 1940

Sand, Gravel Washing Plant Erected Here

An industry, which its promotors have reason to believe will develop into a sizable business, will soon get under way here. It is a sand, gravel and rock washing plant now under construction on the south bank of the Minnesota river in East Shakopee.

The plant, being erected by Contractors Kreuser and Hennen, is to be owned and operated by J. P. Wermerskirchen and Henry Haas. Sand and rock will come from the Wermerskirchen pit on Shakopee avenue. From there it will go to the plant for washing and stocking.

A massive 3-bin hopper has been erected on the river bank. Water for the washing process is to be pumped from a spring-fed creek at the plant site.


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May 23, 1940

Pupils Enjoy Annual Picnic at Playground

The pupils of St. Mark’s school genuinely enjoyed their annual picnic at the municipal playground Tuesday.

A program of races and contest provided a wealth of entertainment until 11:30 when the picnickers “dug” into their lunch baskets for the most important phase of the event. Following the lunching an ice cream treat was provided by the Rev. Father Savs.


Three Panels Of Shakopee Mural In Place On School Library Wall

Three parcels of the mural for the Shakopee high school were installed during the past week. Realization outdoes anticipation; the murals are lovelier than the most hopeful had expected.

Leon Sorkin, the artist who is painting the work, supervised the placing of the canvas on the walls. A preliminary washing was first given to the plaster and then a coat of white lead was carefully laid over the plaster. Finally the painted canvases were raised into position at the top, patted into place, and then rolled out smoothly with a metal roller. The finished work will form an integral part of the wall.

The first panel, installed on the west wall depicts T. A. Holmes laying out the townsite of Shakopee. The figure of Mr. Holmes is a portrait. In the background is the Manaige home. The second panel portrays the covered wagon period; and the third, the coming of education, government and religion to Shakopee, with a final scene at the wharf where a river steamer is being unloaded.

The artist, originally assigned to the mural was Armand Arndt. After eight months of study and research Mr. Arndt designed the panels, and executed the cartoons. He was then called to South Dakota as art instructor in the public schools. Mr. Sorkin, a fellow student of Mr. Arndt, was chosen to complete the work. Mr. Larkin, especially interested in portraiture, is believed to be an excellent choice for finishing the murals since there are to be some twenty portraits of Shakopee’s historic characters in the completed work.

The east wall is yet to be painted. Since some research is to be done for these panels, it is estimated that it will be at least six months before the mural is complete and the history of Shakopee will live in glowing colors on the library walls to be conned by all those proud of the deeds that have produced a typical American community.


Two Business Buildings Here Sold This Week

Two business buildings in Shakopee were sold in transactions completed Monday.

C. J. Kohler bought the Beckrich building occupied by A. J. Stang on First street, and Mr. Stang bought the adjoining Fred Wessel building.

Both Mr. Kohler and Mr. Stang are now considering plans for the remodelling of their new business places. The work of alteration is expected to begin in several weeks with completion tentatively set for early in July.

For the present, William Wessel, who operates a shoe repair shop in the building purchased by Stang, has no definite plans. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wessel, it was learned, have decided to remain in Shakopee.

May 30, 1940

Construction Crews At Work on Highway 101

Bridge and road construction contractors on the 5.2 miles job on the new state highway No. 101 east of Shakopee, moved on the work in the past week.

Forms for the box culverts on the project were erected and the concrete work is now well along Grading work was started by DeRuyter brothers, contractors, Monday morning. The construction crew is camped on the Ray Huber farm.

When completed the stretch will form a connecting link between Shakopee and a portion of the new highway previously constructed from Barden to Savage.


Big Game Hunting Film To Be Shown Wednesday

Dr. Vernon Smith’s now famous big game hunting movies are to be shown in the Shakopee high school auditorium under the auspices of the Shakopee Civic and Commerce association at eight o’clock Wednesday night, May 29.

Showing ducks, geese and other favorite game in their natural state the pictures, taken in the Canadian rockies and other spots, are said to be the best of their kind ever produced.

There will be no admission charge, sponsors said, and everyone is welcome.

June 6, 1940

Flood Lighted Field In Offing

Through the combined efforts of the Shakopee Athletic Association, the local Softball association and the public school athletic organization, Shakopee is soon to be provided with a flood-lighted field in the new recreation park for softball and football activities.

Those local groups, interested in the development of a broader and more extensive program of outdoor recreation for both the young and the not-so-young folks of this community, have felt for some time the growing need of a flood-lighted field such as Shakopee will have in the very near future. With this thought in mind it was realized that that end could be attained only by enlisting the interest and cooperation of all groups of interested citizens.

Thus a more or less temporary organization was formed with A. C. Pass as president, and W. F. Duffy, as secretary-treasurer. These with other committee members, including E. J. Huber, Donald Childs, Roman Kopp, Supt. Metcalf, Harold Bigot, Frank Strunk and Francis Thompson took up the matter of financing the project. The committee started out and waiting on the various business interests and business concerns of Shakopee found them very responsive and very cooperative with the result that sufficient funds were pledged to warrant the next step which was to obtain proposals from the various companies handling lighting equipment. Proposal were duly received and opened and considered at a meeting of the several interested groups held last Monday evening.

From some half dozen bids two were accepted, that is to say, the lighting projectors were ordered from the Westinghouse Co. and the balance of the equipment from the Sterling Lighting Co. They city council has agreed to furnish the necessary labor for installation, and it is anticipated that the job will be completed on or about July 1.


Carrying Ladder Across Highway, Struck by Auto

Fred Jaenicke, 83, was painfully injured when struck by a car while carrying a ladder across highway No. 169, at his farm south of here Tuesday morning. Mr. Jaenicke was taken to the Shakopee hospital where doctors said his injuries, cuts and bruises about the head, were not believed to be serious. His condition was reported improved Wednesday morning.

June 13, 1940

The State Reformatory had two groups of visitors the fore part of this week. On Tuesday evening, about 60 members of the Social Service club of Minneapolis, were guests at the institution and Wednesday, a group of ladies of the All-Go club of Stillwater, motored there and after enjoying a picnic lunch in the park, they were escorted through the buildings.

Miss Catherine Chambers of Owatonna, has accepted the position of chief operator at the local telephone office, to succeed Miss Lillian Johnson, who resigned. Miss Chambers entered upon her new duties June 1.

Harry C. Mertz Renamed Postmaster of Shakopee

In a telegram from Senator Henrik Shipstead, Harry C. Mertz, Shakopee postmaster, has been advised of senate confirmation of his reappointment to the position.

Mr. Mertz was appointed postmaster here in July 1936, and his administration of the office during the past term has been marked with success. The postmaster here now comes under civil service and the appointment is in the nature of a permanent tenure.

June 20, 1940

Janet Heinen Received Degree in Music Friday

Mac Phail School of Music conferred the degree, Bachelor of Music, upon Miss Janet Heinen, at graduation exercises held Friday evening at the Woman’s Club, in Minneapolis.

Miss Heinen was one of a class of thirty-two graduates to receive a degree. Her performance on the piano has long been recognized as outstanding and her achievement is the result of her constant effort.

Those present at the exercises from this city were Mrs. John Heinen, Miss Marian Heinen and Mrs. Lena Stelten.


Knights of Columbus Elect Official Staff

New officers of the Shakopee council of Knights of Columbus elected at the society’s meeting Thursday night are J. A. Metcalf, grand knight; F. G. Thompson, deputy grand knight; George A. Jaspers, recording secretary; R. T. Schumacher, treasurer; Dr. Paul F. Nevin, chancellor; E. G. Leibold advocate; Joe B. Strunk, trustee; Christian Rein, warden; Vincent Marschall, inside guard; and Carl Vierling, outside guard.


Eagle Creek

A party of about two hundred employees of the Burke-Lindahl Motor Co., of Minneapolis, held a picnic at the Hattenberger Springs, Sunday. With fine weather prevailing, needless to state, the picnickers enjoyed a very fine time.

June 27, 1940

N.Y.A. Camp to Boost Enrollment to 300 Soon

Proposed expansion of the National Youth Advancement project east of Shakopee is expected to increase the camp enrollment to 300 in the next few months, J. A. Whelan, superintendent, disclosed.

More new residents are said to be reporting each week. Most of the present enrollees as well as the new members are chiefly interested in the aeronautics courses offered at the camp.


Business Change Announced

In an announcement in the Argus-Tribune today W. B. (Rip) Schroeder, announces he has taken over the cafe formerly operated by Al Waite on East First street. In the future, the place will be known as Schroeder’s Cafe. Schroeder, who was in training at Valdosta, Ga., for a pitching berth on the Knoxville baseball team, injured his arm and was forced to retire for the season. He plans to make his establishment here a “sports headquarters.” Mr. Waite will soon open his new business, a confectionery and sandwich shop, in the Shakopee theatre building.


Shakopee Gains In Population

From Robert M. Regan of Mankato, supervisor of the census for the Second Congressional district, the Argus-Tribune has received a preliminary announcement of some census figures in which its readers may be more or less interested.

It is noted that the preliminary count gives Shakopee a population of 2,416 on April 1, 1940, as compared with 2,023 on April 1, 1930, or a gain of about 400. It is also noted that the population of our county has increased to 15,573 as compared to 14,116 April 1, 1930. It seems, however, according to the last count, that we have a lesser number of farms in Scott county on April 1, 1940, than we had on January 1, 1936, and seven more than was shown by the farm census of April 1, 1930.

The preliminary count of farms as of April 1, 1940, shows that Scott county had 1,584 farms as compared with 1,679 on January 1, 1935, and 1,577 on April 1, 1930.

Of the population gain in Scott county, according to the count, the increase of population in Shakopee is equal to about one-fourth of the entire gain in the county.


Fire Alarm Monday Morning

The faulty operation of a kerosene stove in the basement of the J. J. Dellwo home southeast of here, resulted in a fire alarm for the Shakopee fire department, early Monday morning. The basement, it was said, became filled with smoke which escaped to other portions of the house. Principal damage was believed to have resulted from soot and smoke.


Work on 250,000 Gallon Water Tank in Progress Here

In preparation for the erection of the city’s new 250,000 gallon water tank a construction crew is now placing the massive concrete base upon which the new tank is to stand. The base is said to be 42 feet in diameter and seven feet in thickness.

Water main extensions to the site of the new tank have been completed and actual construction of the collar button-like tank is expected to get under way in the near future.

The tank, it is reliably stated, will weigh 105 tons and will rise 130 feet above the ground. It will be located several hundred feet south of the present tank which stands near the junction of Holmes street and Shakopee avenue. The old cylindrical tank, in use for 29 years, is to be removed as soon as the new unit is placed in operation.

July 4, 1940

ATTENTION FISHERMEN. –1939 Champion outboard motor, used very little. Ideal motor for fishing. Looks and runs like new. Easy terms. Almost half price. GAMBLE STORE, Shakopee, Minn.


Shakopee News Boy To Be Heard in Broadcast

Earl Dressen, carrier of the Minneapolis Tribune in Shakopee, was advised Monday that he had “been selected as an outstanding carrier.”

The letter which Earl received stated in part: “Next Saturday at 3:45 p.m., you are to speak over WTCN. Transportation both ways will be provided. Good luck and continued success.”

Earl is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dressen of Shakopee.


Road Crew Uncovers Skeletons On Ray Huber Farm East Of Shakopee

As if timed to the dawn of another political campaign when family skeletons are dusted off and paraded workmen employed in excavation on the state highway construction project east of Shakopee, have unearthed an array of ancient human bones and skulls.

The discovery was made on a hillock which the state purchased for a borrow pit, on the Ray Huber farm. With the unearthing of the first skeletons scientists at the University of Minnesota were notified. A truck and field crew was sent to the site and the “remains” were removed.

According to Mr. Huber, who reported the find to the Argus-Tribune, several complete skeletons were uncovered at a depth of about 2 ½ feet. To substantiate his story of the bones Mr. Huber displayed a left thigh bone. Authorities expressed the belief the relics were skeletons of Indians, and that the site of the discovery was either a burial ground or a battle field.

The shallowness of the graves favored the theory the bodies had been hastily buried where the warriors lied fallen in battle, many years ago.

July 11, 1940

State K. C. Pin To Be Held Here in March

Shakopee is to be host to the 1941 Knights of Columbus state bowling tournament, Howard A. Huth, director of the state association, announced Tuesday, following a meeting of the officers and board in Minneapolis Monday night.

Plans are being made to enter 75 teams in the tournament which is to be played on the St. Paul House alleys March 21-22 and 23. Winona was also a bidder for the 1941 tourney. Shakopee received the unanimous vote of the eighteen directors and officers, Huth said.


Same Kind of Merchandise Carried in Shakopee. Much of the same kind of general merchandise that Twin City merchants are now offering to the buying public can be gotten right here in Shakopee—and at prices as low as the lowest. It is quite generally conceded that our local merchants are backward about telling folks of their offerings and therefore it may be that you do not know that they are carrying the same line and quality of merchandise to be found anywhere, but it is nevertheless true, and we believe that the exercise of a little observation will be most convincing.

July 18, 1940

Patrons Express Choice. By a vote of 642 to 231 patrons of the Shakopee theatre expressed their choice of method of collecting he newly inforced defense tax. The great majority favored adoption of “Plan A”, under which there will be no increase in children’s admissions; the tax will be placed on the adult admissions only, increasing it from 25c to 30c. The new schedule became effective July 3.


Construction Of St. Mark’s School Begun

Excavation work in preparation for the construction of the new St. Mark’s school here was begun Tuesday morning. Contracts for the construction were awarded during the past week to Edward Hirt and Son, of St. Cloud, on their bid of $46,837…

Plans provide for the construction of four classrooms, a library and sick room over the present parish hall, and the erection of a wing extending to the south from the present hall. The wing will provide for two classrooms at the same floor level as the hall floor, and two classrooms on the level with the new rooms over the hall.

Toilet rooms are included in the plans for both floors, as well as office and storage space. Six of the eight class rooms planned will be completed, the others are to be utilized as club rooms or special activities rooms, Father Savs said…

Along the south side of the new structure over the hall, a corridor will extend the full length of the building from west to east. The corridor will connect with the new wing and give access to all rooms. The wing, whose west face will be in line with the west face of the present wall, will be flush against the sidewalk. It will be 58 feet in length from north to south, and 54 feet wide from east to west…


School Band To Play at New Park on Wednesday

Marking the formal “turning on” of the new lights at Shakopee’s new recreation park the school band will give its regular weekly concert there Wednesday night, it was announced this week.

The band, it was said, will assemble at the school and from there parade to the park where a brief ceremony will officially open the schedule of “floodlight” games. (More details on page three).

July 25, 1940

New Brick Residence To Be Built on Lewis Street

A two-story brick residence for Paul Ries is under construction on Lewis street at the corner of Seventh street. The new home is the eleventh in the city so far this year.

Plans provide for three rooms—a kitchen, dining room and living room—on the first floor; and three rooms and bath upstairs. Departing from the customary style the roof is to be flat to provide for carrying a shallow layer of water for cooling in the summer months…


New Lights Tested at Recreation Park Here Monday Night

Kittenball enthusiasts of this area got their first “taste” of the game as played in the night when the new lighting equipment in the city’s recreation park was tried for the first time Monday night.

With the exception of a few minor adjustments that have since been made the equipment proved entirely satisfactory to the players as well as the large assembly of spectators who witnessed the night clashes.

Formal inauguration of the night game schedule was effectively staged last night with an appropriate ceremony and program. The high school band played its regular weekly concert at the park, and the kittenball fans were treated to two thrill-packed contests.

Aug. 1, 1940

More Construction Work on Shakopee-Savage Road

Additional construction work on the Shakopee-Savage state road project now in progress was indicated this week when the State Highway department called for bids on a grading job east of Savage on Trunk Highway No. 13.

The bid call specified “Grading for 1.8 miles between Savage and 1 ½ miles east, comprising 105,715 cubic yards of excavation and one concrete box culvert, 38 cubic yards of concrete.”

Bids are to be opened August 16, the bulletin disclosed. Other jobs included in the call swell the total estimated cost of the projects to $70,000.

Aug. 8, 1940

The inmates at the State Reformatory for Women, located in this city, actuated by a genuine spirit of service to their fellowmen, have, for the past month been engaged in sewing for the Red Cross, under the supervision of Miss Theresa Smith, sewing supervisor at the institution. Many layette have been completed from materials furnished by the Scott County chapter of the Red Cross. They are unable to furnish materials, and their spare time is limited, however they have given generously of their time in making these much-needed garments, which have been given to Mrs. Adolph Schroeder, head of the local Red Cross, and will be sent to refugees of the war-stricken areas. Mrs. Schroeder informs us that anyone interested in this work may apply to Mrs. Schroeder or Mrs. Donald Childs, for particulars. If a sufficient number of ladies are interested in the work, the Red Cross will organize sewing and knitting clubs and an attempt will be made to arrange for rooms to promote this project.

M. J. Berens Store Front Improved, Remodelled

Improvement of the display windows and front of the M. J. Berens & Sons store at the corner of First and Holmes streets was begun this week.

Replacing the wood frame work and base boards, colorful and bright vitrolite will surround the plate glass on the west face and north face of the corner.

The present double door is to be replaced by a modern entrance and an additional entrance is to be provided on the north side in the east half of the building.

Other remodelling plans for the interior of the store are also under consideration, it was said.


Shakopee NYA Constructing Two Seaplane Bases

Two seaplane bases are being constructed in Shakopee by the National Youth Administration and will be delivered soon to Minnesota communities which ordered them, Chester Lund, state NYA director, announced.

One of the bases will go to Cass lake and the other to Brainerd or Gull Lake. The bases consist of an anchor-equipped float and a boom, the latter to afford surface protection from the weather and to serve as a walk to shore. The Cass lake delivery will be made this week.

The NYA will build bases for communities that need them and will supply materials. Building and installation work is done by NYA labor.

Aug. 15, 1940

Shakopee Indians Entertained at St. Paul House. In recognition of the excellent record thus far made by Manager Odenwald and his Shakopee Indians this season, they together with several members of the executive board of the local baseball association, the scorekeeper, Otto Scheller, the groundsman, Leon Siebenaler, and Argus-Tribune sports writers, were the guests of the St. Paul House and its genial proprietor, Frank Wampach, at a seven o’clock dinner Monday evening…

Walter Kopp To Pilot Texarkana

Continuing his steady and successful stride to the top of his profession, and gratifying his numerous friends here who were quick to vision his brilliant future when first he made appearance as an amateur on the local diamond, Wally Kopp, one of Shakopee’s favorite sons has been named pilot of the Texarkana Liners in the Class C East Texas League.

Kopp, a veteran catcher and captain of the champion Henderson Oilers, was the league’s best defensive maskman in 1939 when he established a .983 average. He stood sixth in hitting with a .331 mark. The previous year he batted at .334 when he managed the McAllen Palms in the Class D league. In that year he was selected as all-star catcher.

Before entering the Texas circuit Wally made a name for himself thru his performance on the Benson and Hancock clubs in the Corn Belt and Minnekota leagues.

Aug. 22, 1940

Monroe Kopisca Sets Dates for Tire Sale

Announced this week nationally by Goodyear dealers in every city and town is an unusual tire merchandising event, centering around the product of a large manufacturer, in the opinion of Monroe Kopisca, local dealer, who says that for nine days, starting August 22, Goodyear G-3 All-Weather Tread tires are being offered at new, low prices in an out-of-the-ordinary type plan.

“Wet weather,” Mr. Kopisca said, “is just ahead, you know, and slippery roads demand tires that will stop, for safety’s sake. Skids are the first cause of a majority of accidents.

“We are interested in putting good tires on cars now, when they can be seasoned well, so in cool weather they will provide up to 20 per cent more mileage than if they had been applied during the extremely hot weather.

“We are ready and willing to make inspections of anyone’s tires to be sure they are highway safe. And there is no obligation involved. America’s motoring death toll can be cut drastically by adoption of safety measures and good tire equipment is a logical place at which to start.”


World’s Largest Water Tower Rises Here

First like a tipless cone, next like a tapering column, next like a champagne glass and then like a giant goblet Shakopee’s new 250,000-gallon water tank is now rearing its yet unfinished head against the city’s southern sky. Its blue-gray steel body now splotched with rust from exposure to frequent rains, will soon glow like lustrous silver, but not until its spherical head has been formed to complete its collar-button figure.

The 130-foot tank, weighing 1515 tons and the largest of its kind in the world, is expected to be completed early in September.

Aug. 29, 1940

NEW SHOE SHOP—Opening in Shakopee Friday, August 30. Specializing in first class workmanship, prompt service. Watch for special announcement next week. MIRACLE SHOE SHOP, Ketterer Bldg. Basement, V. A. KRONFUSS, shoemaker.

Nick Schudrop Fifty Years a Thresher. Nick Schudrop, who has lived and worked in this section of Scott county for many years, informed an Argus-Tribune reporter the other day that he has rounded out a half century as a thresher. Fifty years is quite a spell for Nick to look back to and contemplate that from year to year, during all of that time, he helped thresh out a great many bushels of grain. It would indeed be interesting to know how many thousands of bushels it would figure up to. It would be a pretty sizable pile of grain, wouldn’t it?

Scott County Booth Places High At State Fair

Scott county’s agricultural booth at the Minnesota State Fair again placed among the top-ranking displays, judges announced Monday. Mrs. Art Gelhaye, Shakopee, who last year produced the first prize-winning booth for Scott county again arranged the booth this year.

With its point total reaching 1815.1 out of a possible 2000, the Scott county set placed fourth. First place winner was St. Louis county with a total of 1,844. Carlton county placed second with 1841.5; Wright county third with 1,825; and Ramsey county fifth, with 1,808.

Thirty-one counties were entered in the competition.

Sept. 5, 1940

Vierling Bros. of Eagle Creek, to Quit Farming. The Vierling Brothers, who are among the most prosperous farmers of Eagle Creek township, this county, have rented their farms and will retire from further active farm duties. Therefore, they will hold a closing out sale in order to dispose of a lot of farm equipment which they will not longer need. They have posters out advertising the sale for next Thursday, September 12, and they have had inserted a quarter page ad on page seven, of this issue. Argus-Tribune readers who may be interested will doubtless turn to it before they lay the paper away.

Fine Work Puts Park In Shape. The Shakopee Baseball association desires to avail itself of this opportunity to here express its gratitude to those public spirited citizens whose contribution of time and labor made it possible to use the new section of the grandstand last Sunday afternoon. Had it not been for the timely assistance it would not have been ready for occupancy. As it were, the baseball management was able to seat several hundred more than would have been possible had the new section not been completed. To those generous citizens therefore, the most sincere thanks of the association is extended…

To celebrate Labor Day, the inmates at the State Reformatory for Women, enjoyed a dancing party in the auditorium of the institution Monday afternoon. Mrs. McKay, of St. Paul, furnished piano music for the dancing. A buffet supper was served at which time the engagement of Miss Ann Rissel, secretary to the superintendent, and Mr. Frank Gilman, of Lynd, Minn. was announced to the inmates. A very pleasant and enjoyable afternoon was spent.

HUNTERS NOTICE—The following lands in Eagle Creek township have been leased: the George Klehr, formerly the Henry Hergott farm; the William Realander farm; the Jacob Menden farm, rented by Henry Stans; and the Henry Stans farm.

Sept. 12, 1940

PINSETTERS WANTED.—Must be 18 or over. Apply at ST. PAUL HOUSE Alleys after 12 noon.

New Water Tank To Be Filled Monday Night. It’s going to take a man-sized drink to satisfy the “innards” of Shakopee’s new 250,000-gallon water tank when it is filled for the first time Monday night. It looks like an all-night (and then some) job for the deep well pump at the city power house. The 120-foot tower, recently completed, has been painted aluminum, but councilmen are now considering changing the color to orange.


Newly Finished Hangar at NYA To Be Dedicated

Tomorrow evening, Friday, September 13, the newly completed airplane hangar at the NYA Camp will be dedicated with ceremonies appropriate to the occasion. The boys at the camp are proud of their hangar, and we believe justly so. It contains one plane, which the NYA boys have been working on. This will be on exhibition for those visitors who may be interested.

The boys have informed the Argus-Tribune that as a climax to the occasion a dance will be staged in the hangar. For this the services of The Showboat Entertainers have been secured, and a good time is promised all who may enjoy tripping the light fantastic. The boys have sponsored several successful dance programs previous to this one and there is no reason to believe that the one they are preparing for tomorrow evening will be other than successful. There will be no admission charge, and cordial welcome is extended to all.

Sept. 19, 1940

A group of football players of the University of Minnesota football team, witnessed the opening game played here Thursday evening between Belle Plaine and Shakopee, at the dedication of the new flood lights. They included Dick Wildung, Woodrow Evans, Gene Bierhaus and Bill Daley. The boys accompanied “Boots” Hirscher and Bud Boyle to Shakopee, to be present at the game.

Shak-O-High News. Shak-O-Hi’s walls have a fresh, new clean coat of paint. Whether they retain this present state of neatness depends entirely on the students. The first spots appear when negligent students lean against the walls or scrape the soles of their shoes along the wall. Some students take a peculiar delight in making long pencil scrawls on the wall as they go to class. Shak-O-Hi students … it is up to you to decide upon your daily environment. Will the walls remain clean?


“That Water Tank Is Plenty High,” Painter Says.

Down from a lettering job on the ball of Shakopee’s new 250,000-gallon water tank, Ed Fonnier, Shakopee sign painter, remarked “That tank is plenty high.”

After painters had finished the aluminum coat Fonnier lettered the word SHAKOPEE on the ball. The letters, he said, are four feet, eight inches in height and combine to make a sign 28 ½-feet long.

The new tank was put into service Tuesday after an all-night pumping job. Increased pressure throughout the city’s water system resulted in minor breaks in house water pipes and one major one at the Rock Spring bottling plant where a 6-inch gate valve let go, flooding a tunnel under the street.

Cutting over from the old tank to the new was accomplished with a minimum of difficulty despite the fact the job entailed many knotty problems.


Football Field Dedicated Here

Although defeated 7-0 in the last half minute of their opening game dedicating Shakopee’s new football field, the local high school squad measured up to the expectation of their coaches in the initial clash with Belle Plaine last Thursday night.

Nearly 1000 fans crowded the side lines and seats to witness the city’s first night football game. The thrills of a battle during which both teams went scoreless until the last seconds of play were augmented by the brilliant performance of the visiting Omaha Railway drum corps and the playing of the Shakopee high school band…

Sept. 26, 1940

Two Men Wanted—To handle local poultry and livestock protein feed routes. Farm experience desirable. Must have car. Necessary own your own home or begin paying on one soon out of earnings. This is big volume business and only reliable men of good standing need apply. For personal interview send only name and address to Box M., Argus-Tribune.


Warren Stemmer, 19 Gets Chance at “Big Time”

Warren Stemmer, 19, Shakopee high school graduate this spring, stole the show in the Eden Prairie-Shakopee clash in first round tourney play Wednesday afternoon, when he tallied a homerun on a lusty clout over the right-field fence.

The homer climaxed a brilliant season for young Stemmer who, it is generally conceded, has the possibility of a more luminous future in “big time” ahead.

That he is a “natural” is not only the belief of Shakopee fans but his prowess in the field and at bat has attracted the attention of big league scouts who were here during the tournament when they contacted the boy.

The Minneapolis Millers, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers, the latter through Walter Kopp, offered contracts to Warren in the hope of securing him for their respective “farms.” Because of his absorbing love of the game it was hard for the boy to say no to the scouts, but “no” it is for the present because he is entering St. Thomas college as a freshman. He said “It seems like a dream.”


Announce Opening of Ford Sales – Service

The opening of a Ford dealer agency and service here is announced in an advertisement in the Argus-Tribune today.

Appearing on page five the announcement discloses details of the service to be rendered by the firm which is to be known as the Shakopee Motor Sales. It will be housed in the Shakopee Motor Inn in association with H. W. Oradson.

Oct. 3, 1940

“Boots” Hirscher Sees Action on Varsity Team. Joe (Boots) Hirscher, Shakopee boy who has earned himself an end berth on the University of Minnesota football team, saw plenty of action in the Minnesota-Washington clash at Memorial stadium last Saturday afternoon…

Repair or remodel! Find out about our easy payment plan. We will gladly submit estimates to suit your needs. Henry Simons Lumber Co.

Supt. and Mrs. J. A. Metcalf and family, have moved this week from the Fred Berens house on East Fifth street, to the house recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Stordahl, on Fuller street.


Shakopee Bowlers Take Top Tournament Places

Three members of the St. Paul House bowling team captured three of the top positions in four-game singles tournament matches at Platwood Saturday and Sunday.

Kenny Nelson, with a score of 879, placed first; Leo Reisberg, with 840, placed second, and Carl Hemple, with 825, placed fifth.


Shakopee Skyline Altered By Wreckers

While most of the populace was absorbed in baseball, a wrecking crew slipped into town last Monday morning. Result—Shakopee’s skyline has been altered to the extent of one 30-year-old water tank.

Many there were who had set their hearts on seeing the big steel cylinder topple and crash its length on the ground. No one, it seems, save only the workmen, and a handful of nearby residents saw the tank go down.

It was accomplished quickly. An acetylene torch was applied near the base very much like a woodsman fells a tree. Guy cables prevented the structure from tipping to either side. When the steel plate was severed, the towering mass of steel remained poised for a moment; then, slowly at first, it tipped toward the south. A graceful, sweeping bow ending abruptly in a thundering crash, heard for blocks around, jarred the earth; like a fallen giant the tank stretched out on the ground.

Like ants on a worm workmen swarmed onto the tube and with hissing torches slashed it to smaller bits to be trucked away.

Oct. 10, 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Capesius and family took possession of their beautiful new home this week. Their new home which was recently completed is located on Seventh street. Mrs. Mary Lenzmeier moved into the house vacated by the Capesius family.

Shakopee’s State Championship Baseball Team To Be Honored. A dinner honoring the Shakopee team who won the Class A State Baseball title and then annexed the honor of representing Minnesota at the 1941 national tourney by defeating Albert Lea, Class AA champions, is being planned by the Shakopee Civic and Commerce Association for October 22, it was announced this week. A feature of the program will be the presentation of jackets to the boys.

Shak-O-High News. A press box is being erected on the football field and it is hoped to be completed before the Homecoming game. It will accommodate a loud-speaking system and one or two people. This will be a welcome addition to the already well equipped gridiron.

Oct. 17, 1940

The bonfire and pepfest went off in tongues of fiery flame Thursday night. Pleasant weather brought out a larger crowd than usual.

The bonfire was moved from the school grounds to a spot near the warming house.

Wes Dahl, master of ceremonies, did much to make the event successful. Members of the football team, Mr. Gorham, Mr. Stuhr, Miss Parnell and Miss Hurley; a few old “grads” mounted the sound truck, to voice their opinion of the whole affair, and to predict the outcome.

Virginia Eidsvold, led a goodly number of rousing cheers, and Mr. Vaatveit led the school song.

All the students joined hands for a snake dance around the fire.

Joins Airline Staff. Erwin Schroeder, son of Rev. and Mrs. H. W. Schroeder of Shakopee, has accepted a position on the engineering staff of the radio division of Transcontinental and Western Airlines, it was learned this week. Until recently, he had been on the staff of Radio State KITE of Kansas City, Mo. Still located at Kansas City, the young radio engineer spent last week testing the radio equipment of the new four-motored stratoliners, flying at an altitude of more than 30,000 feet.

Oct. 24, 1940

The inmates of the State Reformatory were treated to a movie Friday, in the auditorium of the institution. The pictures were taken by the Rev. Mr. Mecklenburg, during his travels. They were shown in Technicolor and were very interesting.

A meeting of the Band Mothers was held Monday evening in the library in the high school. Officers for the ensuing year were chosen, as follows, Mrs. Frank Dellwo, president; Mrs. E. J. Huber, vice president; Mrs. Jos. Schaefer, secretary-treasurer. Plans were discussed whereby funds could be raised for the final payment due on the new band uniforms. A committee, consisting of Mrs. E. J. Huber, chairman, Mrs. J. F. Christie, Mrs. Frank Hirscher, and Mrs. Frank Dellwo, was appointed to meet with Supt. Metcalf in order to formulate some plans to raise the funds sufficient to meet this payment.

110 Miles Per Hour on Highway Brings $100 Fine

Shakopee highway patrolmen cruising on highway 169 north of here Friday night gave chase to a big black sedan that raced by them at a terrific rate of speed.

Racing west down the long hill the patrolmen glanced at their speedometer; it was registering 100 miles per hour and still the car ahead krept away from them. Finally the patrol car’s shrieking siren came to the ears of the maniac driver and the race ended.

The two occupants of the big sedan were hailed into court in Minneapolis. The judge asked the driver how fast his car was traveling. “I don’t know, your honor, I was going so fast I couldn’t take my eyes from the road to glance at the speedometer.” Patrolmen fixed the speed at 110 miles per hour.

Following a lusty lecture the court imposed sentence–$100 fine, $5 costs, suspension of the driver’s license for one year.

Oct. 31, 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Petsch have moved into their home recently completed for them on Fourth street. A number of their relatives of St. Paul and Duluth came here Saturday afternoon and invaded their new home for the purpose of a real housewarming. Mr. and Mrs. Petsch were presented with a beautiful hand-painted picture and other gifts, as a memento of the occasion.

Mrs. John Lynch, Miss Lillian Siebenaler, Miss Vivian Freese and Miss Virginia Rudell were in attendance at the convention of Hair Dressers’ held from Sunday until Wednesday of this week, at the Radisson hotel, in Minneapolis.

32 Scott County Men Held Draft Numbers Among First 1000 Drawn

Number holders in the great national lottery of October 29 prefacing the first peace time conscription in the history of the United States, bent eager ears to their radios as the drawing of capsules went on into the night.

By the following morning all of the nearly 9000 numbers had been drawn, the last was No. 2114. Because only 1819 registered in Scott county, the last number affected no one here.

The first number drawn, however, No. 158 was held by Leonard Cornelius Flynn, 29, of Elko. Flynn is said to be one of seven brothers registered for the draft. The second number too, No. 192, hit Scott county. It was held by Jerome John Busch of Jordan.

Reports Wednesday morning indicated that only those holding serial numbers drawn in the first 650 order numbers would be likely to be called in the first draft of 800,000 men, beginning with a contingent of 30,000.

Among the first 1000 numbers drawn were 32 Scott county registrants.


Duane Arndt, right end on the Shakopee high school football team, was honored over the radio by “Stu Mann” on his sports broadcast over WDGY, Friday.

Arndt was saluted for his outstanding performance throughout the entire season. He was presented with a plaque suitable for framing as a commemoration of his outstanding play and sportsmanship.

Nov. 7, 1940

Octagon House in East Shakopee To Be Razed

The old octagon house, which for many years has stood as one of the landmarks in East Shakopee for these many years, is to be torn down to make way for a modern residence. Last week John Garvey of this city, purchased this property at the forfeiture sale conducted by the county auditor. It is Mr. Garvey’s plan to tear down the old building next spring and erect in its place a new residence.


5-Year-Old Son of Mr. and Mrs. Math Schmitt Strayed From His Home

Some time Tuesday, the 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Math Schmitt, of Eagle Creek, strayed away from his home. Becoming alarmed his parents instituted a search. Neighbors and Boy Scouts of Shakopee were enlisted in the search. Happily, the child was found by Ray Huber before it became dark, wandering about apparently unconcerned, in the vicinity of the Reis Brothers farm. Kenneth, none-the-less disturbed by his experience, was returned to the arms of his parents who, until he was recovered, suffered some anxious moments.


Ralph Woolsey To Be Heard on Radio Program

Adventures in wild life photography with Ralph Woolsey, photographer, will be the theme of a radio program to be broadcast over WCCO at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, under the auspices of the State Department of Conservation, it was announced this week.

Mr. Woolsey, a Shakopee boy, has been associated with the conservation department for several months as its wild life photographer. Harold Searls, informational representative of the department, will be heard on the program with Woolsey.


American Range Plant Is Sold

Last Saturday in the county court house, Shakopee, Judge Fred W. Senn of Waseca, sitting on the bench in Judge Moriarty’s stead, convened court in special session to hear a petition made by the receivers, praying that the offer made by Edward J. Turney, of Chicago, to purchase the American Range Corporation plant for the sum of $45,000, be heard and considered.

Following the taking of testimony in the premise and after all things had been considered, Judge Senn made an order receiving the offer, and confirming the sale contingent upon the payment of the purchase price in due course by the purchaser, and the carrying out of other details in connection with the transaction…

Nov. 14, 1940

Argus-Tribune Men Attend 2nd Annual Mechanical Meeting

Among the fifty or more operators and pressmen in attendance at the second annual mechanical conference at the Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis, last Friday, were C. N. Weis, H. E. McGrade and W. F. Duffy, of the Argus-Tribune staff. Subjects discussed included machine composition, press work, stereotyping, inks and several other kindred topics. Following the conference a delightful Smorgasbord lunch was served at Freddie’s cafe.

Nov. 21, 1940

Lions Club To Be Formed Here

A proposed Lions’ club for Shakopee became a reality last Monday evening when twenty of the leading business and professional men of this community met for dinner and, following talks on Lionism presented by visiting Lions, voted to proceed with immediate organization of the new club which will be chartered by the International Association of Lions Clubs, largest association of business and professional civic service clubs in America…


Shak-O-High News

Mock election held November 4 in the high school auditorium nearly brought down the house. Electioneering had been going on all day in the various groups and when the final vote was counted Willkie had carried the popular vote with a small majority, and the electoral vote was an overwhelming number.

Each student in the Social Problems class represented a state. Under his state banner a group of high school students and grade pupils from the four upper grades gathered. Each state delegation was chosen at random and roughly represented the electoral vote of that state. After the speeches were made each state voted as a group and the electoral vote of that state went to the Democratic or Republican column…

Many potent arguments were advanced by speakers on either side and were met with jeers or cheers from the student audience.

Nov. 28, 1940

Let Holiday Street Trim Alone, Warning

Just in case there be some thoughtless youths or adults in our midst who may have evil designs on the colored bulbs that will soon adorn the Christmas trees now being erected on the streets here, police officers have asked the Argus-Tribune to warn offenders they are in for trouble.

The city goes to considerable expense each year to give the community a typical holiday atmosphere, officers said, and helping to maintain the setting by leaving the trees and bulbs alone is asking little of those who destroy it.


“Cy” Fischer Is Chosen King Lion

The Lions roared mightily in Shakopee last Monday evening when 75 local Lions and visitors from neighboring clubs met for dinner at the St. Paul House, and proclaimed “Cy” Fischer as King Lion to head the new service group for the balance of the year ending June 30th…


Shakopee Awarded Dist. Golden Gloves Tourney

The Shakopee Softball Association will hold a meeting at the firemen’s room in the City hall, Tuesday evening.

All team sponsors, team managers, and players are asked to attend, as Shakopee has been awarded the district Golden Gloves Boxing tournament.

This is one of the outstanding sporting events in Minnesota. The district is composed of parts of Scott, Dakota, Carver and Hennepin counties, and more than forty amateurs are expected to enter…

Dec. 5, 1940

Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Mahar, who have occupied the Regan house on East Third street, moved the past week to the Sweeney apartment on Fifth and Holmes street. This apartment was vacated by Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Green, who are now occupying the Pomije house on Lewis street, from which Mr. and Mrs. Don Dunn moved into their new home on Shakopee avenue.

Buys Dray Business. In a transaction completed late last week George Ring purchased the dray and delivery business formerly operated by Frank Majerus. Mr. Ring took over the business Monday. He will handle local deliveries from the grocery stores, freight and express and dump truck hauls. Mr. Majerus is continuing his long distance transport service.

In New Location. The Gamble store, formerly located on East First street, moved this week to its new location on Lewis street in the quarters formerly occupied by the Kohler Ice Cream parlor. Kohler has moved to the building he recently purchased on First street.


Stop Signs Erected on Route of Highway 101, Opened This Week

With the opening this week of the new highway 101 east through Shakopee from Holmes street, stop signs have been erected along First street, the course of the new route.

Motorists traveling all streets that cross First street, are advised to be on the lookout for the new signs and get the habit of observing them. The new route is expected to be heavily traveled particularly by commercial carriers en route to South St. Paul.

Dec. 12, 1940

C. J. Hartmann Marks Fiftieth Year Here in Market Business. Marking fifty years of business in Shakopee, C. J. Hartmann, in an advertisement in the Argus-Tribune today announces his market is staging a two-day anniversary sale, Friday and Saturday…

Jobless, 17 to 25, To Be Offered N.Y.A. Jobs. The Argus-Tribune has been requested to announce that unemployed men and women between the ages of 17 and 25 will be put to work immediately on national youth administration projects. This announcement was recently made by C. H. Lund, state administrator.


Santa Claus To Be At Annual Party For Children

Again this year, as has been the tradition for years past, the Shakopee Civic and Commerce association is completing plans for the children’s Christmas party, H. E. Flynn, association president announced this week.

The party, to be staged in the Shakopee theatre, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 21.

Plans provide for a visit from Santa Claus who will distribute candy, fruit, nuts and gifts to the hundreds of children from Shakopee and surrounding territory who attend the affair.

Besides Santa’s visit there is to be a full program of movies of especial interest to the children, sponsors said, and all of it will be free.

Dec. 19, 1940

The American Legion Auxiliary held a very enjoyable Christmas party at Legion hall, Tuesday evening. Cards furnished entertainment and delicious refreshments were served. Mrs. Al Tiedt received high school prize and Mrs. Esther Lonto won the door prize. There was also an exchange of Christmas gifts. At the conclusion of the evening’s entertainment, the president, Mrs. Peter Fitz, extended Christmas greetings and best wishes for the new year to the assembly. The affair was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.


Gordon Gelhaye Wins New Honor

Having wound up another highly successful season in Canadian rugby, gigantic Gordon Gelhaye, middle wing (tackle to you), on the Calgary Bronks, arrived in Shakopee, the old home town, Sunday night.

Bearing his new laurels lightly and modestly the 280-pound, 6 feet, 2 inches of good natured Gordon, shyly admitted he had been chosen on Liberty Magazine’s All-Canadian mythical team. For this he received a sterling silver cigarette case of which Gordon said, “It’s a nice case.”…

Dec. 26, 1940

Unique Greeting Card Sent By Bottling Firm

“A bird’s eye view of Shakopee” in 1869, is the picture that adorns the season’s greeting card mailed to their friends this week by the Rock Spring People of Shakopee.

The unique card shows an artist’s sketch of Shakopee as it appeared “way back when”, and on the inside the original bottling works is compared in picture with the new and completely modern plant.

There too, a modern speed boat skimming the Minnesota river beneath the highway bridge is contrasted to the old lumbering stern wheelers that plied the stream in’69…

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