Remember When: 1963

Compiled by Don McNeil, Shakopee Heritage Society

From the Shakopee Valley News

Maurice Stans’ Contribution Gives Scholarship Fund Impetus…The Shakopee Federation Youth Opportunity Fund to provide scholarships for qualified Shakopee high school graduates was given a boost with the receipt of a $1000 contribution from a former alumnus of the class of 1924.

Type IV Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine clinic held from 2-8 p.m. at the Prior Lake High School.

The grade school population of Shakopee School took a decided jump Monday when the second grade gained the distinction of having new triplets Joel, John and James Larson enrolled. They are the sons of Mr. & Mrs. Darwin Larson.

Ken Yackel, member of the Minneapolis Millers hockey team of the International Hockey League, will be guest speaker at the Shakopee Rotary Club. Ken graduated from the U of M in 1956 where he lettered in three sports, the last Gopher to accomplish this astounding feat.

Eight senior members of this past season’s Minnesota Gopher Football team will invade Shakopee’s hardwood when they vie with the Shakopee Public High School faculty team. Sponsor of the contest is the Conquistadors, Shakopee Youth Car Club that is under the sponsorship of the Shakopee Joint Recreation board. Making an appearance in the role of courtmen for the Golden Gophers will be all-American Bobbie Bell and Gopher captain, Bill Munsey. Suiting up for the Shakopee High faculty will be Allen Bartyzal, English and speech instructor, as forward.

Shakopee’s newest resident is Minnesota Federal Savings…come to gala open house February 15 to 22…celebrities, gifts, prizes, refreshments. You’ll have a chance to meet Miss Shakopee, Betti Lu Wermerskirchen; St. Paul Winter Carnival Queen, Roberta Ann Anibas; Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen, Connie Haenny; Viking Coach, Norm Van Brocklin; All-American, Bobbie Bell; WCCO V.I.P., Howard Viken and especially for the children that famous clown, “T.N. Tatters.”

Possibility of a Catholic high school was discussed at a meeting sponsored by the Shakopee Knights of Columbus in St. Mark’s Hall with nearly 400 in attendance.

Shakopee WWI veterans 24th Annual Last Man’s Club Banquet will be held at the Shakopee Post No. 2 American Legion clubroom at the east end of Shakopee.

Highlight Social Event of the Season…The Luxemburger Ball, sponsored by the Shakopee American Legion, Post No. 2. Event will be held at Riverside Ballroom in Carver on George Washington’s birthday.

Lean, Clean Lines; More Room Inside…Rambler ’63, winner of Motor Trend Magazine Award, “Car of the Year”…Brambilla Motors, 133 W. First Ave.

All the fish you want! – This was the word that was out and around after the State of Minnesota Department of Conservation, made known that the Minnesota River from the Belle Plaine bridge to the Holmes Street bridge in Shakopee was open for promiscuous fishing until Feb. 28th. Among the some 25 spear fishermen congregated underneath the Holmes Street bridge was Don Hamilton. With catches loaded in his jacket pockets, he is set to cast another “lucky jab.”

A special referendum increasing the salary of the City Council and Mayor from $100 to $200 per annum will be placed on the ballot in the biennial election in the City of Chaska. The council is comprised of nine members.

Scout Week observance in Shakopee included the display of crafts in windows of business firms by Boy Scout Troop #218. They have displays in the Ben Franklin store window on East First St., it being a display prepared by Richard Wolfe, the troop’s newest Eagle Scout. Handiwork of Cub Scouts was likewise placed on display in the window of Winnie’s Dress Shop on West First.

Recreation is the activity being stressed in Scott County’s 4-H club this year. 4-H club work considers recreation a necessary part of healthful, wholesome, purposeful living. Recreation provides an opportunity for club members to learn, participate and assume leadership responsibilities, leaders report.

Getting the distinction of being named to the Minnesota Valley All-Conference team was Tom Rein, senior guard. Rein had been an outstanding athlete in track and baseball, along with his football and basketball achievements for the past three years. He was previously twice named to the Minnesota Valley All-Conference football squad.

A team made up of eight members of the Shakopee high school faculty and four Shakopee independents defeated the Golden Gophers football cagers 65-60 in the contest sponsored by and for the benefit of the Conquistadors Car Club of Shakopee at the Shakopee High gym.

Announcing the opening of our new dining room – Available for private parties, small wedding groups, business lunches and dinners…Grand opening…free coffee and donuts – Don’s Cafe (formerly Gelhaye’s Cafe).

Out of the Past…50 years ago – Feb. 28, 1913 – There will be a meeting for the purpose of organizing a Farmer’s Club on Friday evening, March 7th at 8:00 p.m at the Commercial Club room in Shakopee.

February Special…Bicycle rebuilding…all makes. Look what it includes: new paint job, new chrome fenders, brakes cleaned and adjusted, front hub cleaned and adjusted, all bearings replaced…all for only $17.95. Free pick up and delivery…Shakopee Services, Hobby Center, 101 S Lewis St., Shakopee.

Beautiful 4-bedroom rambler…$22,500, with attached garage, fireplace up and down, carpeted living room and master bedroom, ceramic 1-1/2 bath, built-ins, amusement room

New owners of the Shakopee Ford-Mercury dealership, the former Bob Ryan Motors, Inc., now to be known as Shakopee Motors, Inc., are Ronald M. McDaniels of Bloomington and Burdette Stief, also of Bloomington.

Registrations are now being accepted in the Youth Firearms Training program sponsored by the Minnesota Correctional Department Division of Fish and Game. Registration may be completed at the Burshek Hardware on First Avenue. They may be completed by any boy or girl who will be 12 years of age from now until September or who is presently 12 years old up to the age of 18. The six-week classroom instruction is held at the high school.

Lt. Governor, A. M. (Sandy) Keith, is conducting a tour of the State Reformatory for Women and Shakopee Home for Children. The tour of the institutions is part of Keith’s recently announced program of visiting most state welfare and corrections institutions during the legislative session. Keith plans to visit most state hospitals, mental and retardation institutions, prisons and training schools.

Help Wanted: Receptionist-typist: neat and attractive; must type 60 words per minute; shorthand helpful but not necessary; must be able to start immediately. Call: SK 1-3939 ext. 32.

Readying the nursery in the new wing of St. Francis hospital for the tours to be offered during the open house to be sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary on Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. Auxiliary members will conduct the tours during the open house event, and will hold a silver tea in the new, spacious meeting room on the ground-floor of the newly completed three-story addition.

City Fathers Seek Salary Increase…Shakopee voters will receive an additional ballot on the proposition of paying the sum of $200 per annum as salary to the mayor and members of the common council. The mayor and members of the common council are presently being paid the sum of $100 per year as salary.

Doris A. Simons of Minneapolis, by vote of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee, was granted an on-and-off 3.2 beer license for the main floor of Mr. Jim’s Inn, over the protest of Police Chief R. G. (Pat) Thielen. He added that he just didn’t think that the applicant, being a woman, could “handle” the place.

Jaycees Charter Night Banquet…The newly organized Shakopee Junior Chamber of Commerce held its third meeting in the community room at the First National Bank. The Charter Night Banquet would be held at the Millpond Trout Club on the east end of Shakopee. Dancing is to follow the dinner.

Losing a Heritage…Minnesota’s most priceless historical heritage is slowly crumbling into dust and soon will be lost forever, unless immediate steps are taken to preserve one of our great treasures of the past. This is the unsurpassed newspaper collection at the Minnesota Historical Society, where a copy of almost every newspaper printed in the state since territorial days is preserved. For vast areas of the state and for periods of many years in our rich and proud history, the collection serves as almost the only recorded and complete record. Wood pulp newsprint is the chief culprit. Wood pulp paper, on which two-thirds of this great collection is printed, can be handled safely for perhaps only 30 years.

Best Picture…winner of 10 Academy Awards…”West Side Story”…starts Wednesday, March 13 and runs through Tuesday, March 19 at the Shakopee Theater.

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