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1893: Scott County Argus

Aug. 3, 1893

John Hirscher pulled out a big pickerel from the river this morning, the largest we have seen taken from the Minnesota. It was laid in a good sized wash tub and the head reached around within a few inches of the tail. Its back is fully five inches broad.

Miss Bertha Schepperle desires to announce that she will give lessons on the piano and guitar after August 7. Parties desiring information will please address Miss Bertha Schepperle, Shakopee, Minn.

Two young men with a long box, a square box, a hand organ, and a big painted sideshow canvass, stopped in our midst last Monday for a few hours. The long box contained a petrified Viking giant, the square one enclosed two monkeys, while the hand organ must have contained a whole chorus of the imps of darkness judging from the wails and discordant shrieks which emanated from out of its depths. The outfit had evidently come here expecting to see a crowd for the circus. They were disappointed.

During the past few days east bound freights have been loaded down with gangs of tramps who claim to be Denver miners going east for work in the harvest fields. Thirty-nine were lying on top of the box cars of yesterday afternoon’s freight. As long as they go on through we shall not object.

On Friday last the drug business of B. A. Kohler was transferred to the new firm, and Messrs. Deutch & Zettel took formal possession. Mr. Kohler has, during the years past, enjoyed the liberal patronage of our townspeople and of the residents of the surrounding country, the favor of all of whom he had won by his genial, gentlemanly ways as a fair dealing drug merchant; and there is not one of these but that will regret to lose him from the ranks of the tradesmen. Much of the popularity his business has attained in the past has been due to the affable young men who have presided over the prescription department, and especially is a word of commendation due Mr. J. G. Kiesel who has so faithfully attended to the interests of the business during the past three years. Mr. Kiesel has won many friends here during his stay and one and all join in wishing him success in embarking in his own interests upon the business sea, although regretting that it will take him to another place. He has all the elements necessary to success ensconced within his slight frame, and is bound to win. Mr. Kohler will retire from active business life to enjoy some of the fruits of his well earned prosperity. He takes with him the best wishes of all for renewed health and happiness. The gentlemen who have stepped into so desirable a business in our midst need no introduction to the public. Mr. Deutch is a registered pharmacist, by examination, and will have charge of the prescription department, while Mr. Zettel will have an eye to the general interests of the business. Both are gentlemen such as one likes to meet. They hope with zeal and energy to so conduct the business as to deserve an ample share in the public patronage during the years to come.

Dr. Mitchell and Geo. McMullen are now engaged in inventing a “snorometer.” They want to find out just how hard Mr. Peck snores in a small room in a farm house after a hard days’ fishing.

When flies become troublesome in a house they can always be expelled by a very simple mixture. A half teaspoonful of black pepper finely ground should be mixed with double the quantity of brown sugar and the compound be moistened with cream. The flies will generally eat greedily of this mixture if placed where they can get it, but it will be their last meal, for the least taste of it is to a fly rank poison.

Aug. 10, 1893

The “Omaha” road officials have decided to take off the local train which has run up from Mankato for several years past. The “stub” as it is called, made its last run yesterday morning. It is probable, however, that this may be only a temporary arrangement, as this train has always done a good business in the past. The St. Louis will get the benefit of the local morning travel by the new arrangement.

Several of our local clairvoyants got together the other day and brought back to earth the spirit of the defunct Shakopee Driving Park Ass’n. for a short consultation. The spirit was much pleased with the new enthusiasm manifested and evinced a desire to return to earth and again take up its abode among us. Dr. L. G. Mitchell was immediately set to work upon the corpse and with powerful linguistic electrical apparatus has succeeded in partially resuscitating the association. Forty-five dollars has been raised already, of which forty has been paid for the rent of the old track till the fall of ’94, and fifteen will be used in fixing it, up so that the association may have a field to exercise upon while recuperating. It is the intention to get up, with the aid of the merchants, some new features that will draw people in from the surrounding country. On fair days small prizes might be offered for the best farmer’s road horse, the best pair of roadsters, the best team of draft horses, etc. These contests in connection with some good races that could be gotten up with the excellent trotting stock already in the town, would prove very interesting and would doubtless draw much attention. We have some of the best trotting stock that can be found in towns of this size anywhere, as well as many excellent roadsters, and we surely ought to support a driving park. It is the intention of the promoters of the new scheme to make the track a public boulevard, rather than a racetrack pure and simple, and the public is welcome to use the track freely as such.

Otto Dierberger is erecting a neat brick dwelling at the corner of Somerville and Second street.

Work has been resumed on D. L. How’s new building and it is purposed to push it to rapid completion.

The Busse building is progressing rapidly, the walls being nearly completed. The iron front will go in next week.

The Minnesota Stove Co. is getting out a new cook stove that is really a work of art. John McMullen has one on exhibition at his store. It is worth a visit.

Deutsch & Zettel have just put in a fine line of choice cigars for your delectation. And you know how nice and fresh that large patent cigar showcase keeps them.

A steam merry-go-round, or “Flying Dutchman,” is located on the vacant lots opposite John McMullen’s residence. It commenced operations last night and was well patronized by the “small fry.” The amusement is certainly fascinating and it will not be surprising if some of the children of a larger growth are found indulging in a trip or two. The owner stated that in some towns “the big ones are worse than the little ones.” The outfit will remain about a week.

Four wires were run up on the telephone line this week. Two of these run to Chaska and Carver, while the other two run down to Mankato. The entire line will be ready for business within a few days.

House for Sale. House with 6 large rooms and summer kitchen, good stable, corn rib, brick smoke house, wood shed, 10 lots. The house is built with brick and is a story and a half high. A good well and cistern is on the place. The premises is situated on Second street two blocks west of the stove foundry. For further particulars inquire of the proprietor, Chas. Siewert, Shakopee, Minn.

Aug. 17, 1893

Do you enjoy the music of the guitar or piano? If so, would not you yourself like to learn to play upon them? Miss Bertha Shepperle gives lessons at the residence of Jacob Clemens, First street. Call Monday morning.

The telephone line to Chaska and Carver is now ready for business. The Mankato line is rapidly nearing completion.

H. P. Marx’s flyer, Hazel Fritz, has been brought home form Minnehaha Driving Park for a two week’s rest. She will then go to St. Cloud to trot in the races at that point.

Our enterprising horsemen have already raised money enough to pay for the use of the track until November ’94 and now need donations to put it in shape for a boulevard. Every evening it is a sight worth seeing to go up and watch the exercise of the young as well as the old horses and sometimes witness a pretty brisk race. Our citizens should all help this cause as it is intended to benefit each and all in the near future.

Two “aquarium” cars with a steam caliope visited the city last Tuesday. Those who visited them failed to find the aquarium, but they did see some fairly good curiosities.

Aug. 24, 1893

Paul Bierlein has moved his family into the Wm. Heidenreich house on Second street.

Last Saturday morning a young man was arrested on the charge of stealing money from A. Schmitz’s saloon. He was tried in the afternoon and found guilty and sentenced to ten days in the county jail. It seems that this fellow, in company with another, had struck town when the little birds were singing their early matins. All the world looked fresh and green, and to these deluded creatures the town and townspeople looked fresh and green, too. So they lingered in our midst, that is, around A. Schmitz’s saloon. During the morning Mr. Schmitz went out to procure a steak for his noonday meal, leaving one of the chips from the old block to watch the place in his short absence. The boy sat out in front until he heard footsteps inside when he went in and discovered one of these loafers in possession. He had entered by the rear door. The fellow called for a glass of beer and then went out. When Mr. Schmitz returned he immediately discovered that two half dollars had become a minus quantity in his absence. So he questioned the boy, heard the story, and had the two fellows arrested before they had got out of town. The money was found on the persons of the two. One of them was convicted of stealing it and is languishing in jail as stated. At this rate it will not be long before these strangers will give Mr. Schmitz’s saloon a wide berth. It will be remembered that a fellow who tried to get away with about $14 last year is now trying life in the state’s prison in consequence. It is, and rightly so, the policy of our authorities to urge these tramps to either go around or, at least pass directly through the town. They may learn to do so after a few such lessons.

J. B. Gellenbeck intends to open a notion store in Shakopee in the near future. He will move his family from Belle Plaine to this city next week.

Last Saturday night tramps relieved Mr. Pengilly of twenty-three chickens and his neighbor, Mr. Thomas, contributed a large can of milk. It is safe to say that the love of these two gentlemen for the tramp element at the present time is away below par.

George Sullivan contemplates building on the lot between the city hall and Voelker & Koenig’s meat market.

Aug. 31, 1893

Joseph Hirscher has that beautiful carved oak side-board on exhibition in the east show window of Hirscher & Sons’ new and elegant brick salesroom. It is a splendid piece of work and deserves attention.

Quite an extensive affair will be that of the dedication of the new and commodious parochial schoolhouse at Marystown next Sunday. The St. John’s Society has been invited to take part in the exercises, and it is probable that a large contingent from Shakopee will be present on that occasion. The building is a handsome two story brick structure in which the residents of Marystown feel a most pardonable pride.

Rev. Fr. McMahon of St. Thomas Seminary of St. Paul, was on Sunday last the guest of Dennis Flaherty and family. While here he viewed the Catholic churches and expressed himself as astonished at the splendid edifices and their equipment. He is of the opinion that St. Mark’s church is as beautiful and complete as that of any church in the state. And he is right. The parishioners of the German church have every cause to feel proud of their splendid cathedral, for it compares most favorably with churches in the larger cities of the state.

Otto Dierberger expects to move into his new residence in about a week.

A burglar entered the Hirscher residence last Friday night and made off with Geo. Hirscher’s best suit of clothes and his gold watch. George is now wondering how that fellow could want them more than he did.

J. B. Gellenbeck removed his family to this place from Belle Plaine yesterday.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

Aug. 2, 1918

Flag Raising. Thursday, August 15, has been set as the day for the dedication of St. Mark’s service flag. The flag is of silk, made in banner style and has 76 stars, one gold star, four officer’s stars, the latter recognizable by the bars, and a red cross for the army nurse. The banner is 3 ft. by 5 ft. and is the gift of Mr. Henry Hussmann, of St. Mark’s parish. Mr. Hussman, the generous and patriotic donor, has four cousins in the service of Uncle Sam and a fifth, enlisted, waiting for his call. Hon. Julius A. Coller will be the speaker for the evening, the exercises commencing at 7:45 p.m…

M. L. Castles and family are occupying the Wilder home on Shakopee avenue. Mr. Castles is the agent for the W. T. Rawleigh Co.

Work has commenced on the new 5-room bungalow of Frank Boehmer, in east Shakopee, The foundation was completed on Monday and the raising of the structure was commenced.

The Irving Oltmann home was entered on Monday evening, between the hours of eight and nine o’clock, by some unknown party. When the family returned home about 10 o’clock the house as somewhat ransacked. Upon investigation it was found that about $7.00 was missing. There is no clue as to the perpetrators.

Aug. 9, 1918

C. C. Storer has accepted a clerical position at the Omaha station, commencing work the first of the week.

Peter Cassellius has returned to his work in Flaherty & Lies’ store, after enjoying a three weeks vacation.

Nick Ries of Prior Lake, while driving down the mile road, which is being rebuilt, was unfortunate enough to have two blowouts in the tires on one side last Sunday. The roadster turned turtle in the ditch, badly smashing it. Mr. Ries escaped unhurt.

Aug. 16, 1918

Red Cross Dance Breaks Record. The Red Cross social and dance at Riverside park last Friday was one of the most successful affairs ever carried off by the local chapter, whose undertakings have been so uniformly satisfactory in their results. A very large proportion of the town patronized the ice cream stand and enjoyed themselves in the park for several hours. The fancy quilt, was disposed of during the evening, Miss Georgina Fischer now being the lucky possessor. The quilt brought $56.50…

Scout Movement Progressing. The Boy Scout organization has progressed rapidly. Sixteen members have signed up, with George Brown as patrol leader. The majority have ordered uniforms and are ready to be classed as Tenderfoot scouts. The object of the boy scout is for training in military tactics to an extent, also to train in discipline, and along other lines that are brought to bear in everyday life.

Much Canning Done. This is summary of the work that has been done in the canning department of the Shakopee High School this summer to the present time. We have canned 735 quarts of fruits and vegetables in tin cans and 210 quarters in glass jars. The girls canning club has been active and from them a team has been picked to meet the other teams of the county in a canning contest. The team consists of Margaret Schaefer and Pauline Ring.

Miss Regina Strunk resumed her work as clerk in Flaherty & Lies’ store on Monday, after several week’s absence.

The new six-room cottage which is being built by Delwo and Engel, near the site of the Women’s Reformatory, is about completed. The cottage is the property of Achille Tuyten.

Louis Keschnitzki was a St. Paul business caller over the weekend. While there Mr. Keschnitzki bought more than $100 worth of leather. Mr. Keschnitzki has been in the shoe repairing business in this city for the past 26 years and is deserving of the fine patronage afforded him. He also wishes to state that he has resigned as street overseer, his business taking up all his time. His successor has not as yet been named.

John H. Doyle has charge of the mill elevator, near the depot, to succeed R. M. Plumb.

Miss Rose Lenertz is assisting in the office of the Shane Bros. & Wilson Milling Company, commencing work on Monday.

Thomas G. Saymour and his men, who have been making an inventory of the property of the Tri-State Telephone in Scott county, have completed their work, having made a complete record of the condition of each unit, such as poles, wires, anchors and pins. The record has been filed with the state railroad and warehouse commission.

A severe electrical storm visited this section of the country last Monday morning and considerable damage is reported throughout the country. Math Sand’s barn at Marystown was struck by lightning with very little damage, and John Nesbitt at Eden Prairie lost a valuable cow. Nick Thielen, living in Eagle Creek was the heaviest loser. A fine new modern and up to date barn, built a year ago, was struck about 3:30 A. M. and was burned to the ground. Mr. Thielen succeeded in getting out two horses, and one set of harness. The barn was valued at $3,000 with $1,500 insurance. Besides the structure Mr. Thielen lost 50 tons of hay, 370 bales of straw, two horses, cream separator, three sets of harnesses and other articles too numerous to sum up. In all, his loss would easily figure up to $5,000. Plans are being drawn up to replace the barn at once.

Aug. 23, 1918

Fined for Speeding. Elmer Brown, a driver from the sanitarium, was arrested for speeding in the city limits Monday and was taken before Judge Theo. Weiland where he entered a plea of guilty and paid a fine. Brown was warned some days before by Mayor Lenertz but evidently he thought that the mayor didn’t mean what he said, for on Monday Mr. Lenertz saw him driving over the bridge at a high speed and caused his arrest. This is the first case to be prosecuted, but others will follow if infractions of the speed ordinances are persisted in.

Would you like to have a cedar chest? The Henry Simons Lumber Company is giving away a beautiful chest, free. Visit their booth at the fair, you may draw the lucky number.

Hirscher Bros. have just completed a handsome auto-hearse which they are now using in connection with their undertaking business. The body is 18 feet long by 4 wide, and the workmanship on it is equal, or indeed superior, to anything in that line that we have seen. When it comes to woodworking, carving and finishing the Hirscher brothers can take their place with the foremost artisans in the country.

The Shakopee Relief Association donated 50% of the cost of the new fire hose, recently purchased by the city. The amount was $250.

The corner room of the Southworth block, formerly occupied by the John Gentgen barbershop has been repainted and papered this week. The room will be occupied by the local draft board, moving from the courthouse, yesterday.


Fierce Electrical Storm

Wednesday night the worst electrical storm of the year passed over this neighborhood. In Shakopee wind and lightning did some damage which will amount into hundreds of dollars. Lightning wrecked the steeple of the Lutheran church, but no fire followed. Builders are of the opinion that the steeple will have to be torn down and rebuilt. At the state reformatory the hoisting tower was wrecked by the wind, and building operations are interfered with for a few days. We have heard of no other damage. The storm seems to have been general over the southern end of the state. At Tyler it took the form of a tornado, and it is reported that thirty persons were killed or many injured.

Owing to the heavy rains of the past ten days the Minnesota river has been rising rapidly and is now within a foot or two of going over at Riverside Park and is over at some places where the banks are lower. Last night’s downpour is likely to raise the water some more, and it is more than possible that the end of the week may see the river out of its banks in more places.

The backwater from Feldmann’s lake is now approaching the mile road and may shortly interfere with the building of the trestle.

Aug. 30, 1918

The members of the Home Guards are invited to join in the parade on Saturday evening. They will meet at the schoolhouse at 7 o’clock.

The ice cream social given for the benefit of St. John’s Lutheran church, on the Rohlfs lawn on Tuesday evening, was a grand success. The Mandolin orchestra furnished the music. A fine sum was realized.

Nick Thielen had a lumber hauling bee on Monday. Fifteen loads of lumber were taken from the Interior Lumber Company’s yards to rebuild the barn, recently destroyed by lightning.7

1918: Scott County Argus

Aug. 2, 1918

Lester Brown has a handsome new Ford Sedan which he is using in his livery business.

Boy Scouts Organize. George H. Jones, agricultural instructor of the high school, is assisting a number of young boys in the organization of a Boy Scout patrol in which the boys are manifesting deep interest. The organization was effected at a recent meeting and an order placed for uniforms with Boy Scout headquarters in New York. The patrol starts with a membership of fifteen, Mr. Jones serving as scout master. The boys will take the regular course of instruction in military drill, and camping trips and hikes will afford agreeable outings…


Service Flag To Be Dedicated

On August 15th St. Mark’s church will dedicate their service flag at an evening social on the church grounds.

Mr. Henry Husman is the generous and patriotic donor of the flag which is made of silk and is 3×5 feet in dimensions. It bears 76 stars—a gold star, four officers’ stars with bars and one army nurse cross. Mr. Husman, the donor, has four cousins in the services with a fifth enlisted and waiting for his call.

On the occasion of the dedication Hon. J. A. Coller will speak and music will be furnished. Refreshments will be served during the evening and amusements provided for the entertainment of patrons.

The event will be one of public interest and everybody is cordially invited to be present and witness the raising of the flag.

Aug. 9, 1918

Registration of Nurses. Registration of nurses is still going on at the high school and will continue until the evening of August 11th. Miss Rose Schwartz is acting as registrar this week. Those who are unable to call at the building may telephone their names and addresses to Mrs. W. F. Duffy.


Patriotic Event at St. Mary’s Parish

On Monday evening, August 12th, St. Mary’s church will hold flag-raising and dedicatory exercises on the church ground at 7:45 o’clock.

A handsome flag 6 by 12 feet and a 42 ft. flag staff have been donated to St. Mary’s church by Mrs. Joseph Lenertz and the flag will be appropriately dedicated with a program of music and speaking. Mayor Lenertz will preside as master of ceremonies and such well known speakers as J. J. Moriarty, George F. Sullivan and Rev. Fr. Carey of St. Thomas college have accepted invitations to speak. The Shakopee Cadet band will furnish music during the evening and a social time follow the exercises. Refreshments will be served and a feature of the occasion will be a booth conducted for the benefit of the Red Cross.

The event is one of universal interest and Rev. Fr. Lee and the congregation of St. Mary’s extend a cordial invitation to their friends of all denominations to be present and enjoy a pleasant evening with them.

Aug. 16, 1918

Boy Scouts Progressing. The Boy Scout organization has progressed rapidly. Sixteen members have signed up, with George Brown as patrol leader. The majority have ordered uniforms and are ready to be classed as Tenderfoot scouts. The object of the Boy Scouts is for training in military tactics to an extent, also to train in discipline and along other lines that are brought to bear in everyday life.

John H. Doyle began work Monday as manager of the depot elevator for Shane Bros. & Wilson.

Bolt Strikes Residence. Last Monday morning about 3:30 o’clock lightning struck the A. T. Dell residence, following telephone and electric light wires into the house and stopping their service. All of the electric light bulbs were blown out and the telephone was put out of commission. Shortly after the bolt struck smoke was smelled, and an investigation revealed several umbrellas in a rack near the telephone in flames, the fire having gained considerable headway by the time it was located. Chimney stops were blown out and soot was scattered over the rooms but no great damage resulted from the bolt and none of the occupants of the house suffered any ill effects from the lightning. It is probable that the shock would have been greater had not the house been equipped with eaves spouting which grounded the current to a great extent and largely lessened the danger.


Boy Shot In Shoulder

As the result of being shot at with a “didn’t know it was loaded” rifle Sunday, Arthur Strehlow, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. August Strehlow, is carrying a bullet in his right shoulder. The shot was fired by a playmate, Adolph Scheller, who found a 22 calibre rifle under the porch of the Strehlow home and supposing it to be unloaded, proceeded to demonstrate how to “kill the kaiser” with telling effect.

The rifle had been hidden under the porch by boys from a neighboring home who had borrowed it from a companion.

Realizing that he had shot Strehlow, young Scheller became frightened and ran away but returned after being gone several hours.

Dr. Reiter attended the injured boy and anticipates no serious results as the wound is healing nicely.

Aug. 23, 1918

Airplane at Fair. Through the efforts of Wm. Ries, secretary of the Scott County Agricultural society, assisted by Lieut. Dempsey formerly assistant medical director at Mudcura and who is now located at the Overland institute where he is doing his bit to help win the war, the Scott county fair at Shakopee will have a war plane or what is perhaps better known as a flying machine on exhibition on Friday, the second day of the big show. This is something that a great many of us have never seen and we are glad of the opportunity offered. The flier will be accompanied by twelve men, eleven privates and an officer. It will be Friday, the second day of the fair.

Lightning Hits Church. During the severe electrical storm Wednesday night lightning struck the tower on St. John’s Lutheran church, splintering it so that it will have to be rebuilt. The interior of the church was untouched and fortunately the bolt failed to set fire to the structure. Wind blew down the scaffolding at the women’s reformatory and lightning also destroyed part of a stack of wheat on the J. Evans farm but the fire was put out shortly after it started. The storm was one of the worst of the year and continued for several hours with a torrent of rain. The recent heavy rainfall has caused the river to rise rapidly and the volume of water is now nearly bank full.

Service Flag Raised. The service flag of St. Mark’s church was raised Thursday evening of last week with appropriate ceremony. The choir of St. Mark’s sang “America” with an accompaniment by the Mandolin club and Senator J. A. Coller spoke eloquently. The flag is a handsome silk banner bearing 76 stars, one gold star, four officers’ bars and a Red Cross emblem. It was donated to the parish by Mr. Henry Husman. A very large crowd was present to witness the flag raising and the later hours of the evening were spent in an informal social time. Refreshments were served and amusements of various kinds provided entertainment for the guests. Proceeds from the affair were very satisfactory and the treasury of St. Mark’s church was enriched by more than $300.

Foot Passenger Walk Completed for Fair. The contractor to whom was awarded the job to build the foot-passenger walk of the river bridge, started work the first of the week and an effort will be made to have the walk completed on or before the Scott county fair is held here, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week.

Jos. N. Conter, the insurance man, has moved his office from the Southworth block to what used to be the sample room of the Occidental hotel. This room will be nicely fitted up for Mr. Conter’s purpose.

The local draft board have moved their office into the Southworth block formerly occupied by John Gentgen’s barber shop. The move was made in order to provide ample vault space for the rapidly accumulating army records kept by the board.

Aug. 30, 1918

Fifty Dollars for Races Tomorrow. S. L. Donaldson of Minneapolis has come forward with a voluntary request to offer and pay fifty dollars for foot races to be participated in by Scott county people only and to be staged by the Scott County Agricultural Society at the fair grounds tomorrow—Saturday afternoon. These races will be staged on a circular track immediately in front of the fair grounds…

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Heinen and baby spent Friday and Saturday in St. Paul where Mr. Heinen purchased his Christmas toys. Mr. Heinen says that war conditions apparently have not affected that branch of trade and that he never saw a finer or larger stock of toys than those shown by the wholesale dealers. His own stock will be exceptionally large.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Aug. 5, 1943

Many Give Blood for Fighting Men. Blood for the wounded men in the nation’s armed forces—120 pints of it—was gathered here Tuesday by the Red Cross, Mrs. W. A. Pomije, blood donor chairman, announced Wednesday…

Civic & Commerce Assn. Sponsoring Cigarette Distribution. Send cigarettes to your fighting men! The Civic and Commerce association of Shakopee in conjunction with the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco company dealer and distributor of Camel Cigarettes, are sponsoring a project which when carried through, will provide servicemen overseas with cigarettes…

FOR SALE.—The James Doyle farm of 40 acres; good buildings. CALL 782-J for appointment.

FOR SALE.—To close estate, dwelling with 2 ½ lots, centrally located on Fourth street. Inquire E. J. Huber, Adm. Elizabeth Engel Est., Shakopee.


Rev. H. P. Roberts Takes Charge Local Presbyterian Church

Rev. and Mrs. Hugh P. Roberts have moved here from Minneapolis and are occupying the Presbyterian Manse at 525 E. First street.

Rev. Roberts terminated his pastorate at Welsh Presbyterian church in Minneapolis last Sunday. He will conduct the services in the local Presbyterian church next Sunday…

He will begin his regular pastorate on September 1.


Remodelling of Cafe Now in Progress Here

Remodelling of the Gelhaye cafe on East First street, was begun this week. For the next two weeks, Lee Gelhaye, owner said the place will be closed.

Although complete plans for the alteration were not disclosed, it was learned that a partition is to be erected across the center of the building from north to south, reducing the size of the cafe and making the other half available for renting to some other business.

Several prospective tenants are now seeking the available space, Gelhaye said, but names or businesses were not divulged.

Aug. 12, 1943

Auxiliary Police Finish Training. Twenty-seven Scott county men successfully completed a training course for the instruction of auxiliary police Monday night. The training course was held as a part of the Civilian Defense program and the men have been attending a school in the court house here one night a week, for the past 10 weeks…

Boarding Homes for Children Sought in County, Notice Says. That there is a growing demand in Scott county for rural boarding homes for children was disclosed by the State Division of Social Welfare, this week in a notice received by the County Welfare office…

Aug. 19, 1943

More Shakopee Scouts Now at Tonkawa. Bringing the total of the season’s “campers” to 18, five more Shakopee Boy Scouts are doing their turn at Camp Tonkawa. They will return from their two-weeks stay Sunday…


Shakopee Hero Gets Two Air Medals for Action Over Europe

Two medals, awarded for five combat bomber missions over enemy-occupied Europe and for the destruction of one enemy aircraft, were received the past week by First Lt. Robert L. Schaefer, Shakopee flyer, wounded in action several weeks ago and now convalescing in a British hospital.

For the combat missions Lt. Schaefer was awarded the Air Medal, and for the destruction of enemy aircraft he received the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal…

Aug. 26, 1943

Post War Period Home Building. Daniel J. Fouquette, state director, and Ora E. Sahr, chief underwriter of the Federal Housing administration in Minnesota, visited Shakopee on Thursday of last week. Their visit in this community was for the purpose of examining into the residential situation in Shakopee with the view of making a survey, having in mind such assistance as their department may be able to render in the post-war home building program. They called on Mayor Cavanaugh, E. J. Huber of the First National Bank, and a number of other citizens of the community. The editor acknowledges a brief visit by the gentlemen…

There will be no service at the Presbyterian church next Sunday, Aug. 29, as the church is undergoing repairs. However, the congregation is looking forward to welcoming their new pastor, Rev. Hugh Roberts, on September 5, when he will begin his work in the parish.

Mr. and Mrs. Bud Almich and family, who have been residents of Shakopee the past six years, will move to Robbinsdale, Sunday to reside. During their stay here they have made many friends who regret their departure. Mr. Almich was in charge of the Lange meat department in the C. Thomas store for several years, and is now an employee of the Cargill Shipyards in Savage.

1968: Shakopee Valley News

Aug. 1, 1968

Sewer construction is now under way on West First and on Clay Street, with the Highway 169 a maze of barriers and directions as the cut is being made across the pavement. The sewer is to tie in the Rahr Malting plant with the present city interceptor running along the Minnesota River bluff to the sewage plant on East First. The project, bid at a cost of $21,768, on a contract let by the City of Shakopee, is to accommodate the Rahr plant’s process water and sanitary sewage with this firm paying full costs of the installation…

Levee Drive construction is proceeding along the south bluff of the Minnesota River with the erection of forms for pouring a retaining wall now taking shape and forming a pattern of squares and parallel lines…

Scott Sheriff’s Entry Featured On Cover of June Pigeon Journal. Scott County Sheriff W. B. (Rip) Schroeder of Shakopee has gained widespread recognition as a pigeon fancier, with one of his prize winning entries being featured on the cover page of the American Pigeon Journal’s issue for June 1968.


Scott County At 30.4 Per Cent Third Largest Population Gain

Scott county had the third largest gain in population in the State of Minnesota as of July 1, 1967, according to estimates released recently by the section of vital statistics, Minnesota Department of Health.

Only two other counties in the state had greater population increases over that of Scott county, showing a 30.4 per cent gain. They were Anoka County at 47.2 per cent and Dakota County at 44.9 per cent…

Aug. 8, 1968

‘Serenade’ To Kickoff Pow Wow Days Events. An evening of musical selections entitled “Serenade of the August Moon” will kickoff the Shakopee 1968 Pow Wow days under the stars at Huber Park Rodeo Arena at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, August 15…

Establish Free Legal Service To Scott Co. Needy. The attorneys of Scott and Carver counties have established free legal services for residents who may qualify from Scott and Carver counties. Anyone who feels in need of legal services but cannot afford attorney fees is welcome to apply on the regularly scheduled dates and locations…

Aug. 15, 1968

Scott Board To Name Committee On Courthouse. The Scott County Board of Supervisors in a positive move on Tuesday of this week, August 13, agreed to give full consideration to the need for new courthouse facilities in Shakopee and to select a committee of 10 residents over the county to assist with the planning and determination of meeting the needs for the new facilities…

Scott County Historical Society’s first project in the proposed restoration of a frontier village in the Memorial Park area, to be granted by the City of Shakopee, at the east edge of the city, was in evidence this week as a specific area was “staked out”. This was to define the site of the former Oliver Faribault House, located at the rear of the Kelm property, just east of Shakopee Pond on East First that is to be moved and located in the proposed restoration area near the Pond Grist Mill in Memorial Park…

Plan Traffic Signals on E. First At Lewis, Up-Date Holmes. That the State of Minnesota Highway Department plans installation of a traffic control signal system on October 25 of this year at Lewis Street on East First (Highway 101), as well as to up-date the present control at the Holmes Street intersection was revealed at the regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee Tuesday night of this week, August 13…

Aug. 22, 1968

Scott Board Acts On Transfer Of School Funds. The Scott County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting Tuesday of this week, August 20, approved a resolution authorizing the Marystown School District No. 1875 funds be turned over to Shakopee School District No. 720, the two districts having consolidated effective July 1 of this year…

Jail 5 Youths After Fracas Sunday Evening. A fracas involving 14 youths, arriving from Minneapolis in cars, and 30 to 40 Shakopee youths resulted in the jailing of five of the Minneapolis youths, after Shakopee police broke up the disturbance at about 11:30 p.m. last Sunday, August 18, during Pow-Wow Days…

Shakopee High Teacher Attends Aerospace Technology Institute. Jack A. Anderson, metal and electronics instructor in the Shakopee Senior High School Industrial Arts department, who joined the Shakopee High Faculty last 1967-68 school year, was among the 22 junior and senior high school teachers from the continental United States, Puerto Rico and the Canal Zone to recently complete a six-weeks National Defense Education Act Institute for Advanced Study in Power and Aerospace technology held at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan…

Aug. 29, 1968

New Housing Authority Now Active. Now active is the Housing Authority named by the Common Council of the City of Shakopee, with a special meeting set for 8 p.m. at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, September 10, with Allen E. Anderson of the State Planning Agency to be present to outline duties and functions of this group…

Church Women ‘Man’ Bakery As Owner Goes For Surgery. Because Willard Paul, proprietor of Paul’s Valley Bakery, 114 East First, was scheduled to enter St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee for surgery last Sunday, August 25, he donated his retail bakery facilities to several Shakopee church women’s groups for giant bake sales on the various days of the week he expected to be absent from his shop…

Scott Board Names Courthouse Committee. A committee of 10 Scott County residents was named by the Scott County Board of Commissioners Tuesday of this week, August 27, to assist the county board with the planning and determination of meeting needs for new facilities at the Scott County courthouse site in Shakopee…

1993: Shakopee Valley News

Aug. 5, 1993

County approves Stans Museum. Shakopee native Maurice Stans will construct a $1 million building that will house a museum containing memorabilia and artifacts from his life and provide a home for the county’s historical society under an agreement signed by Stans and Scott County Tuesday…

Jehovah’s Witnesses to build church in Shakopee over three-day period. From Friday through Sunday, the Shakopee congregation of Jehovah’s witnesses plans to build a new Kingdom Hall at the intersection of County Road 78 and Old Brickyard Road…

County recorder Wermerskirchen calls it a career. Paul Wermerskirchen, Scott County’s recorder and registrar of titles for the past 27 ½ years, retired as of Friday…


DOC urges import of inmates for jail

The Scott County Jail Annex near Jordan was found to fully comply with mandatory and voluntary standards set by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) when the facility was inspected in late June.

However, the declining prisoner population at the annex prompted the DOC to urge Scott County to actively seek minimum-security prisoners from counties experiencing a shortage of jail cells…


Aug. 12, 1993

City told that without financial help, Murphy’s will close

Murphy’s Landing is on the brink of closing its doors by Sept. 15 if city and county officials do not infuse financial support at the Shakopee historic museum.

That was the message given the Shakopee City Council on Aug. 3 by Dr. Rolland Pistulka, vice president of the Minnesota Valley Restoration Project (MVRP) board, the organization that manages the 88-acre “living museum.”…


Plan would reorganize school building use

Shakopee’s Elementary Grade Reorganization Task Force has recommended that the district have two buildings housing grades kindergarten through four, and one with grades five and six.

Although the School Board accepted the task force’s report Monday, board members asked for more time to review its recommendations before implementing them…

The task force further recommended that Pearson Elementary be considered as the site for fifth- and sixth-graders, since its structure was the most flexible for changes…


School land purchase approved

The Shakopee School Board Monday approved the purchase of 32 acres of land south of the high school at a cost of $435,000…

The land was purchased to allow for expansion at the high school, which is now on 21 acres. The state Department of Education recommends a minimum of 50 acres for high schools the size of Shakopee’s. The land also will be used to develop a school recreation complex, including a football field, track, bleachers, lighting and additional parking…


Hearing on second phase of downtown project set

The Shakopee City Council last week set a public hearing for Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the second phase of the downtown renovation project, which would include First Avenue from Holmes to Sommerville streets.

The project, estimated to cost $360,302, would include water-main replacement, sewer service connections, roadway improvements, curbs and gutter, new lighting, planters, benches and trash receptacles…

Aug. 19, 1993

Business plan for Murphy’s needed, MVRP board told. To keep Murphy’s Landing from closing under a quagmire of debt in September, the Scott County Board and city of Shakopee may be willing to provide help in the form of loans, grants and services-in-kind if the museum’s board of trustees can deliver a satisfactory business plan. Local government officials would seek accountability for the funds, and an explanation of how the money would be used to reduce the museum’s mounting debts…

Kingdom come

If you build it, they will come.

“They” being 400 Jehovah’s Witnesses from throughout Minnesota; “it” being a new Kingdom Hall.

In just four days — Aug. 5-8 — a new Kingdom Hall, or meeting place, for the Shakopee congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses was constructed.

The building was constructed at the intersection of County Road 78 and Old Brickyard Road, where the old Kingdom Hall had been located…

Aug. 26, 1993

Board OKs school designs

Building designs for additions to Sweeney and Pearson elementary schools were approved by the Shakopee School Board Monday night…

Each building will get an additional 12 classrooms, and allow space for 750 students at each site.

Changes at Pearson are estimated to be less costly because of the building’s open-classroom concept. The 41,000-square-foot addition will be constructed to the east of the current facility. Renovations will be done on 8,000 square feet.

Other elements of the addition include art, science, computer and music rooms; an expanded media center; and two gymnasiums each with a floor space of 3,000 square feet…

Changes at Sweeney will be more costly and time-consuming, due to the less-flexible design of the structure.

Construction will be visibly more dramatic. There will be a two-story addition and new gymnasium at the back, or east, of the existing structure. Additions will cover 45,000 square feet, and there will be 14,000 square feet of renovations.

Besides new classrooms, arts, science and media centers, the Early Childhood Family Education Center, which is now housed in the high school, will be moved to the first floor of Sweeney…


Bond sale for new Shakopee clinic approved by city

The Shakopee City Council last week adopted a resolution establishing a joint-powers agreement to enable the city of St. Louis Park to issue $235 million in revenue bonds to finance a number of construction projects, including a new Park Nicollet Medical Center in Shakopee. The city of Shakopee will not be under any financial obligation or risk under the agreement.

About $4.5 million of the bond revenues will go toward constructing a 20,000-square-foot clinic in Shakopee, which likely will be built next to or connected to a new St. Francis Regional Medical Center in a medical campus off of Marschall Road, just south of the new Shakopee Bypass near Vierling Drive…

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