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1892 Shakopee Courier

Feb. 4, 1892

Miss Plumstead has resigned her position as teacher in the Union school.

Louis Brown fell in the mill and got hurt, in consequence of which he is laid off from work this week.

Miss Belle Kunsman has been engaged to teach in the place of Miss Plumstead. The board could not have made a better choice as Miss Kunsman is an excellent young lady. We are glad to see our Shakopee girls have a chance.

Sheriff Hilgers arrested two boys 16 years old on the H & D. train, last week, on a dispatch from Dakota county, and afterwards turned them over to an officer from that county who met him for the purpose at Prior Lake. The charge was stealing old coins etc. Both boys were armed and equipped with revolvers, evidently equipped for plunder.

Feb. 11, 1892

The bankrupt store which has been open on Holmes st. for several weeks, will close up and move away the last of this week, Feb. 13th.

The Minnesota stove works are expecting soon to increase their force, several additional experienced moulders being among the number. The company is also looking up residence sites for the employees to locate and build upon in the spring.

The Shakopee flour mill is steadily on the increase in its running capacity and is proving to be one of the best enterprises this town ever had. Last week one day they ran off in the neighborhood of 450 bbls. and propose to put in extra boilers and run about 525 daily, with an employment of 50 men.

Feb. 18, 1892

For Rent, on 1st of March, a brick house, 5 rooms, good well and barn. Corner of First and Spencer Sts.—C. E. Busse.

Atty. F. J. Steidl of Brown’s Valley, formerly of Chaska, was in town yesterday on business connected with land locating, and soldiers’ homestead claims, which latter he makes a specialty of.

Michael Bierlein will remove his family here from Chaska as soon as he can find a suitable residence.

The freezy-breezy weather of the past few days makes the sidewalks crack as the foot passers hurry by.

O. S. Brown is going to build a brick barn 45×100 on the vacant lot corner of Holmes and Second street. It is to be a livery barn.

Feb. 25, 1892

Street overseer Goenen commences his season’s work early this year.

If you want a cold bath, go to Flaherty & Lies’ cellar, and swim away free of charge.

Burt Pond moved to Dakota Monday where he will take charge of a farm for Moses Titus.

1892: Scott County Argus

Feb. 4, 1892

The Mill Co. has purchased A. B. Riggs’ heavy Norman draft-horse to be used in hauling to and from the tracks.

Will Conter has taken charge of the books at the Stove Works.

Mr. Geo H. Hutton is now boarding with Mr. O. S. Brown’s family.

Feb. 11, 1892

The Reis brothers have purchased a 900 lb. Hall safe for their livery office. It was put in place on Tuesday afternoon and hereafter will be found ready to gulp down loose coin in exchange for their neat liveries.

Mr. Joseph Nachtsheim has been obliged to have his erstwhile famous well drilled deeper, as the deep well at the mill has drained off his supply of water and given him some little trouble in procuring the supply of water needed in turning out the usual amount of his famous five-cent “staffs.”

B. A. Kohler has received and set up in his progressive drug store an elegant cigar show-case, the counter of which is made of stained cherry and the case itself of beveled plateglass, altogether making a most beautiful addition to the place. It is “useful as well as ornamental” to lovers of the “weed”, for the cigars, being constantly over long pans of water in the bottom of the case, are always fresh. This is a commendable piece of enterprise.

An old-fashioned sleigh-ride is planned for to-night.

The Shakopee Driving Association met Tuesday evening in the office of H. J. Peck. The plan of fencing in the Driving Park was discussed, but discarded on account of the heavy expense that would be incurred. A high board fence around the entire track would cost somewhere near $500 and the members do not feel justified in undertaking the project at the present time. The base-ball club intend to mark out its diamond on the area inside the track in the spring and with a little work will have as good a ballfield as there is in this part of the state.

Feb. 18, 1892

Mr. A. Greenberg leaves for Chicago today to buy a large stock of spring goods. He will be absent ten days or two weeks. During his absence his store will be in charge of his brother, who came from Minneapolis on Tuesday.

A very smooth smiling faced individual bobbed up in our town on Friday last and inscribed the rather poetic name of Joe N. Kenney on the register of the Occidental Hotel. He was young. One could scarcely imagine that those youthful sun-kissed locks, the matchless, though mated, patent leather shoes, the nobby box-cut overcoat and, in short, all the articles of his faultless attire really encompassed a bold bad man. Yet this was true. In his wicked heart was guile. He hied him to the feed store of our mayor and engaged the Opera House for a one night’s engagement of the popular “McCarthy’s Mishaps” company which would be then on its way to Minneapolis to play a return engagement. Then he presented the fact that he was “broke,” and at the same time a check for $50 duly signed by the company, on which he obtained the endorsement of Mayor Weiland. Then he skipped his hotel bill and a few railroad ties between here and Chaska. This aroused suspicion and he was taken off the Minneapolis bound train at the trestle that evening as he was endeavoring to slip through. He was not quite smooth enough for that. He returned $46 to Mr. Weiland and then went to supper. Before a warrant could be sworn out for his arrest as a forger, he had again spirited away his graceful form into outer darkness, leaving a valuable coat as a salve for the landlord’s wounds and an idea in the minds of the towns-people that he had made a very bungling attempt at a very serious crime.

A cinch party was very pleasantly entertained by Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Nye at their home on Third street Wednesday evening.

H. D. Gardner, Minneapolis, has been engaged as chief engineer at the mill, and entered on the duties of that position Wednesday.

Feb. 25, 1892

Will Cargill will open a barber shop in Jacob Ries’ vacant building on First street. This will give Shakopee four shops with a total of six chairs.

Mr. Schultz, of New Ulm, has accepted the position as teacher in the Lutheran school of this place, filling the vacancy caused by the illness of Rev. Spindler.

On Tuesday night the culvert at the corner of First and Lewis streets filled up with rubbish and as a consequence the cellar of Flaherty and Lies’ store was flooded by the overflow. Fortunately the proprietors, with Noah-like sagacity, had left nothing stored where the flood could reach it and hence no damage was done save that perhaps in this case A-ra-rat or two may have been covered up in the overwhelming waters. Our street commissioner got out his hoe of promise in the morning and the cellar was soon drained.

The young man who tried to raise money on a forged cheek here a short time since, was arrested and lodged in jail at Hastings for passing a forged check there on the manager of the opera house. He will probably go to state prison where it is said he has been before, though but nineteen years old.

1917: Shakopee Tribune

Feb. 2, 1917

Oats for sale. Inquire of Mrs. B. C. Sullivan. Phone 34.

The interior of the Joseph Ploumen bakery is being treated to a fresh coat of paint and paper.

Miss Gertrude Scherkenbach is assisting in the office of the Minnesota Stove company, as stenographer.

Mr. Louis Keschnitzka will open his shoe shop on First street, and will do honest work as has done the past 25 years. He solicits the trade of old and new customers.

Feb. 9, 1917

H. P. Marx last week sold his jewelry store to Ferdinand Zrust and son of Cologne, the latter recently of St. Paul who will conduct the business at the old stand. Mr. Marx will remain here and will specialize in Optometry with offices in the rear of the jewelry store. In addition to this he will have the agency for the Victrola talking machine. The newcomers are strangers here and the Tribune joins in bidding them a hearty welcome.

Mr. Terrill the county surveyor and road engineer of Hennepin county informed Mayor Jos. J. Moriarty on Tuesday that a crew of engineers would begin work on a re-survey of the road project at Shakopee, and the contemplated road as now planned would be changed so that it would not run east from the trestle road along the foot of the hills, but would take a northeasterly direction up over the hills, keeping south of the M. & St. L. railway right of way to a point of intersection to the Eden Prairie road. Mr. Terrill states that the project would be less expensive and make a better road and shorter route to the cities.

The Minnesota Stove Co. was forced to shut down this week on account of coal and car shortage.

Feb. 16, 1917

A deal was closed last Saturday by which J. M. Spindler again is possessor of the general store on Lewis St. Mr. Spindler sold to E. G. Dahl about a year ago and bought a small farm on Shakopee avenue with the intention of going into the poultry business, but finding the work too strenuous he decided to re-enter the business world. Mr. Dahl, the retiring merchant has as yet not decided on the future.

Woman’s Reformatory Ours. Yesterday morning Senator Julius A. Coller received official notification that the new state reformatory for women will be located at Shakopee, the site chosen being the August Koeper farmstead overlooking the beautiful Minnesota Valley from its heights on the western edge of the city…

Feb. 23, 1917

After a five weeks’ trip through the south in the interest of the Jacob Ries Bottling works, J. R. Witt returned home on Saturday.

The pupils of School District No. 1 are enjoying a vacation this week, the school being closed on Monday, to be disinfected. Several cases of scarlet fever are reported among the scholars.

A Sorrowful Tragedy. Last Monday morning the little son of Joseph M. Spindler discovered the body of his father in the chicken house at the rear of the family residence on Fourth street, dead from a bullet wound thru the right temple…

1917: Scott County Argus

Feb. 2, 1917

Dr. G. A. Roerke, a dentist of Chaska, brought a patient to Shakopee hospital Tuesday for the purpose of securing some X-ray photographs.

On Saturday last Will and Ed Veiht purchased of J. B. Heller, our recently elected chief of police, his ice business, including the ice house and tools. The new firm took immediate possession and at once commenced the annual harvest of ice. The ice business in Shakopee is a good one and Veiht Bros. will give the best service within their power.

H. P. Marx’s jewelry store is closed for a few days while an inventory of stock is being taken, after which it will reopen under new management of Ferdinand Zrust and son of Cologne and St. Paul. Mr. Marx will retain the optical department and will specialize in optometry. He will also keep the agency for Victrolas. The jewelry department will be conducted along the same lines as heretofore, and will be enlarged. Mr. Zrust, sr., is the father of Mrs. Joseph Ploumen of this city.

Feb. 9, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. George Leng and family have moved here from Orfordville, Wisc., to make their home. Mrs. Leng was formerly Miss Clara Bohls.

A letter from E. A. Gerde, sales manager of the Christian Milling Company, conveys the information that he has severed his connection with the company, his resignation taking effect February 1st. Mr. Gerde accepted a position as sales manager of the Nicollet Park Garage Co., one of fourteen official Ford agencies of Minneapolis, in which he, his father A. O. Gerde, and his brother Adolph have formed a partnership.

Feb. 16, 1917

Women’s Reformatory Given To Shakopee. Those of our citizens who are interested in Shakopee’s material welfare and advancement, and it is assumed that all are, will be delighted to learn that on last Saturday the Board of Control finally selected Shakopee as the town where the State Reformatory for women is to be located. The site selected is the August Koeper farm immediately southwest of the city. All are agreed that it is a splendid site from every point of view for an institution of that character and the State Board of Control, or anyone else, will positively have no occasion to offer any apology upon its choice of sites.

Business Change. A business deal of the week which has been learned with interest was the purchase by J. M. Spindler of the E. G. Dahl general merchandise store that Mr. Dahl acquired early last year from Mr. Spindler. When the latter sold out he had planned to take up farming and fancy poultry raising on a large scale, but after trying it out for a time found the occupation not congenial and decided to re-enter his old line of business. The offer he made Mr. Dahl was accepted and the store has been closed since Monday while inventory was in progress. It will reopen either today or tomorrow with Mr. Spindler again in possession. He is one of Shakopee’s best known and reliable citizens and his former patrons are pleased to learn that he will again be associated with the city’s commercial interests in which he has always taken an active part. Mr. Dahl has made many warm friends in the short time he has been here and it is hoped that he will decide to remain in Shakopee. His future course is wholly undetermined as the sale of his store came unexpectedly and he has no definite plans at the present time. Miss Anna Kreuser will assist Mr. Spindler and the latter hopes to greet all his old customers at his opening this week.

Feb. 23, 1917

Thomas Devenney has sold his place in South Shakopee to Wm. Connelly of St. Paul, formerly of Belle Plaine, for $5300. The new owner will take possession April 15th. Mr. Devenney will move onto one of his other places or build a home on one of his lots.

Julius A. Coller went to St. Paul Saturday for a conference with the State Board of Control relating to matter concerning the women’s reformatory; he accompanied Mrs. Coller and Jac to Cedar Rapids, from there went to Chicago to attend high court and investment board meetings of the C. O. F.

Shakopee White Way Project Launched. For the purpose of considering ways and means for replacing the present antiquated street lighting system now in use on Lewis street, the most beautiful avenue in the city, with a cluster light scheme, a meeting of all the property owners on that street from the bridge to Shakopee avenue on the hill was held at the city hall last evening. The meeting was largely attended by the property owners along the street and much genuine interest and enthusiasm was manifested in the movement.

1942: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Feb. 5, 1942

Eagle Scoutship To Be Conferred On Richard Schaefer. Next Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Wayzata high school, Richard Schaefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. J. Schaefer, will have the title and honor of Eagle Scout conferred upon him. Richard is the second Shakopee boy to receive this high title in scouting. Ben Scherkenbach was the first to be given the honor…

Deputy Schroeder Has Completed Aircraft Warning Organization. W. B. Schroeder, deputy sheriff of Scott county, who was recently appointed chief warden of the Aircraft Warning Service for this county by the Department of Military and Naval Affairs, has recently completed the organization in and for the County of Scott…


Shakopee Fire Laddies Seeking Room Facilities

Due to the fact that the Shakopee Fire Department is sponsoring the State Firemen’s convention, to be staged in Shakopee in June, they are casting about with the view of listing all the room accommodations possible. They are allowing one dollar per person per day for three days.

They ask that anyone who has or may have room facilities to let for the occasion to please get in touch with any one of the committee, consisting of Butz Pass, phone 487; C. T. Jasper, phone 217; George Jasper, phone 238, or Christy Rein.

Feb. 12, 1942

Music pupils of Sister M. Johanna gave a very enjoyable recital at St. Mark’s hall, Wednesday afternoon, for the parents and relatives of the students, and the pupils of St. Mark’s school.

U. S. Navy to Train Skilled Labor At The N. Y. A. Shakopee Center. The Argus-Tribune is told that plans are well under way by the government at Washington to transfer the National Youth Administration camp, located immediately east of Shakopee’s municipal limits over to the United States navy who will use it to train machinists and give them the necessary skilled touch…


Mrs. A. E. Boppel is Awarded Scholarship

The November issue of The Northwestern Druggist, carried a very fine article on “Pharmacy,” written by Mrs. A. E. Boppel, pharmacist at the local Rexall Drug store.

This week, Mrs. Boppel received a letter from the College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, informing her that for this contribution she had been awarded a scholarship to the Sixth Pharmaceutical Institute, which will be held in the Center, Feb. 16, 17, 18 for continuation study…

Feb. 19, 1942

The inmates of the State Reformatory for Women were entertained at a Valentine dancing party in the institution, Saturday evening. Mrs. M. T. Jamieson, sister-in-law of Miss Estelle Jamieson, superintendent at the Reformatory, and four lady friends of Minneapolis, furnished music for the dance, and a very delightful evening was spent.

Carl Rosenvold Becomes Cambridge Exchange Head. Carl Rosenvold for the past six years maintenance man for the Shakopee exchange of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company, has become manager of the Cambridge exchange for the same company, it was disclosed this week…

Shak-O-Hi News. Mass production of Valentines has been going on in the art room. So many paper napkins were borrowed from the kitchen that our cooks finally demanded some of the finished products.

Feb. 26, 1942

Robert Wampach, son of Mrs. Mary Wampach, of this city, who resigned his position at the Rahr Malting plant several weeks ago to enlist in the navy, left Tuesday of last week to enter upon his new duties and is now stationed at Great Lakes Training Station.

Petition Asks for Audit of Jackson School Accounts. At the request of ten freeholders who petitioned the state public examiner, a representative of that office is now auditing the books and records of Jackson School District No. 7…

1967: Shakopee Valley News

Feb. 2, 1967

Gun Club Withdraws Eagle Creek Petition. Withdrawal of the petition of the Twin City Hopkins Gun Club for a special use permit to erect a range for skeet and trap shooting, contemplating the use of shot guns only, and the construction of a club house, resulted following a public hearing held at the Eagle Creek Township Hall at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 25…

Council Supports Chamber’s Urging Of Merger Of Two R.R. In City. Approved by the Common Council of the City of Shakopee in official session Tuesday night of this week, January 31, prior to the committee of the whole meeting jointly with the Commissioners of the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission, was Resolution No. 155 supporting the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce’s urging of the merger between the Northwestern Railway and the Milwaukee Road…

Feb. 9, 1967

‘Rash’ Of Auto Vandalism In City Over Past Weekend

Five instances of vandalism to autos were reported to Shakopee police over the past weekend, one being the Shakopee Senior High School parking lot on Tenth Avenue, one on Shakopee Avenue, and three other incidents on West Third.

Reported at the high school was the placing of nails under an auto tire at front and back, so that they would be picked up whether the car moved forward or backward. This incident occurred last Saturday night during the Annual Sweetheart dance being held at the school’s gymnasium.

On Shakopee Avenue, over the past weekend, the left front and rear windows of an auto were smashed.

The three incidents on West Third also occurred over the past weekend, one with the car windows and a vent glass broken, and in two others, the left car windows smashed.


Nation-wide ‘Plug’ For Shakopee Through Minnesota Gas IDEA Book

Shakopee is featured in a quick “armchair tour” through some of the prime industrial sites in Minnesota.

This “armchair tour” is taken by means of the IDEA book which Minnesota Natural Gas Company introduced to the community last Thursday, February 2, at a noon meeting of the Industrial Division of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce held at the Shakopee House, east edge of Shakopee…

Feb. 16, 1967

Traffic Signals On First Get ‘Airing’ At Council Monday Night. Need for traffic signal on East and West First and the updating of traffic control at the Holmes Street intersection was discussed at the regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee Monday night of this week with State legislators and Highway Department engineers present to express their views along with hearing those of City officials…

Jaycees Plan Bosses’ Night on February 27. The Shakopee Junior Chamber of Commerce announced plans this week for a banquet leadership training program and party, known as Jaycees Bosses’ night…

Feb. 23, 1967

Turning the key this week for the last time to one of the oldest family-owned establishments in Shakopee are George A. “Duke” Philipp, owner of Philipp Furniture, and his son, Tom. The history of the business goes back 107 years to 1860, when it was established by the late Henry Philipp, grandfather of the present owner. His son, Anthony Philipp, joined the business in 1872, and took his son, George, into the firm with him in 1922. In 1960, Tom joined his father in business, marking the fourth generation of the Philipp family to be in the firm. The Philipps have recently announced the sale of their building and discontinuance of the furniture business. They will, however, continue to operate the Philipp Funeral Home, which enjoys the same long history of family ownership as did the furniture store…

Noon Siren To Give Way To 6 P.M. ‘Daily Blast’…Announcement that the traditional blowing of the city siren at noon is to be changed to the daily sounding of the siren at six o’clock in the evenings was made this week by Mayor Ray Siebenaler, who said the noon siren had been a traditional part of the city’s activity ever since “I was a teen-age boy.” He reported the change was being made on complaints of citizens who said the noon siren was “distracting.”…


Suspend Scout Paper Drive.

That Shakopee Boy Scout Troop monthly paper drives are to be temporarily suspended until further notice was announced this week.

No salvage paper companies are buying waste paper due to the slow down in the building industry. Twin City buyers notified the Shakopee Scout troop that they have on hand in excess of a six months’ supply of waste paper and will need to use this up before accepting more…

1992: Shakopee Valley News

Feb. 6, 1992

St. Francis moves physical therapy clinic to Shakopee Town Square. St. Francis Regional Medical Center will relocate its physical therapy center from the hospital to Shakopee Town Square, next to the movie theater…


Chrysler executives enjoy snowmobiles during Super Bowl event

Snowmobiling proved to be the most popular event at the Chrysler Corp.’s Super Bowl party held at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee on Jan. 25, according to Ken Busch, co-owner of Snow Sport Supply Co., which supplied the machines and helmets.

More than 350 Chrysler executives participated in the snowmobiling event over a 10-mile course on Canterbury Downs’ property and two adjacent farm properties.

Feb. 13, 1992

New shoe repair shop is open in Shakopee. Scott Verhey has opened Shakopee Shoe Repair at 116 S. Holmes St…


He’s not a thespian, either

Jerry Poole is no longer acting.

The Shakopee City Council on Feb. 4 agreed to a recommendation by City Administrator Dennis Kraft to delete the word “acting” from Poole’s job title with the city…

Feb. 20, 1992

G.M.: Canterbury will have ‘92 meet. Terry McWilliams, general manager of Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, said Friday that the track will have a 1992 meet no matter what happens with regard to contract negotiations with horsemen or a lawsuit challenging the legality of off-track betting…


School Board says land for expansion will be needed

Yes, the Shakopee School District would like to use some land behind the high school for expansion purposes.

And no, the district doesn’t expect the city to provide the land as a gift.

Those were two major points emphasized last week during a meeting between the School Board and City Council at the district’s administration building.

Feb. 27, 1992

A policeman’s plaque. Pat Thielen Moen, daughter of the late Pat Thielen, who was police chief in Shakopee from 1948 to 1978, presented current Chief Tom Steininger with a plaque containing prose titled, “What Are Policemen Made Of?” Thielen’s husband is a police sergeant and their daughter is married to a police officer…

Shuttle service between cities to be dropped. The city of Shakopee will discontinue offering transportation service between the city and Chaska, Chanhassen, and Eden Prairie due to costs…

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