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1892 Shakopee Courier

July 7, 1892

There are now nearly forty pupils in regular attendance at the Commercial School now being taught in the Opera House by L. Asire. The interest taken is manifested by the uniform prompt attendance, the hour for opening usually finds every members in his or her seat. There are many young men who wanted to attend this school, but to do so it meant they would have to deprive themselves of some prospective amusement, later on in life they will realize that frivolous entertainments have not added any thing valuable to their preparations for life’s battle. The young people coming along at this time, can not be too well prepared to meet competition and every advantage should be taken to make it as easy as possible.

The Jackson town mill will be in operation and ready for business in a few weeks again.

Livery busses were in demand today to take parties to the Minnesota Stove Co. Fishing Club resort at Prior Lake; this day being with them “Ladies’ day.”

Dr. Sabin of Minneapolis is now here for professional business, to take Dr. John B. Dunn’s place who will leave on his contemplated trip. Dr. Dunn will be missed as one of our well known citizens who has been among us many years.

July 14, 1892

Dr. Smith residence begins to show out now that the paint is being put on. S. Pope is the painter.

Reis Bros. lately sold to Charley Scott of Bloomington the celebrated Ring horse, for which Mr. Scott has since been offered a big price in Minneapolis.

The Lutheran College Fizzle.—Such is a matter of fact, the result of the many and arduous efforts of the citizens of Shakopee, regardless of religious tendencies, for several years past, in their worthy endeavors to have established in our city a college. When first broached here it was told us that our chief and really only competitor would be the prairie town of Wells in Southern Minnesota, and with that place only to contend with, our people subscribed all that was required, several thousand dollars and some land. Since then it was made known to us that it would be necessary to raise more money, and this second appeal was met. Now then, as a finality, we are informed that Stillwater and St. Paul are the cities that we had to buck against, not Wells, and that it would be necessary to make up another thousand or about $5,000 in all besides the land. So a meeting was called on last Saturday night by the Industrial Union at the City Hall, and the matter considered. Some $400 was subscribed then, and committee appointed to work up Belle Plaine Lutherans and Shakopee people in general on Sunday. This was done, Messrs Schroeder, and John Hilgers raising $500 in Belle Plaine, and some $150 was obtained here. Telegrams were sent to the meeting of the synod at once that Shakopee was prepared to meet the still further requirements. To shorten this article, Alderman John Hilgers received the following dispatch last evening from Prof. Wm. Schmidt; “After a hard fight, St. Paul won.” Comments are unnecessary.

July 21, 1892

On swinging the bridge for the boat coming up Monday evening, the turning rod broke, causing ropes to be used. This is expensive.

Willie Crist caught a 9 ½ pound pickerel last Friday in Pond’s creek, while playing with a hook and line that Curt Manaige had thrown down. Just one cast by Willie caught the whopper.

P. H. Slocum of Eagle Creek says Tuesday’s storm laid corn over pretty bad.

The New Shakopee Cornet Band will give a grand Excursion on Sunday July 31st. The Band will do its best to make this Excursion a pleasant one. Everybody turn out and have a good time.

July 28, 1892

Telephone communication is about to be established between Shakopee and twin cities by way of Hopkins. They are putting the poles along the route.

Geo. Schoell sold the Merchants Hotel with furniture last week to Cornelius Casey of Assumption, for $2,100 spot cash. Mr. Schoell remains in possession until Sept. 1 next as Mr. Casey has a harvest to secure first before moving here. Mr. Schoell contemplates moving to St. Paul which his many friends here will be sorry to hear as well as the many commercial travelers who always did like to stop with “Old George” as he was commonly termed by the traveling men.

1892 Scott County Argus

July 7, 1892

Wm. Pinger has moved his saloon into the building recently occupied by John Mertz, who has retired from the business.

G. L. Nye came in from the stove works encampment yesterday and announced without a wince that the campers had already slain 336 fish. Do you believe it?

On Tuesday evening Lins Bros’ spirited team took a lively run up First street. Florentine Lins, who was holding the ribbons at the time, was thrown out of the wagon and received painful though not serious injuries about the head and face. The team was stopped near Apgar street with a broken harness and a rather dilapidated wagon attached.

July 14, 1892

The excursion steamer Geo. Hayes gives an excursion down the river Tuesday from Carver and Chaska and on Wednesday will repeat the trip for the benefit of the people of this place. This steamer is the regular excursion steamer of the St. Paul port and is one of the neatest and cleanest on the river. All who make the trip are sure to be pleased with its equipments and the general management of the day’s outing.

Burglars entered the store of John Reis last Monday night by means of a window in the rear of the building. The bad men had evidently no use for anything in his line as nothing of value has so far been missed.

July 21, 1892

John Gordon had the end of his thumb bitten off by his trotting stallion “Bomb” on Tuesday morning last.

It is with some little pride and gratification that Shakopee views the rapid completion of telephone connection between this place and Minneapolis. The poles for this end of the line are at the Omaha depot and but for the delay caused by the recent wet weather would now be in place. A double line will be put in between this point and Hopkins and direct communication with the Central Office in Minneapolis secured, thus enabling one to converse with any town in the state where the system has been put in. All the new improvements will be added or used and the agent gives assurance that a whisper at this point can be heard in Minneapolis some twenty miles away. If this should prove approximately true the line will certainly be a success in all particulars. Much credit is due to the energy of C. Jos. Strunk to whose efforts we are indebted for the materialization of the scheme at this time. Telephonic communication with Minneapolis will give us an advantage over surrounding towns which cannot be overestimated.

The Jacob Ries building on First street has been repainted and is consequently much improved in appearance.

The steamer Atlanta will arrive here Sunday noon and in the afternoon and evening will make excursions up the river to neighboring points. The Atlanta is one of the swiftest running boats on the upper Mississippi.

Dr. H. O. Smith’s new house is now bedecked with a coat of paints of very pleasing hues put on by the hand of S. Pope. The result serves to make the residence handsome in design, still more attractive and the doctor is to be congratulated on possessing one of the most beautiful homes in the city.

Theo. Weiland has moved his feed store from its recent location in Pat’k Condon’s building to the two rear rooms of his own building, vacated by the Courier. He will fit up an office in the west corner of the office now occupied by Mr. Stevens and as most of his orders are filled at the mill he expects to find his new quarters quite commodious.

July 28, 1892

“Lightning never strikes twice in the same place, it don’t need to” is often quoted, but Tuesdays storm disproved the statement. One poor cottonwood tree near Mrs. Lord’s residence was split in two in the morning and again struck by a bolt in the afternoon. A cottonwood is a bad place for a camp.

The doors of the Methodist church were thrown open last Sunday for the first time in several months, and the Rev. Mr. Shepherd conducted services both morning and evening. A Sunday school was organized after the morning service and the hour of meeting set for twelve o’clock. Prayer meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings at the church. Mr. Shepherd’s manner shows him to be thoroughly imbued with the spirit of his work and as the field is wide his efforts in the town will undoubtedly prove productive of much good.

1917: Shakopee Tribune

July 6, 1917

A small blaze on the roof of the elevator west of the depot called out the fire department last Saturday afternoon. A spark from a passing locomotive was the cause of the blaze which was distinguished in a few minutes with the aid of chemicals.

July 13, 1917

Anyone wishing to enter the Garden Contest must register at the Mayor’s office before July 15. No one but those registered will be considered.

The gasoline filling station of Walter Schoch has been moved from Lewis street to his new location on First street.

The new telephone directories for the Shakopee telephone company are out. Patrons wishing one may call at the telephone company’s office.

That new wheat tank at the mill is some building, all right. A busy gang of carpenters will have it ready for the new crop, if hammer and saw and muscle can do it.

The Charles Kuhns, Frank and Ed Huber families joined a party of 200 automobilists in a picnic at Pierson’s Lake last Sunday. The outing is an annual event given by Theodore Hunziker, the Chaska agent for the Hudson and Dodge cars.

July 20, 1917

Work on a large new elevator which is being erected at the mill is about completed, the painters being busy at present. The building is nearly 100 feet high and has a capacity of 60,000 bushels. The elevator will be in readiness as soon as the machinery arrives and is installed, the shipment being somewhat delayed.

Small Improvement Mighty Fine. Joe Koeper is mentally kicking himself over the back track of 35 years milk route, or to be accurate, at the rate of twenty miles a day, over a period of 12,775 days, a distance of 255,500 miles which he has travelled as Shakopee’s milkman with the regularity of the progress of the eternal stars, (that’s Joe, you know) because he didn’t put in a little improvement in his wagon which he is now proudly showing, consisting of a ten gallon milk-can, with a faucet from its bottom, leading out thru the tailboard, and so designed that he can, without opening the covered wagon, to let in the heat and dust, and heaving up a big can to pour from its brim, just lift a lever and, pshaw, how easy, out comes a pint, quarter gallon, of the best milk that flows in the Minnesota Valley. When the big can gets low, it is refilled from the load of five-gallon cans, and so on, undsoveiter. All that Joe wants to know is, why in sam hill he didn’t think of it sooner, and save all that backache.

July 27, 1917

The John Thole family moved into their new home on Third street last Friday.

Mayor Lenertz’s prize garden contest is interesting a lot of people who have been delving in the soil to help win the war. The committee from the city council is busily at work inspecting the gardens, and the $35 which the mayor offers from his private purse for the winners will soon be distributed. Watch these columns for further news of the contest.

The new fire proof warehouse and shipping house erected by the Jacob Ries Bottling Works, south of the office is about completed and in the hands of the painters. The new building replaces the one destroyed by fire several months ago.

1917: Scott County Argus

July 6, 1917

Mudcura sanitarium has erected a new 160 ft. flag pole and on Independence Day raised a handsome 7×10 ft. flag which can be seen for a long distance as one approaches the institution.

At a meeting of the Scott County Agricultural Society Tuesday evening it was decided to let the contract for the immediate construction of a commodious horse barn 34 x 90 feet on the fair grounds.

John Thole has about completed his new residence in East Shakopee and will have it in readiness to move in next week.

W. F. Schoch delivered Fords this week to Peter O’Loughlin and Mrs. James Riley of Eagle Creek.

Sneak thieves gained entrance to Henry Mergens’ tinshop thru the basement window in the rear Friday night and obtained between seven and nine dollars from the cash drawer. No clue to the identity of the thieves has been discovered.

Eagle Creek. Wm. Carpenter is making extensive improvements on the George Stemmer farm where he is building a poultry house, hog house and cattle barn. Mr. Carpenter expects to make the farm his future home.

Spontaneous combustion is said to be the cause of a fire which started in a pile of grass at the rear of James O’Rourke’s barn just at noon on the Fourth and which scorched the barn but did little damage before the flames were extinguished by the fire department.

July 13, 1917

The Shakopee Produce Co. is now manufacturing about 600 pounds of cheese daily and on Tuesday shipped a ton to Swift & Co. of South St. Paul. The Shakopee cheese is a high grade product and is meeting with a great demand.

Supt. E. E. Howard who was elected to the superintendency of the local schools from Glenville may not be able to accept the position. Mr. Howard enlisted in the officers reserve and is now in training with the artillery at Fort Sumter. If he receives a commission the board will be compelled to look for another superintendent while Mr. Howard, in all probability, will be in active service with the United States troops “somewhere in France.”

July 20, 1917

Shakopee Tribune Bought By Suel Bros. On Tuesday of this week a deal was closed whereby John L. and A. J. Suel, owners and proprietors of the New Prague Times and Lonsdale Times became the possessors of the Shakopee Tribune, having purchased the printing plant and subscription list from C. G. Bowdish…

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mertz, Matt Mergens and Misses Julia Mertz and Anna Mergens comprised a fishing party at Sprank’s resort Tuesday and returned with a catch of 99 sunfish, crappies and bass.

Peter Huth has improved his barber shop by installing two new white enamel chairs of very neat appearance.

Arthur Hamilton this week purchased the old Sawatzky home in East Shakopee, the consideration being $1100. He will not take possession until late this fall.

July 27, 1917

On account of being unable to stand work in the creamery because of his health Ed Kaup, on Monday, sold his share in the Shakopee Produce Co. to his brother Clarence who will be associated with Mr. Hauer in the business.

Chas. Hartmann was the recipient of a fine gift last week in the form of two crates of luscious black and red cherries grown in the famous orchard district of North Yakima, Wash., where a large number of former Scott county residents are located The fruit was sent by Mr. Hartmann’s brother, Albert Hartmann, and sister, Mrs. Matt Voelker, and was of unexcelled quality and size as the editor can testify after having enjoyed a generous sample of both kinds.

1942 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

July 2, 1942

Dedication of Flags At St. John’s Church

A flag of the United States of America and a Christian flag will be dedicated Sunday, July 5, in St. John’s Lutheran church, at the nine o’clock English service.

English services will be conducted hereafter, at nine o’clock every Sunday morning, and German services will be at ten o’clock every Sunday on and after July 26.

July 9, 1942

150 Men Now Employed at Page and Hill Plant. More than 150 men are now employed at the Page and Hill plant here and more are to be added as the production rate increased from day to day, officials disclosed Monday…

Shakopee Singer Scores Hit at Minneapolis Park. Clem Crawford, one of Shakopee’s talented singers, scored a hit in Minneapolis, Thursday night, when he sang the solo, “God Bless America” at the Folwell park community sing…


Air Defense To Be Topic Here

To impress upon the residents of Scott county the great necessity of complete civilian cooperation in the national and state program for defense against air-raid, a meeting of immediate importance is to be held in the court house here, at eight o’clock Friday night.

W. B. Schroeder, county director of the airplane spotting service has called the session, and Mrs. W. F. Duffy, county director of women’s services, has notified all precinct Victory Aide leaders urging them to personally attend the meeting and bring all Victory Aide members in their particular precincts.

Two guest speakers, Lieut. Helen Messenger, and Lieut. Esther Schlekau, members of the Minnesota State Guard will address the meeting on the general topic of “Minnesota prepares to defend itself against air-raids.”…

July 16, 1942

Arnold Stordahl Heads Shakopee NYA Project. Effective July 1, Arnold Stordahl, former superintendent of the NYA Project Center at Glenwood, became project manager of the Shakopee NYA center. Axel Reed, who succeeded Captain J. A. Whelan as superintendent of the Shakopee project is now resident director here…

Defense Meeting Interests Many. More than one hundred persons attended the air defense meeting held at the court house here last Friday night. W. B. Schroeder, director of the Airplane Spotting Service in Scott county, assisted by Mrs. W. F. Duffy, director of women’s services for the county, presided over the meeting…

Miss Joyce Tieben has accepted a position as waitress in the Main Lunch room.

July 23, 1942

Distillery Gets Federal Permit. Good news to Shakopee people, and to the firm which for many long months has sought to get the former Northwestern Distillery plant here in operation, was the disclosure this week that the Northwest Commercial Alcohol Corporation has been granted its federal permit…

Milwaukee Road, Truck Line Enter Contract. In compliance with the provisions of Office of Defense Transportation, Order No. 1, it was announced by Ibar M. Spellacy, president of Murphy Motor Freight Lines Inc., that a contract has been negotiated between the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway company and the Murphy Motor Freight Lines, Inc., providing for the handling of Milwaukee freight between the Twin Cities and Hastings, Red Wing, Lake City, Wabasha, Winona, Northfield, Faribault, Lakeville, Shakopee, Chaska, Hopkins, and intermediate points…

July 30, 1942

Shakopee To Have Navy Booster Day Program Next Monday Night. Through the promotion efforts of Mayor J. J. Cavanaugh, Shakopee has been included as one of the cities of Minnesota to be afforded what is known and designated as a U. S. Navy Booster. This booster demonstration consists of a simple but nevertheless impressive ceremony of taking in and enlisting by solemn declaration of our otherwise qualified boys who have expressed a desire of becoming part and parcel of Uncle Sam’s navy. The purpose is to disclose to the fathers and mothers of the boys—and to others as well—the advantages and opportunities offered by the navy and what is to be expected of all who join its ranks. This branch of the service is open to any who can qualify…


Plant Superintendent Dies of Heart Attack

A distinct loss to the Page and Hill company here came with the sudden death Saturday morning of E. A. Forciea, superintendent and production foreman of the new Shakopee plant…

He was at work here Saturday morning when stricken with a heart attack from which he failed to rally…


Fire Department Is Host To Convention Helpers at Supper

To show its genuine appreciation to the men, women, children and organizations who contributed to the success of the State Firemen’s convention held here in June, the Shakopee Fire Department was host at a barbecue supper and plan at the Old Log Theatre at Excelsior, Tuesday evening.

More than 140 Shakopee people, including the school band, Boy Scouts, scout troop committeemen and their wives, typists who worked in the registration room, the firemen and their wives and families, were guests at the affair…

1967 Shakopee Valley News

July 6, 1967

Nearing completion last week was the new $3,960 outdoor shelter in Memorial Park at the east edge of Shakopee…

Construction on the new addition to St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee continues at a good pace. Last week, attracting the “sidewalk superintendents” ever present at the site, was the use of the huge crane to install this large underground tank.

July 13, 1967

To Host State Meet. Shakopee is to host the State Womens’ Fast-Pitch Softball tournament on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, with games at Huber Park and at the Fourth Avenue Field…


Firm To Study Three Sites For Proposed Bridge

The Scott County Board of Commissioners has engaged the Toltz, King, Duvall, Anderson and Associates, Inc. to conduct a study for the selection of a site for the proposed bridge to span the Minnesota River in Scott County.

The engineering firm from Minneapolis is to study three proposed sites for the highway: Trunk Highway 13 to Hennepin County Road 55; Scott County Road 25 to Hennepin County 18, and Scott County 31 to Hennepin County 34…

July 20, 1967

First to make way for the City of Shakopee Improvement Program to provide for central business district off-street parking facilities were two residences at the northwest corner of Fuller and Second Avenue, just opposite the former St. Paul House site, razed Tuesday of this week, July 18. The brick structure…is known as the Kelzer duplex, and to have existed prior to 1865. It was the former home of the late H. H. Strunk, who established Strunk’s Pharmacy in Shakopee. The adjacent frame residence to the east and on the corner, also removed, known as the former residence of Theresa Lebens, who resided there from 1895 to 1959, was also the former home of the late Senator Julius Coller, his brother, August, and their mother. Returning to Shakopee, after her husband died in 1875 in St. Louis Missouri, the late Mrs. Coller and her sons took residence here, the sons actually erecting the home which they occupied for 20 years. Next scheduled to be razed with this expected to be done the first of next week is the building formerly occupied by Shakopee Floral, just south and across the alley from the KSMM building of Lewis Street. At the special council meeting Tuesday night of this week, Aldermen in accordance with Chapter 393 of the 1965 Statutes of the State of Minnesota, known as the Dilapidated Buildings Act, approved resolutions seeking removal of the Stephens building, the former TV shop, just to the south of the former Shakopee post office location on Fuller Street, and the former Cities Service station at the northwest corner of Holmes and First.


Pet Fair, Special Playground Event, To Be July 28

Shakopee area youth are to have an opportunity to exhibit their pets at the playground “Pet Fair” at Hiawatha Park on Friday, July 28, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon.

There will be judging of animals in different categories: largest, smallest, best groomed, most colorful, most hair, most unusual, homeliest, funniest, prettiest and longest.

Any type of pet is welcome with lots of variety anticipated…


Nolting Family To Host First AFS Student From Argentina

Notified last week that they could host Shakopee’s first American Field Service Foreign Exchange student in their home, were the H. R. Noltings, 926 East Eighth. Mr. Nolting is chairman of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education…

Coming to Shakopee and expected to arrive by bus from New York City (all AFS Exchange students travel by bus after arriving in this country) will be Maria Cristina Dobias.

July 27, 1967

Skogmo Dept. Store Opens Today. Harold Case’s Skogmo Department Store, accommodated by the just completed remodeling of the former Case Clothing and Shakopee Theatre locations on East First, will open doors at 9 a.m. today (Thursday), July 27. Store hours are to continue until 9 p.m.…

Retiring After 31 Years As Rahr Manager Here. Wilbur Mohrbacher of Shakopee retires this week after 31 years of continuous service as office manager of Rahr Malting Company…

1992 Shakopee Valley News

July 2, 1992

American Language 101

Students at Shakopee High School will be offered a new language class next fall, but if you go strictly by geography, it’s not really foreign.

Through a grant of nearly $40,000 from the state Department of Education, a course in the Dakota Indian language and culture will start in September, with 24 students signed up for the first trimester…


Council approves floor plan for new city hall

The Shakopee City Council has adopted a floor plan for the new city hall in the remodeled Marquette Bank building, which city offices will move into late this summer.

The council on June 23 chose a plan that will keep most city offices and the city council chambers on the first floor of the building.

Dennis Kraft, Shakopee city administrator, said offices for the city planner, administrator, engineer and others will be located along the north wall of the building on the first floor. The city clerk’s office will be located along the west wall on the first floor, and the south wall will house the offices of the city recreation department.

The City Council chambers will be glass walled and located to the south side of the building on first floor. The chambers will seat up to 65 people and have built-in cable television production facilities.

The lower level of the building will house the Scott County joint-prosecution offices, a community room where groups such as seniors can meet, a lounge and lunchroom, rest rooms, and conference rooms.

The second floor of the building will include the offices of finance director, accounting, legal secretary, and the city attorney…

July 9, 1992

Hospital to seek partner. To compete with the growing number of Twin Cities medical centers that have consolidated their healthcare services, St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee has decided to seek a merger with a healthcare organization or hospital before constructing a new medical campus…

Scenes from Shakopee. Marquette Bank unveiled a charcoal mural created by Minnesota artist Steve DeLaitsch at its new bank building on Marschall Road on Friday. Marquette commissioned the art work to grace the lobby of the bank, where it will be permanently displayed. The scene depicts 22 Shakopee landmarks, including the Minnesota River and local neighborhoods. As part of a grand opening celebration, bank officials are inviting the public to identify the landmarks depicted in the work. DeLaitsch studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He specializes in watercolor and oil painting. His work is included in many corporate collections.

Shakopee man named to state corrections post. Richard T. Mulcrone of Shakopee has been named deputy commissioner of corrections for community services at the Minnesota Department of Corrections…

A stamp of approval. Roman Schesso…recently received a gold pin and letter of appreciation for serving 30 years with the Shakopee Post Office Postmaster Bob Donahue made the presentation. Schesso began his career as a mail carrier in 1962, then moved indoors as a clerk at the second window in the post office. “Roman has been a real asset to this office,” said Donahue.

July 16, 1992

City Council to meet with hockey groups to discuss ice arena. The Shakopee City Council has agreed to meet with members of local hockey organizations at their Aug. 4 meeting to discuss ways in which they and the city can work together to build a new community ice arena where the once-again deflated Valley Ice Arena “bubble” lays damaged…

July 23, 1992

Aglialoro still interested in buying track

A New Jersey businessman who attempted to buy Canterbury Downs two years ago is apparently still interested in purchasing the ailing Shakopee race track.

John Aglialoro brought hope to Minnesota horsemen two years ago when he attempted to buy the track from former owners Brooks Fields, Brooks Hauser, Scottland Inc. and Santa Anita Racing Corp…


Getting to know you

The Shakopee Police Department is encouraging community residents to take part in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

This is the ninth year of the program nationally, but the first time Shakopee will take part, according to Police Chief Tom Steininger…

July 30, 1992

Remodeling contract for schools approved

The Shakopee School Board has awarded the contract for fire-code modifications of district buildings to Morcon Construction Inc. of Golden Valley for a total of $154,509…

Major renovations will include the installation of student lockers; replacement of coat racks at Pearson and Sweeney elementary schools, as well as the installation of sprinklers in the corridors of both schools; and a sprinkler system in the stage area of the high school auditorium…

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