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1893: Shakopee Courier

March 2, 1893

The Presbyterians have decided to build a church this spring. It will probably be built somewhere near the old one, will be much larger, and built of brick.

Otto Derberger brought out his snow cleaner on Tuesday and made a wide swath from his stables on Sommerville street to his house on First. It is a good thing, and if the street committee had felt authorized to hire Derberger to clear away some of our principal streets it would have in our opinion been a little money well expended.

Peter Mueller and numerous family left here this morning for his new residence in Hartford, North Dakota.

Commissioner Henry Brueggemann walked in from Marystown on Tuesday morning after the big storm and it took him from 9 to 12:30 to break through the five miles. The prairie he said was all right to clear up, but the timber portion will take considerable time and labor, the snow being very deep, having drifted from 4 to 6 feet in places.


80-Acre Farm for Sale.

50 acres under plow, 30 acres in pasture, with wood enough to supply a family for many years. Well watered, house and good barn, smokehouse, granary etc. Will sell on reasonable terms, half cash, half time to be arranged hereafter. Location in Eagle Creek 3 miles east of Shakopee, county seat. March 1, 1893.

Nathaniel Kline.

March 9, 1893

A sleigh load of young folks of Shakopee were out for a ride Tuesday night.

Huntsman and Edert are having their store kalsomined and painted. Peter Mergens is doing the work.

March 16, 1893

The Bierlein foundry is doing a good business now and the proprietors are expecting to hire more help soon.

Last Friday four chimneys burned out, the fire bell ringing only for Mr. Sullivan’s. All were extinguished without serious injury to property.

A team belonging to Mr. Connoly being left untied took a lively run down past Kohls & Berens’ corner yesterday about two o’clock and when about opposite Marx’s saloon one of the horses made straight for Mr. Marshall’s rig which was tied there and jumped right on top of the sleigh, injuring it slightly, and then breaking loose they ran as far as Flaherty’s corner where some man caught them, but not till he had been dragged several rods. Quite a crowd gathered on the streets.

We understand that Frank Buch is going to start another lumber yard here soon.

It is said on apparently good authority that a new bank will be started in Shakopee soon.

J. G. Kiesel had the pleasure of doing the walking act from lower town yesterday, his horse having run away from him.

James Clemens bought a horse of John Roehl for his proposed new dray line to be opened April 1st and will go to St. Paul probably for a dray.

J. P. Roth is thinking of buying out Pete Schwartz’s share in the store of Kohler & Schwartz for $8000. If he buys it his son Peter will clerk therein.

Messrs. D. L. How and T. M. Joy constitute the firm that has been started at the Rink, with August Lies, T. C. Smith and Henry Wood as salesmen.

C. E. Busse intends to tear down his two old buildings on First street and erect thereon a new building as soon as arrangements can be made with Pat Condon, who owns the building adjoining.

Theo. Weiland disposed of his opera house block last Friday morning to Mr. Lander of Lakeville, who intends to run a hardware store in the corner to commence on or about April 1. The consideration was $5000. Mr. Lander has been running a hardware store for some time past in Lakeville, and is somewhat known around here, being a relative of the Wampach’s. He will continue to give dances in the hall the same as Mr. Weiland did, having purchased the piano also. Mr. Weiland has not as yet decided whether he will continue in the feed business or not.

March 23, 1893

Baptiste Conter has started up his Shakopee lime kiln for the season’s work. Couldn’t wait any longer for an early spring.

Brick is being hauled for Schroeder’s yard for Mr. How, to his corner opposite city hall, but for what exact purpose he will not say just yet, but rumors are rife, as we make note of elsewhere.

C. E. Busse talks of putting up a building at the old stand, that will even up the space between Condon’s on the east and Kohls & Berens westerly. This will make a great improvement in the south side of First street.

H. P. Marx has purchased a handsome walnut wall case for his jewelry store.

Joseph Hovorka’s family have moved back into the first residence here opposite court house.

Peter Roth is to open the Gutenberg-Storer store, thus launching into the mercantile trade.

Nic Annen’s Fire.—A fire broke out about 1 p.m. yesterday in the dwelling of Nic Annen in the third ward, and notwithstanding the efforts of the firemen, destroying the same completely, although some of the furniture and household goods were saved. Supposed to have caught from an apparent defective flue near the roof. This is Chief Gellenbeck’s opinion. Insured for about $750.

March 30, 1893

The Eroux family have moved to Minneapolis.

It is rumored that Mrs. Nick Berens is to start a millinery store in Shakopee soon.

C. A. Stevens will hold his office for the present after April 1st in the Koerner building upstairs.

Henry Reis retired Friday night and left the top of the coal stove open. On waking in the morning he found himself almost overcome with gas. He managed to get to the door and open it when he fell, overcome by the gas. The doctor brought him out all right, but he still feels the effects of it.

Who thinks Shakopee is not becoming? We learn of the following buildings to be erected as soon as the spring opens: C. E. Busse, store; N. Klopp, dwelling; A. Scherkenbach, dwelling, Joseph Linhoff, dwelling; Mrs. Everling, dwelling. Jacob Ries will make his main shop at the bottling works two stories, and also put up another building alongside of the present one.

Otto Derberger is intending to build a residence this year.

Fred P. Lauer will move April 1 into the store recently vacated by Peter Mueller.

A grand flag raising is promised sometime this month, at the Union school house, particulars of which will be announced later on.

1893: Scott County Argus

March 2, 1893

D. H. Brown drove out to the Duffy school-house last week and took the photograph of pupils and school.

Lins Bros. have purchased a new four-horse power engine and a large new refrigerator, both of which will straightaway be put into place in their progressive market.

Mr. Fred P. Lauer has opened a shoe shop in C.E. Busse’s building on First street. Mr. Lauer is a good workman, as well as a steady and industrious young man, and he is deserving of patronage.

Lottie Heller, a half-witted young woman, was a victim of Monday’s blizzard. She left home during the forenoon to go to Peter Delwo’s to have a dress made. Wednesday forenoon the girl’s brother, Julius Heller, and the hired man went over near Mr. Delwo’s for a load of straw and there found the girl frozen to death. When the girl left home she said she would stay at Mr. Delwo’s a day or two for a visit, so she was not missed from home. She changed her mind and left Delwo’s for home about two o’clock Monday afternoon. She took the usual route across the fields, which were practically clear of snow, but only went about two hundred yards to the straw stack where she was found. She had dug a hole into the straw stack on the sheltered side. Her brother doesn’t believe she lost her way or became exhausted, but thinks she lost her reason as she had twice before.

Thos. Pinches has rented his farm in East Shakopee to Omer Helmuth, of Bloomington.

For Sale.—Mrs. Jane Duffy’s house in east Shakopee. Enquire of John Nachtsheim.

John Gentgen put into his shop a drying apparatus to be used after shampooing ladies’ hair. It will prove a great convenience in that line of work.

Dr. A. A. Sabin is fitting up another room in his suite in the Reis block to be used as a reception room. The one which is now used for that purpose is to contain an apparatus for treating patients by means of static electricity.

Jacob Clemens is to operate a new dray-line, beginning the first of next month. Mr. Clemens was in this line of business some years ago in this place.

March 9, 1893

Fred Pinches is at work in the Peavey elevator at present. He expects to remain in town until next August.

Thomas Pinches will sell all his stock, farm machinery, implements, tools and all household furniture at auction on Wednesday, March 22nd, at nine o’clock.

The store occupied by Huntsman & Edert is this week going through an early and acute attack of spring cleaning and in the course of a few days will shine resplendent in a new coat of paint and kalsomine laid on by the skillful hand of Peter Mergens.

A few days ago C. C. Storer initiated a traveling man into the mysteries of the store cellar by dropping him through the trap door to the hard floor below. Charlie and the salesman were in the back part of the store discussing the merits of some goods when C. C. opened the trapdoor, which was behind the knight of the road. Sir knight wasn’t aware of the groceryman’s disappearance into the lower regions, nor of the opening in the floor until he backed into it. He dropped at the foot of the stairs, and fortunately escaped without the slightest injury. He thought the initiation complete and inspiring.

No wonder it rained Wednesday. On Sunday the Courier horse was being driven around town wearing a fly-net. We use the word “driven” with great caution, for if he hadn’t been driven he wouldn’t have been going.

March 16, 1893

Mayor Weiland has disposed of his Opera House to Mr. G. L. Lander of Lakeville, formerly of Credit River. Mr. Lander proposes putting in a full line of hardware in that part of the building now occupied by the Courier. The Courier office may possibly be located in the second story of the post office building, but so far nothing definite can be stated. Rumors of other important changes in business affairs of the town are now afloat but none have up to this time assumed definite shape.

The Farmers Warehouse Co. is a new acquisition in the mercantile field of Shakopee. The firm is composed of D. L. How and T. M. Joy, of Minneapolis. The company will deal in farm machinery and farmers’ supplies in general including wagons, buggies, harness, etc. The place of business will be in the old skating rink. T. C. Smith, Aug. Lies and Henry Wood will be traveling salesmen for the company.

March 23, 1893

D. M. Storer & Son have rented the store of Patrick Condon next to John Berens & Co. and will occupy it in about two weeks. Peter J. Roth is to put a stock of groceries into the store vacated by them.

Jos. Linhoff will commence the building of his new dwelling house on the corner of Fifth and Lewis streets as soon as the excavation can be made. The new plans, drawn by Aug. Bornarth, are for a very attractive two story brick residence, such as will prove a valuable addition to the town.

That progressive organization, rapidly coming into favorable repute and known as the Shakopee Cornet Band, celebrated the First Anniversary of its birthday on last Monday evening by taking the home of Mr. Jacob Bierline by storm and, incidentally, presented to that gentleman, their energetic leader, a nickel-plated music rack and easy chair. The band now includes as members seventeen of the young men of the town and this, no doubt, accounts for their zeal and consequent rapid advancement; but much credit is due the leader, and the band boys showed that this fact was appreciated by them in this very acceptable manner.

Kopp and Kopp are returning thanks for this slippery weather. They set eighty-five shoes last Monday.

The store of Huntsman and Edert has changed through the magic of the brush, from the rather dingy cocoon of the ordinary place of business to the attractive appearance of a brand new butterfly. The result of the week’s work is certainly remarkable and well worthy of note.

Wm. Pinger has invented a new style of musical instrument on which will be played the requiem of old Winter. In front of his saloon he has deposited during the winter a quantity of corks, and these as the snow melts around them, come to the surface of the road. When a loaded sleigh passes over them they are unable to get out of the way and hence proceed to shiver the air with shrieks that may be heard for several blocks. Each cork has a pitch to suit its individual taste and when several of them are disturbed in succession an effect is produced somewhat resembling an execution of the variations of “The Mocking Bird.” It is a free open-air concert all by itself.

March 30, 1893

G. S. Lander was in town a few days this week. He will move his family to this place immediately after Easter.

Florentine Lies has moved into the Mertz house on Lewis street and Jacob Clemens will occupy the house vacated by Mr. Lins.

Peter Mergens has fitted up the store recently vacated by Peter Mueller, the rear of the building to be used as a paint shop, and the front part to be occupied by Fred P. Lauer as a shoe store.

Grand opening at Mrs. Henschel’s Monday, April 3d free dish of ice cream for every purchase of not less than 15 cents.

Michael Berens and Valentine Zoller have each a big, big cellar full of dirty, dirty water, the natural consequence of the clogged sewers. This trouble appears as regularly as do “the flowers that bloom in spring,” but there seems to be no help for it, as the alternate thawing and freezing soon chokes up the sewers and an overflow naturally forms.

1918: Shakopee Tribune

March 1, 1918

Woman’s Reformatory. Senator Coller advises us that he was informed that the plans and specifications for the main building of the Reformatory (which includes all the administrative offices) were approved Saturday by the State Board of Control, State Architect and Board of Women visitors. The building will cost approximately $100,000. Bids for the construction thereof will be received during the month of March and building operations commenced in the early spring.

Bids for the cutting down of trees along Lovers’ Lane were received by the City as follows: John Thole, $25; John Brueggemann, $47; and August Gelhaye, $50. Mr. Thole being the lowest bidder was awarded the contract and is already at work cutting down the trees, from the bridge to the end of the mile road. This is being done, preparatory to widening and raising the road above high water mark, this spring.

March 8, 1918

Fire in Southworth Building. Smoke pouring out of the basement of the N. F. Heinz saloon on Tuesday evening and the clanging of the fire bell about 10:30 brought out a large crowd who offered assistance in extinguishing a blaze which in some manner, unknown, originated in the basement of the saloon. For a time it looked as though the whole building would go but the quick work of the firemen confined the fire to the basement. The interior of the basement and the joists on the ceiling were almost totally destroyed. The building is owned by W. N. Southworth and he estimates his loss between $900 and $1,000, partially covered by insurance.

Can More Men Knit?—Nit! Seeing is believing, and tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th, at two o’clock in the afternoon, everybody is cordially invited to come down town, and see a real knitting contest which the Red Cross chapter will stage in the big show window of the Flaherty & Lies store between the hours of 2:00 and 3:30. Seated in the window will be seen our champion man knitter, Frank Miller with a record of four sweaters, one pair of wristlets, and twenty-five pairs of socks for the Red Cross, and some of the best women knitters of this city, such as Mrs. Herman Cassellius, Mrs. Rein, Mrs. Peter Schmitz, Mrs. Caroline Koenig and others, all making their needles fly in the knitting of a Red Cross stocking, from the purling to the heel and toe. Everybody else will be there to cheer on the fun, and they want you, too. There is no charge, but if you happen to have a stray dime or nickel or a quarter or a $20 gold piece, you will find a glass jar out in front, on a table with a Red Cross sign donated by Patriot Joe Klinkhammer, to drop it in for the benefit of the best of all war claims upon us and Patriot Theodore Weiland will have a flag so arranged on a swivel and attached to Champion Knitter Frank Miller’s toe that it will wave a vote of thanks as the coin drops, and the throng cheers…

Harry Broekhuizen, who has been conducting a shoe repair shop here the past three years, has sold his shop to Fred Wessel, the latter moving from the Busse building into the Beckerich building, across the street, the first of the week. His family will occupy the rooms above the shop. Mr. Broekhuizen informs us that he expects to leave for Horlan, Mont., about the middle of the month where he will manage his farm of 280 acres. Success to both parties.


Reading Room For Shakopee

Representatives of the Home Economics and Booklovers clubs and Library association, with the able assistance of Mayor Lenertz, were fortunate the past week in securing the Reis building on First street, opposite the Heinen confectionery, for a reading and rest room. The building will be renovated and partitions will be placed, the front part of the building serving as a reading room for the general public. The room in the rear will be suitably arranged as a rest room and will be connected with the city water and sewer system and will be for accommodation of the country population, trading, mostly. The hours have not yet been decided upon.

Members of the above named organizations will be called upon to spend one day a month in charge of the rooms.

March 15, 1918

The Knitting contest at Flaherty & Lies’ store which was called off last Saturday on account of the storm has been postponed to some time after Easter.

The worst snowstorm of the winter visited this section last Saturday, the storm raging from early morn until sundown. About a foot of snow fell. The town seemed depopulated, train service was satisfied to stay indoors. Old Sol got busy with his warm rays and the large drifts are rapidly disappearing. Spring is next.

March 22, 1918

A deal was closed on Saturday whereby William Engel bought of Bert Feldmann, the house and two lots on the corner of Second and Sommerville St., better known as the Rossrucker property. Mr. Engel expects to remodel and enlarge the house at some later date.


$20,000 to Improve St. Mark’s Church

Under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Savs, the congregation of St. Mark’s church have voted to expend the sum of $20,000 for improvements and additions to the church property.

The main undertaking is to be the erection of a winter chapel, which is to cost in the neighborhood of $15,000. But in addition to this a new heating plant is to be installed in the church immediately and other needed repairs will be made on the building as soon as possible. The contract for the heating plant has been awarded to Vincent C. Stein of Minneapolis, the figure being about $4,000. Mr. Victor Coreela, an architect of Minneapolis, was in conference with Father Savs yesterday, and it is probable that plans for the proposed winter chapel will be ready to submit to the church building committee in the near future.

March 29, 1918

Work was begun on the repairing of the Southworth building recently damaged by fire. Nic Frank of Belle Plaine has the contract.

The William Ryan farm in Eagle Creek was sold to Mrs. Josephine Huber and Frank Huber. The farm consisted of about 500 acres and sold at a good price.

Work was begun on the old Mayer house on Fourth St., this week. The building was bought by August Scherkenbach, from Ed Walsh. The building will be converted into a duplex. J. P. Kreuser has the contract for the carpenter work and Joseph Fischer will do the cement work.

E. E. Hupp, of the agricultural department of the city schools, left last night for Bozeman, Mont., to take up the organization work of the Boys’ and Girls’ clubs, which is being promoted by the government. George H. Jones of Minneapolis who arrived this morning, will be his successor at the school.

Anton Green has accepted the position as barber in Ben Mertz’s tonsorial parlors

FOR SALE:—200 bushels early and late potatoes. Chas. Koeper, two miles south of Shakopee.


FOR SALE

In front of St. Mary’s church, one of the finest corner lots in Shakopee, 80×100 feet, with a 10-room brick house, with combination furnace (hot air and hot water), for $3,500. A lot adjoining, 50×142, for $800. If both taken by same party $4,000.

Aug. Scherkenbach

1918: Scott County Argus

March 1, 1918

Normal School Work. The Shakopee school board will be glad to hear from any one who is interested in taking work in the Normal department. This department unfortunately was discontinued last year on account of the lack of students to take up the work. If there are eight young women or men in the vicinity of Shakopee who are high school graduates or seniors in high school, and who wish to take a one year Normal course, it will be possible to start a class in September. A diploma from the Shakopee Normal department will entitle the holder to teach in the rural schools in Minnesota without taking an examination. Those interested should notify Superintendent R. W. Davies at once.

Work on Women’s Reformatory Soon. Senator Coller was advised that the plans and specifications of the main or administration building of the Women’s reformatory were approved Saturday at a conference between the state Board of Control, the state architect and the Board of Women visitors. This building will cost approximately $100,000, and the site for the same has been chosen on what is known as the “Haasken” tract. The building will face south on Sixth street. Bids have been called for and contract will be let undoubtedly during the month of March. Immediately after the letting of the contract, the city will grade Sixth street and extend the water service to the site as per agreement. According to the present plans the state will have its own sewer system from the site to the river. In addition to the main building being built this spring, the sewer will also be constructed and the Haasken tract graded and proper drive ways and walks constructed.

Adopt French Orphan. Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Pink of this city have adopted a French orphan, Pierre Calliet of Drux, France. Pierre is two and one-half years old, and so far as the Argus is informed, is the first French child to be adopted by any one in Scott county…

August Gelhaye was the highest bidder for the work of removing and cleaning up trees and brush from the right of way along the trestle road. His bid was for $50 and he later sold his rights to John Brueggemann who will begin work at once.

C. B. Hough has been assigned to the management of the H. Simons Lumber company’s yard at New Ulm and the family will remove there this month to reside. The appointment is a recognition of Mr. Hough’s ability as a salesman, the yard being much larger than the company’s local yard and employing three men under Mr. Hough’s supervision.

March 8, 1918

Fire in the roof of a shed on the premises of Bernhard Heller called out the department yesterday afternoon about 1:30 o’clock but the flames were put out in a few minutes. Sparks from a passing engine probably caused the blaze.

Reading and Rest Room for Shakopee. At a meeting held Tuesday evening it was practically decided to establish a reading and rest room in the Reis building, formerly occupied by the Mertz printery on First street…

March 15, 1918

City’s French Orphan. Hanging in the lobby of the First National bank where all may see it is the receipt for the money sent in the name of the city of Shakopee for the care for one year of its adopted French orphan. The little girl is Lucienne Montillet of Maringues, Puyde-Dome, France, and she was 12 years old on January 9, 1918. Any person interested in the child may write to her at that address. Shakopee claims to be the first city of the northwest to adopt a French orphan and through our example others have become interested. Mrs. J. R. Pink started the movement and collected the money and is also personally paying for the care of another orphan, Pierre Caillet, during the period of the war.

Ed Walsh has sold his residence property in this city to his father-in-law, August Scherkenbach, who will enlarge and remodel the building into a duplex for rental purposes. Mr. and Mrs. Walsh expect to move to Willow River next month where Mr. Walsh will go into sheep-raising on a 160 acre farm.

Miss Blanche Gelhaye is learning the millinery trade of Miss Emma Busse.

Today at the Auto Lunch Parlors the ladies of the Red Cross are serving pancake and coffee for the benefit of the local chapter. All materials have been donated and all proceeds go to the treasury direct. The charge is small, only 20 cents. You can stop in any time after one o’clock this afternoon and be served. Everybody welcome; everybody come.

Arson Is Charged. As the aftermath of the fire which broke out in the basement of F. Heinz’s saloon, March 5th, an investigation was made by the state fire marshal and Mr. Heinz arrested on a charge of arson. At his preliminary hearing before Judge Weiland Wednesday he waived examination and was bound over to await the action of the grand jury at the April term of court. He has given a bond of $1000 for his appearance at that time.

March 22, 1918

Books For Soldiers. On Monday next Peter Huss has volunteered to collect books throughout the city for the soldiers and sailors. If anyone having books to donate will telephone to the school office or any of the teachers, their books will be called for.

W. S. Newgard has been appointed a state food inspector, and will have headquarters at Duluth. He fills the vacancy caused by the appointment of A. D. Sibbald of Duluth as assistant commissioner. Mr. Newgard was connected with the department in another capacity but has been advanced in his latest appointment.

Frank Boehmer sold his residence on Third street to Mike Brum; consideration $2300.

Wm. Ryan sold his farm in Eagle Creek to Frank Huber and Mrs. George Huber. The former bought the west 265 acres and Mrs. Huber the remaining 235 acres. The price paid was about $60 per acre.

The work of cutting out the brush and trees on the trestle road as the preliminary of the improvements which will convert the road into a highway above the reach of high water, was finished Saturday. It is to be regretted that necessity compelled the sacrifice of the trees which bordered the road on both sides and made the trestle road one of the local beauty spots and favorite walks. After the road is completed it is to be hoped that the trees will be replanted or at least allowed to grow from seeds self-planted as they have heretofore. Strangers coming to the city have long admired the trestle road for its bordering trees: let us preserve its beauty and restore the trees after the highway shall have been completed. Further work on the road will begin as soon as the contracts are let.

March 29, 1918

R. L. Brown, who has been working in Minneapolis for several months, will return to Shakopee to resume his auto livery business during the summer and will move his family here as soon as he can find a residence.

The Flaherty & Lies delivery horse, ordinarily staid and well-behaved, indulged in a runaway up and down the block Monday morning with Peter Huth’s two little sons in the wagon. Howard Huth fell out unhurt, and excitement prevailed for a few minutes. The horse was captured on its way toward the bridge and little Robert Huth rescued, much frightened, but also fortunately unharmed.

Frank Boehmer has purchased the home of Mrs. Eva Paukner on Third street for $900 and will remodel it for a residence for himself and family.

Nick Frank of Belle Plaine is engaged in the work of repairing the W. N. Southworth block recently damaged by fire. The building will be entirely renovated and put in first-class shape.

Plans for the cement bridge to be built on the trestle roadway have been revised and the bridge as it is to be constructed will comprise eight spans of 26 feet each and 24 feet wide. The piers will be built on plies instead of on the ground as originally intended.

1943: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

March 4, 1943

Carload of Tin Salvage Shipped

A gondola full of salvaged tin cans totalling 16,500 pounds, was shipped from Shakopee late last week, it was learned. The cans are destined for delivery at a detinning plant.

The discarded food containers, all washed and flattened, were collected by Jacob Res Bottling Works in cooperation with the residents and food stores of Scott and Carver counties…


Red Cross Workers Soliciting Funds in Shakopee This Week

From house to house and store to store in Shakopee this week, members of the Victory Aides, under the chairmanship of Mrs. H. C. Schroeder are receiving contributions to the 1943 Red Cross War Fund.

With a national quota of $125,000,000, more than double the total of the previous campaign, local workers are confident more residents will contribute and that regular contributors will, wherever possible, make their gifts larger than in the past…

March 11, 1943

Sparklers To Play in World’s Champ Basketball Tourney. One of 12 teams invited to participate in the World’s Championship Basketball tournament in Chicago, March 14 to 17, the stellar Rock Spring Sparkler quint will leave for the Windy City Saturday, it was learned Tuesday…

Shakopee Sailor Is Jap Prisoner. Officially listed as “missing in action” last May in the Manila Bay area, when Corregidor capitulated to the Jap invaders, Richard (Dick) Dennig, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Dennig, of Shakopee, is now known to be a prisoner of the Japanese on the Philippine Islands…

Mrs. Elizabeth Luce of Marystown, was the lucky winner in a contest sponsored by the Red Star Yeast Co., and as a reward was presented with a $100 defense bond. The essay: “Why I Prefer Fresh Red Star Yeast,” was run in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North and South Dakota, and Mrs. Luce was second high in the contest. Leo Robeck the dealer who sold the yeast, was awarded a $25 bond.

March 18, 1943

Surgical Dressings Unit Has Splendid Record. The Scott County Surgical Dressing unit, including Shakopee, Jordan and Belle Plaine, has now completed 75,600 dressings and is expecting the next quota of 27,000-4×4 sponges in the near future…

Firemen Get Farm Call. At the height of the near-blizzard Tuesday afternoon, the Shakopee Fire department was called to the Al Theis farm, at Marystown, where a severe chimney fire threatened to burst its bounds and damage the house. Firemen worked on the chimney for nearly two hours applying chemicals and succeeded in halting the fire before any damage to the home resulted. A soft coal furnace fire fanned by a strong wind caused the difficulty, firemen said.

March 25, 1943

Going To Canada. John Fox, Leo Siebenaler, and Sylvester Scherer, of Shakopee, and Isador Tillges of New Market, leave tonight for Edmonton, Alberta, Can., where they will be employed on a government defense project. The nature of their work was not disclosed.


Successful Drive Made in Silk Hosiery Collection. The drive for cast-off silk and Nylon hosiery, to be used for defense purposes, proved very successful. A Red Cross committee, with Mrs. Harry Berens as chairman, packed and shipped several boxes containing 145 pounds to Green Island, N. Y., Tuesday…


Telephone Service Severely Impaired By Sleet and Wind

How severe was the recent snow, sleet and wind storm in this area? If you weren’t out in it or your property wasn’t damaged as a result of it, then a disclosure by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company will supply some semblance of an answer to the inquiry…

According to E. G. Leibold, manager of the Shakopee exchange, 131 local subscribers were out of telephone service and 14 rural telephone lines were out of order as a result of the sleet, ice and high winds that swept this locality. Twelve linemen, working literally day and night, and hampered by snow-blocked roads and ice-clad poles, put in many hours to restore normal service.

Most serious damage to toll lines carrying the heavy load of wartime traffic, was located between Shakopee and Montgomery. In that region there were 400 breaks in “long distance” wires, and 19 broken poles, the result of sleet and high winds.

1968: Shakopee Valley News

March 7, 1968

Break-In At Shakopee High

Reported to the Shakopee police, who investigated, and at the special meeting of the Shakopee Public School District No. 720 Board of Education meeting Monday night of this week was a break-in sometime last Saturday evening, March 2, at the Shakopee Senior High School on Tenth Avenue.

Superintendent John Feda said that entry had apparently been gained through a window. Taken from the soft drink vending machine in the Teachers’ lounge, at the west end of the building, was money from the coin box that had been pried open. Evidence also indicated that the intruders had been in the girl’s lavatory…


Important Film Next Thurs. Eve

The Loyalty committee of Shakopee Council No. 1685, Knights of Columbus has scheduled a very important film presentation at 9 p.m. next Thursday, March 14, in the Shakopee Post No. 2 American Legion clubrooms, east edge of Shakopee.

The public is urged to attend.

March 14, 1968

First Meeting For Council Of St. Mary’s. First meeting of the newly formed Parish Council of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Shakopee was held last Friday evening, March 8, and the newly organized School board of this parish was to meet last evening (Wednesday), March 13…


New Break-Out Siren At Reformatory; Test Again 1 P.M. Friday

The short blasts of the new siren recently installed at the Minnesota Correctional Institution for Women will be the signal that a break-out had occurred at the institution, according to Miss Ruby C. Benson, superintendent.

The signal was agreed upon in tests conducted last Saturday, March 9, by Institute personnel as well as members of the Shakopee Volunteer Fire Department.

The signal will be further tested at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Friday), March 15, at the Institution, Miss Benson said. At a luncheon held last Thursday, March 7, at the Correctional Institution, representatives of interested organizations and news media met to discuss uses of the new siren as well as to view recent remodeling accomplished at the institution…


Will Seek Bids On City Swimming Pool

By action of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee at its regular meeting held Tuesday evening of this week, March 12, bids are to be received on the construction of the proposed municipal swimming pool at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in the Shakopee City Council chambers, at which time they are to be publicly opened.

The bids are to include costs of a sand-bottom swimming pool, approximately 224 feet by 268 feet; a filter building, approximately 18 feet by 18 feet and a bath house, approximately 30 feet by 90 feet, along with the installation of the necessary water and sewer mains to serve the new facility.

Estimated cost of the facility by engineers is approximately $150,000 for within-the-fence installations.

Proposed site for the municipal swimming pool is directly south of the Sweeney Elementary School on Tenth Avenue, with the pool facility to front on Adams Street.

It is hoped to get construction under way as soon as possible in order to have a coming season’s opening of the new facility by June.


Television Sales And Service Shop To Open in Shakopee

The Shakopee Valley TV, a new business featuring the latest in television sales and service will open soon at 109 North Holmes (in back of the House of Hoy) in the location formerly occupied by Jean’s Dress Shop.

Owner and operator of the Shakopee Valley TV is Ellery (Red) Phillips, who has been active in the Excelsior area for the past six years servicing a large television and appliance company…


Candy Stripers Needed. Girls, age 14 and over, interested in “Candy Striping” at St. Francis Hospital, are invited to meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday of next week, March 20, to sign up for the program to be sponsored by the St. Francis Women’s Hospital Auxiliary…

March 21, 1968

Moving to new location. Shakopee Body Repair is moving to 221 East First Avenue. Rear of Auto Central Supply. See Willie for free estimate. Expert body and fender repairs. Glass installation. Shakopee Body Repair…


Seeking Queen Contest Honors

Two Shakopee entrants, as representatives of the Gopher State Timing Association Rod and Custom Spectacular Queen contest, were guests on Bill Carlson’s “This Must Be The Place” show last Saturday evening, March 16.

They are Miss Donna Tieben, employed at the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company office in Shakopee and Miss Peggy Costello, employed at American Finance in Shakopee…

March 28, 1968

St. Mary’s Hold Open House At New Library. St. Mary’s Parochial School, East Fifth Street, will hold Open House and a Science and Art Fair in conjunction with the opening of the new school library from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday (today), March 28, at the school.

CD Test Alert on Wednesdays. A one-minute Civil Defense Alert test for Shakopee will be held at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month beginning next Wednesday, April 3, and running through Wednesday, October 2, according to an announcement by Shakopee Mayor Ray Siebenaler.

Dr. Pearson, Wife Return to St. Jude Through CMMB. Dr. B. F. Pearson, M. D., and Beth, his wife, of Shakopee, returned on January 31 from a month’s missionary tour at St. Jude’s Hospital on the Caribbean isle of St. Lucia…


St. Francis Open House Set for June 30; Dedication Sept. 29

Tentative plans are being made by St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee to hold Open House in its new wing, currently under construction, on Sunday, June 30, with formal dedication by the Right Reverend Archbishop Leo Binz of St. Paul – Minneapolis, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 29.

With the addition of the new wing, St. Francis Hospital now encompasses an entire city block. More than one million dollars have been invested in the new construction and equipment.

Included in the addition are three operating room suites and a urography suite. A 90-second developer for X-rays, part of the new operating room equipment will enable the surgeons to take X-rays with a portable unit, while surgery is taking place, and see results of the X-ray 90 seconds later.

The new wing also includes a post-anesthetic recovery room and a cardiac and intensive care suite, equipped with cardiac monitors for electro-cardiology (EKG) tracings.

A first for the Shakopee community is a 16-bed pediatric unit with private and semiprivate rooms, as well as a play area. There will be a high humidity “wet room” for bronchial patients.

A central nurses’ station will have both visual and audio supervision equipment, covering the pediatric area.

In the obstetrical department, there will be a new labor room and a dual-suite delivery room. The hospital will also have a Quiet Room for use of area Chaplains as they administer Religious duties and for visitors in need of solitude.

A pharmacy and Doctor’s lounge are also included in the new wing. Portions of the former hospital, adjoining the new wing, are being remodeled. The entire project is expected to be completed by June 23, to meet the June 30 Open House date, according to Assistant Administrator Roland Graff…


Lightning Bolt Kills 2 Cows in Eagle Creek

Two Holstein heifers were killed by lightning and equipment in the farm home and work shop was knocked out at about 3:10 a.m. Sunday, March 17, during the rainstorm at the Roger Marschall farm in Eagle Creek township, located just off Scott County Road No. 82 and southeast of the glass factory in Valley Industrial Park in the Dean’s Lake area.

According to reports, upon investigation the Eagle Creek farmer found a ditch in the ground with the sod torn up in a “wheel-spoke pattern” in the pasture just two blocks from the farm home…

1993: Shakopee Valley News

March 4, 1993

School Indian symbol may soon be discarded. Prompted by a Minnesota State Board of Education policy discouraging the use of Native American names and mascots for sports teams, the Shakopee School Board voted unanimously Monday to review the school district’s use of an Indian head logo and the name “Indians.”…

County Board willing to listen to Co. Rd. 18 debate. Residents living adjacent to County Road 18 have convinced the Scott County Board to re-evaluate its position on plans to reconstruct the roadway to four lanes from Highway 101 to County Road 42…

High school band California-bound

On Monday, the Shakopee High School Concert Band will be leaving for a week of “fun, sun and great music making in California,” according to Andy Mast, director of bands.

The band will be participating in the Disney Magic Music Days festival held in the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, Calif., and enjoying the offerings of the Southern California area…

March 11, 1993

City stand on Co. 18 lanes doesn’t change. After another long discussion, the Shakopee City Council on March 2 stuck to its endorsement of a two-lane segment of County Road 18 between County roads 42 and 16…


Program goal: Help the needy with home repairs

Shakopee may join 210 other American cities and towns this summer in repairing and sprucing up homes belonging to low-income, disabled and elderly residents by joining Christmas in April, a national, non-profit home repair program.

Patty Johnson, president of Christmas in April, met with city officials and community leaders Thursday at City Hall to begin planning local participation in the project…


Council resolution honors Stans on his 85th birthday

Maurice Stans, the Shakopee native who holds posts in two presidential administrations, was the subject of a resolution adopted by the City Council last week honoring him on his 85th birthday…

The resolution, approved March 2, will be sent to Pepperdine University in Culver City Calif., where a book on Stans’ accomplishments and contributions is being put together. The book will be presented to Stans during a birthday celebration planned by the university on March 23…

March 18, 1993

Site for substation chosen. The Shakopee Public Utilities Commission (SPUC) has requested that the city of Shakopee begin condemnation proceedings on approximately two acres of land just west of County Road 17 and south of County Road 78, which the utility has chosen as a site for a $2.1 million electric substation…

Gallice is appointed Shakopee postmaster. Ritch Gallice was installed as Shakopee’s postmaster during ceremonies Feb. 26 at the post office…

March 25, 1993

Track’s parent firm reports loss for ’92. The parent corporation of Ladbroke Racing, the operator and co-owner of Canterbury Downs, announced a $7 million tax write-off for the Shakopee racetrack in 1992, according to the March 13 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine…


County Board OKs four lanes for Co. Rd. 18 segment

By a 4-1 vote, the Scott County Board Tuesday endorsed a decision made by the previous board to reconstruct County Road 18 as a four-lane roadway the entire distance from the Shakopee Bypass/Highway 101 interchange to County Road 42.

Commissioner Ray Foslid from Shakopee cast the lone negative vote.

In addition, the board voted to direct that planning begin for the future extension of County Road 21. Although the extension, estimated to cost $10 million, is not included in the county’s current five-year capital improvement road program, the board has directed staff to pursue the project by calling for the completion of an environmental impact statement (EIS). An EIS, an extensive review of possible environmental effects of such a project, is needed because of the scope of the project and is expected to cost $250,000, according to County Highway Engineer Brad Larson…


City approves plan for bypass stage

The Shakopee City Council on March 16 approved plans for the second stage of the Shakopee Bypass project, as well as a cooperative agreement covering the city’s cost participation in that part of the project…

The Stage II B of the project will include construction of two bridges at the county roads 17 and 83, reconstruction of the county roadways within the bypass limits, storm water construction, and construction of the city’s linear ponds along the bypass right of way.


Rezoning approved for new hospital

Rezoning of the land where St. Francis Regional Medical Center plans to build a new hospital and medical campus was approved by the Shakopee City Council on March 16.

The council accepted a recommendation from the city Planning Commission to approve the rezoning of the hospital site, located about a half-mile south of the intersection of Vierling Drive and County Road 17, from agricultural to multi-family residential (R-4)…


Playground equipment bids sought

The Shakopee City Council on March 16 directed that bids be solicited for new playground equipment for Memorial Park, on recommendation by the city Parks and Recreation Board…

Only two pieces of equipment remain from a 1976 Bicentennial celebration and park rededication project for which the Shakopee Rotary Club purchased 11 pieces of playground equipment. For various reasons, only two pieces remain….

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