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6/22/2017 11:12:00 AM
70 years ago -- Big "fish tales" coming from Lake Florence

FIVE YEARS AGO
June 12, 2012
The Stewartville Morning Lions Club donated $500 in proceeds from its recent baked potato supper to the Stewartville Care Center. They will use the money to purchase gasoline for its van for field trips for the residents.
Arden and Sharon Harberts will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 23.
Duane and Elrose Douglas will celebrate their 60th anniversary on June 16.
During the annual awards ceremony of the Stewartville Lions Club, Henry Schumann received the Helen Keller Sight Award. Receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award was Frank Weber. Bob Bergland was named Lion of the Year. Dilman Christie was named the recipient of the Hearing Foundation Award. Christie passed away last week, one day after he was announcd as the recipient of the award, which will be presented to his wife, Dorothy.
Will Gisler earned a sixth-place medal and Paige Tapp earned a seventh-place medal at the MSHSL Class A Track and Field State Championship last weekend.
Tiger Girls Golf Team members on their way to state competition include Taylor Bestor, Mackayla Olsen, Blair Honsey, Mackenzie Olsen, Jess Rosenblad and Audrey Steinman.
TEN YEARS AGO
June 19. 2007
Five will compete to become the next Miss Stewartville. The girls are Maia Gunderson, Kayla Kafka, Erica Nelson, Marie Sheely and Sara Zent.
Thirteen girls vie to become the first Junior Miss Stewartville. The girls include Nicole Amos, Monika Anderson, Abby Buck, Shauna Groski, Amber Jessel, Mackenzie King, Ashley Mietzner, Mariah Mrotek, Gloria Mueller, Lauren Rasmussen, Brianna Reed, Katie Scruggs and Hannah Watson.
Tiger setter Leigh Splittstoesser signed a national letter of intent to play D-2 college volleyball with Minnesota State University at Moorhead. Leigh's parents are Kevin and Robin Splittstoesser.
Piano students of Deb Jones presented their spring recital May 19. Students include Whitney Lloyd, Leah Onsgard, Chelsea Lloyd, Lauren Mikel, Allison Schmitz, Meghan Schmitz, Kyra Boland and Lucas Ellerbusch.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
June 18, 2002
Candidates for Miss Stewartville 2002 include Sheena Thompson, Andrea Kolstad, Mia King, Kathryn Oeltjen, Jessica Ecklund, Tanna Farnsworth, Camille Morehart and Ginesa Dux.
This is 4-H's 100th birthday! Centennial activities are beiing planned during the Olmsted County Fair, as well as the Mower County Fair.
Students of the Month for May at Stewartville Middle School include Amanda Bunde, Alleena Lee, Julie Hanson and Beth Schroeder.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
June 24, 1997
Ensign Dave Lark graduated from U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Parents are Jeanne and Ron Lark.
Jeff Allen, son of Rev. Ron and Barb Allen of Stewartville, graduated from Goodhue High School as salutatorian of his class. A post-secondary option student, Allen completed his Associate of Arts Degree and graduated June 4 as Phi Theta Kappa member from Rochester Community and Technical College.
First American Insurance Services, Inc. welcomed Terry Schroeder as a new agent to the business.
Fourth quarter 4.0 honor students include Sarah Barnard, Michael Blazing, Cassandra Burns, Lyndsey Cody, Shanna Harris, Jarred Huiras, Landon Kafka, Kelsey Lapointe, Michael Lawrence, Rachel Linbo, Brooke Reichel, Molly Smelter, Ashley Sondrol and Stephen Zaffke, grade 7; Kirsten Fryer, Molly Ness and Philip Robey, grade 8; Nicholas Brugh, Julie Grazier and Caleb Jobes, grade 10; Andrew Byrne, Brenda Hopkins, Jennifer Oeltjen, Kathleen Robey, Michael Strei, Rena Thompson and Dana Turtle, grade 11 and Brooke Kreitinger and Marcie Landherr, grade 12.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 23, 1992
Although formal approval will come later this summer, the Stewartville School Board said last week that it would ask voters to approve an excess levy of $314,000 Nov. 5. Board members indicated the funds would be just enough to "get by" in maintaining current programs and staff a year from now.
Tickets are now on sale for the July 3 street dance that will feature "Panama."
The walls of the former Used-A-Bit Shop came down last week. The space will be used for a parking lot.
Chris Gray, owner of City Pizza, announced plans last week to move and expand his operation in the location formerly housing the Fish House. Gray plans to move the business, now located in the City Center complex, to the main street location in late July.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
June 23, 1987
Lake Center Industries announced Thursday its plans to reopen its Stewartville facility in mid-September. A spokesperson stated the facility would be used to expand operations of the company's subsidiary, Triad Manufacturing.
Alvina Byrne, a member of the Stewartvile American Legion Auxiliary Unit #164, took first place for her centerpiece made of poppies and showing what the poppies stand for, during judging at the First District Convention held in La Crescent recently.
The local Masonic Lodge honored several members at its last meeting. Those receiving 40-year certificates were Les Kinsley, Al Wilson, Ennesley Megraw, Oliver Renken, Stan Hall, Harold Schaefer, Ray Tebay, Ed Dormody, Ted Eppard and Stan Williams.
The Rochester Airport recorded 1.14 inches of rain last Wednesday and an additional 1.53 inches fell Friday. The storms flooded the main street for a short time.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 23, 1982
Tom Slightam has opened the DownUnder bar, located beneath the Fish House in Stewartville.
It appears there is quite a controversy growing about who should take care of the county park located on the north side of Lake Florence. Some feel Stewartville should take control and the county should relinquish responsibility for the park, while others think redevelopment and maintenance of the park should be the county's responsibility.
FORTY YEARS AGO
June 23, 1977
The new water tank has been filled and is in use, with no problems reported so far, said George Riehl, street superintendent.
Julie Betcher, valedicotiran of the 1977 graduating class, became the first female member of a graduation class to receive the Dan Garrison award.
The Stewartville Patriots, a local softball team, won three games this past week to raise its reord to 10-5. Patriots defeated Grand Meadow 19-9, downed Kahler 6-4 and beat Wykoff 18-0.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
June 22, 1967
The Stewartville Swimming Pool literally "opened with a splash" Sunday evening, June 11, with 127 hardy souls braving the cool weather on opening day. More than 2,100 swimmers used the pool in its first week of operation this season.
Only a few bales of hay were lost and minor structural damage sustained to the northeast corner of the barn during a fire at the Knud Jorgensen farm southeast of Stewartville about noon Saturday. Early discovery of the blaze by the owner, who threw out most of the burning hay, and prompt response by the local fire department, kept the losses to a minimum.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
June 26, 1947
Ivan Myhre was telling a big fish story Sunday but it was a true one. Ivan caught a bass that upped the scales at 6 ¼ lbs. He caught the big fish near the bridge north of town. Sunday a large number of fishermen gathered at the same spot to see if they could repeat Mr. Myhre's good luck, but were unsuccessful.
Mr. Curtis M. Larson will assume the duties of athletic coach at Stewartville High School.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
June 24 1937
The Farmers' Elevator Company topped the $500,000 mark for business conducted during the past fiscal year.
The third severe Saturday night storm in three weeks caused many trees and branches to be blown down in Stewartville, Racine and neighboring territories. The storm wrecked a silo at the Henry Ottjes farm and destroyed a barn at the Herman Erickson farm.
A record kittenball crowd witnessed the opening of the Merchants and Professional men's kittenball league Tuesday night when Bjerke's Bears defeated Stoyke's Mules in a wild and wooly game that had the crowd in an uproar throughout. Tomorrow's game will feature Haack's Bees against Gilles' Cards.
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 23 1932
The first of a series of regular weekly band concerts by the Stewartville High School Band was given last Saturday evening. A large crowd was on hand to listen to a program of marches and special numbers. The band is under the direction of Hans Jorgenson music instructor in our school.
During the eletrical storm Friday afternoon, a large tree in the yard at the C. W. Barrows residence was struck by lightning tearing the bark from the tree, pieces of it being hurled onto the lawn of the A. R. Justman home across the street.
NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 23, 1922
E. W. Ginter received a check for $7,824.74 for the car of butter he sold last week for the Stewartville Cooperative Creamery Association. The car contained 341 tubs of butter.
While assisting in shingling the barn on the Lloyd Brown property in High Forest last Monday, the scaffold broke and four of the men fell 18 feet to the ground. The men who took the fall were Homer Day, George Day, Lee Crumb and Harold Lamp. Fortunately none of the men were badly hurt.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
June 24, 1897
Stewartville's cannon was shipped from New York on the 17th and in consequence may be expected anytime.
No more desirable weather could be wished than we have been enjoying of late.
Rain at night and bright sunshine during the day to make the crops grow.
One of the attractions on the street Wednesday was the exhibition of a one minute ice cream freezer in active operation supplying the onlookers with delicious frozen cream while they waited.
Several from here took in the circus at Spring Valley Friday. They reported a good show, but lots of swindling schemes.
On the occasion of the Fourth of July celebration and the dedication ceremonies of the new bridge across the Mississippi River at Winona, a special train will leave Stewartville at 7:30 in the morning on the Fourth. The round trip fare will be $1.62.
Thomas Wood's residence was struck by lightning last week Wednesday knocking a hole in the roof.









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