7/13/2017 9:36:00 AM 70 years ago -- Roller skating rink opens
FIVE YEARS AGO July 3, 2012 The Friendship Wagon Train raises money for Camp Winnebago as it makes its 125-mile journey from a field near the Stewartville United Methodist Church. The 25 horse or mule-drawn wagons and about 30 horseback riders plan to travel for one week from Stewartville to Chatfield, Preston, Canton, Mabel, Blackhammer, Schech's Mill, Caledonia and then to Camp Winnebago. Meals were provided for the campers by the Stewartville Lions and Stewartville Morning Lions. As temperatures rose into the mid-90s, hundreds of Stewartville and area residents crowded into Stewartville's pool last Wednesday afternoon. The pool was so packed that 50 swimmers had to wait at the pool's entrance for other swimmers to finish before they were admitted. TEN YEARS AGO July 10, 2007 More than 250 SHS graduates took part in an all-school reunion to celebrate Stewartville's sesquicentennial on July 5. Street Beat question to the graduates who attended last week's all-school reunion: What are your best memories of Stewartville High School? Patricia (Crane) Emerson, class of 1959, "The basketball games, parties with my friends, the drama (plays) and chorus...." Rosemary (Nicklay) Oeltjen, class of 1970, "I really enjoyed marching band. It wasn't your typical class. We got outside and took trips...." Gladys (Ellinghuysen) Carroll, class of 1939, "Miss (LePearl) Bonner was a wonderful teacher and friend to all the students. She was the principal. She was strict, but she was also fair and kind...." Betty (Francis) Westphal, class of 1959, "The friends. Everybody was friendly. The school was small enough that you knew all the classes ahead of you and behind you, and you knew all the baseball and football players...." Winners of the Kids Fishing Contest held at Florence Park on July 4 were: 3-5 year olds, Emma Carlson, first, Sammy Hart, second, William Urban, third; 6-8 year olds, Megan Williams, first, Nicholas Condon, second, Johanna Welter, third, 9-12 year olds, Nicole Buege, first, Jeremiah Keckhafer, second and Garrett Johnson, third. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO July 9, 2002 Gathered on the north edge of Stewartville on a hot, sunny July morning, more than 100 spectators watched as Boyum family members broke ground for a new, larger grocery store. Larry Gray accepted the community service recognition award from The Stewartville School District Community Services Advisory Council. Members of the council making the presentation were Mary Hustak, Florence Reinhart, Glynis Sturm and Agnes Splittstoesser. TWENTY YEARS AGO July 15, 1997 Colleen Landherr will once again lead the Stewartville School Board, following her re-election to the post by her peers last Tuesday. John Thompson will serve as vice-chair, with Dave Lassig being named clerk and Darrel Splittstoesser treasurer. The Stewartville City Council approved a request for an outdoor dance at Stewartville Lanes last week - but did agree that if noise complaints continued at outdoor dances, members would revisit the issue. A lightning strike to the power pole feeding the Stewartville Swimming Pool's mechanical building is being blamed for causing the pool's pump motor to burn out, resulting in the pool's closing for two days last week. Stewartville golfers have a new home course, this week, as Riverview Greens, located on the north side of the Root River, opened for play Monday. A newly-implemented program "Carrier Alert" is underway, under the direction of the Stewartville Senior Citizens Service and the Stewartville Post Office. The program allows postal carriers to report any build-up of mail in a resident's mailbox - which could indicate that the resident is ill, or has fallen, and needs help. Those wishing the service should contact Jo Hess at the Senior Center. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO July 14, 1992 Karen and Wayne Volkart were the winners of $10,000 in the Mosquito Madness scratch tickets. Henry and Luella Schumann will observe their 50th wedding anniversary July 26 with an open house at the American Legion. The finishing touches were being made to the "new-old" Stewartville City Hall Monday amidst the moving boxes and workers. The move from the former offices by the Stewartville Fire Hall began Friday. THIRTY YEARS AGO July 14, 1987 Jaycee president Kirk Boyum estimated attendance at somewhere between 900 and 1,100 people at the fourth annual Bear Cave Music Fest, despite unseasonably cool temperatures and threatening skies. The first hole-in-one of the season at Maplebrook Golf Course in Stewartville was recorded Friday of last week by George Menshik, who was playing his first round of golf of the season. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO July 14, 1982 Crops in southeastern Minnesota, as in much of the state, are behind schedule because of the late spring planting. A group formed to fight a proposed hazardous waste storage/transfer site at the Rochester Airport property, met last week and about 150 persons at the informational meeting signed a petition requesting that the State Waste Management Board provide some answers about the facility. FORTY YEARS AGO July 14, 1977 Ground was broken on July 6 for a 30-unit, two-story apartment building called Eastside Village, which will be located on East 1st St. Members of the local school board are pondering building alternatives after a June bond issue for construction of an addition to the high school and to Bonner school were defeated. Robert Florine, a 1975 graduate of SHS and a student of Rochester Community College for the last two years, was chosen to be a line judge in the tennis match between the Soviet team and the Cleveland team, to be held at Mayo Civic Auditorium. FIFTY YEARS AGO July 13, 1967 Watermelons will be sold at $1 each next Wednesday to benefit the Summer Youth Baseball program in Stewartville, according to the Junior Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the sale. The Stewies split a pair of games with Rochester's American Legion team, winning the first game, 10-4, and losing the second, 8-5. Lee Boettcher was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out seven and allowing five hits. Don Beach had a two-run home run in the game. Also collecting hits in the game were Mike Paukert, Boettcher and Kevin Gray. SEVENTY YEARS AGO July 17, 1947 Over 200 persons attended the annual picnic of the High Forest Unit of the Farm Bureau, which was held at Lake Florence Sunday. The local fire department was called to the Lake Theatre last night to investigate a small blaze which started in the projector room. A reel of film had broken and stated to burn, causing a little smoke and much excitement. No damage was done. Young people of this village and community will be spending some enjoyable evenings from now on in that pleasant pastime, roller skating. The McAlister roller skating rink opened last evening under a big tent on the athletic grounds to the west of the softball diamond. EIGHTY YEARS AGO July 15, 1937 The Olmsted County Board of Commissioners recently approved a record-breaking budget of $536,500, nearly half of which will be used for relief and old age assistance. Mrs. E. Engel reports steadily increasing business at her True-Art Beauty Shop, which opened on the mezzanine floor of the Luehmann Drug store Friday. Wendell Lenten, who has ben employed at the Farmers' Elevator Company in Stewartville for more than a year, left the fore part of the week for Kasson, where he will be manager of the consolidated elevators. EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO July 14, 1932 Spontaneous combustion has caused the destruction of three barns in this vicinity the past week. Last Wednesday evening the barn on the Cornel Dirks farm was burned to the ground. Saturday a fire destroyed the barn on the A. R. Green farm three miles east of Racine, and on Tuesday, the barn on the E. Torgerson farm south of Racine was burned. Miss Emma Oftedahl and Henry Lecy are tied for first place in the Star's $750 scholarship contest. Miss Hazel King is in second place and Myron Clark third. Stanley Hall is in charge of the Home Oil Co. service station during the absence of Manager Ed Myhre. NINETY YEARS AGO July 14, 1927 Dr. C. Davis arrived here from Minneapolis last week to make arrangements for the opening of dental offices here. Dr. H. F. Bayard has resumed his practice here after having been forced to close his office on account of severe illness. The Sells-Sterling circus is booked to give two performances in Stewartville July 19. There was a special election here Tuesday for the purpose of voting on the proposition of extending the city water mains to residents who are now without city water. The vote was 85 for and 35 against. NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO July 14, 1922 Why not a tourist camp for Stewartville? Let's get in line with other towns, and provide a suitable place for tourists to stop over night. Another bad fire visited the village of Simpson Saturday evening, when the cheese factory was burned to the ground. The building, its contents and $300 worth of cheese was destroyed. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO July 15, 1897 F.C. Thomas is organizing a company of state militia. A good thing - push it along. Farmers from near High Forest report church bugs "thick as hops" in their rye fields. The County Commissioners have allowed $150 for a bridge on the town line road between High Forest and Rock Dell. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO July 15, 1892 Beautiful summer weather, but oh so hot. The strange phenomena in the eastern and western skis Wednesday night called out many of the star gazers. Farmers have started harvesting one of the largest hay crops seen in this vicinity for a number of years.