10/2/2017 1:23:00 PM 80 years ago -- Forty tons of hay destroyed in rural fire
FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 4, 2012 The Stewartville City Council approved $25,000 in TIF funding to improve the Sears House along Main Street. The Stewartville Area Historical Society will use the funds to pay for 15 new windows and to fix the house's foundation. Passing with great efficiency, the Stewartville volleyball team pounded the ball on offense to record a 3-0 sweep hosting Kingsland in its home and season debut on Aug. 30. TEN YEARS AGO Sept. 11, 2007 The 9th annual Fall Harvest Day scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is looking for area produce and craft vendors for the event. Byron collected 19 points off Tiger turnovers as Stewartville lost in home opener 27-20 on Sept. 7. Street Beat question: To Stewartville senior citizens - What can be done to ensure that the senior center remains open? Kathryn Bellieu, "We haven't resolved anything yet, but we're working on it. We're having a big meeting for all the members Sept. 14...." Marilyn Schiebsted, "We would like non-members and members to show up for the meeting on Sept. 14. We have so many activities here...." Joan Hill, "I hope it doesn't close because of the walking. If we can, we come five days a week for the walking. Bud (my husband) feels better if he walks...." Russ Hayes, "I think we need representation on the City Council. It's up to our senior representatives and the City Council to follow up on the grievances we have...." Laura Hoover, a 2007 graduate of Stewartville High School, topped the Minnesota State High School Leagues record books for collecting 117 ace serves in a single (2005) season and 266 career ace serves from 2004-06. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Sept. 10, 2002 It was a bitter battle in every match as the Stewartville girls tennis team gave top-rated Cannon Falls a run for their money in a 2-5 loss in Stewie on Sept. 3. Fall Harvest Day, Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. City Hall parking lot. Participation fee is only $10. A great fund raiser for your cause. Call Kami, Judy or Sharon to sign up! Street Beat question: What is your favorite television show of all time and why? Robbin Hires, "I don't watch TV. I'm really too busy. I don't have the time...." Kathryn Bellieu, "Evening at Pops." I always look forward to watching that...." Chris Ellinghuysen, "Probably "Seinfeld," because of the comedy, I suppose. I liked Kramer. He was odd...." Alex Haagensen, "I like "Law and Order." It's interesting. It seems like real life situations...." TWENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 16, 1997 Olmsted County deputies are warning citizens to keep their vehicles locked and valuables out of their cars, following a rash of vehicle break-ins that netted thieves over $1,000 Saturday evening. St. John's Lutheran Church formally broke ground for its new education wing Sunday, during special services. Building committee members include Cliff Walker, Lee Boettcher and Dean Wellk. Big plays keyed a big win as the Stewartville gridders downed Triton, 26-21, Friday to remain unbeaten at 3-0. The game was the first ever played on Triton's new field; and the Tigers first victory in five meetings with the Cobras. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 15, 1992 Stewartville Nursing Home Board of Directors were given approval to continue formulating plans for an estimated $1.75 million in improvements by the Stewartville City Council Sept. 8. Improvements would include $500,000 in renovation to the existing nursing home and $1.25 million for a 28-unit addition to the Stewartville Apartment complex. Superintendent, Dr. Robert Jorstad officially tendered his resignation to the Stewartville School Board, effective June 30, 1993. City Pizza and Grill has opened its doors at its new location at 115 South Main. The business was previously located at City Center. Stewartville opened HVL conference football action with an impressive 28-6 win over arch-rival Rochester Lourdes, here Friday. The Tigers used a ball control offense, amassing over 300 yards rushing, and a stingy defense to control the game throughout. Last week the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors paid a congratulatory visit to Cyndi Diderrich's new restaurant, the Hungry Bear. THIRTY YEARS AGO Sept. 15, 1987 A person whose voice was described as that of a young male called in a bomb threat to Stewartville High School at about 10:40 a.m. Friday of last week. The school was evacuated and no device was found. Jenni Knesel exhibited the Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen at the 1987 Minnesota State Fair 4-H Rabbit Show. FORTY YEARS AGO Sept. 15, 1977 A scrappy Stewartville football team took care of the undefeated home record of Lake City Friday night, beating the favored Tigers with a flashy running attack, 28-0. Dave Aswegan intercepted a pass and returned it for a TD from 40 yards out. Quarterback Gregg Smith and running backs Steve Woessner and Brad Amos each scored touchdowns. Karin Koehn came from behind to win her first HVL meet this year by outdistancing Zumbrota's Patty Erredge during a recent meet. Jeff Wibben of Stewartville defeated last year's HVL champion, Bill Zimmerman of Zumbrota, during the boys race. FIFTY YEARS AGO Sept. 14, 1967 Albert Bushman, 60, a Chicago Great Western Railroad employee, was reported in good condition at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester following the derailment of a motor car about three miles south of Simpson Thursday afternoon. A safety assembly was held Friday for Stewartville elementary school children, grades 4-5. Olmsted County Sheriff Gerald Cunningham swore in Stewartville Safety Patrol officers for the 1967-68 school year. SEVENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 18, 1947 After a weekend delay the Stewartville High School football season got underway in earnest Monday night by seeing the Tigers continuing their winning streak of 1946 by dumping the Lake City eleven, 7-0. The Stewartville Gun Club announces that there will be another prize shoot at the local Gun Club next Sunday. An unusual and instructive sound motion picture will be shown at the high school auditorium on Wednesday evening of next week. The "Life of St. Paul" will be shown by the Hospitality House of Minneapolis. EIGHTY YEARS AGO Sept. 16, 1937 Nearly 40 tons of hay were destroyed by fire on Monday afternoon. The hay, which belongs to John Myhre and which was stacked on the Ida Owen land in the northeast part of the city, was set on fire when several small boys started a fire in the grass nearby. A good-sized audience greeted the first meeting and program of the Parent-Teacher Association held at the high school auditorium Monday evening. NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 15, 1922 One of the big attractions in Stewartville this week is the gigantic fire sale at the Norsby Clothing Store. The Star printed 7,000 two-page bills to advertise this big merchandising event. The M. E. ladies aid held their annual Thursday afternoon. The following officers were elected: Mrs. E. E. Fawcett, president; Mrs. L. J. Duncanson, vice president; Mrs. George Leonard, secretary and Mrs. Homer Wooldridge, treasurer. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 16, 1897 Robbins Bros. & Horsrud have traded their stock of general merchandise in the village to P. M. Tuttle for his High Forest farm. The business will be conducted by Sheridan Tuttle. The construction of St. Bernard's church is progressing rapidly, but funds are needed to carry on the work.