60 Years Ago (1957)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:00 AM
A Belle Plaine homemaker, Mrs. Emmett Minton, was Minnesota’s champion butter cookie baker of 1957. She won first prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., for two with her “Layer Cookies.” The contest was sponsored locally by the Belle Plaine Farmers Creamery.
The K.C. 3rd degree team gave a farewell dinner at the Holiday House in St. Peter for Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. O’Brien.
The Belle Plaine Chapter of the Eastern Star installed the following officers: Worthy Matron, Sidonia Anderson; Worthy Patron, Robert Anderson; Associate Matron, Marian Sass; Associate Patron, Edwin Ploetz; Secretary, Helen Leise; Treasurer, Fred Tillquist; Conductress, Grace Ploetz; Chaplain, Selma Christenson; Marshall, Roy Chard; Organist, Thelma Tillquist; Ada, Beverly Ploetz; Ruth, Shirley McGuire; Esther, Nellie Irwin; Martha, Velma Smith; Electra, Barbara Elder; Warder, Garman Elder; Sentinel, G.S. Gabbert.
It was one of the nicest Easter Sundays – sunny skies, temperatures that reached the 70s, perfect roads for travel everywhere.
Mr. and Mrs. William Buesgens received word that their 6-year-old granddaughter, Sandra Hagemeier, Minneapolis, was hit by an automobile and killed.
An expansion and alteration program for Belle Plaine’s Presbyterian Church was underway, which was to greatly alter the appearance of the 85-year-old structure. An 18- by 40-foot addition, of which a section 12 by 16 feet was to comprise the pastor’s study, and the remainder the lobby entrance.
Members of the senior class play, “Pride and Prejudice,” were Terry Moriarty, Lavonne Hagerman, Geraldine Bigaouette, Eileen Walsh, Anne Blume, Jean Marie Daly, Helen Kerkow, George Hoelz, Keith Perkins, Marion Halquist, Lawrence Albrecht, Jane Koenig, Shirlee Druke, Bunny Edberg, Mike Fogarty and Curtis Clayton.
Arthur Laabs and Urban Hessian, whose three-year terms on the school board were expiring, filed for reelection. Dr. John Fogarty filed for the one-year unexpired term left vacant by Eugene F. O’Brien.
St. Peter and Paul’s parish was endeavoring to raise funds to remodel and reopen the parochial school. Albright Attractions, Belle Plaine’s homegrown stage show, would give two circus performances to spark the fund-raising drive.
Mrs. Caroline Hinze Diers, native of Belle Plaine, died in Seattle, Wash., at the age of 79.
Miss Darlene Brandt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandt, was giving a vocal recital in the Henderson school auditorium.
Funeral services for Mrs. Veronica Plonsky were held at St. Joseph’s Church in Lexington. She died at the age of 83.
Pat’s Place, Eischens Bar, Gotha and Pin Busters were the 1957 Belle Plaine bowling champions.
Tom Melchior was playing his third year of college baseball at St. John’s University.