From Our Files - 10 Years Ago
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Thirty Years Ago (1990)
Curtis Mueller, who farms just north of BP off Sibley Cty. Rd. 6, offered a $100 reward to find the person who shot and killed one of his Simmental Heifers, weighing about 900 lbs. and valued at about $700, with a bow and arrow on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The BP City Council did not take action on a request by Ivan Otto, of the Borough Bowl, to place a referendum for Sunday Liquor on the ballot for the general election in November.
BPHS Homecoming Royalty candidates were Tony Westlund, Terry Kahle, Shannon Keohane, Trace Selly, Brad Muehlenhardt, Karen Boschee, Candy Lambrecht, Cindy Berger, Jenny Hennen, and Tammy Bauer.
A property tax study done by the Citizen’s League caused some confusion about BP’s tax rates. The study ranked BP the sixth highest in residential property taxes in metro area cities above 2,500 populations, while two other Scott County cities, Jordan and Shakopee, were rated 50th and 51st.
An error in communications caused the BP Ambulance to be delayed, when a football player was injured in the game Friday night, Sept. 14. It took seven minutes from the time the call came to the dispatch until the ambulance got to the field, but there were three medical calls within 15 minutes that night and dispatch was uncertain as to which football field the injury was at. Senior Brent Shaughnessy, who suffered a pinched nerve, was transported to the New Prague Hospital and was released on Saturday.
Work continued on BP’s Wastewater Treatment Facility, but it is was unsure whether the contractor would have the project completed by the Oct. 27 deadline. The contractor, Minnkota Excavating Inc., filed for a 24-day extension from the city. Also, crews had been working overtime six days a week to complete the project.
More than 800 people participated in BP’s Community Education and Recreation programs during the summer of 1990. The largest participation was in summer recreation programs, with 136 in little league baseball, 96 in little league softball, 78 in squirts, and 62 in t-ball. Also popular were the tennis camp with 52 participants and the basketball camp with 34 players.
The BP School Board received a report from a strategic planning consultant on how to implement a long-range plan looking three to five years into the future. The hot issues for the school board were aging facilities, particularly the junior high, and growing enrollment in the elementary grades. The consultant said the community should play a major role in strategic planning by deciding what the focus of the school district should be for the future.
The BPHS girls’ tennis team lost 3-2 to conference leading Le Sueur, but the Tigers won easily 5-0 over Le Center. Coach Pam Gilchrist said Katie Moriarty, who had moved from # 3 singles to #1 singles, had played some excellent tennis that season. The Tigers’ team record in the MRC was 3-1.
The BPHS volleyball team played two close games and took control in the third game to beat Le Center, 16-14, 15-12 and 15-5. The Tigers played without two starters, Michelle Gransee who had an ankle injury and Karen Boschee who had a virus. Coach Donna Brinton-Hawkins said their replacements, Margie McCue and Karee Chevalier, both did a nice job. The Tigers’ MRC record was 2-1.
Defense was the name of the game as Sibley East topped the BPHS football team, 7-0, in conference action on Friday night, Sept. 14, which meant BP’s MRC record stood at 0-2.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Seven Scott County 4Hers participated in the annual Junior Livestock Show at the State Fair: William McCue, Kenneth and Claude Witt, Sharon Krautkremer, Rodney Morlock, Marilyn Farrell, and Robert Koenig.
John Shimota, 36, was killed Sept. 15 in a tragic farm accident while plowing. He apparently fell off the tractor he was driving, and the plow rolled over him.
Nine of the 11 original members of the 1910 Knights of Columbus were present at the Golden Anniversary Celebration at the BPHS dining hall: D.C. Townsend, J.E. Schmitt, Edward Kane, J.P. Kelley, Will Bailey, J.J. Moriarty, N.J. Walerius, John P. Kelly, J.A. Mohrbacher, John L. Gannon, and Ed Corcoran.
Edna M. Busch, BP native, was installed as a teacher at First Lutheran School in a special service at the First Lutheran Church in Blue Island, Illinois.
A 500-lb. chunk of cheddar cheese, the biggest ever produced in MN, was prepared by Bongards Creamery for a Minneapolis-Honeywell Aerospace display at San Francisco. Fred Heiland of BP delivered the big hunk of cheese to Honeywell officials. It was dyed green to keep up with the theme that the moon is nothing but a big hunk of green cheese.
The L.A.A.O.H. met in Columbus Hall. Mrs. Richard O’Brien, state treasurer, gave an account of the national convention which she attended in St. Louis.
Albrecht Attractions, which had been on the road since May 3, finished its summer season last week and was back home. It was David’s last year, but Leo Sr. said he would carry on as usual.
Funeral services for Albert Carlson were held Sept. 21 at West Union Lutheran Church. He died Sept. 18.
Patrick O’Day, son of Patrick and Ellen O’Day, pioneer residents of Assumption, died Sept. 14 as a result of a car accident. He was living in Texas.
The remains of Minnie Sherlock, 70, who died Sept.16, were brought to St. John’s in Sibley County for funeral services and burial.
Mrs. Betsy Snyder, a resident of the Lutheran Home for the Aged in BP for 13 years, died Sept. 7. She was 93.
Mrs. Herman AmEnd, widow of the former pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township, died of a heart attack at the Waconia Hospital.
The local Girl Scout committee assisted by volunteer workers conducted a fund drive in BP. They sought to raise funds to maintain the day-to-day operations of the council and to meet its new needs during the coming year.
The Scott County Agriculture Club sponsored a patriotic rally for postmasters, bankers and editors. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the value of U.S. Savings Bonds as an investment and as a nest egg for future needs. It was revealed that $4,320,000 were held in savings bonds in the county.
Mary Lou Krant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Krant, Sr. of BP, became the bride of Donald Stier, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Stier of BP on Sept. 10 at Zion’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Le Sueur.
Margaret Halloran, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Halloran of BP, and Gordon Eischens of New Prague, were wed on Sept. 10 at St. Thomas Catholic Church.
90 Years Ago (1930)
The headline read “Wheat Hits Low of 24 Years.” With the local market at 67 cents, the depression was getting worse.
In holding their annual picnic that year, the BP Fire Dept. did not have to leave town. They had the noonday lunch at the ballpark and divided up for a red-hot kittenball game.
Russell Lund, 27, popular East Union man, met an accidental death while at work on the roof of the new pavilion at the Carver Park. While installing a ventilator, he fell and broke his neck.
After winning the team pulling contest at the BP farmers’ picnic and the team pulling contests at the Jordan fair, the 2,945-lb. team of William Morlock of Jordan met the state championship team of Paul Soeffler of Arlington and won.
Ed Jentz, 32, well-known young Tyrone Township farmer, died when his shotgun accidentally discharged. He had taken out the gun to drive hawks away while cutting hay.
A marriage of special interest to Assumption folks was that of Josephine Clarke and Ronald Taillon, which took place in St. Paul.
It was a year of raids on country town banks. That week the First National Bank of Montgomery was raided by two armed bandits, who forced all in the bank to lie on the floor. In their hurry, the bandits missed $5,000 in currency which was behind the strong box they opened.
Paul Glaeser, Waconia, representative for Carver County and candidate for re-election, withdrew his name on the last day for withdrawals. That left the field open for A.J. Burling, veteran town clerk for San Francisco Township with no opponent.
A strange sight met travelers on the Green Isle-Arlington road near the Martin Bullert farm where thousands of swallows were massed in such a crowd that they interfered with each other to fly away when a car came along. The birds made no attempt to fly until a car plowed into their midst and then settled right back on the road after the car passed.
120 Years Ago (1900)
Too much moisture interfered with fall harvesting.
BP’s ball club ended its season with six victories and seven defeats.
Chris Albrecht was active in the local real estate business. During one week, he sold 22 lots.
William J. Bryan, candidate for the presidency, was scheduled for a ten-minute stop at the BP Depot.
The village of Morristown was wrecked by a September cyclone. Seven persons were killed and many were injured.