From Our Files - 10 Years Ago
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Thirty Years Ago (1991)
Eight property owners objected to opening an alley for some proposed condominiums on Block 145 near Linden and Prairie streets. Gary Crosby had applied for a planned unit development to build a four-unit condominium, in which an alley would be improved to provide access and parking for the building. A few residents, including Kevin Koepp, Diane Wosniack, and Walt Zimmerman, expressed their concerns with potential problems that could be caused by opening the alley. No decision was made, and the hearing was recessed so the public works committee could look into installing a storm sewer in the north end of the alley if it was paved.
The second annual German Day Horse Parade was being planned for Saturday afternoon, April 13, with Wilmer and Erna Gruetzmacher as grand marshals. Business-sponsored trophies would be awarded in the following categories: pony hitch, single light hitch, light horse team, draft horse team, multiple, choice vehicle, mule hitch, horse and rider, most authentic costume, group riders, and most outstanding rig.
Donations to the St. John-Assumption Area Food Shelf and the Scott-Carver Community Action Agency were matched in March, so various churches and civic groups were actively gathering food and money. On average, the food shelf received between 500 and 700 pounds per month, serving 25 to 30 families per month or five to seven per week. “We cover a pretty big area, but it’s rural,” said Harriet Traxler, who volunteered to manage the St. John-Assumption Food Shelf, serving families from BP, Jordan, Cologne, Norwood, Green Isle, and Henderson. Within the state of MN, there were 240 food shelves, and it was projected that 3.1 million pounds of food would be collected during March.
Plans were being made for the KARE Channel 11 Health Fair on Saturday, April 13, at the BP Elementary School. According to co-chairmen Michelle Persson and Marilyn Moriarty, the purpose of the health fair was to provide health assessment and information. Services included tests for vision and hearing, blood pressure, weight and height, glucose, cholesterol, and a three-point EKG measuring heart rates and rhythm for people 21 and older. It was a family-oriented event, with more than 40 exhibitors and many activities provided for children.
Beatrice M. Pudlitzke, 60, of BP, died Saturday, March 30, 1991 at Queen of Peace Hospital, New Prague. Survivors included her husband, Dale, of BP; one daughter, Joy (Terry) Olson of Savage; two sons, Mark (Julie) of BP and Paul of Minneapolis; her mother, Elizabeth Wolf, of Mott, North Dakota; two sisters and two brothers; and two grandchildren, Matthew and Scott Pudlitzke.
As a result of realignment by the Minnesota State High School League, BP was changing from Region 4A to Region 2A next year. Region 2A, the region most affected by realignment, would have 38 teams, an increase of five, gaining five from 1A to expand east, three from 3A to expand northwest, and 14 from 4A to expand north. Region 4A had only 17 of the same teams, covering the metro area and the east central part of the state.
Town and Country Basketball Games, sponsored by the BP Rotary Club, were scheduled for Friday night, April 5, at the BPHS Gymnasium. Eight teams of men and women over and under 30 years old were competing. Enough players had signed up for all four men’s teams, but both women’s country teams needed more players.
60 Years Ago (1961)
The borough council voted to proceed with a proposed sewer treatment plant for BP, following a public hearing, and directed a Minneapolis engineering firm to prepare detailed plans and specifications of the improvement. More than 40 interested residents attended the meeting to ask questions and some voiced opposition.
A total of over 314 voters turned out for the city elections. Fred Tillquist was elected mayor with 229 votes to 80 votes for challenger Charles Schutz. The two councilmen ran unopposed; Eugene O’Brien received 255 votes and Paul Keup received 241 votes. Ronald Effertz received 245 votes for treasurer. Other members of the council who were not up for re-election that year were Emil Ashauer, Pat Fogarty, and Bill Steffen.
The Minnesota River was receding after briefly overflowing its banks. Low lying bottom land was covered with water, but the flooding was slight and lasted only a few days.
It was a cool Easter in the area, and all the churches had packed congregations. Traffic on Hwy. 169 was heavy.
Leo Albrecht, Sr. took to the road again. He and his wife and son, Gary, left for St. Thomas, Ontario, to begin a new season. His show became part of Larry’s Continental Circus.
A fire destroyed a large barn, some livestock, and 1,500 bales of hay on the James W. Sullivan farm, seven miles south of BP. Sullivan discovered the fire at 3:40 a.m., but the Le Sueur Fire Dept. was unable to bring it under control.
Moses Patrick Burns, lifelong resident the St. Thomas community, died April 3 at the home of his sister, Mrs. M. L. Foldesi, in BP. He had been afflicted with asthma and a heart ailment.
John B. Connolly, 40, veteran of World War II, died March 30 at the Rochester Hospital after suffering disabilities for about six years. He was born at St. Thomas and married at Union Hill. He was survived by his wife and two children.
Mrs. Emil Karnitz (Clara Petersdorf), 63, died March 30. She had been hospitalized and underwent brain surgery twice for a malignant tumor. She had eight children. Funeral services were at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in BP.
The V.F.W. Auxiliary elected new officers: Arlina Bauman, president; Regina Witt, senior vice president; Lillian Fairweather, treasurer; Alvina Johnson, chaplain; Margaret Meger, conductress; Alvina Gregory, guard; and Lucille Scully, trustee.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kruschke, who formerly farmed in Blakeley Township, moved to rural Princeton where they purchased a 180-acre farm. They formerly rented the Dr. Locken farm in Blakeley Township.
Three people from BP were elected officers of the Scott County Republican Party: Mrs. Emily Ashauer, secretary; Mrs. Walter J. Gatz, treasurer; and Mrs. H. M. Juergens, third vice chairman.
PFC Kenneth Luskey, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Luskey of Blakeley, joined the seventh infantry division in Korea. He was part of Operation OVUREP, the Army’s overseas unit replacement program.
Pitching was the big question for the BPHS baseball team, Coach Jerry Miller said. Potential hurlers were Tex Moody, Richard Hart, Otto Schultz, Dale Stender, and Bob Walerius. Other players were Mark Albrecht, Tim Melchior, Larry McCormick, Jim Harsh, Manley Vinkemeier, Collin Moriarty, Maynard Schultz, John Miller, Richard Martin, Jim Glynn, Bob Dickie, Art Hahn, and Stan Brenke.
Erv Heitkamp was selected to manage the town baseball team.
90 Years Ago (1931)
Seeding operations were underway in the entire area. The first week of April brought temperatures up to 75 degrees.
After an absence of eight years, Fred Gabbert was back from New York to spend a few days with his ailing father. For 13 years, Fred had been in the employ of the Niagara-Hudson Power Company.
James Donovan, retired farmer, died at his home in BP. Born on the old homestead in Derrynane Township, he farmed there until retirement.
With almost no contests, that year’s borough election attracted 340 voters. F.J. Keup was elected mayor. Dr. D.W. Wilson, H.M. Schuldt, and Alois Blaha became councilmen, E.O. Peterson was treasurer; and A. J. Irwin and Charles Pitheon, were elected justices.
Michael McGeogh, telegraph operator at the Blakeley Depot for quite a number of years, was transferred to Bingham Lake.
Ex-senator Magnus Johnson was a sojourner in BP. Governor Floyd Olson had given him a job as farmland appraiser with the rural credit bureau, and it was in that capacity he was working in this area.
The fine Liebhard farm home out from Jordan was destroyed by fire. The house had been built in 1929 at a cost of $12,000.
Montgomery decided to keep H.H. Westerman as mayor for as long as he lived. For the tenth time, he was re-elected mayor after announcement that he wasn’t a candidate.
Mrs. Johanna Scott, widow of Swen Scott, died at her home in San Francisco Township at the age of 80, and the funeral was held from the East Union Church.
James Quinn, well-known pioneer of Jessenland Township, died at the home of his sister in North St. Paul.
120 Years Ago (1901)
Seeding on both timber and prairie farms was underway.
Theodore and Alfred Johnson closed negotiations for purchase of J.C. Morrison’s mercantile stock. Morrison was to move his post office to the rear of the building.
A copy of the newspaper published at Skagway, Alaska revealed that H.C. Diers, former Blakeley man, as editor. Diers was also extensively interested in mining in the region.
The BP School Board re-engaged M.E. Bancroft as school principal at a salary of $70 a month. Four other teachers were engaged at salaries ranging from $32.50 to $40.
Fred Tesch shot a swan on Clark’s Lake. It was a rare thing to see a swan in their locality.