30 Years ago: Elementary Band - directed by Vern Larson

Elementary Band - directed by Vern Larson, performs a musical selection at its preview concert Friday afternoon in the elementary gymnasium in front of other elementary students. The fifth and sixth graders in band and choir put on their show for the school Friday and for their parents and the community Sunday. Larson also directed the choir which performed a play called “Tall Tales and Heroes.” Solos, duets and ensembles also were performed.

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Thirty Years Ago (1990)

A plan for an 18-hole golf course, which the proposers said would stimulate economic development in the BP area, was approved y the Scott County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, May 22. The proposal, by Dale Stier and relatives from the BP area, was for an 18-hole golf course on 135 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley south of BP. Plans were to place nine holes east of Cty. Road 55 and nine holes west of 55 with a pedestrian tunnel connecting the two at what was a cattle crossing.

The Trail Boss Truck Stop was burglarized early Thursday morning, May 17, and an estimated $5,000 was stolen, according to owner Jerry Onnen. A total of $5,000 in cash, checks, and credit card invoices were taken between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. In addition, more than $700 worth of merchandise was missing, including four radar detectors and two citizens and radio speakers. Several truck drivers were sleeping in their cabs at the truck stop at the time of the break-in.

Marshall Gullickson, owner of Creative Tool in BP, died suddenly Monday, May 21, in Onamia of an apparent aneurism. He was 47. Gullickson was at his summer home in Onamia, which was close to his second business in Pine Center. He was a self-employed tool and dye maker. The business was started in Watertown and moved to BP in 1971. It occupied the former Creamery Building in BP.

Three visitors from Nigeria met with groups at the three BP Public Schools on Friday, May 18, to learn more about how a small rural community dealt with problems of drugs and alcohol. All of the visitors held prominent positions in Nigeria, where drug abuse had developed into a very serious problem. They learned about Project DARE, the elementary school’s drug prevention program, and the senior high’s CAN (Chemicals Aren’t Necessary) students. At the junior high, the Nigerian group attended the 8th grade geography class where students were discussing world countries.

Nordic Track from Chaska entered into a contract with Plastech in BP to lease the entire building for two years. The exercise equipment manufacturer moved its printing/bindery and bulk mailing operations to the BP facility, since more space was needed in Chaska for manufacturing and warehousing.

The BP Community Swimming Pool was scheduled to open its season for the Memorial Day weekend, but cool weather the past week made the opening doubtful. The pool was filled and ready to go but the water temperature was just 60 degrees and it should’ve been 66 to 69 degrees for the opener. Pool staff included BevWynn, Shannon Keohane, Jon Ploetz, Melissa and Melanie Wolf, Sheral Kahle, Shannon Morrison, Jean Schultz, and Dawn Haedike.

LeRoy and Connie Chard purchased the former Bergs Gravel Pit and the Bergs’ farm in Sibley County. In total, they acquired 568 acres on May 10. The pit produced crushed road gravel, screen aggregate, pit run, clay, and black dirt.  

BPES students who read the most books and earned the most money in the Multiple Sclerosis Read-a-Thon were Jonathan Rucks, Kristi Hiltz, Jesse Hughes, Jacob Hodapp, Susan Denzer, Holly Palmer, and Jill Carney. Altogether, 44 students in Grades 3 – 6 had raised $2,095 for MS.

The BP School Board gave itself a positive evaluation looking into general board policies, roles and responsibilities, planning, and meetings. It was the first self-evaluation in 12 years. The two areas evaluated as weaknesses were that the board did not annually review important documents, such as bylaws or a policy manual, and that they were confused about their job description. Members gave all favorable comments about the school board meetings, following a system of parliamentary procedure and conducting meetings in a businesslike manner with the agenda including positive items and not just problems, while dealing with controversial issues and developing solutions acceptable to all board members. Plus, member absences from meetings were minimal and they enjoyed serving on the board.

The BPHS Softball Team beat Le Center, 5-2, and Jordan, 3-2, in the first two games of the district tournament. BP beat number one seeded Jordan on Monday, May 21, in a thriller. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, but the suspense built from then until the end of the game. “It was an excellent team performance on offense and defense,” Coach Terri Moseley said.

Since everyone was a homemaker and everyone had leadership potential in families, communities, and the world, Minnesota Future Homemakers of America (FHA) updated its organization’s name to Future Leaders of America/Future Homemakers of America, at the state convention on April 27, at the Radisson South Hotel. The vote by BPHS delegates Tammy Bauer and Angie Johnson at the state meeting ended a four-year process to study the name change to FLA/FHA. Members also chose a new Minnesota emblem including the words “focusing on leadership, peer education, and family.”

Jerrad Fenske, a music major from BP, was chosen to lead the alma mater at the Gustavus Adolphus College graduation exercises on Sunday, May 27, in St. Peter. About 530 graduates took part in commencement.

Complimentary copies of the BP Herald were sent out, inviting recipients to subscribe to the Herald and Golden Nugget for only $15 a year.

     

60 Years Ago (1960)

May 26 was graduation night for 65 seniors in the class of 1960 at BPHS.

Torrential rains flooded the area, and Jordan was experiencing the worst flooding in history. More than eight inches of rain brought the National Guard, Red Cross, firemen, police, and many volunteers into service. The rain had washed out state and county roads.

The Brewery Creek near the east borough limits in BP flooded, washing out the road and causing extensive damage to the bridge. Farther downstream the creek almost washed out the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Bridge, leaving only the rails and ties hanging precariously.

A frightened deer ran through town from the south near the BP Implement, to the motel down Walnut Street to the Texaco Oil Station, across the Sts. Peter and Paul Church playground and disappeared in the ravine near the milk plant.

Bob Ryan, news commentator for KSTP radio and television, was the guest speaker at the Knights of Columbus banquet.

The ladies of Sts. Peter and Paul Church put on a May festival with hobby articles, a cake walk, a white elephant sale, and special fun for children. Later they had a card party with refreshments and entertainment.

A large class of about 70 was confirmed at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church. Auxiliary Bishop Leonard Cowley officiated.

Seaman Jim Buesgens was spending a 20-day leave in BP preparing to spend another year in Antarctica on the USS Glacier, the world’s largest ice breaker.

The BP Square Dance Club held a benefit dance on Memorial Day for the flood victims at Jordan.

The heavy rains forced a postponement of baseball openers in the River Valley League.

The BPHS Baseball Team lost its final game of the year to New Prague, 17-5. The Tigers ended their season with a 3-4 conference record, 4-5 overall.

Art Laabs won first place in the Janesville Bowling Tournament and won $109.50. Many other bowlers from BP participated and won smaller cash prizes.

 

90 Years Ago (1930)

Summer band concerts started that week and continued each Wednesday evening through the summer months.

Fred Tillquist bought out the interest of his partner, Frank Beirnes, and became sole owner of the BP Motor Company.

At Arlington took place the funeral of George Weckworth, age 28. A large number of relatives and friends from this area went to Arlington for the funeral.

Ascension Thursday was Confirmation Day at Trinity Lutheran Church. Members of the class were Elsie Sellnow, Mets Moenke, Luverne Hespenheide, Lauretta Gosewich, Evelyn Kahle, Edwin and Ewald Laabs, Wilmer Karnitz, Harold Tiede, Ben Sellnow, Abert Ashauer, Elmer Ische, Harold Westphal, and Alvin Krohn.

Miss Mary Byrne, born and reared in St. Thomas, was married in Minneapolis to Kenneth Zeibarth of Le Sueur.

Petitions with 59 Carver and Sibley County signers were filed asking for extension of the Gotha Road straight south to connect with T.H. 25 at the Bush corner. The road that then existed required drivers to ‘square’ a section.

The 1930 Census gave all the townships in the area some decline as compared with the 1920 count. BP Township was down 2, Blakeley down 21, St. Lawrence down 5, San Francisco down 7, Hancock down 15, and Benton down 99. Scott County declined 173.

Hugo Voigt, son of well-known BP pioneer, died at this home in Jordan at the age of 61.

At the BP Presbyterian Church took place the marriage of Miss Ida Oachs and Andrew G. Moody.

Mrs. E. M. Peterson, sister of Charlie Hillstrom of BP, died at her home in Long Prairie.

A class of 20 graduated from BPHS; namely, Howard Affolter, Anthony Blaha, Florence Blume, Minnie Dahlke, Francis Fahey, Michael Flaherty, Helen Foldesi, Jerome Hahn, Margaret Halloran, Clifford Johnson, Vincent Johnson, Martha Mellgren, Betty Moriarty, Egan Shaughnessy, Laurence Soller, Bernice Sullivan, Leo Trimbo, William Wagner, Agnes Weibeler, and Earl Weibeler.

120 Years Ago (1900)

The public school closed with a picnic in the grove on the Bateman farm.

The Omaha Railroad was offering Sunday excursions, costing $1 from BP to the Twin Cities for the round trip.

For the first time in many years, no Memorial Day parade was planned in BP.

The BP baseball team took a severe drubbing when they played at Le Sueur; they could do little against the pitching of Roger Denzer.

Dr. L.B. Woolson, known to the first settlers of BP as “Cap Woolson”, returned for a visit in his old home town. He was 89 years old.

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