From Our Files - 10 Years Ago
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Thirty Years Ago (1990)
Terry Kahle and Jenny Hennen were crowned king and queen on Monday, Aug. 21, to reign over BPHS Homecoming festivities, by last year’s king Glen Jeurissen and queen Jenny Klehr. The evening’s emcees were Shelly Fogarty and Chad Behnke. The Tigers hosted Mankato Loyola for the football game on Friday night, which preceded a dance with disc jockey Rachet Jaws in the BPHS gymnasium.
The BP School Board received a positive report on its budget, the money the school spent for the 1989-90 school year, from its auditor. The total fund balance showed an increase of $38,865 over the preceding year’s fund balance and was the second year the school had been debt free. However, the fund balance in the capital expenditures fund (about 7% of the overall budget), which financed equipment, facilities and health and safety, was down to an uncomfortable level due to the needs of aging facilities.
BP native Rick Fries opened Rick’s Classic Interiors, a car upholstery business, at 106 E. Main Street in the old city/county garage. Fries’s services included repairing and restoring seats, door liners, carpeting and head liners in almost any type of vehicle, including one-of-a-kind classic cars and recreational vehicles.
The price on the head of the hunter who shot Curtis Mueller’s 900-lb. Simmental heifer went up from the original $100 offered by Mueller to $1,000 offered by the MN Deer Hunters Assoc. and Sibley County Sheriff’s Dept.
The new BP Chapter of Dollars for Scholars elected officers at its Sept. 10 meeting as follows: Dale Stier, president; Pat Sexe, vice president; Lowell Hoffman, secretary; and Tim O’Laughlin, treasurer. Eighteen people were named to the board of trustees. Serving two-year terms were Anita Gransee, John Ploetz, Robert Miller, Pat O’Laughlin, Tim O’Laughlin, Sue McCall, and Bev Fahey. Serving three-year terms were Les Buesgens, Mike Cote, Dan Dressen, Marty Grotberg, Tim Halloran, Sue Halloran, Lowell Hoffman, Pat Sexe, Susan Volek, Dale Stier, and David Halbmaier. The group also developed committees for campaign and fundraising, publicity and recognition, and awards.
A child identification program, which took fingerprints of young people, was sponsored by the VFW and American Legion auxiliaries in cooperation with the Scott County Sheriff’s and BP Police departments, on Saturday morning, Aug. 29, at the Vets’ Club in BP.
Trinity Lutheran Church in BP celebrated 100 years of God’s Amazing Grace since the congregation was formed in 1890. The Sundays of Oct. 7, 14, and 21 were set aside for the centennial observance, with special services and a noon meal planned for all three Sundays.
Lifelong BP resident Marie Meyer Albrecht, 70, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Mrs. Albrecht was survived by her husband, Gerald, and two sons and their wives, Gerald and Beth and James and Mary, all of BP.
BP Boy Scout Troop 324 wrapped up their summer activities during the week of Aug. 5-11 by attending camp at Tomahawk Scout Reservation near Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Attending were Loren Westphal, Peter and Larry Anderley, Ted and Chris Stier, Nick and Tony Kornder, Nick and Mike Lubovich, Zac Meyer, Jason Latzke, Wayne Nagel, Mike Voss, Craig Blattner, Ryan Brenke, Matt Larsen, Tony Glocke, and Randall Bruegger. Added excitement came when their campsite was visited by a black bear, which ate whatever food it could find, the last two nights of the week.
Ben Ische, son of Pam and Jim Ische of Hancock Township, advanced to the National Pedal Pull Competition in Pierce, Nebraska, after taking first at the Carver County Fair in Waconia and the state competition in Fairmont.
Mike Zellmann, 1989 graduate of BPHS, was named captain of the Bethany Lutheran College men’s basketball team in Mankato.
The BPHS football team captured their first conference victory, 8-0, over Norwood, when a mishandled punt attempt set up BP’s only touchdown from the one-yard line.
60 Years Ago (1960)
Bob and Marion Sass announced the grand opening of their newly remodeled Coast to Coast Hardware Store in conjunction with their 15th anniversary in business. During the summer, they installed a completely new store front with a large marquee and many other improvements for the building.
Work on the 100x100 foot addition to the Excelsior Plastics Plant in BP was progressing rapidly. The addition was twice the size of the original 50x100 foot structure erected the previous winter. Edberg Construction of BP and Matz Construction of Arlington were the contractors for the additions.
BPHS was celebrating homecoming week with a variety of activities, including the traditional bonfire, snake dance and pep rally. The Tigers were to play the New Prague Trojans in the big game. Queen candidates for the 1960 Homecoming Queen were Lois Stier, Annette Fogarty and Mary Herder.
The Tiger football team’s backfield consisted of quarterback Jim Glynn, John Miller, Larry McCormick, Wayne Wagener, Terry Ische, Paul Stier, Stan Brenke, and Dan O’Neil.
The cheerleading squad was made up of Carmen Diers, Ammette Fogarty, Jane Lynch, Janice Keckley, and Lois Stier.
Marilyn Ronning, a former teacher in the BP School for two years, was hired as executive director of the Cannon Valley Girl Scout Council.
Mr. and Mrs. Norb Gregory and Bob Moody returned home from Wyoming where they had spent the weekend hunting in the Casper area. They brought back two antelope, a buck and a doe.
Mrs. Alyce Olson, widow of Dr. Chester J. Olson, died Sept. 23 at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, where she had been a patient for more than a month. She had been seriously ill since last spring.
The Modern Mothers Extension Group met at the George Taylor home and elected officers: president Mrs. Kenneth Anderson, vice president Mrs. Dale Edberg, secretary Mrs. Cletus Riesgraf, treasurer Mrs. Leander Wermerskirchen, and reporter Mrs. Carl Westphal.
Game Warden Ernie Boyd showed the movies he took the previous winter on a trip to Africa. Besides exciting views of big game animals, his movies included a visit to the Holy Land.
The Soil Conservation Service completed all preliminary surveys and made the final engineering plans for 14 permanent structures in 1960. Farmers who received plans for erosion control structures were Gerald Bendzick, Ben Feldman, Robert Haugh, Donald Hauer, Marvin Kahle, Peter Nass, Maurice Pitschneider, Roy Schlauderhoff, Eugene Schwinger, Albert Trost, Joseph Vaughan, Roman Wermerskirche, Kenneth Wolf, and Ronald Gerres.
Mrs. Allan King, nee Mable Wherley, died Sept. 27 in a St. Paul hospital. Services were held at the Cathedral in St. Paul.
Mrs. Henry Tritz, nee Niesen, died in her sleep at her home in BP on Sept. 28at the age of 78.
More than 50 local students were going to college, nurses’ training, or business schools.
Garmen Elder Jr. was named the new president of the Quarterback Club. Walter Witt was the vice president, Tom Newell was secretary, and Marty Siemon was treasurer.
90 Years Ago (1930)
Sept. 29 brought the season’s first killing frost.
BP Township bought a carload - 10,000 feet - of snow fence for its first experiment in keeping snow drifts off highways.
As a family from St. James was driving north, its car went off the concrete near the Roy Chard farm and nose-dived into a deep ditch. The car, loaded with vegetables and preserves, presented a messy sight, but occupants had only slight injury. They sold the car to a local junk dealer for the $4 towing charge.
Fred Oldenburg, who settled on a farm near BP in 1881 and moved to Henderson upon retirement, died at age 74.
Daniel Murphy of Hopkins purchased the Patrick F. Shaughnessy farm in Faxon Township with the latter buying the Murphy property in Hopkins; both families were to make the move during the month.
Gasoline prices made driving cheaper than staying at home. Station prices for low test were 18.1, and for high test, they were 20.1. Tank wagon prices for the low test were 14.2. The figures included the three-cent tax.
The William Siemons were back after a three-week trip, motoring through the Black Hills, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
Scott County had acquired a county nurse on a part time basis three months of the year.
J.A. Skoog, who had spent a lifetime in the mercantile business in Carver, retired to spend the remaining years on the front porch of his home instead of behind a counter.
John Luskey and family moved onto the L. Beliveau farm in Jessenland.
Henderson held its sauerkraut celebration in late Sept. and had good weather and very large crowds.
120 Years Ago (1900)
The Borough Council fixed the tax levy for the ensuing year at $1,500, of which $800 was to pay off bridge bonds and $700 for general revenue.
A crowd of 500 persons with the band gathered at the depot to greet William Jennings Bryan’s special train and listen to the first speech by a presidential candidate in BP.
The political event of those days was the Scott County Democratic Convention with nomination equivalent to election. A BP man, Frank Wagener, won a nomination for sheriff.
An elderly man in clerical attire stopped at a Carver County farm home and asked to stay the night. He held family prayers in the evening and won the family’s confidence. A few hours later, a young man and woman drove up and asked to be directed to a minister to be married. The family told of the presence of a minister in the house, and the ceremony was gone through. The farmer and wife gave their signatures as witnesses. Four days later, the signature turned up on a note for $450 which was discounted at a Chaska bank. The reputed minister, groom and bride were never seen again.