From Our Files - 10 Years Ago
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Thirty Years Ago (1991)
The BP Tigers placed second in the Class C of the MN State Amateur Baseball Tournament in Red Wing on Monday, Sept. 2, losing the championship game to the Regal Eagles, 7-3. (Regal, a small community in the Paynesville-Willmar area, was the champion of Region 15.) The Tigers had won the quarter-final game on Saturday, Aug. 31, by beating Granite Falls, 4-3, and the semi-final game on Sunday, Sept. 1, by defeating Melrose, 6-5, to get to the final day when they just couldn’t get the big hit, despite several excellent scoring chances, leaving ten runners on base. Three BP Tigers named to the All-Tournament Team were Jeff Bruder, Jeff Miller, and Barry Wohler, who lost his first game in a Tiger uniform after winning 15 games in 1991. The team’s season record was 32-3.
BP residents suggested some creative alternatives to the snowplowing ordinance which prohibited parking on city streets after a snowfall of two or more inches until the streets had been plowed from curb to curb. One idea was to set up a red-light downtown that would flash every time the streets needed to be plowed, but there was concern that BP could get a reputation for having a red-light district. Another idea was to set off sirens when street parking was prohibited; however, if that happened, residents may not know if they were supposed to go down in their basements or remove their cars from the streets. Automatic telephone calling was also suggested as a warning that plowing was necessary. Police Chief Steve Rost thought the meeting went terribly but hoped people were starting to realize how difficult it was to come up with a snow plowing ordinance. “I feel that this is a good ordinance,” Rost said, “and I don’t think it should be changed. Maybe how it is carried out could be looked at.”
Six hundred bright red recycling bins with the official BP emblem and a recycling logo on them were sold on Thursday night, Sept. 5, and Saturday morning, Sept. 7, in downtown BP at Main and Meridian. Because there was a limited number of 19-gallon bins for sale at $3 each, there was no guarantee that each household would get one, according to Pat Krings, member of the recycling committee that had organized a few months ago and planned to purchase more bins with the income from this sale. A new weekly curbside recycling program was scheduled to begin on Nov. 1, which included pickup of newspaper, aluminum, glass, plastic bottles, and cardboard boxes.
On the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1,072 students were enrolled in BP Schools, two less than attended on the first day last year. BP Public Schools increased its number of students from 917 in 1990 to 921 in 1991. Both parochial schools showed a slight decrease in the number of students, with Our Lady of the Prairie School dropping from 71 to 67 and Trinity Lutheran School down from 86 to 84.
Rachel Kiewel, a member of BP’s We-Do-It 4-H Club, earned a blue ribbon for her clothing entry in the MN State Fair.
The BP 35 and Over Baseball Team, the Grey Tigers, finished their second year of existence with four games played in the state tournament held in BP, Jordan, and Montgomery. On Friday, Aug. 16, BP lost to Anoka, 2-1, and on Saturday, Aug. 17, the Grey Tigers played their poorest game of the season, losing to Woodbury, 11-0. On Friday, Aug. 23, BP faced the Perham-Vergas area Hasbeens and lost another tight ballgame, 2-1. The final game for the Grey Tiger season was played Saturday, Aug. 24, against a team from Eden Prairie who defeated them, 1-0. As a whole, the Grey Tigers had a good season with improved play by the team on most occasions; their pitching had vastly improved, but the major weakness was their hitting, with the team average dropping nearly 50 points from the previous season.
The BPHS Volleyball Team started practice on Aug. 19, led by three seniors – Margie McCue and all-conference hitters Pam Aufderhar and Kelly Behnke.
The BPHS Football Team struggled with injuries and inexperience Friday night, Aug. 30, and lost to Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, 38-6. Injuries along with eligibility violations forced the Tigers to bench eight upper-class players. Outstanding performers in the game included senior Josh Baynes who made four catches for 67 yards, one touchdown, and 12 defensive tackles, and sophomore Mike Smith who made 10 rushes for 53 yards. Ross Malin and Joe Fahey, both sophomores, played strong defense with 16 tackles between them.
The BPHS Tennis Team opened conference play on a hot 90-degree afternoon when they hosted Mankato Loyola and overpowered them 5-0. The Tigers did not lose a set as they won 60 of 74 games played. The majority of BP’s varsity remained undefeated, with Katie Moriarty, Jayme Bergs, Cathy Mahoney, Susie Simcox, Shannon Moriarty, Julie Schwichtenberg, and Michelle Murphy all improving their records to 4 and 0.
60 Years Ago (1961)
Work started that week to bridge the deep ravine separating Forest St. from Grove St. in the northwest corner of BP. At that time, the road ended abruptly with a 40-foot drop into the ravine.
The Ellis Johnson family of BP went to the State Fair and won awards in a big way. Their horses won in everything they showed at the horse show in the Hippodrome.
Janice Farrell from BP received a blue ribbon on her grade Suffolk lamb at the State Fair.
Mrs. Mildred Crumly, nee Bristol, died at the hospital in Minneapolis at the age of 61. A resident of BP in her younger years, she married Gale Crumly and had been living in Shakopee.
Mrs. Clara Johnson, mother of Frank Johnson, BP, celebrated her 93rd birthday at the Home for the Aged.
The predicted enrollment for the BP Schools was 823, an increase of 47 over the previous year.
The Labor Day weekend provided a variety of temperatures from 94 degrees on Saturday to the low 40s on Sunday.
Matt Walsh, brother of John and Maurice Walsh of BP, passed away at his home in Henderson.
Hoelz Feed Mill put into operation a new Purina Check-R-Mixer for use by local farmers.
90 Years Ago (1931)
An enrollment of 102 students in high school and about the same number in the grades were registered for the opening day of the BP Schools.
Andy Working, our aged shoemaker, fell through the trap door in his shop and fractured his leg at the hip socket. His cries for help were heard by Earl Casey who was walking by, and the injured man was removed to a city hospital.
At Sacred Heart Church took place the marriage of Miss Genevieve Murphy to Howard F. Rink of St. Paul, where the couple established their home.
By a federal order, the duck hunting season was cut to one month. Previously, there was a 90-day hunting season.
Six two-year-old heifers were found dead on the Fritz Frank farm between BP and Norwood. Authorities gave the cause of death as the eating of foxglove plants, which grew in abundance on the farm. Older cows would not touch the weed.
It was the season of auto collisions on cornfield corners. The narrower roads of the period were a contributing factor.
Assumption folks in considerable number went to Norwood for the funeral of Mary Braunsworth, age 61.
An amazing matrimonial stunt was revealed in the arrest of a 40-year-old Glencoe man who confessed that he was maintaining three residences with a wife in each one. He pled guilty to the charge of bigamy before Judge C.M. Tifft.
Taking first place in the news of the period was the trial of the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis. Foshay was charged with knowing that his company was on the rocks in 1929 but still undertook the biggest stocking-selling scheme known in the northwest. He spent $115,000 in the dedication of the tower, which included presentation of a $360 watch to a member of President Hoover’s cabinet who came to preside at the dedication.
Prohibition agents raided every village in Carver County in a one-day swoop. An undercover agent had been working in the county for a month.
120 Years Ago (1901)
An average of 45 tickets for the cities were sold every morning at the train depot during the State Fair.
John Kuhlman of Lester Prairie sold his 120-acre farm in Blakeley Township to Henry Moenke for $8,000.
The borough council went around to check up on people who had extended their gardening operation into the streets. Some people had even put up buildings on streets.
Wm. Latzke had a team which he claimed would always go home by themselves. In Jordan he left his team unhitched and they came home with another person. But the team didn’t go home. They had started out, but on the way, a farmer thought they were a run-away team and put them up at his farm.
Said to be the largest wedding party ever held in St. Thomas parish was the marriage of Miss Sadie Brown and Michael Moore. Present at the reception were 500 guests.
President McKinley was shot by an anarchist while attending the World’s Fair at Buffalo, NY. Vice president Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president.
The Mankato normal school opened with an enrollment of 225.