From Our Files - 10 Years Ago
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Thirty Years Ago (1989)
Ten Shiny model T fords pulled up in front of the Ralph and Carrol Schultz home on State Street Saturday morning. The Twin Cities Model T Club was out for a weekend excursion stopping at Emma Krumbees for breakfast. One of the club members works with Ralph Schultz at Unisys in St. Paul and he brought the parade of cars through Belle Plaine to the Schultz home. After about an hour visit, the ten Model T roadsters chugged their way back to Highway 169 and down to New Ulm for a tour of that city. They drove back to the Twin Cities on Sunday.
Wayne and Darlene Hogeboom bought the former Ed and Lucille Possin property at 120 and 124 State Street earlier that year. With a house, shop next door and a Quonset building out back, there was enough room to set up two businesses. Wayne did furniture repair work including stripping and refinishing in his shop, while Darlene, with the help of her mother, Leona Sellnow, set up a permanent garage sale in the storage building, called “The Hut”, which was open every Saturday morning from 9:00 to noon.
The Belle Plaine City Council decided at its meeting Monday night, August 7, to hire an engineer to begin the process of constructing a third city well. In addition, the council set Monday, August 21, as the second public hearing date for potential franchise owner Fred Oreel’s request for a rezone and conditional use permit to build a Hardee’s restaurant.
Phoebe Einertson, a fourth grade teacher at Belle Plaine Elementary School, was one of 23 teachers to learn the latest about NASA’s space and aeronautics programs when she attended a two-week workshop at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 9-21. When one of the other teachers said that her first graders would want her to ask Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin if he had seen any creatures on the moon, the astronaut replied that Neil Armstrong was the only creature he saw.
Because the Metropolitan Council believed there were fewer people living in a household than previously, Belle Plaine’s city population decreased in number. Based on 2.64 people per household in 1988, the town’s population was estimated at 3,159. However, based on 2.55 people per household in 1989, the Met Council said there were 3,071 people living in Belle Plaine. Based on results of the Met Council’s survey to estimate population, there were a higher number of one-person households than previously thought. Overall, the number of households in Belle Plaine increased from 1,082 to 1,088 over the past year. There were an estimated 843 single-family homes, 219 multi-family homes, and 64 mobile homes for a total of 1,126 housing units of which 1,088 were thought to be occupied. Belle Plaine’s official population, as determined by the 1980 census, was 2,754 people in 942 households.
A selection of dinnerware formerly used for banquets at the Belle Plaine Elementary School was open for bids through Wednesday, August 16. Items included 265 goblets, 325 dinner plates, 360 dessert plates, and 200 sherbet dessert cups, as well as numerous serving bowls, platters and trays, made by Syracuse and Homer Laughlin.
Winners of the Belle Plaine Junior Tennis Tournament on August 4-6 were Katie Moriarty, Jayme Bergs, Dana Otto, Mike McCue, Pat Edberg, and Shane Hofmann. A total of 25 junior tennis players entered the tournament, according to director Karen Scott.
The 1989 Tiger Town Team dropped two regional games and was eliminated from state tournament play. The team lost a 6-0 contest to Green Isle and 9-0 to St. Bonifacius.
Al Bigot, age 70 of Barrett, formerly of Belle Plaine, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, at his home. Bigot had purchased a bar in Belle Plaine in 1959 and named it Al’s Bar, which he operated until he retired in 1975. Survivors included his daughters, Stephanie (Mrs. DeWayne) Wilkinson of Lakeville and Beverly (Mrs. Don) Bergs of Belle Plaine.
60 Years Ago (1959)
County road intersections were especially dangerous this time of year with tall corn blinding visibility. At one such intersection a mile south of St. Thomas, a Waterville man, Melvin Jameson, 53, lost his life when his car rammed into the side of a loaded gravel truck.
Herbert Seaver, 49, died suddenly at his home following a heart attack. For a time, he worked on farms near Belle Plaine.
Ronald Michel, 17, was hospitalized after he apparently fell off a tractor and it drove over him. He suffered no broken bones, but a gash in his head required 19 stitches, and he may have suffered internal injuries.
Kevin Gaffney had excavation started last week for a three bedroom, rambler-type home on the lot he bought from Harold Edberg, fronting Grove Street, between the new Heitkamp and Ott homes.
Mrs. Edith M. Schaefer, nee Bellequist, a native of the West Union community, died at her home in West Manchester, Ohio, after a lingering illness.
Members of St. John’s Parish extended an invitation to their centennial celebration, under the leadership of their pastor, Father Marion Casey. Bishop Schleadweiler of New Ulm presided and Father Ronney, former pastor at St. John’s, gave the centenary sermon.
Mrs. Gus Mecklenburg, well-known Henderson woman, died at the Arlington Hospital at the age of 80 after suffering a stroke. One daughter, Mrs. Chris Blaha, of Hopkins, survived her.
Miss Dollis Woestehoff was commissioned to serve as a parish worker of the American Lutheran Church by Pastor Fred C. Lutz at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Blakeley Township. She received a call to serve at a church in Overland Park, Kansas.
A 15-month-old baby was killed when two cars, one following the other, rammed the side of a moving freight train at a crossing near Arlington. Tammie Telthoester, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Telthoester of Glencoe, was thrown from a car her mother was driving and went under the wheels of the train. Mrs. Telthoester was hospitalized for bruises and shock. Her husband, who was driving ahead in the second car, did not require hospitalization.
Belle Plaine winners at the county fair included Diane Barten, beef; Robert, Kenneth and Marilyn Farrell, sheep; Robert Koenig, Bonnie Koniarski, Lyle Schultz, Bill Murphy, and Don David Taylor, swine; John Woestehoff, pountry; Orin Westphal, grain; Bob Liebhardt and Bill Morrison, Holsteins; Tom Fogarty and Steve Anderson, heifers; Elroy Riesgraf, boar and sow; and Donna Mae Mueller, advanced sewing.
Miss Donna Mae Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Young of Mankato, and Gerald J. Bigaouette, son of Mrs. Clara Holz of Belle Plaine, were married at Sts. Peter and Paul’s parish house in Mankato.
For its 43rd anniversary sale, Model Clothing Store advertised men’s all wool suits for $43, boys’ denim jeans for $1.43, polo shirts 2 for $1.43, men’s overalls for $2.43, and women’s nylon hose and slips for 43 cents.
At the theater, “It Happened to Jane” with Doris Day and Jack Lemmon was playing, and the Six Fat Dutchmen were entertaining at the Riverside Pavilion in Carver.
90 Years Ago (1929)
Belle Plaine Creamery took away a farm wife’s ‘popular’ pastime. It installed an automatic can washer at the creamery.
Edw. Callahan bought Ed Affolter’s 80 acres in Faxon Township for an even $10,000.
Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Geare, nee Mayme Cullen, were back from Phoenix, Arizona, for a visit with relatives and friends in St. Thomas and Belle Plaine.
Tops were blown off many grain stacks in a severe wind and rainstorm that hit the area.
G.S. Laumann, recent school superintendent here, was moving to Waconia where he was offered the position of school superintendent.
Florence Meierbachtol and two of her nurse-mates in a Minneapolis hospital stopped over with her parents in Belle Plaine on the last lap of a Minneapolis to the coast and back hiking tour. The girls were six weeks on the trip and found hitchhiking pleasant.
St. John’s Parish in Sibley County served 800 folks at the annual chicken dinner. It was also homecoming day and former members of the parish from everywhere came for the event.
Miss Rose Miller, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Miller of this community, was married to Wesley J. Pool in Minneapolis.
The John D. Meger family of Derrynane Township were given all the flour they could eat during a year. The award was made by the new manager of the International Milling Co., J.D. Kovarik, whose offer was for the largest family attending a New Prague affair. Mr. Meger with eight children captured the prize.
Fred Schmidt, Wilmer Woestehoff, and Edwin Kessler took a motor trip to Yellowstone Park.
The marriage of Elizabeth Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Polansky of St. Lawrence Township, to W. Richter of Minneapolis took place at Jordan.
120 Years Ago (1899)
The year’s hunting regulations were liberal. There was no limit on the size of your bag, but you were expected to not start shooting until September 1.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stratton Sr. took a trip to Boston and Fall River, Mass. The latter city was the old home of the Strattons, and he expected to enjoy himself gathering clams and oysters as he did thirty years previously, before coming to Belle Plaine.
Christian Burmeister, who came here in 1857, died at his farm home just east of Belle Plaine at the age of 73.
Mrs. Anna Hooper DeWolf died. On the occasion of her marriage in 1868 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Hooper, this paragraph appeared in the paper, “The wedding was long to be remembered by the hundred or more guests from St. Paul and other parts of the state, it being one of the greatest social events of the year in Belle Plaine.”