From Our Files - 10 Years Ago

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Thirty Years Ago (1991)

On Wednesday evening, July 17, LaVonne and Chris Moore read the third clue written by Gerry Meyer, started searching for the Bar-B-Q Days medallion around the bomb shelter sign at BPHS, and discovered the coin in a nearby shrub. LaVonne said she “felt like a kid in a treasure hunt” and will use their $75 prize money to buy a special reminder of Bar-B-Q Days.

On Thursday, July 18, about 36 cars, ranging in age from the early 1900s to the 1970s, rolled onto West Main Street in BP for a car show. Russ Krautkremer of Jordan received the People’s Choice Trophy for his brassy 1915 Model T Ford. Second prize went to Rex Ernst of BP for his 1970 converted Chevrolet pickup, and Jerry Wagner of BP was awarded third prize for his Ford Model A Roadster. Alice Mediger and Ned Pilling organized the car show.

Bar-B-Q Days drew good crowds despite hot and sticky weather on July 19-21, according to Greg Gerhart, chairman of the event. Receipts for beef sales totaled $25,731 which meant 20,584 sandwiches were sold; receipts were $1,500 higher than last year since the sandwiches cost an additional $.25.  Twelve volunteers were responsible for slicing 7,000 lbs. of beef, seasoning it with salt and onions, wrapping it in tin foil, and cooking it slowly for 6-8 hours. Receipts for beer sales were $25,600, with a total of 184 kegs sold in comparison to 236 in the previous year, but a hike in beer prices compensated for the decrease in sales which were only down $1,500 from last year. According to Gary Krant, “Sunday was really slow; with the hot weather in the afternoon and the rain at night, people just stayed home.”

For the kiddie parade on Friday evening, July 19, about 82 children lined up near the high school and filed along into the grandstand where they were introduced and awarded blue ribbons, ride tickets, and a silver dollar. DeNell Sexe was the coordinator.

In spite of a gentle rain and threatening skies, the sixth annual bicycle tour attracted 120 riders on Saturday morning, July 20. About one-third of the participants were residents of BP, but most of the bicyclists were from neighboring communities. Because of road construction, the route was changed with bicyclists pedaling 26 miles from BP to Henderson and back. John Bailey was the chairperson of the Tour de Beef.

Twenty-four teams participated in the eighth annual men’s slow pitch softball tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Sixteen teams battled it out in the third annual volleyball tournament at the high school, with nine teams from BP participating. Rick Edberg was the coordinator. Winners of the horseshoe tournament in the class A division were Earl Tiegs and Fred Krentz of BP.

The Bar-B-Q Days parade, led by grand marshals Noble and Alice Lockrem on Saturday, July 20, featured 125 units. First and second place winners in eight different categories received trophies.

Sally Nelson won the $100 prize in the talent show, singing “God Bless the U.S.A.” Connie Saatzer came in second singing “Heaven Bound” and received $50. Linda Melchior sang “When You Wish Upon a Star” to win the $25 prize. For youth under age 15, Jael Nelson won $50 for first place singing “Glad to Be Me.” Jessica Nelson came in second by singing “Showstopper,” and Jeff Voight and Heidi Macheel danced to “Here Comes the Hammer” for a $15 prize.

A total of 192 runners sweated it out in the Bull Run despite the hot and humid weather. There were 50 participants in the five-mile road race (won by Marvin Denzer of Montgomery with a time of 26:04 and Shelly Denzer of Mpls. with a time of 33:37), 77 in the 2-mile fun run (won again by Dave Woestehoff of BP with a time of 10:32 and Kristina Jelinek of Montgomery with a time of 13:50), and 35 in the kiddie run. Brad Schultz was the coordinator.

Jenny Hennen, daughter of Don and Helen Hennen of Hennen’s Café, was crowned Miss BP during the rainstorm on Sunday evening, July 21. Candy Lambrecht, daughter of Francis and Carol Lambrecht, was named first princess, and Heather Gregory, daughter of Terry and Ginger Gregory, was crowned second princess. Tammy Bauer, daughter of Roger and Carol Bauer, was chosen Miss Congeniality. Karen Brenke was the coordinator of royalty activities.

Martin Gammelgaard won the $200 first prize in the button drawing on Sunday, July 21. Lowell Schmitz won the $100 second prize and six $50 bills were given away to Tina Schaefer, Barb Kroells, Shirley Walton, Jan Shaughnessy, Leroy Erickson, and Woodbury resident Marlene Koonst.

All-American Amusement, owned and operated by BP residents Randy and Sherrie Schultz, provided a larger midway than Bar-B-Q Days had ever had. In previous years, the carnival was run by Klein Amusement from Sioux Falls, SD, but the owner, Henry Klein had died the previous fall and his wife sold the rides. Interestingly, Randy Schultz had traveled as a teenager with Klein Amusement and fell in love with the business.

BP put the cap on a storybook season of baseball finishing the regular season with 21 wins and 2 losses enroute to a second consecutive Carver Central League championship.

60 Years Ago (1961)

The third annual Bar-B-Q Days celebration was labeled successful despite inclement weather. A new feature was the selection of the Bar-B-Q Days Queen. Sandy Mueller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mueller, was crowned queen; Rita Bigaouette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Bigaouette, was named first princess, and Jo Ann Halloran, daughter of William L. Halloran, was named second princess.

Thieves broke into the safe at the BP Implement on Thursday night and took $265. They scattered several checks around the floor but took nothing but cash, according to owner Logan Denzer. Entry was made by using a pry bar on the window.

Helmuth Reinke claimed to have one of the tallest stands of oats in the area. Some stalks grew as high as five feet, nine inches.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hoelz were honored on their silver wedding anniversary. Al Gehlen of Chicago, brother of Mrs. Hoelz, had a 11:00 a.m. Mass for them, which was followed by a dinner at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church.

Mrs. Louis Kelsen, former resident of BP, died after falling and rupturing her spleen. Her remains were brought to the Blume and Strait Funeral Home where the funeral was held.

Two Minneapolis youths drowned while fishing in Lake Waconia. The bodies of John Nichols and Houston Mitchel were recovered about a half mile from the shore.

Milton Engelmann, the Green Isle manufacturer and inventor, and his wife left by plane for Philadelphia to consider a proposition from the Sperry Rand Corporation for the purchase of Mr. Engelmann’s plant and patents.

Mary Blaha, former resident of BP, was crowned Raspberry Queen at Hopkins Raspberry Festival.

Eldon Podratz, a young Gaylord farmer, was hospitalized after a tractor accident. He was hauling a hay wagon with a load of baled hay when two dozen of the bales toppled down and knocked him in front of the tractor wheels. However, the wheels only grazed him.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Orcutt of Norwood left for Portland, Oregon, to meet the arrival of a 15-month-old Korean girl whom they had adopted.

 90 Years Ago (1931)

The last Monday of July was declared the hottest day in BP in thirty years, with readings showing 106 degrees.

Many farmers in this locality were cutting rows of corn to feed their livestock, which was the first time they had ever had to indulge in that form of feeding in July.

J.E. Larson, the Gotha Creamery man, claimed the Carver County fishing record that season. He caught a 17 lb. northern pike in Lake Waconia.

Representatives of a natural gas pipeline company were in BP to solicit a 25-year-old franchise from the borough for bringing natural gas here.

Two cars collided head-on near the East Union church because of a dust storm.

Michael Brandl, 73, died at the hospital in Minneapolis, and the funeral was at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church in BP.

All the county boards in the area cut their tax levies for the ensuing year because of the Depression. Scott County Board set its total levy at $158,000; Carver County, $120,000; Sibley, $146,000; and Le Sueur, $187,000.

A large number of German Settlement folks went to Lester Prairie to attend the ordination services of Alfred Schalmz.

There were so many mysterious fires on a farm in Henderson Township that Sheriff Zacharias secured the Redwood Falls blood hounds to aid in the investigation.

The St. Thomas homecoming drew an immense crowd, especially parishioners from the Twin Cities and around the state.

120 Years Ago (1901)

At the meeting of the BP School Board, F.J. Whitlock was elected president, W.H. Wiebeler treasurer, John Feider clerk, and John Kliefoth, janitor.

Burglars broke into the A.P. Mellquist store at East Union and endeavored to crack the safe. They drilled holes which they filled with powder but were frightened off by young people passing the store.

Matt Poss, 18-year-old son of Mrs. Peter Poss of Union Hill, was killed by a bolt of lightning while standing on a load of grain at the side of a grain stack. The bolt set fire to the grain, which gave the alarm to the family who pulled the dead youth away and also his younger brother who was merely stunned.

Ben Anderson, 25, a laborer, and his companion, Hans Peterson, were riding in an empty freight car near BP when two strangers entered to rob them. Anderson resisted and was killed with four bullets. Peterson was told to jump, which he did, and came up to town to tell his story. Anderson’s body was interred in Oakwood Cemetery.

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