From Our Files - 10 Years Ago
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Thirty Years Ago (1991)
Anthony O’Day, son of Gary and Bev O’Day and a 1988 BPHS graduate, was the ﬁrst soldier from BP to return from service in Operation Desert Storm. O’Day was with a division that was one of the ﬁrst to cross the line into Iraq. He drove a Bradley, a mechanized artillery vehicle, which is smaller and more mobile than a tank; the tanks drove beside the Bradley. During his four-day special leave, O’Day took part in the St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 16, speaking at the program.
During the 19th annual BP St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Molly Hartmann and her son, Ryan, were dressed as leprechauns and won the $50 prize for the best Irish-related costumes. Jim Daly was the master of ceremonies at the program following the parade, which had been led by Joe and Blanche Fahey, the grand marshals. Margie McCue, the daughter of Bill and Lynette McCue, was crowned Miss Shamrock by last year’s queen, Shelly Fogarty.
Nathan Zeitler, fourth-grade son of Rev. John Zeitler, found the shamrock medallion in front of Starlight Bakery inside the stone garbage container and won a $50 prize.
Four residents attended the BP City Council meeting to discuss complaints about the winter parking ordinance, which required residents to keep their vehicles off the streets whenever two inches of snow had fallen, was predicted, or was likely. Orville Heitkamp’s complaint was that his car was towed one night when it snowed two inches after he had gone to bed, and when he woke up his car was gone. Jim O’Laughlin complained that it was unfair to tow some cars that had been tagged but not others. Bruce Stier’s complaint was that the streets were already plowed when his vehicle was towed. Bill Shinehouse complained that the streets were not plowed until 33 hours after his car was towed. As a result, residents who were present were asked to serve on a special committee to ﬁnd a solution or an alternative to the parking ordinance for next winter.
The BPHS boys’ basketball team ended its best season ever with a 72-70 overtime loss to Gibbon-Fairfax- Winthrop at the Region 4A ﬁnals at Howard Lake High School on Saturday, March 15. The Tigers’ accomplishments include their ﬁrst ever MRC Championship, their District 13A Champion-ship, their second-place ﬁnish in Region 4A, and their record of 23-4, the best in the history of BPHS.
The Blakeley Co-op Elevator made $19,171 in 1990, compared to a $8,551 loss in 1989. The following ofﬁcers were elected at the annual meeting on March 12: Ewald Gruetz-macher, president; Roger Malz, vice president; and Matt Mellgren, secretary. Brian Schultz and Lyle Muehlenhardt were elected to the board of directors to serve with Harlan Vinke-meier.
The BP Historical Society distributed proceeds from its ﬁrst year in the charitable gambling business at its only site, Leon’s Lounge. The society donated $2,199 for a security alarm system at the Hooper-Bowler-Hill-strom House; $5,000 towards the repair of the historical Episcopal Church’s stained-glass windows; and $5,000 for the purchase of a microﬁlm reader/printer, reels of microﬁ lm, and a service contract for use at the public library.
BP native Joel Bahr called Tuesday, March 19, from Jahra, Kuwait and gave a ﬁrst-hand ac-count of what he went through during the ground battle for Operation Desert Storm. Bahr, a 1984 graduate of BPHS, was in the military police. He was in the second Marine division and was in the 54th vehicle to cross the border when the ground war began Feb. 24.
Sandra Wolpern, seven-year-old daughter of Kevin and Cheryl Wolpern, was a ﬁnalist in the 1991 Miss Minnesota National Pre-Teen Petite Pageant scheduled for May 25 and 26 at Northwestern College in Roseville.
Becky Glisczinski, daughter of Sylvester and Joan Glisczinski, represented BP at the Scott County Dairy Princess Contest on Saturday, March 23, at the K.C. Hall in New Prague.
Many surrounding townships did not pass levies at their annual meetings on March 12, due to questions about the state’s budget. In other action, election results were tallied for township ofﬁ cials. There were only two races for supervisor in the 11 townships surrounding BP. Incumbent John Morrison beat challenger Kevin Fahey in a close race in Faxon Township, by a vote of 35 to 27. In Spring Lake Township, challenger Tom Hartman beat incumbent Joe Reyes by four votes, 47-43.T
The Minnesota River Conference named junior center Kelly Behnke and junior guard Pam Aufderhar to the All-Conference girls’ basketball team for the 1990-91 season. Honorable mention went to sophomore forward Amy Haedike. The Minnesota River Conference named senior point guard Trace Selly, senior post Erik Einertson, and senior wing Shannon Keohane to the All-Conference boys’ basketball team for the 1990-91 season. Honorable mention went to senior wing Brad Muehlenhardt.
60 Years Ago(1961)
BP residents had the opportunity to voice their feelings on the proposed installation of a $401,080 sewage treatment plant for BP at a public hearing.
One of the largest St. Patrick’s Day crowds in many years jammed BP taverns to celebrate the Irish holiday. Three local liquor stores had live music, which helped attract people from a wide area.
Students on the high school speech and drama teams ex-celled. Mary Ann Herder and Ann Ramstead qualiﬁed for the Region 4 competition in St. Paul. The drama dept. won ﬁrst place in the District 13 One-Act Play competition.
The closeout sale of all the stock and ﬁxtures of the Model Clothing Store attracted large crowds. Store owner J.A. Mohrbacher, who retired after 45 years in business in BP, continued the sale until everything was gone.
Four boys from Waconia and Hamburg, who had been stopped by police for possession of two cases of beer, tried to escape but to no avail. The boys walked from BP to Cologne, where one of the boys had left his car. When they reached Cologne about four hours later, they were picked up by Waconia police who had been radioed for help.
In honor of his 80th birthday, William Ernst enjoyed a large gathering at his home.
Owing to ill health, Martin Renne discontinued farming, and the farmland had been rented. The personal effects were sold at an auction.
BP schools closed the Wednesday before Easter for the holiday, and classes resumed on the following Tuesday.
Rev. and Mrs. M.C. Linnerson returned from a visit to Mexico.
A surprise party was given to George Hoelz Sr. on March 19 by his brothers and sisters.
A class of 14 was conﬁ rmed at St. John Lutheran Church on Palm Sunday, namely Douglas Anderson, Robert Bergs, Wayne Bessel, Lavonne Brenke, LuAnn Dahn, Sharon Erickson, Jane Gruetzmacher, Ronald Malz, Lois Noll, Gary Ortloff, Robert Ruehling, Eugene Seaver, Jane Steffen, and Wayne Stier. The conﬁrmation class at Zion Lutheran Church included Herman Eggers, Marian Ische, Karen Klaustermeier, Larry Knorr, Thomas Kusserow, Kenneth Rolf, and Harlan Vinkemeier.
In Blakeley Township, treasurer John Stier, supervisor Merrill Kahle, and assessor Wallace Otto were elected to ofﬁ ce. A tax levy of $8,000 for roads and bridges and $1,000 for general revenue was voted.Ofﬁcials elected in Derrynane Township were supervsor Gerald Sullivan, treasurer John Hauer, assessor Sylvester Brown, constable Joe Hinderscheit, and justice Thomas O’Connell.
The tax levy set in St. Lawrence Township was $2,000, and supervisor Earl Ruehling, treasurer Art Dahlke, and assessor Harry Barlage were elected to ofﬁ ce.Ofﬁ cials elected in Jessenland Township were supervisor Clarence Anderley, assessor Roy Crosby, and Thomas Newell for supervisor of the soil conservation district.In Hancock Township, Emil Anderson was elected assessor, but ties for write-in candidates for supervisor had not been decided between Werner Rolf and Erwin Karnitz and for treasurer between Alfred Rolf and Bernard Hallgren. The township voted $5,000 for roads and bridges and two mills for general revenue.In a spirited election, Tyrone Township elected Edward Brandt as a new supervisor, defeating incumbent Dayton Hale. 86-77. Assessor Clarence May and treasurer George Rohloff were re-elected.
The Germans edged the Irish, 55-52, in the traditional intrasquad St. Patrick’s Day basketball game. Greg Fogarty and Mark Albrecht led the Irish scoring with 13 points, and Jim Harsh led the German team with 12.
90 Years Ago (1931)
A two-day March rain gave the ﬁelds a needed soaking and put the ground in early shape for planting.
The A.A. Hahn family went to Springﬁeld where they opened a new store, making the fourth in the Hahn chain.
John Mangan, former resident of this community, died at his home in Oakland, California. Five years previously, the family had rented their farm near Assumption and moved to California.
Wheat dropped to the low-est price in 36 years with announcement that the Federal Farm Board would not purchase any more wheat. The board had been set up to give support to the market and found itself required to buy all the wheat in the nation.
Mrs. Wm. F. Reinke, 42, a sister of William Krohn of BP Township, died at the family home four miles northeast of Jordan.Thomas R. Hert, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Hert of Blakeley, and Miss Johanna Braun, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Braun of Le Sueur County, were married at Salem Evangelical Church of Tyrone Township.
Lando Grams, one of Jordan’s best known former residents, died at his home in Minneapolis, and his remains were brought to Jordan for burial.
A class of 10 was conﬁ rmed at St. John Lutheran Church, namely Marion Stier, Marie Stier, Adeline Freter, Alfred Schmidt, Hilda Malz, Anna Koepp, Clarence Buszmann, Arthur Stier, Helen Haas, and Robert Engfer.
Omaha Railroad announced it would employ 180 men in three extra crews that summer in laying new track between Savage and Mankato.
120 Years Ago (1901)
The Borough of BP had in-come that year of $5,850, including $4,000 from liquor licenses, $1,800 from taxes, and $50 from ﬁnes.
Dennis Mahoney died at age 88. A native of Ireland, he located in BP Township in 1855 and was the ﬁrst settler in his neighborhood.
Aug. Tesch sold his farm of 114 acres in Blakeley Township to Albert Schultz for $5,600.
Preparations were underway in Henderson for the hanging of Theodore Wallert, who had stabbed his wife and four stepchildren to death near Arlington last summer. Only 75 persons were to be allowed as witnesses.L.A. Swenson and Gust Lundgren of Gotha loaded their household goods on the train here and moved to Oregon.