From Our Files - 10 Years Ago
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Thirty Years Ago (1991)
BPHS students were “Making Memories” at the annual prom on Friday, May 3, at Hazeltine Supper Club in Chaska and the post prom party following at the high school. The theme song for the prom was “For Just a Moment” and performed by Jackie Buboltz, Jessie Fahey, and Maria Plonski, accompanied by Jenny McDougald. Junior class officers Pam Aufderhar and Paul O’Brien gave a welcome speech, and the speaker was Richard Fox. Music for the dance was provided by Juke Box Jeff.
A town meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night, May 7, at the junior high gymnasium to introduce the nearly $1 million plan for a new library and expansion of city offices to BP residents and get an idea of how they feel about the proposed project and having their taxes increased by about $60 a year for 20 years.
Horses, riders, and hitches trailed through the streets for the German Day Parade on Saturday, April 27, in BP. A total of 18 units participated, which was considerably less than expected when the parade was postponed due to bad weather two weeks earlier.
A new group, the Businesswomen’s Network, was organizing the city-wide garage sale as its first project. Alice Mediger was chairman of the committee planning the garage sale for May 18. The Businesswomen’s Network was formed to lend support and education to area women. Cynthia Dressen and Sandy Johnson came up with the idea for the group which involved almost 40 members who wanted to share ideas and get other women’s perspective on issues and problems.
Ken Olson was in the planning stages of opening Hot Stuff Pizzeria in early June in the former Centel Building on East Main Street in BP. Olson opened a carry-out pizza operation in Jordan on Jan. 22 and was remodeling the inside of the building in BP for an eat-in restaurant, as well as offering limited delivery.
In a freak accident near Mankato State University, a Gotha area young man, Tyrone Bartels, died Friday, April 26, from injuries sustained after falling off the hood of a moving car and hitting his head on the pavement earlier that day. Bartels, 18, son of Merlin and Dorothy (Fahey) Bartels, was a freshman at MSU after graduating the previous spring from Norwood-Young America High School.
The grand opening of the new Fina station at 913 East Main Street in BP was scheduled for May 2 – 4. Manager Jane Howery was offering a free wash and dry car wash, coffee for only a dime, and a Fina meal deal for a dollar, along with free gas coupons and other prizes.
The BPHS Softball Team split games with Le Sueur-Henderson and lost to Sibley East twice in a busy week. On Tuesday, April 23, the Tigers used a seven-run fourth inning to take the lead and hang on for a 12-7 win, but on Thursday, April 25, the Tigers jumped out in the first inning with six runs, but Le Sueur-Henderson scored eight in the first and held on for a 15-12 victory. The Tigers lost two games to Sibley East, 13-8 on Monday, April 22, and 8-4 on Friday, April 26.
The BPHS Baseball Team split games with Jordan and Le Sueur-Henderson. The Tigers beat Jordan 6-3 on Friday, April 19, thanks to some late game heroics. On Tuesday, April 23, Brett Kruschke struck out five and gave up seven hits for BP in the 5-4 loss to the Giants.
The Scott West Boys Track Team tied for third place with 62 points in a conference quadrangular at Jordan on Tuesday, April 23. Loyola won with 72½ points, followed by Le Center-Cleveland with 63½ points, and Sibley East who tied for third place. On Thursday, April 25, the Panthers placed second in team scoring at the Delano Tiger Relays. Delano won the meet with 107 points followed by Scott West with 76. Dave Spellman, Shannon Keohane, and Tony Blume won the high jump with a combined height of 17’6” which tied the meet record. In the discus, Jason Allen, Shawn Farrell, and Tim Bendzick earned a first-place total in the event and a new Delano Tiger Relay record.
The Scott West Girls Track Team showed a balanced effort in the Tiger Relays meet on Thursday, April 25, scoring points in 11 out of 14 events and placing fourth in the team scoring. Cathy Gosewisch, Heather Wiley, Megan Murphy, and Erin O’Reilly combined to win first place in the 4x800 with a time of 10:50.2.
The defending Carver Central League Class C Champions, BP Tigers, began the 1991 season on Sunday afternoon, May 5, hosting the Chaska Cubs.
60 Years Ago (1961)
“Over the Rainbow” was the theme for the annual spring banquet and prom at the high school. The program included senior class president George Wagener reading his classmates’ “Last Will and Testament” and junior class president Terry Ische reading the “Prophecy.”
The borough council granted two pay increases. Assistant Police Chief Henry Mattfeld received $350 per month, and Leuwer’s salary increased by $315. All other borough employees remained the same.
Mike Glisczinski, 59, was treated at the New Prague Hospital for injuries he sustained when he fell off a loose tractor seat and landed under the cultivator.
The senior class play, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” was named one of the best in the long series of class plays. Both performances were well attended.
Cooperation of many BP people resulted in an efficient transfer of the BP branch of the Dakota-Scott Library to its new location in the Keup Building.
Enthusiasm over the Minnesota Twins major league baseball team was high in BP. Since the club came home, BP fans had been flocking to Metropolitan Stadium to watch what was for many their first major league game.
Robert Schlingman of BP was the low bidder of seven bids for a water main project consisting of 2,000 feet of six-inch pipe to be laid in the northeast corner of the borough. The bid was $6,320.
Six deer poachers were sentenced to jail time for shooting deer at dusk and dressing them without registration.
A woman from Iowa was treated at New Prague Hospital for injuries she sustained in a two-car accident at the east approach to BP. A car approaching BP on Cty. Rd. 64 tried to cross Hwy. 169 in front of the other car traveling on 169. Both cars received heavy property damage.
Scott County 4-Hers presented 26 acts in the Share the Fun Festival, and the following were given top honors: Diana Brenke for baton twirling, Joyce Notermann for dramatic interpretation, Harold Kiewel for humorous recitation, and Darrell Sellnow and Lila and Ralph Malz for a ballad trio.
Mrs. Harold Baumann and Mrs. William Fairweather attended the VFW Loyalty Day celebration and second district convention in South St. Paul.
Tom Fogarty, Lyle Schultz, and Manley Vinkemeier were honored for their outstanding work in the DeKalb Corn Achievement Program at a banquet in Mankato.
A large safe which was being investigated after it had been left in the city dump belonged to St. John’s Church in Sibley County. Parishioners had taken it to the dump because it was broken into last fall and damaged beyond repair.
Leona Malz, daughter of Mrs. LaVerne Malz, married Allan Sellnow, son of Clarence Sellnow, on April 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Oscar J. Herrmann, 63, well-known Hamburg farmer, died April 24 at the Shakopee Hospital due to a heart attack.
The high school Tigers suffered a disappointing loss in the opener, when the winning run scored on a balk in the final inning and Le Sueur won 4-3.
90 Years Ago (1931)
The depression was still finding new lows. Hogs dropped to $5.50 at South St. Paul that week.
There was a big turnout for the opening at the BP Golf Course, with Emil Affolter as the manager. Players from neighboring areas came to look the place over.
Atty. M.J. Daly, son of the Eugene Dalys of Assumption, established himself in the law business in BP, being admitted to the bar the preceding February.
Otto Fuhrman, well-known Washington Lake farmer, died at the age of 58; his funeral was held from the Green Isle Church.
A Carver County bank was held up by a lone bandit and $1,000 in cash was taken. The bandit took a cashier from the Chanhassen bank with him for several miles down the road, then told him to “get out and beat it.”
Leo Nester, only son of the Michael Nesters, died in St. Paul, and his remains were brought to his native parish of St. Thomas for burial.
The congregation of St. John Lutheran Church carried out a big surprise for their pastor, Rev. P.J. Haupt, on his silver jubilee in the ministry. Clergymen from all over southern Minnesota joined in the celebration.
Arthur Holste, 26, died unexpectedly at his farm home on the east side of BP. Two brothers and three sisters survived him.
While driving to the city, Martin Hagen was hailed by another motorist near Shakopee. With a gun flashed in his face, Mr. Hagen was asked to hand over his money, which amounted to $50, and the bandit left the scene of the holdup fast.
Florence Johnson, 20-year-old daughter of the late Chas. O. Johnson, died a Glen Lake Hospital, and her remains were brought here for burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
The BP ball team won its opening game that season, defeating New Prague, 14-6, with Cliff Johnson pitching.
Edward Shaughnessy, 68, who was born in Jessenland Township and later engaged in business in Green Isle, died. The funeral was held from the Jessenland Church.
120 Years Ago (1901)
The marshal was instructed to enforce an ordinance prohibiting cattle from running at large. Too many plank sidewalks were being broken by the cows.
Thirty cases of smallpox were reported at Green Isle and the whole village was quarantined. Passenger trains went through without stopping.
Sam Bowler, local banker, and his family departed for their new home to Denver. Bowler had mining interests in Colorado. He was one of the original settlers in BP.
M.S. Dean, then living at Anaconda, Montana, bought the E.R. Ward brickyard, sawmill, and clay land at Blakeley and announced he would operate the brickyard to full capacity of 32,000 bricks per day.
The BPHS juniors played the seniors, and the youngsters beat the older team 10-7.