From Our Files - 10 Years Ago
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Thirty Years Ago (1991)
Final plans were being made for Bar-B-Q Days on July 19-21. A total of 7,000 pounds of beef were served in sandwiches which sold for $1.25 each. Noble and Alice Lockrem, residents of BP for 43 years and former owners of the BP Theatre and Bowling Alley, served as Grand Marshals for the Bar-B-Q Days Parade. Reigning over the weekend’s festivities were Miss BP Kari Haas and her attendants, First Princess Bridget Effertz, Second Princess Melissa Wolf, and Miss Congeniality Melanie Wolf.
Candidates for Miss BP were Tammy Bauer, Cindy Berger, Karen Boschee, Laura Bratsch, Shelly Fogarty, Michelle Gransee, Heather Gregory, Jenny Hennen, Amy Higdon, Jennifer Johnson, Michelle Kyes, Candy Lambrecht, Nicole Lange, Brenda Latzke, Noreen Newell, Doreen Otto, Tina Pautsch, Marvelyn Rosario, Lisa Schoknecht, and Angie Schroeder.
Karla Renne of the BP FFA Chapter attended the week-long National FFA Washington Conference Program in Washington D.C.
Debra O’Brien of BP, Marketing Specialist at Hennepin Technical College’s Eden Prairie campus, was presented with the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Award, in recognition of her outstanding efforts to promote the high quality of education and services available at HTC.
BP received a grant from Scott County, including $7,000 to purchase curbside recycling bins, $1,600 to begin a compost site, and $800 to help offset the cost of the spring’s cleanup day.
Selected from more than 200 applicants, BP police officer Kevin Studnicka was hired as a deputy for the Scott County Sheriff’ Office. Originally from Waseca, Studnicka patrolled the streets of BP for nearly five years. He said, “It will be pretty much the same work. I’ll have a wider area of patrol and a larger department. I’ll be starting out pretty close to what I make now, but I’ll climb the ladder faster there; the pay scale is larger.” The 1991 salary range for a BP police officer began at $2,021 per month and reached a ceiling of $2,294 after two years of experience, whereas a Scott County deputy’s salary ranged from $2,130 per month for a beginning salary to $3,042 after five years of experience.
According to BP Police Chief Steve Rost, “It’s a state law that if you’re under 18, you must wear a helmet and eye protection while riding a moped, and I don’t know one kid in town that wears a helmet here.” As a result, officers in BP wrote and distributed 15 warnings during the previous week, but now they were going to start issuing tickets, which involved going to court and paying a fine, because it was a petty misdemeanor. Rost added that anyone who drove a moped had to have a moped license or a valid driver’s license.
Two sessions of summer school were offered. The first session on Aug. 5-9 included classes in Spanish, Puppet Magic Land, and Sign Language. The second session on Aug. 12-16 included enrichment classes on Computers, Puzzles and Games, Art for Fun, and the V.I.P Express. Each session was for two hours in the morning for five days and the fee was $20.
Twenty-four teams played in a Men’s Slow-pitch Softball Tournament on July 20-21. According to organizer Ruth Westphal with the BP Softball Association, “That was the most teams we have had enter this tournament in the eight years we have had it.”
The BP Tiger Baseball Team recorded its 20th victory of the season on Sunday, July 14, when they defeated Arlington 2-0 in a sparkling effort with Barry Wohler going the distance and Pete Fogarty adding three hits to boost his team-leading batting average. Jeff Bruder also had a multi-hit night with a single, home run, and both RBI. The Tigers held a one game lead in the run for the Carver Central League championship with two remaining games to play.
The BP Grey Tigers played four games that week, losing to Le Center 6-1, losing to Jordan 6-5, losing to Woodbury 11-1, and beating Montgomery 8-6.
60 Years Ago (1961)
Elmer Buszman, native of Hancock Township, Carver County, and his wife, native of Le Sueur County, were given extensive publicity in a St. Paul newspaper upon their adoption of quadruplets from Korea.
Frank Nyblom, father of Lloyd Nyblom of BP, noted that it had been 68 years since he left Sweden and arrived in Blakeley. He worked in the brick yard for three years and then farmed. He recalled that wages for farm work were $16/month and later advanced to $25/ month.
Over 100 adventurous individuals, riding in more than 40 small boats, took part in the first MN River Regatta. Low water forced cancellation of the first leg of the trip from Mankato to Le Sueur, but it didn’t stop the enthusiasm of most of the boaters.
A good-sized crowd was on hand at the BP landing to welcome the river navigators when they arrived. Free lunch was served by the BP Sportsmen’s Club and the club president, Stan Orcutt, welcomed the group. It was the first time that the BP landing had been used.
Captain Jack Newell and his bride of three weeks spent five days visiting in BP at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Newell. The newly married couple left for California from where Jack departed for Japan. He expected to be stationed in Tokyo for about three years. His wife planned to join him after one month.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Fogarty announced the engagement of their daughter, Mary Jo, to Tyrone S. Buesgens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester W. Buesgens.
The African Crane which escaped from Bloomington was still on the loose. Two attempts were made to capture it, but both times the bird escaped and disappeared. The O’Brien family reported the crane was still in the neighborhood but becoming more wild.
Edward Riley, for 25 years a resident of BP, died at his home in Robbinsdale. He farmed at Rockford for 30 years before retiring to Robbinsdale.
A badger was caught on the Lawrence Bigaouette farm in Faxon Township. The alfalfa field had become treacherous with the many large holes left by the over-sized rodent. Many holes were large enough for the baler wheel to drop into. The animal weighed about 30 pounds and had long claws which aided its digging.
90 Years Ago (1931)
Even personal property assessments were down in BP in that depression year. Total for the borough dropped to $79,753.
Relatives and friends joined the Connolly and Moore families of St. Thomas in a picnic celebration of the 71st birthday of Mrs. Catherine Connolly.
Only 17 voters turned out for the BP school board election. R.R Engfer and M. O’Brien were re-elected without opposition. With the resignation of A.W. Groth, A. J. Totushek was named to fill that vacancy.
Mrs. Ella Tierney died at her home in Minneapolis at the age of 62. BP was her home until her marriage.
Grain cutting was finished in this locality and shocking was under way on all sides with many fields threshed. General reports of grain yield were good.
Charles D. Griffin, 40, was killed in an automobile accident north of Minneapolis. He was a member of a well-known former Faxon Township family where he had lived until manhood.
Art Mesenbrink of Shakopee was named Scott County Sheriff to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sheriff Weckman.
John F. Horan, 47, native of the Assumption community, died at his home in St. Paul, and his remains were brought to his old parish home, Assumption, for burial.
Stephen Duane, a former resident of St. Thomas, died at his home in Le Center at age 68. Interment was in St. Thomas Cemetery.
A thousand people gathered in St. Peter, including high state officials, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux. A log cabin was dedicated. A tribe of Indians was present.
Mrs. John L. Sullivan, nee Augusta Johnson, native of East Union, died at her home in St. Paul at age 61.
A tractor left in gear by the hired man on the Marez Bros. farm near Jordan went on a destructive careen, going though the wall of a shed, smashing a pile of storm windows, and upsetting paint and oil barrels.
120 Years Ago (1901)
The hottest weather in the memory of the oldest inhabitant was recorded with a reading of 106 degrees in the shade.
According to the report of the BP School District, the item of teachers’ wages was only $2,070. Other expenditures brought the total cost of operating the school for the previous year to $3,642.
Mrs. Hannah Sullivan, who died at her home in BP at age of 77, saw the beginning of the settlement of St. Thomas in 1855.
A score of neighborhood farmers saw their horses die in the heat wave.
There were vehicle accidents even in those days. Tom Collins’s team started from Joe Witt’s blacksmith shop and threw out occupants with severe injuries.
A lone fisherman with a sailboat on which he had built a cabin was spending the summer on the river in this locality. He built his craft at Granite Falls and started out from that town.
Waterville was suffering from a surplus of bullheads, and the town appealed to the state for relief. There were so many bullheads they were smothering one another. That spring the board of health had scooped out and buried 27 tons of bullheads.