From the Mascot Files: 75, 50, and 25 years ago
75 Years Ago-October 13, 1944
Ed Gits, who has operated a blacksmith shop in Minneota for more than 25 years, last week bought the Marshall Sand and Gravel Co. in partnership with Jules Van Hee, a former resident of this place. The blacksmith shop is now temporarily being managed by Tony DeCock, who will operate until Mr. Gits can obtain a man to take over permanently.
Two Minneota lads, Gayle Bernardy and Richard Drown, received a generous reward from owners of several war bonds which the boys found in Minneota last Friday. The bonds were in an envelope and belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Arzdorf with the address on the bonds as Wichita, Kansas. Immediately upon finding the bonds, the boys brought them to H.J. Tillemans, who delivered them to the owners this week.
Minneota residents had gone way over the quota set here for the War Service Fund Drive, and Wednesday morning, H.J. Tillemans announced that contributions amounted to $885.95. The quota set for the village was $750.00, and it was expected that by the end of the week, the total donations would exceed $900.
Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Berg, residents of Minneota for the past 39 years, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday of this week with a family gathering at their home here and a banquet at a Marshall hotel. Pvt. Galen Christianson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Christianson, who operate Carl’s Cafe here, has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action in France on August 7.
50 Years Ago-October 16, 1969
Gets Recognition for 15 Years’ Service
Edwin Lyng, cooperative weather observer in Minneota, was presented with a service pin last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Environmental Science Services Administration, Weather Bureau, in recognition of his 15 years of service taking weather observations.
Sings Lead Role in “Brigadoon”
Miss Debbie Christianson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Cristianson or Minneota, sang the lead role in the musical, “Brigadoon,” which was presented by music students of Huron College of South Dakota last week.
SC Center Here Opening Tuesday
Minneota’s Senior Citizen Center, with Mrs. Lawrence Hochstatter the director, will open in the dining hall of the Legion building next Tuesday afternoon. Hours will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and it will be open Fridays and Tuesdays.
Soldier’s Parents Receive Medals
Captain Stanley Cassel last week presented posthumous medals and awards to Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley in honor of their son, Thomas James Bradley, who was killed in action in South Vietnam June 19th.
25 Years Ago-October 12, 1994
Curt and Caren Buysse are the proud parents of a baby girl, Shay Marie, born Sunday, October 9, 1994. The baby weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz. and joins a sister, Faith. Grandparents are Richard and Donna Buysse and Dennis and Chrystal Gawarecki. Great-grandparents are Mrs. Harry Buysse, Mrs. Arlene Peterson, and Mrs. Frank Gawarecki.
Story Hours at Public Library Set
The Minneota Public Library will host two very special story hours for children of the community. The first is “A Teddy Bear Party.” Every child is asked to bring along their favorite stuffed bear. Stories, puppet shows, flannel board stories, finger plays, songs, film strips and treats will be used that morning. The second is “A Harvest Party.” Each child is asked to dress as their favorite story book, movie, or TV character. The librarian asks that nor masks or scary costumes be used. The Librarian will be emphasizing the wonders of Autumn through stories, puppets, flannel board, songs, film strips, and treats.