From the Mascot Files: 75, 50, and 25 years ago
75 Years Ago-Nov. 27, 1942
One of Westerheim’s oldest residents, Herman Josephson, Sr., died on Saturday morning at the home of his son, Herman, at the age of 83 years, four months and twenty days. He had come to this country from Iceland during the big immigration year of 1878, and spent nearly all of the intervening time in Westerheim township.
Service flag sold
The first Victory Service flag sold by The Mascot, exclusive distributors of the flag with the blue stars for service and the blue V for victory, was a three-star purchased by Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Ahern of Taunton. The three Ahern boys in the service are Richard, Archie and Herman. Richard is at Shephard Field, Texas, Herman is in the army at Kelly Field, San Antonio and Archie is a pre-medical student at St. Paul, and will receive his commission in the army medical corps March first. He will continue his medical studies at St. Louis.
Miss Virginia Coleman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Coleman of Minneota and Cornelius McGeary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick McGeary of Danvers, were married at the Church of St. Edward in Minneota on Thursday morning, November 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Art Loyson are the parents of a boy born on Friday morning at the Sanderson hospital. The baby was named Wallace.
50 Years Ago-Nov. 30, 1967
37 years driving without an accident
Carl Strand, Minneota mail carrier, was presented with a certificate and pin from the National Safety Council by Clifford Hanson, acting postmaster, for 37 years of driving over his routes without a reportable accident. Mr. Strand started carrying mail in 1925, but the pin only covers a period of 37 years. He estimates in that time he has traveled a distance of 882,000 miles. During the bad weather the first winter he drove a team of horses, when he was unable to use his Chevrolet touring car, and later when the snow made roads impassible used a snowmobile powered by a Model T Ford engine. He reckons that the winter of 1935-36 was the worst of his 42-year career as a rural mail man. Now, he said, the roads very seldom become blocked because of the way they are built and the modern snow clearing equipment used by the state and the county.
Gullickson named All-League Player
Larry Gullickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Gullickson who live in Minneota, was one of three Concordia college football players named to the 1967 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference all-league team.
25 Years Ago-Nov. 25, 1992
Signs prints at Seasons Gallery in Marshall
James Meger, Minneota native and a resident of Edina, MN, was at Seasons Gallery in Marshall last Saturday signing reproductions of his paintings. Jim is one the most popular and acclaimed wildlife artists on the national scene. Since his career was launched by winning the 1980 Minnesota Duck Stamp, James has continued to win other competitions and has garnered numerous awards at prestigious shows around the country.
Opdahl earns fourth place
Nathan Opdahl had a very good day at the HHH Metrodome when the State competition was held on Sunday. He earned a fourth-place finish in his category. Nathan placed first in the local Gatorade/NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition, and then placed second at the Section competition at Mankato in October. Nathan is the son of Jay and Jackie Opdahl of this community. Good going, Nathan!
Earn volleyball honors
Karen Fier was chosen for the First Team in the Camden Conference volleyball picks, and Krista Anderson earned Honorable Mention. Both were valuable members of the 1992 Vikings volleyball team.
Earn All-Conference honors
Members of the 1992 Viking football team that earned All-Conference honors for their fine play this season are: Jayme Sussner, Jason Myhre, Matt Myrvik, Scott Van Keulen, Doug Loyson and Jon Konold. Academic Athletes Jon Rolbiecki and Eric Alleckson were selected to the Academic All-Conference football team. Both were starters on the 1992 Vikings football team. Rolbiecki is a senior and Alleckson is a junior.
Gerhard Meidt earns Coach of the Year
Gerhard Meidt earns Coach of the Year in the Little Sioux Conference for the 1992 season. The Vikings won the Conference Title and the Section 4 Crown and attained a 10-2 overall record this season.
Scott Van Keulen earns Most Valuable Player
Scott Van Keulen earns Most Valuable Player in the Little Sioux Conference for his record-breaking rushing of 1,797 yards this season with 2,866 yards his career.