Harry Smishek stands beside his Standard Oil truck in this 1931 photo.

From the Mascot files

100 Years Ago
(Nov. 4, 1921)

Mercer Company is
coming to Minneota
The Mercer Company is being brought to Minneota on Friday, Nov. 4 for the benefit of music lovers, but will be greatly enjoyed by everyone. Harry Yeazelle Mercer, a well-known American tenor, heads the company. He not only possesses a great voice or remarkable clearness and volume, but he also has the rare quality of enunciating so distinctly that his songs are easily understood.

Minneota Fire Dept.
to hold dance Nov. 11
The members of the Minneota Fire Department have decided to give a dance on the evening of Armistice Day on Nov. 11. This dance is given for the purposes of raising funds with which to buy some needed equipment for the fire department. Nov. 11 is now a legal holiday and the businessmen of Minneota have decided to close their places of business on that day.

Babcock Road being
put through Main St.
The Babcock Road is now being put through the main street in Minneota. It is just a year ago that the campaign for the Babcock Law ended and we were told then that even if the law should pass and the legislature should enact the necessary statutes to carry into effect the provisions of the constitutional amendment, we would not have to see the road come here.

75 Years Ago
(Nov. 8, 1946)

Three injured in
car-truck rollover
Mr. and Mrs. Alfre Eisenmenger were seriously injured at 7:15 a.m. last Friday when their car crashed into a truck driven by Merlyn Neisius of Ghent at the intersection three- and one-half miles south of Minneota. The Eisenmengers, on their way to church service, were coming from the south, while the truck came from the east. The crash occurred at the intersection where Hemnes Lutheran Church is located. Both Mr. and Mrs. Eisenmenger were unconscious when they were removed from the wreckage and Neisius was in a dazed condition. Mrs. Eisenmenger's skull was fractured, her right eye injured, and also had injuries to her right hip. The men were both badly bruised and cut. All three are recovering from their injuries.

County voters back
Republicans for office
Sarah Murray, C.J. Donnelly and Roland Rans were elected to county offices in Tuesday's election when this community and others in Lyon County joined the state and nation in sending members of the Republican party to office. Miss Murray was the big vote-getter, receiving 4,851 votes for County Auditor, while her opponent, Max Foster, garnered 1,790. In a tight race for County Attorney, Donnelly defeated A.L. Bromen, the incumbent, 3.457 to 3,216. Rans defeated Vincent S. Marcotte in the race for the County Sheriff 3,635 to 3,144.

Boxing card set for
Nov. 27 at St. Ed's
Minneota's first boxing card of the season will be held at St. Edward's school auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 27, it was announced by members of the Minneota Boxing Club. Arrangements are being made at the present time to secure prominent boxers in this section for the card, and club members say that this card promises to be even better than the one staged last spring.

50 Years Ago
(Nov. 4, 1971)

Minneota FFA chapter
holding corn drive
The Minneota chapter of the Future Farmers of America will be holding a corn drive for Camp Courage on Saturday, Nov. 6. The drive is to start at 10 a.m. and members of the chapter will be driving pickups and trucks to as many farms in the community as possible. There will also be a couple of members canvassing the town seeking money or corn for the drive. Funds brought in by this drive will be given to Camp Courage, which uses the money to build and buy different things to help handicapped persons in Minnesota.

Incumbents win in
annual village elections
Voters in Minneota and Ghent went to the polls in annual village elections and, as expected, returned incumbents to office, although the voting was light. The villages of Taunton, Porter and St. Leo are adhering to the old election date of the first Monday in December. Minneota voters re-elected Mayor Harold Schwartz, Councilman Edward Finnegan Sr., and Justice of the Peace Leon Ousman. In Ghent, Mayor Ken Verschaetse and Councilman Ted DeRoode Jr. were re-elected.

Gravestone toppled at
Westerheim Cemetery
Several gravestones at Westerheim Lutheran Cemetery northeast of Minneota were tipped over by vandals last weekend. Some of the gravestones were broken. In all, 10 gravestones were toppled. An investigation of the incident is ongoing. It did not appear as though the gravestones were run over by a vehicle as no tire tracks were visible.

Vikings edge Tyler
on final play of game
A touchdown scored on the final play of the game enabled the Minneota Vikings to gain a 24-20 triumph over Tyler on Friday night. The winning tally came on a five-yard run by Steve Boogaard with Scott Boerboom adding the two-point conversion.

25 Years Ago
(Nov. 6, 1996)

City Council votes to
terminate Police Chief
The Minneota City Council voted Monday evening to terminate the six-month probationary period for Police Chief Richard Berg. The vote was three in favor of not continuing his employment and two in favor of retaining him. Voting again his employment was Mayor Paul Larson and Councilmen Eric Bot and Joe Johnson. Voting in favor of continuing his employment were Councilmen Dave Meiners and Jerry Bottelberghe. There was some discussion and concerns raised regarding the police department from two residents and the council took those concerns into consideration.

Lozinski receives region
award at Minneota Manor
Ed Lozinksi, a resident of the Minneota Manor Health Care Center, was recently awarded the Region V Enrichment of Life Award. Lozinski was awarded a plaque this week and thanked for his activities and contribution at the Manor. Lozinkski participates in the majority of the activities at the Manor and is also a great help to other residents by encouraging them to also participate. The dryer is a total loss.

High winds demolish
corn dryer in Minneota
The high winds that blew through Minnesota on Tuesday, Oct. 29, demolished a corn dryer at the Minneota branch of the Taunton Co-op Elevator. The dryer was not functioning at the time, although attempts had been made to light it, but due to the high winds they were not successful. Corn is now being dried at the elevator in Taunton.

C/M cross country girls
2nd, boys 3rd at state
The Canby/Minneota girls placed second in the Class A state cross country meet on Saturday in Northfield, while the boys team placed third. Allyson Hiedeman was the first C/M girl to finish and was 12th overall. Kari Carlson was 17th, Alyssa Downing 20th, Sam Schonemen 26th and Mary Canton 31st. Peter Janiszeski was seventh overall and the first C/M boy to cross the finish line. He was followed by Tim Fryer in 17th, Brent Mortenson in 23rd, Nathan Can ton in 24th and Mike Giese in 29th.

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