This spiral bound book was published in honor of the dedication of the Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota on April 30, 1950. This book on the dedication includes pictures of the speakers at the dedication, pictures of the pastors, a history of the old Hope Lutheran Church, and pictures of the construction of the new Hope Lutheran Church.

From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago

100 Years Ago
(May 27, 1921)

Class of 20 seniors
to graduate Monday
A class of 20 will be graduated from the local high school on Monday evening, May 30. The exercises will take place in the Opera Hall and the speaker for the occasion will be Justice Oscar Hallam of the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota. Rev. Henry Noss of Canby will deliver the class sermon at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Opera Hall.

Gillunds receive telegram
that son's body to arrive
John Gillund of Minneota has received a telegram from the war department stating that the body of his son, Pvt. George W. Gillund, who died in battle overseas in 1918, will arrive in New York around June 2. The remains will then be sent to Minnesota and his funeral will be held as soon after arrival as arrangements can be made. Over 5,000 U.S. soldier's bodies were exhumed from cemeteries in France and returned home.

Union memorial services
set for Monday morning
The union memorial services to be held by the Norwegian and Icelandic Lutheran congregations Monday morning will begin 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. in order to give more time for those who want to go to the cemeteries to decorate graves. Everyone is invited to this service which will be conducted entirely in the English language. The services will be conducted by Rev. Hinderlie and assisted by Rev. Guttormsson.

75 Years Ago
(May 31, 1946)

Graduating class has
two WWII veterans
Commencement exercises, at which 39 seniors were awarded diplomas, were held at the high school auditorium here Monday evening, and baccalaureate services were held Sunday evening. Two members of the senior class, James Sumption and Donald Dero, are World War II veterans, both having served in the United States Navy. Two other members of the class, James Friedricks and Iver Anderson, are now in the service; Friedricks in the Army and Anderson in the Navy.

Sumption breaks region
record in discus throw
James Sumption broke the regional record in the discus throw at Montevideo last Saturday, when he threw the platter 126 feet and 10 inches, a fraction of an inch farther than the previous record. He also tied for first place in the high jump, clearing five feet and nine inches. Sumption will enter the state meet in Minneapolis this Saturday.

Cement products firm
starts operations here
A new firm to be known as Minneota Cement Products, starts manufacturing cement blocks this week in the building once occupied by the Buysse Motor Company, and lately used by Dr. Kerr's Hatcheries as a storage building on Jefferson Street. Partners in the firm are A.B. Tracy, Norman Olafson and William O. Anderson. The firm is swamped with orders at the present, and will be running at full capacity for some time.

50 Years Ago
(May 27, 1971)

84 set to receive
diplomas tonight
Eighty four seniors, one of the largest classes ever in Minneota, will receive diplomas tonight (Thursday) when commencement exercises are held in the auditorium at the local high school starting at 8 p.m. The largest class was composed of 88 seniors in 1968. Dr. Howard A. Bellows of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall will deliver the commencement address.

Large crowd at
elevator meeting
A large crowd was in attendance when stockholders of the Farmers and Merchants Supply Company held their annual meeting at the Legion building here last Friday. Two directors were elected; Fred Gudmundson being re-elected to serve on the board, and Erling Kompelien being named to replace State Senator J.A. Josefson. Door prizes were awarded at the session, and dividend checks were handed out.

Memorial program to
be held at Legion
The annual Memorial Day program will be held at the Legion building here next Monday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. with parade units being asked to form at the building at 9 a.m. Rev. Richard Peterson, who spoke here several years ago when he was pastor at Tracy, will deliver the memorial address and the program will conclude with ceremonies at Memorial Park on First Street.

25 Years Ago
(May 29, 1996)

55 students to
graduate Sunday
The Class of 1996 has 55 students in it, and all will be taking part in commencement exercises on Sunday, June 2 at the high school. Senior Class President Bruce Laleman will welcome all the guests. The students have chosen John Fier and Mindy VanDePutte to represent them with honor addresses. Theresa Pohlen will present a special poem and Lisa Gilbertson will have a pictorial tribute to the seniors.

Small turnout for
school board election
A rather small turnout of Minneota voters elected two people to the Minneota School District 414 school board positions on May 21. According to the City Clerk, incumbent Jim Rokeh received 82 votes for the 5-year position on the school board. There were 20 miscellaneous write-in votes for the same position. The position of 3-year term was won by Scott Boerboom, who received 71 votes. Incumbent Mary Myhre received 51 votes.

Annual Iris Show
to be held June 5
The Minneota Area Iris Society is sponsoring its 35th annual Iris Show on June 5 at the American Legion. The theme of the show this year is "Rockin' Back to the 50s and 60s". There is no admission charge. Those interested in exhibiting at the show may pick up a copy of the program at the Mascot office or find out the details by asking any member of the club. The officers of the Minneota Area Iris Society for this year are: President, Loralee Miller; Vice President, Joyce Downing; Secretary-Treasurer, Ann Guttormsson.

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