This photo taken in 1957, shows the St. Eloi’s Parochial School in Ghent.

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

100 Years Ago
(July 22, 1921)

Taunton school may
offer extended classes
At the annual school meeting in Taunton last Saturday, it was decided to put in at least two years of high school work in the school there. If the plan is carried out, this necessitates at least one, if not two, additional teachers. The people of Taunton are to be congratulated upon their excellent school spirit. Hans Grong, the clerk of the district, is working on the proposition of this extension of the courses offered.

Rev. Hinderlie shows
signs of improvement
Rev. E.J. Hinderlie, who became very ill and was in serious condition after being taken down by ptomaine poisoning about two weeks ago, is showing signs of improvement, but has not yet regained his full strength.

Lake Benton event not
as 'wild' as advertised
About 20 Minneotans traveled to the Lake Benton summer resort last Sunday where the principal attraction was a "Round-up" that was advertised to have wild steers and horses involved. But the steers and horses proved very tame in spite of the face that there was some very clever riding done by the "cow punchers". A large part of the crowd left before the program of stunts was over.

75 Years Ago
(July 26, 1946)

Former resident killed
when struck by truck
Mrs. Alice Clemenson, 67, a former resident of Minneota who visited in this community two weeks ago, was killed instantly on Saturday afternoon of last week when she was struck by a truck in Spooner, Wisconsin. Mrs. Clemenson was visiting her sister and the two were crossing the highway in front of her sister's house when she was struck.

Father, two sons
burned in farm fire
Knute Dovre and his two sons, Eldon and Gordon, were badly burned Wednesday evening when fumes from crude oil burst into flames. The three were oiling some spring pigs on the farm west of Minneota. As it as getting dark, Eldon lit a match to see if all the pigs had been thoroughly oiled. Eldon was burned on both legs, arms, shoulders, face and head. Gordon received burns on his face and arms, while Knute had burns on his hands and side of his neck. A total of 39 purebred Duroc pigs perished in the fire.

Farmer's injures foot
caught in feed chopper
August Josephson's left foot was badly mangled last Saturday afternoon when it was pulled into a feed chopper at his farm north of Minneota. Mr. Josephson was standing on top of the machine trying to untangle an obstruction in the feeding mechanism when some hay wound around his leg, drawing it into the finger feeders. The foot was torn and bruised so badly that one toe had to be amputated.

50 Years Ago
(July 22, 1971)

Ahlschlager receives
Bronze Star for heroism
Pfc. Bruce Ahlschlager, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonerd Ahlschlager, was the recipient of a Bronze Star medal for heroism for action which took place May 6 in Qui Nhon inner harbor in South Vietnam. Ahlschlager assisted in tying a line to a satchel charge and removing it after spotting it floating by a rudder section of one of the three power ships anchored in the harbor.

4-H 'Demo' Day to
be held here July 22
Are you interested in "Flying Saucers and Space Capsules", "Ancient Art Goes Modern" or "A Glimpse of the Future"? These and many more topics can be viewed at the Lyon County Oral Demonstration Day to be held July 22 at west side elementary school in Marshall. The basis of the demonstrations will be 4-H members showing and telling what they have learned in their project work.

St. Paul's Church
to install new pastor
Rev. David Sorbel of St. Paul's Lutheran congregation is to be installed as pastor there Sunday morning with services set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Melvin Hammarberg, president of the Minnesota Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, will officiate at the rites. A congregational dinner is being planned after the services.

25 Years Ago
(July 24, 1996)

SPMH thankful for
recent monetary gifts
Work has been progressing at the Opera Hall, according to members of the Society for the Preservation of Minneota's Heritage (SPMH). A group of volunteers have been scrubbing walls and are now about ready to have the walls painted. SPMH Secretary Bonnie Hanson reported that about half of the SPMH fundraising goal has been met this year and the group is thankful for everyone's help.

Outside help needed
for ambulance issue
There are 19 current ambulance personnel here, and 14 of them have voted to go with North Memorial service, while five have voted against it. The main feeling is that our local ambulance service will become better qualified if they are affiliated with North Memorial. If you take into consideration the need for three people to be on duty at all times, these people are serving a great deal of time to cover all of the rotations. A few will be retiring soon, which also great influences our ambulance protection.

Larson wins Amateur
tourney for second time
Jesse Larson of Minneota captured the Championship Flight title for the second year in a row at the Countryside Golf Club's Amateur Tournament this past weekend. A total of 104 golfers competed in various flights for prizes that totaled $2,800. Larson was the first Minneotan to win the title last year with a 109. This year, he shot a 108 in winning the title. Wayne Kompelien placed second with a 110.

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