This photo of the O.G. Anderson “Big Store” in downtown Minneota was taken in 1920.

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

100 Years Ago
(August 26, 1921)

Boy injures head
falling from boxcar
Louis Carlson, a young lad, was playing on top of some boxcars in the railroad yards here on Tuesday and fell, striking his head against the coupling iron. At first his condition was thought serious, but investigation disclosed that aside from some rather bad bruises he was unhurt.

Lott farm sale was
first of this season
The J.E. Lott farm sale last Saturday was the first of the season in the immediate vicinity. Cows brought as high as $66 a head. Pigs sold at the rate of about 20 cents per pound. There were 56 acres of corn in the field on which bids went up to eight dollars per acre, which was considered a good price, but which did not satisfy the owners, so the corn was not sold.

75 Years Ago
(August 30, 1946)

Former Minneotan's
invention for sale here
Pant and skirt hangers, invented and manufactured by Leon Zeuthen, a native Minneotan now living in Minneapolis, were placed on sale last week at Dickerson's Cleaners. Two different style hangers are manufactured by Mr. Zeuthen, one for men's pants and ladies' slacks; the other for ladies' skirts. Leading Twin Cities stores have been selling the hangers for some time, but shortage of materials due to wartime restrictions have prevented sales nationally.

Over 2 inches of rain
recorded in one hour
A 2.21-inch rainfall here Monday evening may have been too late to do the corn crop much good, but it certainly saved August from being an exceptionally dry month as far as Minneota was concerned. The heavy rain, which fell in one hour between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., flooded some basements in this village but no other damage has been reported. Monday's rain didn't cover any great area for farmers, however, as a few miles south of town didn't see a drop and north of town a few miles there was just enough to settle the dust.

Iowa veterinarian to set
up practice in Minneota
Dr. Arthur W. Pennings, a veterinarian from Sioux Center, Iowa, will move here with his wife about Sept. 15 to start a practice in this community. Dr. and Mrs. Pennings were here this week making arrangements to move here and completing a transaction for the purchase of the Elmer Christianson home, which they bought from August Josephson. Dr. Pennings is a graduate of Iowa State College and was recently discharged from the Army where he served for over three years as an officer.

50 Years Ago
(August 26, 1971)

Rehkamps purchase
funeral home here
Don Bourgeois and Gene Nordquist have announced the purchase of the Nordquist and Bourgeois Funeral Chapel in Minneota by Paul and Jack Rehkamp. As of Sept. 1, 1971, it will become the Rehkamp Funeral Home and be associated with the Rehkamp Funeral Home of Marshall. Jack Rehkamp will be the resident partner in Minneota. Paul Rehkamp is married to Marcia Finnegan, the daughter of John Finnegan of Minneota. Nordquist and Bourgeois will continue to operate furniture stores in Minneota and Canby.

Council sells bonds
for nursing home
The Village Council sold bonds for the projected nursing home Tuesday evening at a special meeting called for that purpose and the cost to the village will be 5.823 percent. The successful bidder was Piper, Jaffray and Hopewood, Allison Wilson Co., and Dain, Kalmar and Quail of the Twin Cities. There were two other bids entered, one for 6.186 percent and the other for 6.150 percent.

Cool wins ladies
golf club tourney
Doris Cool was the winner of the championship flight of the Country Gold Club Women's tournament last Thursday. Other winners were: Beth Brewers, First Flight; LaVerne Dahl, Second Flight; Shirley Cabot, Third Flight; Diane DeSutter, Fourth Flight; Eleanor Finnegan, Fifth Flight; and Ada Guttormsson, Sixth Flight. There were 36 women entered in the tournament.

25 Years Ago
(August 28, 1996)

Miller hired as new
Elementary Principal
Bryan Miller is the new elementary principal at Minneota. He is also sharing Athletic Director duties with Scott Hoegh. Miller comes to Minneota from Greene, Iowa, where he and his wife were both teachers. Miller taught third and fourth grades in that system for the past seven years. Miller is originally from Clarksville, Iowa, and earned his undergraduate degree from Wartburg College. His wife, Lynne, and their 17-month-old son, Sean, are currently living in Marshall, but are looking for a place to live in Minneota.

Bug Days medallion
found early again
Once again, the Boxelder Bug Days medallion was found very quickly. Last year, only one clue was needed before the hunt was ended, and this year the same held true. Cheryl Schmitz found the medallion on Monday morning hiding in the flower by the flagpole in Memorial Park. She wins $50 in Minneota Bucks for finding the medallion and will have her name added to the plaque housed in the City Clerk's office.

Minneota Manor names
Bug Days Senior Royalty
Elizabeth and Ben O'Neal have been chosen to reign over Boxelder Bug Days festivities this year. They are residents of the Minneota Manor Health Care Center and will be representing their friends at the Manor in the parade scheduled for Sunday.

Stegner is Countryside
Golf Club men's champ
Tim Stegner claimed the Countryside Golf Club men's championship on Sunday. Stegner shot 38-33-36 for a 107 total. Jim Rolbiecki and Dale Kockelman tied for second place, each shooting 114.

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