From the Mascot Files

100 Years Ago
June 2, 1922

Poppy sales exceed
expectations here
An exceptional record was made by the Legion Post here in selling poppies. At first, only 500 poppies were ordered but this was found entirely inadequate and several additional orders had to be sent in. The total number sold here was 1,500. There is probably no other community of this size in the state where a like record has been made.

2 local girls graduate
from nursing schools
Two Minneota girls graduated from Minneapolis schools for trained nurses last week. One was Miss Ellen Erickson, and the other was Miss Chrystel Edwards. The former was a graduate from the General Hospital, while the latter finished her course at the Swedish Hospital. Miss Erickson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oddur Erickson of this village. Miss Edwards in the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Edwards of Swede Prairie.

Pacific Hotel opened
for business last week
The Pacific Hotel, which is under the management of Mr. and Mrs. G.O. Everson, opened for business last Sunday. About 60 local people availed themselves of the opportunity to take dinner at the hotel and all of these express themselves as highly pleased with the meal served.

75 Years Ago
June 6, 1947

36 seniors graduate;
three were WWI vets
Commencement exercises at which 36 seniors received their diplomas, were held at the high school auditorium Wednesday evening, with baccalaureate services behind held on Sunday. Rev. G. Guttormsson, pastor of St. Paul's Icelandic Lutheran Church delivered the class sermon, while George J. Skewes, Ph.D. of the faculty of St. Cloud Teachers' College, was the keynote speaker. Three members of the class receiving diplomas, John Howard Geiwitz, Richard Lund and Ardell Korman, are veterans of World War II. Three other servicemen, Dale Garrow, Darrell Miller and George Gunderson Jr.. whose schooling was interrupted by the war, have received certificates of completion, having passed required examinations.

Large crowd attends
Memorial Day services
A large crowd took advantage of a beautiful spring morning and attended Memorial Day exercises at the public school and at Hope Lutheran Cemetery last Friday. F.J. Patten, prominent Marshall businessman, delivered an eloquent address during the program at the school, calling off the names of those from this community who had died while in the service of their country during World War II. Mr. Patten said that these men and the cause for which they gave their lives, will not be forgotten.

Local baseball team
defeats Porter, Marshall
Minneota's ball club returned to the winning column during the past week, defeating Porter here on Memorial Day 8 to 2, and then trimming Marshall, there, on Sunday, 6 to 3. John Spanton allowed the Porterites nine hits but kept these scattered throughout the nine innings and was never in trouble. He did not walk a batter and had nine strikeouts. Minneota club beat Marshall by scoring four runs in the ninth inning. The local team has an open date in the league schedule next Sunday but has arranged a game with Ghent at our local park.

50 Years Ago
June 1, 1972

Outdoor burning ban
enforced this week
On June 1, a way of life of long standing will end in Minneota with the enforcement of an ordinance banning outdoor burning of leaves and trash. On that day, and thereafter, the law against burning will be enforced and violators will be liable for a fine of not more than $300 and/or imprisonment of not more than 90 days. The burning ban applies to all combustible materials but does not apply to wood-burning fireplaces or to fires used solely for the preparation of food by barbecuing. This ban is for the purpose of reducing air pollution and is in accordance with state regulations.

Borson sells local
insurance agency
In a transaction completed in the middle of last week, Henry Borson of Borson Insurance Service sold his business to Arthur A. Bergeth of Mazeppa, Minn. The new owner will take over the business the first of July. Borson took over the business from his father, the late Ben Borson, in 1950. Bergeth has held the position of insurance manager of Peoples State Bank of Mazeppa.

F & M stockholders
name three directors
Stockholders of the Farmers and Merchants Supply Company elected three directors, two of them new men, when they met for their annual meeting last Thursday evening. The two new directors are Donald Hammer, elected to take the place of Joseph Brewers, and Leo Moorse, named to take the place of his father, Harry Moorse. The third director named was Orville Wigness, who was re-elected.

25 Years Ago
June 4, 1997

Iris Society's annual
show set for June 11
The Minneota Area Iris Society has scheduled its annual show for Wednesday, June 11 at the Minneota American Legion. Exhibits will be accepted beginning at 7:30 a.m. that morning, with the judging set to begin at 10:30 a.m. The show officially opens for visitors at 2 p.m. and continues through 8 p.m. This year's theme is "At the Movies". Those entered must have grown their own flowers and the exhibitor must correctly name and label their exhibits.

SPIN committee
gets helping hand
The SPIN (Safer Playground Is Needed) Committee members were delighted to hear that the YAR (Youth as Resources) group was supportive of their efforts to update the public school playground for their children of this community. Three members of YAR were in Minneota on Monday to present a check for $1,000 to this project.

Jaycees' sand box
day set for June 14
The Minneota Jaycees will once again stage a sand box day for area kids. All orders for sand must be placed by Tuesday, June 10. You have a few options to choose from. You may order sand at $4 for the first wheelbarrow load, and $3 for each load thereafter. Or you can order an 8' by 8' sandbox for your child for $75. The sand will be delivered on Saturday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CJ's Bar & Grill gets
small business award
CJ's Bar & Grill of Minneota and Ruralink, an internet service in Clarkfield, were chosen "Small Businesses of the Year" through the Minnesota West, Canby Campus program.

This Day in History
June 2

1897 - Mark Twain is quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that “the report of my death was an exaggeration.” Twain was responding to a report in the New York Herald that he was “grievously ill” and “possibly dying.”

1924 - Congress passes, and President Calvin Coolidge signs, a measure guaranteeing full American citizenship for all Native Americans born within U.S. territorial limits.

1941 - Baseball’s “Iron Horse,” Lou Gehrig, dies at age 37 in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); the illness would become known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

1953 - The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II takes place in London’s Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.

1979 - Pope John Paul II arrives in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.

1986 - For the first time, the public can watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment begins.

1997 - Timothy McVeigh is convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. McVeigh would be executed in June 2001.

2004 - The syndicated TV game show “Jeopardy!” begins airing contestant Ken Jennings’ 74-game winning streak.

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