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Looking back: Farmington’s Lyric Theatre was closed, temporarily, 50 years ago

50 years ago

From the Feb. 6, 1964

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Lyric closing is “temporary” Olson says

A “closed” sign hung on the door of the Lyric Theatre, Farmington, being placed there Sunday.

Francis Deegan, Farmington, who has managed the place the past year, said his contract has expired, and he is not renewing it.

The building is owned by Mrs. George Warweg of Lakeville.

Deegan said Dinger Olson, operator or the Grand Theatre at Northfield has a seven-year lease on the Farmington Theatre.

Olson, contacted Tuesday night by telephone, said the closing is only temporary, and that he (Olson) expected the place would re-open in about two weeks after arrangements are completed. He was coming to Farmington later this week.

Deegan said lack of adult patronage, competition from television, and high overhead was responsible.

Council OKs dentist office in Farmington

Farmington Village council purchased a pigeon trap and issued a building permit for a dentist’s office among the business at their last regular meeting.

Dr. Wendell Johnson was granted a permit to build a dentist office on his property on 6th Street. The council decided it required no special-use permit....

A pigeon trap was purchased in an effort to control the pest problem in the Village. The trap, purchased from Jack Sauber for $69, will be put on the water tower and serviced regularly by the city crews....

The council also discussed the liquor store report, and again discussed the advantages and disadvantages of private versus municipal liquor. Personnel were also discussed, as well as ways the gross profit could be increased.

Job service office opens in Rosemount

Ross W. Sweum, manager of the St. Paul Office of the State Employment Service, announced today that an experimental part-time employment service office will open in Rosemount. The office will be located in the Dakota County nurses building....

Mr. Sweum indicated that anyone interested in employment either locally or nationally should contact the office. Also Dakota County employers are urged to submit their needs for local workers.

Sweum also indicated that this new service is being offered in Rosemount because of the growing nature of the community. If the service proves to be helpful and needed by the community, it will be continued on a permanent basis. 

75 years ago

From the Feb. 10, 1939

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

School “kids” of old days meet

A Farmington-Twin City Club was organized at a meeting of old timers at the Cable Secretarial School in St. Paul, Friday evening. The membership of the club is made up of those who attend the Farmington High School in the years 1890 to 1903. This was the first get together since school days.

Mr. and Mrs. Burton Cable were hosts to the occasion and Harry Whittier was master of ceremonies.

Officers elected were: H.P. Whittier, president; Roy Gray, vice president; Burton Cable, secretary; Percy C. Records, treasurer....

Many excerpts taken from the early files of the Dakota County Tribune were read which related to the doings of these young savages of the early days, including the invincible football team, the “Dirty Necks” and “Black Bears” baseball teams and the dismantling of some portions of the old school building....

The committee on place of next meeting has already selected the place which will be the “old swimming hole” the Farmington tourist park. They are planning on a big crowd – watch for the date and when you get the invitation answer it in person.

100 years ago

From the Feb. 6, 1914

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Got away with the funds

Landlord Ginter of the Hotel Commercial has been made the victim of another holdup. This time it was Evan B. Griffiths, a night clerk, got away with the funds. Griffiths came here from working on a farm near Rosemount and began working as a night clerk. Mr. Ginter noticed that the cash register had been two and three dollars short for a number of nights before but supposed he had paid the money out for bills and forgot to make a record of the transaction.

Mr. Ginter began to think the shortage was coming too regular and told him that in the future he would have to make good the shortage. Griffith left some time near two o’clock Saturday morning taking with him all the cash on hand — $20.50.

Will petition council for sewer

Banker Dosey is circulating a petition among the property owners of Farmington asking that the village council employ a surveyor and ascertain the probable cost of a sewage system.

The proposition is to put in a sewer running the entire lenth of Fifth Street to run into a septic tank. This street was chosen from the advantages of its central location and other streets drained into it. At the time of going to press, 25 had signed the petition and everything pointed toward the project being a successful one.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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