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Looking back: Irish and Tigers tied 25-25 during Farmington’s homecoming game in ‘63

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50 years ago From the Oct. 17, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

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Filings open Oct. 22 in Farmington Farmington will hold an election Dec. 3, 1963, with the offices of mayor, councilman and justice of the peace to be filled.

Filings for these offices may be done with Village Clerk Ken Gerten from Oct. 22 through Nov. 5. The filing fee is $2.

The mayor is elected for a two-year term in office; the incumbent is G.M. Gorgas. A three-year term for councilman is to be filled. The incumbent for that office is Otis Church.

George Kaisersatt is the incumbent Justice of the Peace, and the office has a two-year term.

Area growth prompts raised levy, Rosemount Only about four mills of the possible 25-mill increase for taxes will be due to operating costs, Supt. H.C. Hanson of the Rosemount School District estimated Tuesday....

The additional receipts from the budget will be made up approximately from $45,000 in local taxes for operating and approximately $55,000 in additional state aids.

The annual budget is approximately $2,267,000 of which $1,050,000 is building fund expenditures on the new high school.

The major increase in the disbursements is for instruction purposes, teachers’ salaries for 18 additional teachers, plus salary increases voted last year, also for additional books, supplies, etc., for an additional 450 pupils over last year.

This year is the greatest single increase Rosemount schools has ever had. The budget is

based on 1,800 students. Students are in rented quarters, and one budget item requires $12,000 for rent alone….

It is noted that when a new house is erected in a district after May 1, it is not assessed until May of the following year. Then the first tax collection occurs in the second year after the construction.

Because of this situation, the Rosemount district must anticipate within its budget, operating capital to pay for these services advanced to these residents, Supt. Hanson said.

Irish, Tigers tie 25 to 25 Rosemount and Farmington battled on to a 25-25 tie in an exciting contest highlighting the Tiger 1963 homecoming. Both teams held the lead at one time or another during the game....

Bruce Bernu intercepted an Irish pass early in the fourth quarter to set up the next Tiger touchdown. Tim Garvey passed to Dennis Pilger and the Tigers were again out in front, 18-13. The play covered 12 yards.

It took the Irish only two plays to regain the lead. (Mark) Anderson raced 44 yards for the touchdown. The extra point was not good and Rosemount led, 19-18, near the midpoint of the quarter.

The Tigers could not advance the ball and Rosemount took over on their 49 yard line. A penalty put them back on their 37, but the fleet-footed Anderson sailed around end again and galloped 63 yards to put the Irish out in front, 25-18.

With only a few minutes remaining, the Tigers came back and scored on a drive covering 53 yards in two plays. The big play was a Garvey to Kindem pass covering 16 yards for the touchdown. This was followed by a Garvey to Pilger pass covering 16 yards for the touchdown. Kindem scored the all important extra point and the game ended, 25-25.

Mark Anderson, the league’s leading scorer, made some tremendous runs and was outstanding for the Irish. Tim Garvey completed 9 of 11 passes for the Tigers and Steve Kindem did some remarkable clutch running for the Tigers.

75 years ago

From the Oct. 21, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Geneva Merritt named F.H.S. carnival queen The carnival queen candidates at the Farmington High School carnival are Mae Empey, Farmington, representing the sophomore class; Geneva Merritt, Farmington, representing the senior class and the winner of the contest; Bernice Gores, Hampton, representing the juniors; and Lorraine Hartman, Orchard Lake, representing the freshmen.

Perhaps the largest crowd ever gathered at a school event participated in the carnival Friday.

Other highlights of the evening were when James Haverland was awarded the electric food mixer as a door prize and the fine display of agricultural products arranged by Instructor Bjuge and his assistants. The German band (elsewhere mentioned) added to the enjoyment of the crowd.

Outside bread peddler sought A hasty meeting of a Commercial Club committee was called Wednesday by R.W. Nordquist, president of the Farmington Commercial Club when a report was circulated that an outside salesman was trying to sell bread from house to house in violation of the local peddlers’ ordinance.

The committee discussed a plan of action and a complaint probably will be issued if the salesman returns. Housewives who are solicited by the outside bread salesman are asked to call R.W. Nordquist, president of the club.

Bread is made and sold in Farmington by taxpayers who are entitled to this patronage. Continued cooperation on the part of housewives will be appreciated by local merchants concerned.

Plan new dairy building here A new building where milk will be pasteurized and delivered to customers will be erected here by M.C. Campion it was announced today.

The new structure facing east will be erected just north of the Campion Oil station. It will be of stucco to match the oil station.

The building will be occupied by Joe Brost, former Lakeville boy, who will operate the pasteurization plant. According to tentative plans, the building will contain four rooms.

Rosemount News The St. John’s Lutheran Church of Rich Valley will hold a church supper Sunday evening, Oct. 23. Everyone welcome.

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Bernier and daughter Gertrude heard the U. S. Navy band concert at the St. Paul auditorium Sunday afternoon.

The M.F. Ryan home is nearing completion. It has eight rooms and is built American colonial style.

The third and fourth grades of our school with their teachers, Miss Luther, visited the Fairmont creamery, the Taystee bakery, Sanitary Food concerns in St. Paul this week. They were accompanied by Mrs. Ben Heinen, Mrs. Francis Gibson, Mrs. Felix O’Rourke, Mrs. Hubert Geraghty and Mrs. E.B Emerson.

Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Hearnen spent Sunday hunting at the old Hearnen farm near Canby, Minn., the home of a brother, Coleman Hearnen.

100 years ago

From the Oct. 17, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Rosemount Irene Lynch spent Saturday and Sunday at her home near Lakeville.

Mrs. John Giger is visiting relatives in St. Paul this week.

Mrs. Frank Hyland was taken to St. John’s hospital in St. Paul Tuesday to be operated upon for appendicitis.

Margaret Selly spent Saturday and Sunday at her home in Farmington.

Alice Bernier returned to her home in St. Paul after spending a week at the Frank Hyland home.

James Hyland motored to St. Paul Tuesday.

The Local News The Farmington High School football team were billed to play the South St. Paul high school team last Saturday and at the last moment phoned down and cancelled the date.

T.J. Strupp who at one time operated the Farmington foundry and later went to Elkton, S.D., where he has been running a machine shop, arrived in Farmington with his family Tuesday and on Wednesday their household goods arrived. Mr. Strupp still owns the foundry building which he intends to turn into a rooming house at once.

The first services were held in the new Catholic church last Sunday. Only the regular service was held.

J.K. Troll has quit serving meals and hereafter will furnish lodging only. Mr. Troll had 13 regular boarders and although he received $4.25 and $5.50 per week, he could not make any money.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. 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 Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as 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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