Looking Back: Auction was slated at the former St. Michael's Church site 10 years agoPhyllis Vanderschaegen was named as valedictorian of the Farmington High School Class of 1937. Read on to see what else happened this week in Farmington's history.
By: Michelle Leonard, The Farmington Independent
10 years ago
From the April 11, 2002 edition of the Farmington Independent
Auction at former St. Michael’s Church is set for Saturday
On May 18, 1913, according to a Dakota County Tribune article, “hundreds of people” witness the laying of the cornerstone at the then-new St. Michael’s Church of Fifth and Spruce Street.
Nearly 79 years later, hundreds of people are invited back to that location, this time to purchase trinkets and memories before the church is demolished later this year.
The Fifth Street church has been vacant for more than two years following the congregation’s move to its new location on Ash Street and Denmark Avenue....
Many of the items from the 1913 church have been moved to the present location and are used daily. However, a number of things were left behind when the congregation moved on. Those things will be up for sale at an estate auction this Saturday.
50 years ago
From the April 26, 1962 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Joe Emond gets high award in medical college
Joe Emond, son of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Emond of Farmington, has been awarded the highest award that the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota gives each year in the field of medicine. This is the St. Luke’s award and it was presented to Joe at the Newman Club Recognition Banquet on April 5....
Joe will be in the June graduating class of the University of Minnesota, College of Medical Science with the title of M.D.
Public meeting here May 7
A public meeting is called at the Farmington council chambers on May 7 at 9 p.m. to consider laying of tarvia or other hard surface on Spruce Street from Third Street to the east right-of-way line of the railroad.
The estimated cost is $6,620 and anyone desiring to be heard on the above project should appear at the meeting.
Also at the meeting, at the same time and place, the request of F.W. Lehr for a permit to operate a gasoline service station on lots 7 and 8, block one in Bung’s addition to Farmington. See legal notices.
F.A. Nesbit family comes here to live from Africa
Quite recent newcomers to Farmington are Mr. and Mrs. Franklin A. Nesbit. Mr. Nesbit who retired from the Air Force in the fall, came to Farmington with Mrs. Nesbit from Africa where he had just finished serving 26 months. Prior to that he had service in a number of places, the last two being Nevada and Texas.
Mrs. Nesbit’s former home was in England, where their youngest son, Robert, 17, now lives with Mrs. Nesbit’s parents while apprenticing in her father’s business establishment. They have a son in the Navy, serving in Hawaii who will be home this summer.
75 years ago
From the April 30, 1937 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Old coin record takes tumble
Two weeks ago the Tribune mentioned that Freeman Miller had old coins dating back to 1854, and the next week I.G. Empey topped that record with a coin dated 1797....
The day after last week’s paper came out, Bill Jensen shuffled into the office and planked down a coin that is 277 years old. When the coin hit the office counter it knocked our previous old-coin records into a cocked hat.
The coin is not as pocket-worn as one would think during its nearly three centuries of life. The inscriptions are easily legible — if you can read Danish.
The Danish coin was brought from Denmark by the present owner’s father, Jess Jensen. When the latter died in 1926 it was given to Bill by his mother, now deceased.
Schools name honor students
Valedictorian – Phyllis Vanderschaegen, Orchard Lake.
Salutatorian – Irvin Danielson and Devola Rich, both of Farmington, are tied.
4th – Charlotte Gramsey, Rosemount.
5th – Etta Helken, Orchard Lake.
Roller rink to open here May 1
Donald and Herbert Garlock of Clear Lake, Iowa will open a roller rink in Hoffman’s Hall, May 1st. They have Chicago roller skates, which are practically new and music will be furnished by a Worlitzer Band Organ.
The Garlock brothers have had roller rinks in Dubuque, Iowa, and St. Paul.
George Bell honored at Hamline
Hamline University honored George Bell of Farmington for his athletic attainments last Tuesday night at the annual sports honors banquet.
Bell received a varsity letter for his prowess in baseball during the 1936 season....
George Bell is a sophomore student at Hamline and has two years of athletic competition remaining at Hamline.
100 years ago
From the April 26, 1912 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Men and religion movement
Word just comes that arrangements have been through the Interchurch Men and Religion Brotherhood of Farmington by which two of the ablest Evangelists have been secured for midsummer meeting here. The speaker is Rev. J.M. Beadies of Denver, Colorado, and the singer Mr. Fred G. Fisher of Chicago, Ill., who for ten and one-half years traveled with famous Billy Sunday and sang in his great meetings. The committee considers itself very fortunate to be able to secure men of such prominence and ability to assist in this important movement, and the announcement is made with the belief that it will be welcomed as good news by an interested public.
A big tabernacle will be constructed at some central and convenient location or else a large tent will be used. More likely the former. It is desired to provide ample room for all in the village and surrounding county who will want to come.
The Local News
Louis Kelty who had been employed at the local roundhouse for the past year, has resigned his position and gone to Peoria, Ill.
H.E. Eddy, manager of the electric light plant, went to Eidswold Monday to do some electrical work for the Star Telephone Company. He returned home Tuesday.
Chester Whittier left Monday for Iowa to spend a month with E.W. Odbert in surveying for the Milwaukee railroad.
The Farmington & Mankato freight engine with crew were in a wreck at Mankato Tuesday. They were switching in the yards when a Minneapolis & St. Louis passenger train backed into the rear. Cecil Clay and Horace Shepley were standing on the pilot of the engine and were thrown against the boiler, but fortunately Horace was not injured. Cecil received one cut on his head. The tender of the engine and one coach of the train were badly demolished.