Looking Back: Volunteer recognition event honored up to 150 school volunteers 25 years agoNatural gas explosion shook a Farmington home 75 years ago, and street names were needed in the city 100 years ago. See what else was going on by reading this week's Looking Back.
By: Michelle Leonard, The Farmington Independent
25 years ago
From the May 6, 1987 edition of the Farmington Independent
Volunteer recognition week celebrated in city
The celebration of Volunteer Recognition Week brought many thank you’s to the community’s many volunteers last week.
Over 100 people attended a thank you luncheon for Sanford Hospital volunteers at W.J. Lucid’s Steak House last Wednesday....
In 1986, Sanford Hospital volunteers contributed 4,101.5 hours of their time to the hospital. Some of the volunteer work they did included staffing the coffee shop, helping throw special programs and events at the hospital, helping in fundraising programs and helping out at the health fair.
Volunteers also contributed over 4,000 hours of their time at Sanford’s nursing home performing many duties....
Those who volunteer with children were also honored Wednesday afternoon at the elementary school.
Chris Common, Farmington’s community volunteer coordinator, said that around 125 to 150 people will volunteer to help in the schools this year. This represents around 2,000 volunteer hours.
Certificates of appreciation were given to volunteers who contributed more than 25 hours of their time to the schools. These people included: Sheila Holz, Marie Sachs, Viola Diesen, Kay Lundquist, Marti White, Karen Brownawell, Cindy French, Sandy Skare, Betsy Foth, Susan Cheesebrow, Traci Henry, Carol Klotter, Jane Rescke, Sheila Lund, Mary Ann Gilomen, Cheryl Prouis, Mary Juenemann, Fay Tullar and Donna Labeau.
The 1986-87 volunteers presented the elementary school the book “Hey Al” at the ceremony.
50 years ago
From the May 3, 1962 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Mayor Gorgos will toss first pitch Sunday
The Farmington Tigers will play host to the Kenyon team Sunday on the home field.
Mayor Gorgos will pitch the first ball of the game to Wilbur “Soup” Winblad, popular high school instructor and former ball player for the Tigers. The action will start about 2 p.m.
Kenyon is expected to be one of the strong teams in the league this year as in years past they have played ball in class “A” leagues and always did well.
The Tigers were strengthened this week when Dave and Don Amy joined the team. These boys, identical twins, are from Hastings and the local team members were glad to see them back.
Brandtjen Sr., well known farmer, dies
Henry A. Brandtjen, Sr., age 72, of rural Farmington, died in Miller Hospital, St. Paul, April 29, 1962. Mr. Brandtjen was one of the founders of Brandtjen & Kluge, St. Paul, manufacturers of printing machinery since 1919....
Mr. Brandtjen was a First Lieutenant with the AEF in World War I, he was graduated from Mechanic Arts High School and he attended the University of Minnesota, being a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity.
Mr. Brandtjen was a member of the St. Paul Athletic Club, the Minnesota Club, and the Town & Country Club.
He was well known in this area as a breeder of purebred livestock and horses and the operator of a large farm.
K.C. honors 25-year members
The Knights of Columbus of Farmington held their recognition night program Sunday evening and honored the 25 year members of the organization....
The members in attendance who were presented their 25 year pins were: Jerome Akin, Joseph Baltes, Wm. Carroll, James F. Corrigan, John J. Corrigan, Thomas J. Corrigan, Alphonse Daleiden, Michael Devney, Peter Doffing, Donald Feely, Leo Fluegel, George E. Flynn Sr., E.M. Gerster, Jacob Hauer, Francis Henneberry, Joe Hynes, Theo. J. Kamen, Eugene Lynch, Francis Leonard, John J. McBrien, Edward F. Pechacek, Nick Roehl, John Rolman, F.A. Ruhr, Ed M. Sauber, George Sauber, John Stegmaier, Francis J. Teersteg, John M. Tix, John Wiederhold, Roy McPhee, Dan Oster and Frank McAndrew.
Members who were not present but will receive 25 year pins are: Lisle Baltes, Louis Benier, Thomas Cummings, James E. Deegan, Daniel Doyle, Dr. Jos. S. Emond, Patrick Faricy, J.H. Geraghy, Len Gephardt, John W. Haugh, Clarence Kamen, James M. Lenihan, John P. McGinn, Leo B. May, James M. Moudry, Wm. F. Neary, Clem Nibur, Leo J. Sauber, Ed M. Sauser, Frank Schneider, John W. Werner and F. J. White.
75 years ago
From the May 7, 1937 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Maybe it’s Wally who wants the 1,000 wardrobes
London, England, has heard about Farmington-made products.
Wednesday morning Woodcraft Mfg. Co., received a letter from a London firm asking for a price of 1,000 wardrobe dust-proof cabinets to be shipped abroad.
The cabinets, if exported, will require a special wooden crate.
Although the boys at Woodcraft didn’t say so, the 1,000 wardrobes may be intended for Wally Simpson, whose marriage to the ex-king will take place soon, according to what one hears over the backyard fence.
Gas explosion shakes home
A natural gas explosion in a gas furnace damaged the furnace, blew out two basement windows and cracked the upstairs stairway at the Verdie Volden residence here at 3:00 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
No one was in the house at the time of the blast. Mr. and Mrs. Volden were in St. Paul attending a baseball game, and the children, Ann Shirley, 8, and David 4, were out in the yard with Coral Wells Homola who was caring for the children that afternoon.
The blast shook the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stevens, neighbors on the south, and the Louis Halvorson house across the street....
The blast blew the front door off the furnace, the pieces of the door puncturing holes in the heat pipes over the furnace. The furnace drum was dislocated and the pipe from the furnace to the chimney was demolished....
It is said that the house would have been wrecked if the windows had not blown out and released the pressure.
100 years ago
From the May 3, 1912 edition of the Dakota County Tribune
Name the streets
While we are building new crossings, grading streets and doing everything else to make Farmington look pretty, would it be a good idea for our village council to have the names of our streets printed on boards and have them put up at the corner of each street for the convenience of the public, and especially to visitors to our city?
There may be a few who know the names of our streets, but not many, and as the expense of putting up these boards would be only a trifle compared to the benefit they would be, we think it would be wise for the matter to have a hearing.
Monday night at 12 o’clock as W.F. Barker was returning home from work he noticed one of the Exchange Banks windows open and the light which is usually burning in front of the vault out. He hastened to Mr. Dosey’s residence and rang the electric bell so hard he melted the wires and then called Postmaster Judson out.
Mr. Judson armed himself with the dog and Mr. Barker taking a stone about the size of his fist proceeded to advance upon the would be possessors of illgotten loot. Mr. Barker tiptoed around to the rear to start them out and Mr. Judson was to remain at the front and turn the dog loose as the robbers came out. When they arrived at the bank they found the window was down and the lamp burning. Then they looked at each other with puzzledom in their look and they wondered why.
Here is the real thing of it: Mr. Dosey earlier in the eveing held a session in his private office and the evening being warm had opened the window to admit fresh air and when he left had forgotten to close the window and light the lamp.