Looking Back: Sprute was signed to play for the Detriot Lions 50 years agoResidents raised money to make the area's roads better 100 years ago. See what else was going on this week in Farmington's history.
By: Michelle Leonard, The Farmington Independent
50 years ago
From the June 7, 1962
edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Air Center set to open here July 1
The announcement of the completion of the FAA radar tower, west of Farmington, was made by Del Keech, building superintendent. He also indicated that the center would officially open on July 1....
The FAA center, when in operation, will control all aircraft operations in the area. The signals will be picked up by the radar located on Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, where it will be fed back to the tower here.
There are presently 26 other centers in the United States, with only a few having been actually completed. This one when completed will be the second in the central region with Kansas City being the first.
Cash give-away from downtown merchants soon
Farmington’s downtown merchants will have an “indefinite” series of weekly cash awards staring June 22.
Registration for the awards will begin Thursday, June 7 in any of the participating downtown stores. No purchases are necessary, according to an ad in this issue.
The committee explained that the names will be kept on a master list, and that only one registration for the whole series is necessary.
The awards are given away once weekly on Friday nights.
Mrs. Reisinger’s dog recovers from poisoning
“Andy” a year-old registered Collie dog, belonging to Mrs. Emma Reisinger, Rt. 2, Farmington, was poisoned with strychnine Monday evening, but the dog has come through the painful ordeal and will recover.
Mrs. Reisinger and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Morris who came to visit Monday evening saw the dog lying along the road, apparently in much pain. Dr. B.L. Cook was summoned and medical treatment was administered to the animal immediately. Reports Wednesday morning (today) are the dog is well on the way to recovery.
Mrs. Reisinger has notified the sheriff’s office of the incident, and they are investigating.
700 hear Dr. Kleinpell at commencement
Over 700 friends and relatives of the 1962 Farmington graduating seniors witnessed the impressive ceremonies of the 79th commencement exercises at Farmington high school in the new spacious high school auditorium.
Dr. Eugene H. Kleinpell was introduced to the audience by Supt. R.O. Boehlke. Dr. Kleinpell received his doctor’s degree from Ohio St. University, majoring in history....
John Klaus, class salutatorian, delivered a well prepared and well presented talk entitled, “After High School, What?’ He cited their school days, had sentimental value plus scholastic value with a feeling of security because the teachers were always there to lend a helping hand when they floundered. Now upon graduation, they will have to contribute to society, each in his own way and that each should remember their class motto. “If we can’t find a way, we will make one.”
Mrs. Donald Kulstad past president of the American Legion auxiliary, presented the outstanding girl citizen award to Gail Pettis.
John Sauber, commander of the American Legion, presented the outstanding boy citizen award to Stephen Nielsen, class valedictorian.
Presentation of the Farmington Education Association Scholarship by W.W. Winblad was made to John Klaus.
Sprute to join Detroit Lions team in July
Gale Sprute of Farmington, has been signed by the Detroit Lions professional football team and will join them in July.
Sprute an outstanding athlete here at Farmington high school, signed a contract with the Detroit Lions, shortly after football season last fall, it was disclosed recently.
He played football four years at Farmington high school. Three of the years were spent playing end, and in his senior year he was transferred to the linebacker position of fullback. It was at this position that he made the All-State football team.
Sprute is also credited with an all-around sports achievement program at Farmington. In addition to football, he lettered in basketball and track.
75 years ago
From the June 4, 1937
edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Work on the athletic field starts June 18
Work on Farmington’s proposed athletic field will start June 18, it was announced last week when H.C. Theopold, district director of WPA, and Engineer Pearl met with the local school board to make final arrangements for the start of the project.
The athletic field is to be constructed on 16 acres of land donated last year to the school district by John W. Roche, the land being located a block south of the school house....
A WPA crew of 14 men in charge of John McGovern, Sr., will be transferred from a road project in Castle Rock Township to Farmington. Work on the track and football field will start first.
Dead of 3 wars are remembered
Memorial Day was quietly and appropriately observed here Monday with the customary program at local cemeteries in charge of patriotic organizations, which included the Clifford Larson Post of American Legion and Auxiliary and the Chas. Van Campen W.R.C.
A firing squad led by Mayor Wm. McHugh, who acted as color bearer, marched through Corinthian and St. Michael’s cemeteries followed by youngsters who strew flowers on the graves of soldiers dead. The youngsters were in charge of Mrs. Fred Curtiz, Mrs. R.F. Snyder, Mrs. Tim McGuire, Mrs. R.D. Randall, Mrs. Al Haugh, and Mrs. Alva Wright....
Following the address the firing squad composed of Tim McGuire, James Stevens, Miles Hunter and Leon Kirkham fired three shots over the grave of the Unknown Soldier.
100 years ago
From the June 7, 1912
edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
For good roads
For years the system of road making throughout the country has been an eyesore to the traveler. Farmington and Dakota county is not the only place they have been doing it wrong, for we have seen it on the main roads between the Twin Cities and Cedar Rapids, Iowa....
On Wednesday evening of last week, W.J. Gregg and Jos. Baltes started a subscription paper among our people to raise money to be used in making our roads better, and before they had finished their canvas they had nearly $170.00, subscribed to the fund. Everyone who heard the proposition showed up to him, subscribed to the fund and all were enthusiastic over the improvement of our roads. There are many of our citizens who have not been seen and it is hoped the amount will be doubled by the time the canvas is made....
Our roads are good, but they are an eyesore when you come to look at them from a 1912 angle.
The world is advancing and we want to advance with it. Go with the tide. Keep away from the still water. Farmington will do her share by making good roads.
The Commencement exercises of the Farmington High School at the Music Hall on Friday evening marked the graduation of the largest class in the history of the school. The young people who received diplomas on this occasion were Misses Bernice Brown, Nellie Collins, Henrietta Dodge, Evelyn Etter, Lillian Hoff, Nettie Kraft, Pearl Larson, Dorothy McGuiddan, Hazel Roche, Sophie Warweg and Walter Amidon, Wm. Cahill, George Hoffman, Lewis Shepley and Rudolph Shirley....
The graduates and their instructors are to be complimented upon the successful presentation of their commencement program. The Music Hall was crowded to its utmost capacity long before the exercises began. Standing room was at a premium