Looking Back: A new linotype was installed at the Dakota County Tribune 100 years agoKulstad Bros. clothing store celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1932. See what else happened this week in Farmington's history.
By: Michelle Leonard, The Farmington Independent
50 years ago
From the Nov. 15, 1962
edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Don Paul is Commercial Club president
The November meeting of the Farmington Commercial Club held at Hoagie’s restaurant on the 13th was attended by 31 members.
The nominating committee’s panel of officers for the 1962-63 term elected by a unanimous ballot were Donald Paul, president; Ronnie Thelen, vice president; Dr. Robert McDonell, secretary; and Gordon Lagerquist, treasurer. Also elected to the board of directors by unanimous ballot were Vern Marcell, Reuben Boehlke and John Zimmer.
Farmington could lose it driver station
Leonard Hataling, the state’s chief driver examiner, told this newspaper Wednesday morning if conditions at the city hall did not improve rapidly, he would remove the station.
He said his two examiners have made complaints every single week, and he came here on a personal inspection tour. The stove wouldn’t work, the place was cold, and conditions were generally bad.
Hotaling said repeated complaints have apparently been ignored. He was then informed that Farmington has been talking about a new city hall.
The chief examiner said it is rare that a station is not always in the county seat. The Farmington station was placed here (rent free) by popular demand for this area, as a satellite station from Hastings.
50 warnings tags, five citations in 10 days
Farmington police have adopted a policy of much stricter enforcements, as evidenced by approximately 50 warning tags, and five citations in the past 10 days.
In addition, there have been numerous verbal warnings.
Chief Klotzbeacher said that with the addition of the new officer, Gary Day, the department now has the help to enforce all of these traffic rules.
Prime targets are speeding, loud mufflers, stop signs, improper parking and improper equipment, for example, headlights, tail lights that need repair.
Close surveillance is being maintained at the school. School patrol youngsters have definite authority and this authority is being backed up.
There are two cases, one a stop sign, and one a speeding violation which are being contested with “not guilty pleas.” The stop sign case will involve attorneys, and the speeding case has been transferred to district court.
Fire damages Orndorff house
Fire Tuesday morning damaged the basement of the Mrs. Chester orndorff house, on County State aid 32, about two miles southwest of Farmington.
The upstairs portion of the house was filled with smoke, but otherwise, was prevented from serious damage by quick action of Farmington firemen.
The house is occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Allan Orndorff (Rosemary DeGross), and family, also Mrs. Chester Orndorff, who is presently hospitalized.
75 years ago
From the Nov.19 , 1937
edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Model airplane contest held by local Boy Scouts
The interest in model aviation by the Boy Scouts, Troop 118, of Farmington was clearly evidenced at their meeting Wednesday, Nov. 17.
A model airplane contest was held with entrants in both scale and flying model divisions. The winner in the first division was Fred Nelson; John Carlson receiving second. The flying models of Storlie Richardson, and Ralph Birdsall, Jr., were tied for first place in their division. The judges were Supt. C.J. Wall; principal H. Romerein, and Mr. L.A. Godby.
Kulstad Bros. fete 25th year with store sale
Klustad Bros., exclusive men’s clothiers in Farmington are celebrating their twenty-fifth year in business here with a store-wide sale; bargains are being announced on page circulars printed at the Tribune.
August Kulstad of St. Paul and Otto Kulstad of Red Wing established Kulstad Brothers Clothing store in Farmington August 1912 in the old Nixon building. In 1915 the firm moved to the west section of the Datwyler building, and in 1917 they moved to their present location, now the Rietz and Hosmer building.
800 jobless blanks are passed out here
Nearly 800 unemployment blanks were issued from the Farmington post office Tuesday, Postmaster E.C. Feely said. Unemployed persons are to fill out the blanks and return them to the post office.
The number of blanks were sent out as follows: Farmington routes, 360; Farmington local, 355; and general delivery, 30 for a total of 745.
New Lutheran church begins in Farmington
Sunday afternoon marked the beginning of a new church in Farmington when the Trinity Lutheran Church was organized at the local Tabernacle under the auspices of the Missouri Synod. Rev. W.P. Haak of Nicols had charge of the service, which was attended by about 40 persons from this community.
A party was held in the evening for members of the new church.
Village election not far away
The annual village election will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7, it was announced today by Mrs. Mae Ackerman, village clerk.
The terms of Mayor Wm. McHugh and Councilmen George Manners will expire. The term of mayor is for one year and for councilman three years.
Rumors were current this week to the effect that a petition has been circulated asking for a vote on the wet and dry question, but Mrs. Ackerman said Wednesday night she has not been presented with such a petition.
Candidates must file for office at least 10 days before election which would make the deadline for filing, Nov. 27. Mrs. Ackerman said she will keep her clerk’s office open until 10 p.m. that evening.
100 years ago
From the Nov. 15, 1912
edition of the
Dakota County Tribune
Linotype installed at Tribune
That new linotype which we have been doing so much talking about has arrived and been installed in the Tribune office and the reading matter on this issue is being on it. It was shipped from the factory at Brooklyn, N.Y. , Oct. 29, and arrived in Farmington Sunday morning, lacking two days of being two weeks on the way. Mr. W.N. Bowman of the Faribault Composition Co., came up and set the machine up and aided us materially in getting our type set for this issue. This machine is one of the latest models put out by the Mergenthaler Linotype Co., and its introduction into this office means a completely different newspaper for western Dakota County.
The Tribune publisher has been in the printing business for 30 years and he knows that the twentieth century pace is too fast for hand composition in printing, and let us state right here that Western Dakota County is to be congratulated upon their good fortune in being able to buy a high class machine of this kind.
The Tribune is the only newspaper published in eastern Minnesota operating one of these machines and is owned by a single individual.
Methodist Episcopal church
Next Sunday, the church will begin a celebration of Home Mission week. At the meeting services the pastor will preach on the topic, “Our Country’s Debt to Christ,” and topic for the evening wil be Methodism and the Growing Republic.
Wednesday evening the topic of the immigrant and the rural regions will be taken up. Twelve fine, large charts prepared by the Home Mission board will be on exhibition, and it will be a new light upon the home mission work of the church just to come and read these charts.