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Looking Back: Stassen endorsed for governor; new ZIP codes introduced this week in history

50 years ago

From the June 20, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

New ‘zip code’ will speed mail service

Important information has reached the Farmington and Lakeville post offices concerning a five digit code to speed mail deliveries. The postmaster of Savage and Rosemount were attending state conventions and could not be reached at press time. This information will be printed later.

At Farmington the ZIP code is 55024, Postmaster Bill Cook announced; at Lakeville the ZIP code will be 55044, Postmaster Kenneth Hullett announced.

“Everyone in Farmington and Lakeville, will use this ZIP code on all their correspondence to speed mail deliveries and reduce the chance of mis-sent mail,” the postmasters said.

ZIP Code, the Post Office Department’s revolutionary new system of improved mail dispatch and delivery, goes into effect nationally on July 1. The postmasters stressed the importance of all citizens learning their ZIP Code and using it in their return addresss on all correspondence. . . .

“The ZIP Code is literally the last word in mail addressing,” the postmasters said. “It should follow the city and state in addresses.” .

75 years ago

From the June 24, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Patty MacPhee wins contest

Miss Patty MacPhee holds the title “Miss Farmington of 1938” and the silver loving cup emblematic of the award, given Tuesday evening in the Merchants beauty and personality contest. The contest was staged at the Lyric theatre before a packed house and the contestants were presented later before the overflow crowd.

Little Kathleen McGovern, sponsored by Gerardy’s Grocery, was awarded a special prize of a sand pail and play ball.

The winner was sponsored by Grey Sweet Shop. Tying for second place were Misses Genevea Merritt, McCormick-Deering and Delores Hunter, Peterson’s Service.

Three shared honors for third placing: Kathryn Gelder. W.R. Johnson Hardware; Florence Danielson, Arline’s Beauty Salon, and Esther Hanson, Johnson’s Food Market.

H.E. Stassen wins nomination

Harold Stassen, who worked his way through the University of Minnesota as a grocery clerk, Monday won the Republican nomination for the office of governor.

Latest returns placed Stassen in a 2 to 1 lead over Martin Nelson, his nearest competitor. Returns from 3,247 precincts out of 3,740 gave Stassen 124,399 votes, Nelson 69,570 and Leach 53,903. . . .

Stassen, who is serving his second term as Dakota County attorney, will run in the fall against Governor Elmer Benson, farmer labor nominee, and Thomas Gallagher, Democratic nominee. . . .

Shortly after his graduation from the University of Minnesota and admission to the bar, Mr. Stassen set up a law office in South St. Paul with a classmate, Elmer J. Ryan of Rosemount, who later became congressman from the second district. . . .

Harold’s campaign for governor was started last fall by the Younger Republican Volunteer Committee of Dakota County, headed by Dr. Radabaugh of Hastings. The movement spread all over the state, resulting in the successful nomination Monday.

100 years ago

From the June 20, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Where shall we build the new school house?

School District No. 40 has voted to spend $40,000 for a new school house. When it is completed, we want a building that will be in the pride of every citizen in Farmington. Shall we erect such a building on the half block we now have?

The question is full of importance for many reasons and particularly as you will fix the site not only for the present, but in all probability for all time to come. . . .

The present location is too small. Even with our present building, the playground is so small that part of the children are forced to play in one of the most dangerous streets in the village, on the St. Paul road where many autos pass. . . .

The present building is too near the railroad tracks. During the Spring and Fall months when the windows are open, the engines make so much noise in passing that classes can scarcely be heard.

The new site to be voted upon meets these conditions better than any other that can be thought of. City water comes to the corner of the block. It lies one block south of Geo Betzold’s residence. The land in question is now owned by three parties, Mrs. Chas. Smith, Geo. Betzold and John Roche. An option on the entire block for $2,200 has been secured. . . .

As in all school elections, women who have the same qualifications as the men (twenty-one years of age and citizens of the United States), have the right to vote.

In order to change the site, a majority of those who have resided here one year must vote in favor of so doing.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  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 American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also 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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