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Looking back: ‘Farmington again on fire’ was the headline this week 100 years ago

50 years ago

From the March 12, 1964

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Township election contests resolved in active voting

Township election voting showed some new vitality with contest for posts in many areas....


Edwin Stumpf with 106 defeated Roldon Kingman with 86 in the Empire Township election for town supervisor. Ervin Rude was unopposed for clerk with 163; Virgil Dahmes got seven for justice; and Cliff Groves four for constable. The total vote of 193 was one of the heaviest Empire has had for regular township election.

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Harvey Ozmun with 33 survived a write-in campaign for Clem Becker with 20, for the office of supervisor. Clerk James Stevens was unopposed with 22, and for constable Ray Meyer got two. John Richardson was named justice with five votes. The township levied $6,750 for all purposes.


In Eureka township, voters returned incumbent supervisor Wm. Curry and incumbent Clerk S.O. Steen, each with a vote of 43. They were unopposed.

The proposed budget at the annual town meeting was approved. It included $300 for the general revenue fund; 7,000 road and bridge fund; and $1,000 for snow removal fund.

The township also agreed to buy a gopher eradicating machine for about $300. The machine drills holes into gophers holes and plants poison. It is planned to make the machine self supporting by charging a small fee for its use.

Milo Hill is state secretary of holstein group

Milo Hill’s retirement from Twin City Milk Producers Association was short-lived.

The Farmington man who explained that TCMP has a compulsory age 65 retirement program under which he stepped down from active duty, now has a new job – state secretary of the Minnesota Holstein Breeders Association.

He was named at the Holstein Breeders annual meeting held in Hutchinson Friday and Saturday. There were over 300 at the Saturday banquet....

In his new position, Hill has records of 1,500 members to look after in the state association. Although it is slated as a part-time job, the former dairy fieldman was no doubt wondering just what they mean by part-time, as he eyed all that paperwork. His office will be in his local residence.

Hill has been in the dairy business all his life.

75 years ago

From the March 17, 1939

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Trinity church to build soon

The Trinity Lutheran congregation of Farmington has purchased a lot from George F. Betzold, located just east of the Farmington high school, and it will begin the erection of a chapel as soon as possible.

This church, a part of the Missouri synod of the Synodica conference, has an average attendance of about 45, with a Sunday School enrollment of 55 members. The chapel with basement to be erected, size 24 by 34, will be a temporary church and later will be converted into a parsonage. Plans are that a church proper will then be erected.

Trinity church, a new organization in Farmington, beginning about a year and a half ago held services in the Gospel tabernacle on south Third Street until Feb. 1, 1939, when the meeting place became the city hall.

The pastors are the Rev. W.P. Haak, Mendota, and the Rev. H.E. Bartsch of Farmington..

100 years ago

From the March 13, 1914

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Farmington again on fire

Last Saturday night Farmington was visited by the most destructive fire in years. While going home at 1:45 Sunday morning John Stagmeyer saw flames issuing from the windows at the rear of the Nixon Department Store and at once turned in a fire alarm.

Inside of ten minutes, regardless of the late hour, fully 500 people were at the scene of the fire. As usual the fire department responded quickly and within a few minutes the chemical engine had a stream of water playing on the flames, which by this time, had gained considerable headway and were eating up wood and goods at a rapid rate. . . .

The upper part of the building was occupied by three families – A.H. Shull, O.L. Hindahl and Wm. Nixon. No one in the building was aware of the fire until they heard the fire bell when they saw flames and smoke issuing from the rear roof.

Tuesday’s election is unsettled

The village election was held Tuesday and the subject of whether or not license should be issued for saloons was voted upon.

“Wet” and “dry” candidates were placed in the field Saturday evening by two caucuses and voted upon Tuesday. The “wets” winning out by an average of 141 to 152.

The matter of whether or not we have saloons the coming year has been “brewing” for some time. Many moons ago the heads of both sides stalked the battle ground for foot prints of the enemy or placed his ear to the ground in an effort to get a vibration of what might be happening in the other camp.

The “wets” are backed this year by the usual lineup of breweries and the “drys” by the addition of more leaders. The majority for the “wets” has been cut down from something like forty-two to a tie and possibly one to the good for the “drys.”

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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