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Looking back: Farmington’s status as ‘wet’ or ‘dry’ was up to debate 100 years ago this week

50 years ago

From the March 19, 1964

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Bob Simonsen, Ron Ersfeld in new business

Robert (Bob) Simonsen and Ronald Ersfeld, Farmington, former employees of the H.C. Simonsen Plumbing and Heating company, have entered their own business effective Monday, March 16.

The new firm will be called the R.H. Simonsen Heating and Plumbing, Farmington.

Robert Simonsen and Ron Ersfeld will work out of the R.H. Simonsen home at Rt. 1, Highland Circle. They will do anything in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning line, and will probably sell Kohler products.

Robert Simonsen, has been plumbing 15 years, all of that time with the H.C. Simonsen firm....

Ersfeld has been a plumber for Simonsen company for two years and resides on north Fourth Street in Farmington.


75 years ago

From the March 24, 1939

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Spring thaw floods South Third Street

Floods Tuesday, the first day of spring, sent water rushing from a temporary lake southwest of town into a low spot on the pavement on South Third Street, slowing traffic on Highway 218, which was taken near the James Schneider residence.

The sudden rush of water into the street probably was the greatest here. Fortunately, the new 15-inch storm sewer recently was completed and aided greatly in disposing of the water, although the street and part of the sidewalk was flooded for a time.

Confronted with the flood which threatened to cause damage to basements, Mayor Jos. Cook and Councilman Jas. Schneider and L.A. Godby went on an inspection trip southwest of town where they located the source of the water in a temporary lake on the northeast edge of the Aetna farm. The water flowed along the road to the J. E. Price farm, then followed the railroad track ot the Ed Selk place and settled around the houses and pavement on South Third street.

Traffic was diverted after the supper hour.

The members of the village board expect to confer with the Castle Rock Township board relative to having the water diverted west from the Aetna farm to the Vermillion River....

Although nearly the entire block from Spruce Street south was flooded for a time, the water had disappeared into the strom sewer by 11:00 o’clock that night, residents on that street said.

Farm tax group organizes here

A county-wide tax meeting, called by William Carnel, farmer near Cannon Falls, held in the Farmington High School last Tuesday evening was well attended by representatives from all parts of Dakota County.

This meeting was called to discuss fully the tax problems confronting the farmers in Dakota County. D.L. Grannis, Jr., county attorney, acted as chairman of the meeting. Senator A.J. Rockne, chairman of the senate finance committee and known as the “Watchdog” of the state treasury, was the principal speaker and in his talk he pointed out that the demands for appropriations were increasing and these demands were largely from the northern counties in the state....

The group present decided to form a Dakota County Taxpayers Association to further study the tax situation and to make sure Dakota County taxpayers are not paying more than their share of the taxes.

100 years ago

From the March 20, 1914

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Improvement Club

About fifty farmers and business people of Farmington gathered at the Commercial Club room last Friday evening to listen to the talks given by Dr. R.H. Benham of Minneapolis and Prof. Ball state organizer for the county agent system. Pres. P.H. Feely presided as the chair and several hours were spent in discussing the advantages of the county agent....

President Feely appointed John Heinen, E.H. Dosey, L.N Issacs and Dr. R.H. Benham with Mr. Benham as chairman of a committee to go ahead and perfect the organization and Mr. Benham is this week putting in the time working among the farmers of Rosemount, South St. Paul, Mendota and Hampton getting them interested in the movement.

Election hangs in the balance

The matter of whether or not Farmington will be “wet” or “dry” the coming year continues to hang in the balance. Judge Johnson of this district has served notice on the election board to destroy the two ballots folded together, mark the scratched ballot uncounted and decided the election, according to the county or appear before him at Hastings next Monday and give reasons why they have not done so.

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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