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Looking back: 'Well-dressed tramps' stole from residents 115 years ago

25 years ago

From the October 23, 1985 edition of the

Farmington Independent

Chamber forms

committee to help

beautify downtown

Judging by the turn-out at a meeting held last Tuesday night, either very few people feel downtown Farmington needs beautifying, or very few people feel like doing anything about it.

Only eight people showed up for the Chamber of Commerce sponsored "beautification" meeting, which was called by Chamber President LaDonna Riste to address "a lot of complaints and a lot of talk about problems associated with the downtown appearance."

Riste (read) a letter written by Farmers Union Insurance Agent Earl Butenhoff...

Butenhoff, whose business is located in the old Centel Building, wrote that last Monday morning he had picked up half a wastebasket of debris from the street in front of his building... He also complained that the planters on Third Street are "a disgrace to our town." The weeds, he wrote, "are a foot high."

City representatives Larry Thompson and Pat Akin responded unfavorably to Butenhoff's suggestion that city employees be responsible for taking care of the planters....

Several people thought that the clean-up of sidewalk areas in front of business should be the concern of individual merchants. Gil Gilbertson said he saw no reason why shop-keepers should not be responsible for planters. Harbee Tharalson...suggested in a letter that if each merchant could not keep up his or her own sidewalk area, the city should take over responsibility and bill the shop-keeper in the form of an assessment.

District prepares voters for Tuesday referendum

It's up to the voters now.

Next Tuesday is the day residents of Independent School District 192 decide if the school board should receive a 6.29 mil increase in its general operating fund levy - enough to raise about $300,000 annually in additional revenues....

Bjerke said that as of last week some people remained undecided about the vote, though many of the people in that group had not yet read the eight-page pamphlet mailed out to all district homes, which described the referendum....

In terms of actual tax increases ... a 6.29 mil increase would translate to a tax increase of less than twenty dollars a year for someone with a home assessed at less than $40,000, or an income of less than $25,000 a year.

For someone with a home assessed at $60,000, and an income of $35,000, the increase would be about $31.

50 years ago

From the October 20, 1960 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Rock island to terminate Castle Rock Agency

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad were granted permission to abandon its agency at Castle Rock, Minn., after a hearing recently.

The petition was filed with the Minnesota Railroad & Warehouse commission on July 14, 1960 and the petition was granted October 10, 1960, according to a news release from the Commission.

Norm Hansen becomes state mechanical corn pick champ

Twenty-seven-year-old Norman Hanson of Farmington Wednesday became the state corn picking champion in the state mechanical two-row division, in a Worthington, Minn., contest.

Hansen was happy to win the $200 in prizes -- $100 for being the champion, and $100 from the Ford Motor company which sponsored him in the event....

They were scored on the loose or crushed ears in the field, shelled corn in the wagon, husks and trash in the wagon, and shelled corn on the ground. The local youth said the most important point was leaving the corn on the ground -- that the farmer can't recover.

He won the contest by only .31 of 1%. The first five winners were only 1.6% apart.

Hansen, who does custom picking in this area, has nine years experience, six with a two-row machine, and three with a one-row.

Local boys enlist

in U.S. Army

Two Farmington boys recently enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Thomas G. Holten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin Holten, 508 1st St., and Dennis E. Fahey, 900 2nd St., enlisted October 3, 1960 for a period of three years.

Thomas and Dennis, who attended Farmington High School, enlisted in the Regular Army Unlimited Program. They will be assigned, according to their Qualifications and desires, while at the Reception Station at Fort Carson, Colorado. Thomas and Dennis enlisted through the assistance of Sgt. York and Sgt. Jepsen, the local Army Recruiters in this area.

75 years ago

From the October 25, 1935 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

12 corn huskers to vie for honors here Friday

Dakota county corn huskers are all set for the annual corn picking contest to be held Friday afternoon, Oct. 25, at the George Ames farm a mile southwest of Farmington.

The contest will start at 1:00 o'clock, according to Jack Wasson, county agent.

Twelve corn pickers had signed up for the annual contest by Wednesday afternoon, as follows:

Lawrence Damann, Randolph; Lloyd Anderson, Chester Ames, Bob Flemming, Earl McCoy, Carl McDaniels, C. H. Gilder, A. L. Roethler, Franklin Merrit and Ed Tersteeg, all of Farmington; George Brehm, Northfield; W. S. Schaffer, Cannon Falls.

Turner's cafe

is open here

Turner's Cafe, owned by Mr. and Mrs. H. Turner, opened Wednesday of this week in the building formerly occupied by Jane's Cafe, near Cities Service oil station. The new cafe will be under the management of Mrs. Fred Simmons, who will have charge of the dining room, and Mrs. Joe Cook, who will be in charge of the kitchen.

The cafe dining room and kitchen have been completely redecorated and everything is spic and span. There are three new booths and four long tables in the dining room. Modern appliances in the kitchen will expedite the preparation of meals and lunches.

115 years ago

From the October 24, 1895 edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Those Thieves.

Investigation has failed thus far to discover who annoyed Mrs. Meeker and some of her neighbors and who stole the dress from Ethelyn Conway, though suspicion points in a certain direction strongly to a strange man who has hung around the outskirts of the town lately and far more than will be good for him, if discovered. He is described as tall, of good figure and as wearing a good suit of dark clothes. He is said to walk with a hitch as though lame or injured by some stray shot. His voice it seems to be agreed is rather rough than otherwise.

Thus far, this annoying visitor has escaped the vigilance of the city marshal and the local constabulary as well as the penetrating investigations of Justice Gray. These officers visited the scene of the Conway affair and examined the premises. No traces of tracks were found; but it was disordered that Mrs. Conway also lost a dress and that the total loss was about fifteen dollars. Suspicious characters were seen in the south end of the town the last of the week by a traveling man who drove in from Castle Rock. He thought the two men (there were two) looked like tramps who had swiped a good suit of clothes, somewhere but were without shoes, stockings caps and neckties to go with them. Meanwhile there is great anxiety as to who will be the next victim of the visitor's depredations. It is safe to keep indoors evenings and to keep doors bolted and windows fastened till the police force of Farmington has time to put down these pestiferous nuisances. It is not safe to leave milk-cans or squashes out of doors or turnips, unprotected in the field and even the sportive jack a lanthorn should be kept with a string on it. Later developments will be noted in the TRIBUNE.

Hentirely cut out baseball as the girls put their names on the list of contributors for a new football. We would suggest that they be allowed to use the ball once in a while. The collector never came to collect the money but that isn't our fault. We showed our good will by signing the list and wish the boys would show theirs by letting us use the ball once in a while.

A new sidewalk has been built from the corner of Mr. Strong's to the corner of O. C. Burdick's and a new street lamp has been placed at the end of A. Houck's walk. The pupils should feel an interest in the local affairs and they should investigate these new improvements but do it in the day time....

The boys of the chemistry class are trying to make bullets. I. A. Herrick gave a question to the examiner which he said really college students were puzzled over. This class, with one exception, answered it correctly. This wonderful class experimented one day with a poisonous gas before they were aware of it. Extra precaution should be taken. The Latin class, which happened to be in the recitation room, found it out, to their sorrow, and led by the professor, started a chorus of soughing. Taken as a whole we have a wonderful class and it is the star of the high school.