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Looking back: One person was hurt in brooder oil stove explosion 75 years ago

25 years ago

From the May 8, 1985

edition of the

Farmington Independent

Local student finalist in national competition

A Farmington High School senior was a finalist in a National Leadership Conference competition held last month in Houston, Texas.

Diane Pilcher, a participant in the Office Education Association program at Farmington High, was one of six finalists from all over the country in Extemporaneous Verbal Communications II - a particularly unextemporaneous term for "impromptu speaking"....

She is one of ten Farmington students who participated this year in the Office Education Association program, which is designed to help students improve business skills such as typing, speaking, writing, and promotional work....

The principal of Farmington high, Dr. Tom Rolloff, explained that the OEA program would be cut because officially only four students requested to be in next year's program....

Diane, whose essay on her trip to Texas will appear in a future edition of Tiger's Tales, said she was sorry to see the OEA program canceled. "I've learned responsibility. I've learned a lot in dealing with other people, and it's given me confidence in myself as a person."

50 years ago

From the May 5, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

New squad car

arrives here

Farmington's new Ford squad car, equipped with the new type dome rotating red light, arrived Tuesday afternoon. The force was certainly happy about the new car, but probably not too happy with the rain which messed up the new shine which police put on for two hours that afternoon.

The car is black, with white front doors, and a new police sign.

F.H.S. band gets 'A'

in state

The Farmington High School band received an "A" rating in the State Instrumental Music Contest Saturday, April 30, at the University of Minnesota, after receiving an "A" rating at the District Music Contest, which entitled the band to enter the State.

Since this is the first time a Farmington High School Band has received an "A" rating in the State, they are worthy of praise and Farmington should be very proud of the Band's achievement.

This past school year Farmington High School Band has appeared in two home concerts (fall and spring), Northfield's "Jesse James Days", Hiawatha Valley League Music Clinic, home football and basketball games, and last summer attended the Red River Valley Exhibition in Winnipeg, Canada.

Siren blows at 4:15 A.M.; no one knows why

Farmington's civil defense siren behind the Russell Royce residence, began to blow at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday of this week.

The siren-blowing was still a mystery Wednesday noon. It wasn't caused by someone pushing a button, the Tribune was told.

Royce stopped the siren by pulling the main switch. It must have been caused by some kind of short circuit.

Farmington VFW and Aux. joint installation

Sypal-Lundgren V.F.W. Post 7662 and the Auxiliary had a Joint Installation, Wednesday April 20 at the Farmington Elementary School Cafeteria Room. Otis Montgomery, the new Commander at the Post and new Post officers were installed by Bill Myer, past second District Commander with Red Shuette, Post Commander of South St. Paul as Officer of the Day.

Agnes Steele, new president for the Auxiliary and new Auxiliary officers were installed by Mildred Brandl, State Department Chief of Staff with Mae Henry, State Poppy Chairman as conductress.

75 years ago

From the May 10, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Brooder oil stove explodes, 1 hurt

Explosion of a brooder house oil stove caused several burns to Lloyd Klaus' face and arms at 1:30 Saturday morning when the young farmer, who was sleeping in the brooder house, arose from his bunk to look after the burner which apparently had gone out, due to a down draft....

Taken to Community hospital by his wife, nee Beryl Brown, the young man's burns were bandaged in Ungentine for two days....

On the Wm. Duff farm a mile north of Hampton, which they rented last October, Mr. and Mrs. Klaus started to raise 500 White Leghorn chicks, but due to a down draft in the brooder house stove pipe, they were having difficulty keeping the burner lit. Lloyd decided to sleep in the brooder house in an effort to watch the oil stove and keep alive the week-old chicks.

When he awoke at 1:30 Saturday morning he failed to see the burner light and thought the burner had gone out. He arose and just as he stooped over to adjust the burner the stove exploded.

Supt. O. E. Domian

notifies parents

The Junior-Senior prom will be held in the high school auditorium Saturday evening, May 11. In past years the prom has been used as an excuse by some students to stay out most of the night. To prevent such an occurrence we wish to notify all parents that the prom will end and all students will be out of the school house at 12:00. If your youngster is not home within a reasonable time after midnight do not accept the prom as the excuse.

This year the bleachers will be available to spectators. Parents and friends of the juniors and seniors are not only invited but are urged to attend. You may come at anytime and stay as long as you like. There will be no admission charge.

O. E. DOMIAN, Supt.

Hospital day to be

celebrated here

May 15th

The newly formed Hospital Guild met Friday, May 3, for the first meeting, during which plans were made for assisting on hospital day....

On this occasion, which is to be celebrated in Farmington, this year, on Wednesday, the 15th, instead of Sunday, the 12th, the public is invited to visit the Community hospital as the guests of the staff and the Hospital Guild...

Thirty-eight ladies have expressed their interest in the hospital and its work by joining the Guild. All these are especially urged by Mrs. C. S. Johnson, president, to be present on Wednesday to assist in entertaining the guests hospital day.

115 years ago

From the May 9, 1895

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Public meeting.

A public meeting will be held at the town hall in Farmington on Thursday evening, May 9th, for the purpose of appointing a committee to wait upon Gov. Clough with the view of securing the location of the fourth hospital for the insane at this place. All of the citizens of this village are urged to be in attendance and participate.

B. P. Woodard, Pres.

Music recital

The music recital to be given by Mrs. W. H. Cooke at Music hall Friday evening promises to be a splendid entertainment. The program is a good one and all of the participants are artists in their line. Mrs. Cooke is well known and her ability is unquestioned. Mr. Moody is very fine on the banjo and shows good execution. Miss McCall has a marvelous voice and her interpretation of music is far beyond the ordinary. She alone would be a treat, but when accompanied by such excellent talent a large attendance is assured.