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Looking back: Farmington High School Class of '85 had 122 graduates

25 years ago

From the June 5, 1985

edition of the

Farmington Independent

Farmington class of '85 graduates

Graduating seniors took part last Friday night in a solemn ceremony that was punctuated by roars of applause, solemn speeches, and a vaudeville-like class speech.

Some 122 seniors participated in the commencement exercises of the 102nd graduating class of Farmington High.

A nearly packed gymnasium heard remarks from Superintendent Robert Boeckman, musical selections from the Band and Senior Choir members, and a ruminative address by former Governor Albert H. Quie.

The highlight of the evening occurred for most students when Mr. Eugene Hildreth and Ms. Klaartje Stegmaier of the Board of Education handed them their diplomas. A close second, however, was the class speech given by two honored classmates, Lynn Alexander and Dale Bauer, who took pains to mellifluously lampoon their former instructors.

Farmington girl to

compete in pageant

Jill Horstman, the daughter of Jerry and Judy Horstman of Farmington, will participate in the Miss Minnesota American Coed Pageant in Minneapolis starting June 21.

The three day competition is for young women with qualities in outstanding performances in scholastic average and school activities....

Ms. Horstman, who is 17 will be a senior next year at Farmington high. She will be the president of next year's Student Council, and she has been elected to the National Honor Society. She participates in tennis, basketball, gymnastics, and dance.

Her sponsors include First State Bank of Castle Rock, Controlled Air, K & K Auto, Kay's Closet, and Dr. Falkowski.

50 years ago

From the June 2, 1960

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Ambulance is still

in service

Farmington's ambulance service will be kept in service from the Russell Royce residence, until further notice. It was previously announced the service would be terminated June 1st.

Efforts are being made from a group of organizations to keep this vital service in Farmington.

The telephone numbers remain the same as listed in the phone book. A meeting is being held Wednesday night with members from various organizations planning to attend.


Residents between Elm and Oak near Sixth believed they smelled a gas leak Tuesday afternoon here.

A gas company representative, police, and curious folks, all sniffed the air.

Then they found it!

Al Haugh had obtained a barrel from the old city dump near the Farm Service Elevator. He had paid a man 50c to find him a barrel and fix it up as a trash burner.

The barrel contained Pentlarm, a highly smelly compound used by the gas company to give odor to the gas. One tiny particle of Pentlarm can stink up a whole pipeful of gas. (Real natural gas is odorless).

The neighborhood odor came from Mr. Haugh's new trash burner.

Thomas Johnson will go to gopher boy's state

Dale Empey, Commander of Clifford Larson Post of The American Legion in Farmington announces that Thomas Lee Johnson was chosen to represent the post at Gopher Boys' State this summer. Tom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harlowe M. Johnson....

The primary objective of Gopher Boys State is to give the boys who attend actual experience in how local and state governments function, so as to arouse in them an enduring interest in government affairs; develop better civic behavior; obtain for the young men a higher appreciation of a democratic way of life.

75 years ago

From the June 7, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Crowd attends


A class of 49 seniors, the second largest in the history of the Farmington high school, were awarded diplomas before a packed auditorium Friday night of last week.

Supt. O. E. Domian presented the diplomas, awarded honor medals and had charge of the program, one of the most unique in the history of the school. Unlike the usual custom, no outside speaker was engaged for the evening.

Carrying out President Roosevelt's suggestion of a 300th anniversary observance, seven honor students of the class discussed the history of school from the earliest time to the modern times, together with a history of the Farmington School, its present activities and the financial cost of educating the 1935 senior class.

Approximately the sum of $31,000 was spent in educating the senior class during the 12 years of school life, or $640 for each senior, it was pointed out by Miss Helen Nash, valedictorian, who promised taxpayers that the seniors "would go out and prove the soundness of the taxpayers' investment."

Fire damages

Ayotte house

The quiet and peace of Memorial day was broken at 2:00 o'clock on Thursday afternoon when fire broke out on the roof of the house occupied by Godfrey Peterson, on West Elm street, one door west of the Farmington Lutheran church.

Unable to learn the location of the fire, the department was delayed in answering the alarm.

When both fire trucks reached the fire, a fairly wide patch of flames was burning on the roof on the east side of the house, the fire apparently having started either from sparks from the chimney or from a defective spot in the chimney just under the roof.

Top late to use the chemical apparatus, firemen strung two lines of hose and fought the flames, now in the attic, from two sides.

The upper half of the house was badly damaged by fire and water.

115 years ago

From the June 6, 1935

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

The local news

Company F, 8th Minn., will hold a reunion in this village on the 14th and 15th of June.

A ball game between the Castle Rock team and the Farmington "Kids" last Thursday resulted in a score of 14 to 18 in favor of Farmington.

The committee on the insane hospital are doing good work. They have examined several sites. Mr. Kerwin, of St. Paul, addressed the committee on Tuesday evening and was very enthusiastic over this location.

Memorial day

Thursday, May 30th, has come and gone; and many are the sad remembrances lingering in the hearts and minds of the old soldiers for 'tis the day they celebrate; the day which commemorates the deeds of valor; the hardships endured, and the victory won by the boys in blue. Of right they should celebrate, and every loyal citizen should join with and assist them in their celebration.

On Thursday morning the sky was overhung with a mass of clouds; nature herself was in mourning on this, the saddest day of the year. A drizzle of rain fell nearly all day, but even this did not cause the boys to hesitate in their duty to the dead. In the forenoon the several committees appointed proceeded to the different cemeteries and decorated the graves of those who have been mustered out by the Great Commander. Promptly after dinner the services in music Hall were commenced and an excellent program was rendered. A double quartette consisting of sons and daughters of veterans rendered some very fine selections, and instrumental music was furnished by the band and orchestra of the Buchanan Comedy Company.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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