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Looking Back: Farmington set plans to observe National Air Mail Week

50 years ago

From the May 9, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

2 escape in caboose wreck

A Sun-Kink, which is a sharp curve caused by heat expansion, was believed the cause of a caboose accident Monday in which two men from Manly, Iowa, escaped serious injury. It happened as Rock Island Train 67 was southbound, rounding a curve, about a mile north of Farmington. The four-unit diesel-powered train pulled about 100 cars. The caboose was derailed and finally came to rest at a sharp angle. The two rail men whose names were not learned (high officials would not talk about the mishap) were thought at first to be in real trouble and Farmington ambulance was called. The rails were repaired and the caboose was picked up by a large "hook" within three hours. It was fortunate the derailment was at the back end, instead of the front of the train. "Chub" Henry's section crew from Farmington was among those working at the scene.

Air mail week plans complete

National Air Mail Week will be celebrated here next week commemorating the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of air mail in the nation. The event has unusual significance in Farmington where the first rural mail route in Minnesota was established January 1, 1897; hence, the celebration here next week will mark 41 years of progress in transportation of mails.

In a letter to local postal patrons, Postmaster Edward C. Feely pointed out that 20 years ago next week the first mail route was established between New York Jan. 1, 1897, the first carriers, Alex Records, Wm. Harrington, G.W. Fletcher and Delton Day, started their duties. Their salary was $300 a year. Mr. Records made his first trip with 35 pieces of mail and picked up none....

Besides Postmaster Feely, the other local postal employees are Leslie Whittier, assistant postmaster, and Eileen McGovern, clerk; Roy Anderson is the mail carrier between the post office and railway depot.

75 years ago

From the May 13, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Crowd see air mail event here

History was made here Thursday morning of this week when the first air mail plane dropped out of the sky and picked up the first air mail pouch at the landing field south of the Frank Knoblauch residence in the east part of town. It was part of the observance of Air Mail Week.

Despite a light rain, several hundred local residents, including the school youngsters and instructors, attended the historic event.

Postmaster Edward C. Feely and Assistant Postmaster Leslie Whittier presented the mail pouch containing 215 air mail letters to the pilot, Robert K. Rowley of Minneapolis. After the pilot signed for the pouch the three posed for a Tribune photographer. In a moment the plane left for other points.

Found guilty in turkey case

Mrs. Lynn Bowe of Farmington last week was found guilty of a charge of attempting to steal turkeys from Aldred Albers west of Northfield by a jury in district court at Faribault with Judge J.E. Haycraft of Fairmont presiding.

She was sentenced to serve 45 days in the county jail and the sentence was suspended for a year. She must report to the court in November and May.

Mr. Bowe, charged jointly with his wife, pleaded guilty.

Mrs. Bowe who was shot in the back by Albers, owner of the fowls, contended she was going after her husband whom she thought was looking for wood and that she knew nothing of the theft of the turkeys.

100 years ago

From the May 9, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

New Catholic church to lay corner stone

The ceremony of the laying of the corner stone of St. Michaels new church will take place on the afternoon of Trinity Sunday, May 18, at 3 o'clock. Right Rev. Bishop Lawler of St. Paul will officiate and preach the sermon. Large delegations are expected from the parishes of Rosemount, Lakeville, Prior Lake, Vermillion, New Market and Coates station. As the building of this splendid edifice is an improvement to the town both in the way of increasing property values, as well as morally, we think the town should put on its best dress, the streets and alley to be all spick and span, so visitors may carry away a good impression of our booming city. The ladies of St. Michaels parish will serve at noon on May 18, and will be prepared to take care of all who will patronize them.

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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