From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago
100 Years Ago
August 20, 1920
Dr. R. Pennington has sold his office and practice here in Minneota to C.E. Eastwold, of LeRoy, Minn.
L.V. Dahl, Clarence Bang, Mrs. Hannah Bang, Miss Anna Amundson and Miss Sigfinna Johnson returned from a two weeks’ outing at Big Stone Lake last Sunday.
Miss Thelma Olson returned from Huron, SD., beginning of the week. She has been spending the summer in that city.
75 Years Ago
August 17, 1945
Resigns As Mayor
E.O. Hallgrimson, who has been a member of the Village Council of Minneota for the past five years, was appointed mayor succeeding A.B. Tracy, who resigned at a special meeting of the council Monday evening.
Although residents of this community, along with the rest of the nation, had been waiting for the news of the Japanese surrender for five days, President Truman’s announcement of the end of the fighting Tuesday evening set off a celebration in Minneota that lasted all evening until the early morning hours.
Stores and business places were closed all day Wednesday and for some it was an occasion for revelry, while for others the news of the end of war and time for thanksgiving and rejoicing.
Church services were held at Hope Lutheran church Wednesday evening and at St. Edward’s Catholic mass was said at 7:30 a.m.
School Seeks Opinion
Reaction of residents of this community, who have children in school in regard to provide hot lunches to students attending the Minneota Public schools is being sought by the board of education before taking any definite action on the program.
50 Years Ago
August 20, 1970
Named to Lyon’s
Marcel Ross, 86-year-old Tauntonite, who has served the village as its mayor for four terms, was honored last week by the Lyon County Centennial Commission and appointed to this county’s “Century Club.”
The presentation of the certificate was made by Mrs. George Maertens, member of the commission. Mr. Ross received the certificate of appreciation in “recognition of and sincere appreciation for exceptional support of the Lyon County Centennial.”
He has been a resident of Taunton all of his life with the exception of two years and lives in retirement in the village with his wife, the former Catherine Gorecki.
Fun In Jorgensons’ Pool
Some kids rode the pony, others the horse while others played in the pool or on the “beach” as they enjoyed an afternoon of recreation at the ranch of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jorgenson, about 13 miles southwest of Minneota.
The Jorgensons have been hosts to the smaller children of the community one afternoon of each week the latter part of this summer and the recreation periods ended last Wednesday afternoon.
About 40 children have been taking advantage of the Jorgensons’ free hospitality every week.
Teacher Attends SDSU
Six South Dakota institutions of higher education combined their efforts with the Lake Region Educational Planning Center and the S.D. Department of Public Instruction, for a “Teach-In” which was attended by Luther Larson of the local high school who was an instructor in algebra and electronics here.
25 Years Ago
August 16, 1995
Sister Betty Gits
This week we formally welcome Sister Betty Ann Gits CSJ back to the Minneota community and to the St. Edward’s Catholic Church Parish. Sister Betty is a native Minneotan who has spent her life helping others through her vocation as a Sister.
Now retired, Sister Betty has come “home” to Minneota...to again lend her hand and heart to those in the community.
Bernardy Earns State Award
Terry Bernardy, President of the Dietary Managers Association (DMA) of Minnesota, was a recent delegate to the DMA National Convention held at Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.
Roof trusses were being put into place last Monday afternoon on the new addition to the State Bank of Taunton.
The trusses were built by Superior Truss here in Minneota and are approximately 80 feet in length. Sussner Construction is doing the actual construction, which is to be complete the end of October.