Several of the Big Store employees posed for a photo inside the store in 1920. From left to right: Marie Rye, John Frost, Alec Johnson, S.A. Anderson, Carl Anderson, Otto Anderson, Bjarni Jones, Bill Anderson, Jennie Johnson, Anna Anderson, Mary Brocht, Sigfrid Frost and Lou Amundson.

From the Mascot Files: 100, 75, 50 or 25 Years Ago

100 Years Ago
(Nov. 16, 1920)

New fire alarm to be
installed; test begins
The new fire alarm that has just been installed will be tested sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. People are asked not to disturb themselves when they hear the alarm. It is merely a test. You are asked to report to the mayor whether or not you hear the alarm. If the alarm is a failure, then the council proposed to return it; otherwise it will be kept.

Dance, free lunch
for Armistice Day
A free dance and a free lunch highlighted the Armistice Day observance, Schools were closed all day and some business places closed later in the afternoon. There is a movement to make the day a national holiday and there is no doubt that it will be so declared very soon.

Gislason passes out
early victory cigars
Hon. J.B. Gislason was in town Friday morning passing out cigars. Gislason was told he was not allowed to "light 'em up" before election but was advised by the attorney general that it would be quite safe to do so about three days after the election, a rule of the legislature being that a vote can not be reconsidered after three days.

Main Cafe sold
The Main Cafe has been sold once more; the Crawfords having disposed of it to Theodore DeRoode. The Crawfords, we understand, will return to Minneapolis. Len Crawford, however, will remain here.

75 Years Ago
(Nov. 16, 1945)

Business places donate
prizes for school carnival
With nearly every business firm in Minneota donating at least one prize to the school carnival, preparations have been completed to handle what is expected to be one of the biggest crowds in the school's history. The carnival is being staged to raise funds for the purchase of uniforms for the band. During the evening's program, a Carnival Queen and King, selected by those buying tickets in various events, will be crowned.

Dr. Kerr buys tract
for chick hatchery
Dr. E.J. Kerr of Minneota bought a 30-acre tract of ground from the stockholders of the Marshall Golf Club in deal completed last week. The tract of land, costing $200 per acre, is across the road from the golf course. Dr. Kerr plans on erecting a large chick hatchery with construction to begin soon. Dr. Kerr erected his first hatchery here in 1940 with a capacity of 40,000. Since then, he has added to the plant considerably and the present capacity has risen to 395,000.

Culshaw fall through
ice while duck hunting
Ignatius "Shorty" Culshaw fell through a thin spot of ice last Sunday afternoon while hunting ducks at Wood Lake. The water was up to his chest. With hip boots and a heavy hunting coat on, Culshaw tried to clamber up on the ice again, only to have the ice give in every time. Finally, in desperation, he laid his shotgun on the ice with his hands on either end, BY placing most of his weight on the gun, he managed to get out of the water and crawl for shore.

50 Years Ago
(Nov. 12, 1970)

Pvt. Sussner awarded
new military rating
Pfc. Daniel Sussner of Minneota was recently awarded the rating of map compiler and received a diploma for successfully completing the course in the Department of Topography at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, VA. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Sussner and is a 1968 graduate of Minneota High School.

Student elected new
head of district FHA
Phyllis Heggeseth, a student at the local high school, was elected head of the district Future Homemakers of America during a convention which was held on Nov. 7 in Moorhead. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Heggeseth. The new district president will head the next district convention that will be held in Minneota.

Boxcars derail between
Minneota and Taunton
Three loaded boxcars of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway derailed between Minneota and Taunton last week and that was the end for a time of the east-bound trip. Two of the cars, one carrying soybeans and the other corn, were unloaded by employees of the Taunton Cooperative Elevator and returned to that plant after a short journey. Workers had the cars back on the tracks this week.

25 Years Ago
(Nov. 8, 1995)

Council approves purchase
of rescue equipment van
The Minneota City Council approved the purchase of a rescue equipment van by the Minneota Fire Department during its regular monthly meeting. The purchase price of the van, after examining bids that were submitted, was $117,825. The van will be purchased using charitable gambling funding that has been set aside by the fire department.

St. Paul's to host
Icelandic historian
St. Paul's Lutheran Church will present John K. Rutford in a program that will center on Icelandic Churches in North America. The program will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 10:40 a.m. at the church. Included in the presentation will be a summary of the Icelandic church building photography project in Iceland and America, and a summary of the history of the Icelandic congregations and church in the United States.

Boys win state
cross country title
The Canby-Minneota-Lincoln HI boys captured the Class A state title last Saturday in Northfield. The Minneota boys on the team were Matt Rand, Nathan Canton and Peter Janiszeski. The girls team finished third at the state meet. Members of the team from Minneota were Nicole Anderson, Mary Canton, Alyssa Downing and Nancy Loyson.

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