Smishek’s Meat Market in Taunton is pictured here in the early 1930s. At right was referred to as “Grandma Katie”.

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

100 Years Ago
(Feb. 18, 1921)

Benson, Ryan become
auctioneering partners
George Benson has informed the Mascot that he has formed an auctioneering partnership with David Ryan, a Marshall auctioneer. Ryan is one of the "old colonels" in the auctioneering business. He has been at it for at least a quarter of a century and George said that the older Ryan gets, the smoother he runs.

Deal falls through,
Swoboda returns
H.F. Swoboda, who left Minneota last week to start a meat marketing business in Belle Plaine, has returned and will resume his position with J.F. Finnegan. Swoboda tells that there was some kind of a misunderstanding about the deal he was going to make in Belle Plaine so he decided to come back to Minneota.

Rev. Hinderlie has
successful surgery
O.E. Rye and A.E. Rye of Minneota made the trip to Watertown, SD to visit Rev. E.J. Hinderlie at the Luther Hospital where he recently had surgery. Ole Rye said the operation was very successful and that Rev. Hinderlie was doing quite well.

75 Years Ago
(Feb. 22, 1946)

Dero buys grocery
business from Jaschke
Lawrence Dero, a veteran of World War II, bought the grocery stock and business from John J. Jaschke in a transaction completed last Saturday, and took over the business Monday morning. Jaschke bought the business from Miss Christine Dallmann the first of the year and operated the store for about six weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Dero and their two children plan to move here just as soon as living quarters can be located.

Four directors elected
at Creamery meeting
Stockholders of the Minneota Cooperative Creamery company, meeting at the Legion Hall last Friday, learned that at the end of 1945 the total net revenues from the sale of butter and other dairy products amounted to $3,641.73, as compared with $2,111.20 the year before. At the meeting, Ray Myrvik, Oscar Furgeson and Joe Josefson were elected a director for three years, and Ed Traen was elected a director for two years.

Hope raises $43,000 in
two days for new church
Members of the Hope Lutheran Congregation of Minneota provided $43,000 for the building fund of their church during a two-day drive Feb. 11 and 12. The drive for funds for the erection of a new edifice here in the near future was staged by men of the congregation who worked in teams canvassing the parish. This raises the building fund to $62,000, about $19,000 having been contributed by members of the congregation for that purpose during the past two years.

Frost honored by
Eastern Star chapter
At the last regular Eastern Star meeting on Tuesday, Miss Sigfrid Frost was honored by a party given in appreciation for her long service to the local chapter. Mrs. Frank Josephson made the presentation of a pen and pencil set to Miss Frost on behalf of the chapter.

50 Years Ago
(Feb. 18, 1971)

Countryside Golf names
Magnuson new president
Richard Magnuson was elected president of Countryside Golf Club when the board of directors met for the purpose of selecting officers Monday evening. Others named were Kenneth Helgeson, vice president; Norman Orsen, secretary; and Mrs. Kern Donaldson, treasurer.

Kopka 'Homemaker
of Tomorrow' winner
Elaine Kopka has been named by General Mills as Minnesota's "Homemaker of Tomorrow" for the Minneota High School. She was chosen on the basis of her score in a written knowledge and aptitude examination for which 650,000 senior girls throughout the country were enrolled. Her selection makes her eligible for state and national honors, including a college scholarship. Kopka is the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Tony Kopka of rural Minneota.

Seeding for spring
wheat likely huge
Minneota farmers intend to seed the biggest spring wheat crop in the last 25 years and the third largest acreage in history of corn and soybeans, according to Agriculture Commissioner Jon Wefald report about the state. Forecasts of intended acreages of the major grain crops were obtained in a special survey completed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Crop and Livestock Reporting Service.

Finnegan’s offers
discount dinnerware
Finnegan’s Super Valu is offering White Dover Ironstone Dinnerware to shoppers of the store. With each $5 purchase at the store, this week’s special is a dinner plate for nine cents. Also, for every $5 purchase, a Rogers Golden Dawn dinner fork is only 49 cents.

25 Years Ago
(Feb. 21, 1996)

School board adopts
medication policy
At the recent school board meeting, the board adopted a new policy on student medication. This policy is designed to protect the student, the school, and the service that administers health checkups at the school. The school and Lyon County Public Health will not be responsible for self-medicating students who do not notify the school of use of medication within the school setting. The school will not administer, nor hand out, over the counter medication of any kind.

Six wrestlers qualify
for state tournament
Minneota will send six wrestlers to the individual state tournament, the most in one year in the program's history, after they competed in the Section 4B tournament this past weekend. Minneota champions were Kris Fier at 103 pounds, Bruce Laleman at 112, and Travis Gillund at 135. Those placing second were Mark Myrvik at 130 pounds, Josh Sanow at 135, and placed Scott Fier at 160.

School play to be
"13 Past Midnight"
The Minneota Public School will present a murder mystery/comedy entitled "13 Past Midnight" for its spring presentation. The students have already begun rehearsals. The play centers around a television producer who is trying to make a game based on the characters of the soap opera he produces. Chris Schuckhart is the director.

Library to add
new drop box
The Minneota Public Library is planning to add a drop box to make it easy to return books, tapes and other items. The board of directors is also purchasing videos such as “Indian in the Cupboard” and “Little Women” and several others. Those items will also be available to check out.

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