7/12/2017 2:42:00 PM 80 years ago -- American Legion Junior Baseball receives "freebees"
FIVE YEARS AGO June 26, 2012 The Stewartville Morning Lions Club will be the grand marshal of this year's 4th of July parade. The club, chartered in April 2005 with 55 members, has served the Stewartville community in many ways. For example: paid full fees for a number of individuals to attend Camp Winnebago; collected donations for White Cane Days; supported the Leader Dogs for the Blind program; offered free diabetes screening during events; provided a special bicycle for a disabled child and a special reading device for a visually impaired boy; organized its "Taste of Italy" benefits to raise funds for individuals with cancer and other diseases (most recent benefit for Stewartville High School's choirs helping raise more than $13,000 to help pay for choir robes). Street beat question to Tiger Time students: What do you like most about Tiger Time? Ella Quam, "That we get to do crafts. I came here yesterday and did a painting of a sunset with black hills and a lake in front of it...." Owen Rommel, "We get to go on field trips. We're going to Lanesboro. We're going roller skating...." Jaida Emmons, "When the kids go to the pool, I usually stay back. I like to help the kindergartners, and I think they like to have me there, too...." Shane Brogan, "Free time. I play Word Hangman with my friends. I'm pretty good at it. I usually win...." The Podein family was honored on the main stage at Rochesterfest last week as a recipient of the annual "10 Who Make a Difference" Award, given to Rochester and area individuals, organizations or families that serve their communities in extraordinary ways. The Podeins, Mike, Josh, Ryan and Mark, were honored for their service as long-time volunteers with the Stewartville Fire Department. Sydney Briese was crowned Old Settlers Days queen during coronation ceremonies held Saturday, June 16. TEN YEARS AGO July 3, 2007 After more than 30 years as a teacher and 27 years as a BPA advisor, Sharon Morlock is ready to take on a new challenge as the Stewartville School District's athletic director. The Stewartville School Board approved Morlock's appointment as three-quarters time athletic director last week. After an 0-7 start to the summer season, the Stewartville Legion Generals clipped off four wins in a row last week, sweeping a doubleheader from Albert Lea on June 26 and winning the team title for their own Wooden Bat Classic on June 29. Stewartville football players made improvements to the Tiger Den at Schaefer Field June 28. Those helping were Kalen Gottman, Nate Askelson, Jeff Smith, Peter Elton, Rodney Smith, Jeremy Hauger, Shane Carter, Bryan Schroeder, Jake Flynn, Justin Svoboda and Jake Olson. Stewartville Tiger baseball team wrapped up its 2007 spring season with an awards banquet June 24. Earning top honors were Mikko Norman, captain, MVP batting champ, All-HVL and All-Subsection 1AA; Eddie Fricker, Most Valuable Pitcher, All-HVL and All-Subsection 1AA, and Matt Smith, All-HVL and All-Subsection 1AA. Working behind the scene to get ready for the annual Summerfest Fourth of July fireworks included Joe Himmer, Jason Byrne, Mike Hintz, Steve Lawson, Doug Brick, Chris Byrne, Brian Amos, Jarett Jones and Jim Elliott. Emily Bisbee, Alexis DeYoung and Molly Bisbee won Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce certificates after finding the hidden treasure in the sesquicentennial treasure hunt. The three will share the $100 prize. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO July 2, 2002 Jessica Ecklund was crowned Miss Stewartville 2002 at the SHS Performing Arts Center on Sunday evening, June 30. Camille Morehart was first runner-up, Kathryn Oeltjen second runner-up and Sheena Thompson was named the third runnerup. Preparing to move six city blocks to the north, Kirk Boyum says that he is excited about the opportunity to offer the people of Stewartville high quality service in a new, much larger grocery store. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 103 2nd Ave. NW today (Tuesday, July 2). Stewartville's 4th of July Parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. This year, the parade will be reversed, starting at the high school parking lot, turning east onto 3rd St. SW, north onto main street, right onto Hwy. 30, north on 3rd Ave. NE, around the care enter, west on 4th St. NW, proceeding to Lakeshore Drive and returning to the high school. Mel Mullenbach of rural Racine recorded a hole-in-one at Riverview Greens Golf Course June 28. His wife, Marilu, witnessed the hole-n-one at the 11th hole, a par 3. Mullenbach made the 118-yard shot with a 6 iron. TWENTY YEARS AGO July 8, 1997 Father Greg Havel of St. Bernard's-St. Bridget's Parish is busy acclimating himself to Stewartville - or should we say re-acclimating. Havel, who came to lead the parish July 1, grew up here and is a 1972 graduate of Stewartville High School. Shannon Griffin, 21, daughter of Dan and Faye Griffin of rural Rochester, was crowned Region 10 Dairy Princess at ceremonies held June 29 in Rochester. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO July 7, 1992 Stewartville High School Principal Dave Thompson was named Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals in the southeast division during the state convention held June 16-18 in Brainerd. Seven Zion Lutheran Church youth and chaperones spent the week of June 14 constructing a new home in Harrodsburg, Ind., through the program Habitat for Humanity. Working for Humanity were Toby Rutherford, Andy Olson, Lynnae Fisher, Natalie Oeltjen, Jerry Vagts, Hans Peterson, Heidi Morlock, Mary Olson, Liz Westby, Thatcher Vagts, Bill Verhagen, Steve Distad and Brandon Daniels. SHS baseball coach Ralph Smith tendered his resignation from his post after 29 years at the helm of the SHS ball club. Phyllis Ruzek of Stewartville, a sixth grade teacher in the St. Charles School District, has been honored as a "Teacher of Excellence" for 1992, named by the Minnesota Education Association (MEA). THIRTY YEARS AGO July 7, 1987 The Back Behind the Barn Boys will headline a group of five bands playing at the fourth annual Bear Cave Music Fest on Sunday, July 12, sponsored by the Stewartville Jaycees. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #164 Marching Team won first place during competition at the recent district convention held in La Crescent. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO July 7, 1982 Harry and Evelyn Sykes announced this week they have purchased the Uptown Laundromat and Car Wash from Jim and Carol Boe. Members of the local Future Farmers of America chapter have taken to the herculean task of cleaning up the county park north of Lake Florence. A shortage of funds has prevented the county or city from doing much maintenance in the park. FORTY YEARS AGO July 7, 1977 Mr. Lucky could be the handle put on Gary Stensrud for the winning ticket that guy seems to have held recently. Stensrud's name was drawn as the winner of the older model Mercury station wagon at the High Forest Old Settlers Reunion on Sunday. On the preceding Saturday night, his number was drawn as the winner of an area rug. Stensrud then won the 4th of July drawing in Stewartville, winning a CB radio outfit. Jim Lewis of Stewartville, Minnesota High School Rodeo bronc riding champion, will be competing in the national high school rodeo in Helena, Mont., Aug. 14-21. FIFTY YEARS AGO July 6, 1967 Between 2,000 and 2,500 people turned out last Friday to enjoy the hospitality of the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce and the Olmsted County American Dairy Association during Dog 'n Dairy Day, according to Mel Harrington, chairman of the event. Besides the enormous quantity of hot dogs and ice cream and milk consumed at the event, a "big" highlight was the appearance of Henry Hite who stands 8'2" and claims to be the world's tallest man. Paving on Stewartville's east side streets will start Monday, after the contract for general work on the village's half-million dollar street improvement project was made yesterday. Rochester Sand and Gravel will be the main contractor for the work. SEVENTY YEARS AGO July 10, 1947 Train service on this branch of the Chicago Great Western was held up for six hours Monday when the tender on the locomotive of the Twin Cities-bound passenger train became derailed a mile east of Racine. Stewartville won a close softball game from the Spring Valley team Monday evening, with the final score being 8-7. EIGHTY YEARS AGO July 8, 1937 Yesterday was a red letter day in the history of the American Legion Junior Baseball because on that day, 137 posts were sent "Wheaties" junior baseball equipment. Stewartville's team was one of the squads to receive six official baseballs, six official hats and a "Wheaties" bat sack, free to them from General Mills, Inc. The 11-letter word, "acknowledge" gave 14-year-old Ruth Olson of School District 135 the title of champion oral speller among Olmsted rural school children, as the annual spelling bee was conducted in conjunction with the county graduation exercises. Gordon Gammell, 13, of District 98, was the winner in the written spelling contest. Enforcement of the dog license ordinance, passed by the council in 1899, will begin Aug. 1, according to action taken by the members of the council Tuesday night. All dogs must have collars and dog tags by Aug. 1 or be destroyed by the marshal. EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO July 7, 1932 Mrs. Nettie Sackett received a cablegram Monday bearing the news of the death of her sister's husband, Dr. A. F. Grant, which occurred early that morning in Tanta, Egypt. Dr. and Mrs. Grant had been medical missionaries in Egypt for the past 29 years. The Star's $750 scholarship contest is underway. NINETY YEARS AGO July 8, 1927 A number of local tennis fans have been indulging in this pastime on the tennis courts in Racine the past week. The sixth annual picnic-reunion of "Class Espenschild" was held last Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Starmer. Of the more than 90 members of this family, 63 were present. NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO July 7, 1922 Stewartville won the tug-o-war at the celebration at Chatfield July 4. On July 13, a clean-up day will be staged at the park for the purpose of ridding Lake Florence of seaweed. Ed Hanson, one of the mechanics at the Jens Peterson garage, had the misfortune to sprain his right arm quite badly while ranking a Ford the other day. The Clarkson Transportation Co. of Rochester has discontinued their bus service through here. The poor families of Rochester enjoyed a picnic at Lake Florence Park last Friday as guests of the Salvation Army. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO July 8, 1892 Rev. norton delivered a Fourth of July sermon at the High Forest M.E. Church last Sunday morning, and temperance sermon in the evening in which he roasted the trustees, the quarterly conference and the elder for passing a resolution forbidding the delivery of political sermons in the church. The two bridges near town washed out by the recent storm have been replaced. Some of our citizens spent the Fourth of July in St. Charles, Spring Valley, Rock Dell, Hanson and Lanesboro, and all report having a big time. Look out for Stewartville one year hence. Some of the farmers in the vicinity have started to make hay.