10/11/2017 1:57:00 PM 40 years ago -- Athletic field dedicated
FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 11, 2012 Thanks to a burrowing rodent with sharp teeth, a significant number of Stewartville homes and businesses lost electrical power last Tuesday, Sept. 4. The power was knocked out to 920 Alliant customers from about 9:45 a.m. to about 11:45 a.m. Racking up over 750 yards of total offense and scoring 66 points, the Stewartville football team rolled to big victories in its opening two games of the 2012 season. The Tigers crushed Zumbrota-Mazeppa 30-6 in its home and season debut on Aug. 30 before thumping La Crescent 36-14 at home on Sept. 7. Stewartville ups its record to 1-0 in HVL Gold Division play, 2-0 overall. TEN YEARS AGO Sept. 18, 2007 Inspectors with the National Safety Foundation were very pleased after making two surprise visits to Stewartville school kitchens last year. Sodexho, the company that provides school lunches to Stewartville's students, scored 100 percent on each of the two inspections, Angie Lake, food service director, told the Stewartville School Board last week. Putting together a complete package, the Stewartville volleyball team rolled to 4-0 in HVL play by beating Pine Island 3-1 at home on Sept. 11 and sweeping Kasson-Mantorville 3-0 on Sept. 13. It was a heartbreaking overtime loss for the Stewartville girls soccer team, which poured every ounce of energy into a 2-1 overtime loss hosting Red Wing in non-conference action on Sept. 10. Dan Svoboda, a master auto technician for House Chevrolet of Stewartville, has earned the title of GM World Class Technician. Svoboda completed more than 450 hours of training to qualify for the honor. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 2002 Just south of the Root River between Meadow Park and Highway 63, work crews have begun moving earth to pave the way for a new Stewartville housing development. Stewartville City Council okayed development of 20 lots near the Root River to be known as "River Oaks." Stewartville girls tennis team upended Shattuck-St. Mary's 6-1 on the road, Sept. 6, but brought home that success, ousting Lyle-Pacelli 5-2 and 6-1 in a pair of home matches, Sept. 9 and Sept. 12. Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164 membership chair Sharon Moehnke and auxiliary member Judy Weatherly presented Blondie Janssen and Maxine Taylor with a 2003 membership card and a 75 year membership pin belonging to their mother-in-law/mother, Lena Janssen. Lena passed away prior to the pin being received by the unit for presentation to her. TWENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 23, 1997 Eric Roeder, a member of the High Forest Chippewa Champions 4-H Club, showed the grand champion polled Hereford heifer at the Minnesota State Beef Show. Bridget Christie, daughter of Charles and Jane Christie of Stewartville, took champion honors in her English hunt seat pleasure class at the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show. Katie Olson, daughter of Jo and Les Olson of rural Racine, received an honorable mention award for the prestigious Dan Patch Award, the top Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show award. Students in grades 9-12 elected their homecoming candidates Friday, in anticipation of coronation on Monday, Sept. 29. The candidates include Bob Honsey, Brenda Hopkins, Gina Schrandt, Carrie Noble, Josh Buckmeier, Jennie Egner, Aaron Meyer, Scott Youdas, Jamie House and Austin Schatz. THIRTY YEARS AGO Sept. 22, 1987 Two SHS seniors have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition, the second straight year the local high school has had two semifinalists. Jeff Owen, son of Gerald and Jan Owen of Stewartville, is one. Wendy Schmidt, daughter of Collette Schmidt of rural Stewartville and Larry Schmidt of Zumbro Falls is the other. The 200th birthday of the U.S. Constitution was celebrated locally Thursday. Students released 200 red, white and blue balloons in observation of the event, sponsored by the Women of Today. Bonner and Central students also held assemblies and at the high school, the bell was rung 200 times in observance of the event. FORTY YEARS AGO Sept. 22, 1977 A Wabasha senior is reported to have broken his neck during the Stewartville-Wabasha-Kellogg football game in Stewartville on Friday of last week. The new athletic field was dedicated as Schaefer Field, named after former Stewartville School District Superintendent Harold Schaefer. FIFTY YEARS AGO Sept. 21, 1967 Mrs. Karl Hess, chairman of the 1967 Little Red Stocking Appeal in Stewartville announced this week that the annual fund drive for the Children's Home Society of Minnesota, will begin in Stewartville on Monday. The Stewartville Post Office will celebrate Postal Services Day on Sept. 29 by holding an open house. SEVENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 1947 The local station of the Musser Co., together with all of its other stations, has been closed for the past week due to a strike at the main plant of the company at Wells, Minn. Orel Christianson, local manager, said he was forced to close the station here because strikers at the main plant had threatened to destroy the station, and other stations, if they were not closed. "The Big Baby Review," a muscular musical comedy, will be presented in Stewartville on Oct. 2 at the high school auditorium. There will be a total of 26 acts and each and every act is heralded a record-breaking laugh maker. Local talent will be featured in the revue. EIGHTY YEARS AGO Sept 23, 1937 Between 450 and 500 citizens of Olmsted County enjoyed a splendid recital at the high school auditorium here Sunday afternoon. The pupils of the WOA music project presented the program. Dr. Martin Henry, physician and surgeon of St. Paul, arrived here this week and is busy getting the rooms formerly occupied by Dr. G. L. Joyce in readiness for the opening of an office here. Berry Akers, manager of the district and state cornhusking contests in Minnesota and goodwill ambassador for the Farmer, will be in Stewartville next Tuesday to check on locations for the district corn husking contest which may be held in Stewartville next year. More than 525 women attended the three-day session of the motion picture cooking school, "The Bride Wakes Up," held at the Lake Theatre under the auspices of the Stewartville Star. NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 22, 1922 The Stewartville high school lyceum course this year will consist of five numbers, the Bidwell trio, Edwin Brush, magician; the Little Theater Company, Lt. Sharman, lecturer, and Mr. and Mrs. Toy, Australian violinists. The first number, the Bidwell Rice Trio, will be presented at the Opera House on Friday evening, Sept. 29. Manager E. E. Horton of the Pastime Theatre has booked some large screen attractions to be shown here this fall and winter, among them are "Rich Men's Wives," "Rags to Riches," and Sinclair Lewis' "Main Street." The forenoon passenger train was on time Saturday - the first time in several months. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 23, 1897 The Methodist congregation attended services at the Congregational church in a body last Sunday evening. Mrs. L. N. Weight and daughter narrowly escaped injury in a runaway last Tuesday. Gollmer brothers circus gave two performances here on Tuesday. Stewartville is being well represented at the street fair in Winona this week. The business formerly owned by Robbin Bros., and Horsrud opens this week under the name of Tuttle & Sons.