120 Years Ago (1897)
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 6:00 AM
Peter Becker was getting equipment ready at the brickyard for another season of brick making.
The strange appearance of red, white and green lights on our western horizon furnished material for sensational stories about air ships.
Mrs. Anna Sisterman, nee Conley, returned from St. Paul to open a dressmaking establishment here.
The tragedy of the year occurred on a Sunday afternoon while being ferried across the river. The boat upset and two of the occupants, Mary Traynor and William Zellman, drowned. Eight other occupants saved themselves by hanging onto the boat or nearby willows. The accident could not be seen from the Belle Plaine side of the river, and it was not until Ferryman Thos. Carlin, taking another load over, came upon the scene and rescued those still alive. Miss Traynor was 19, Mr. Zellman 35.