60 Years Ago (1957)
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:00 AM
A new phase of postal service was inaugurated here with the advent of red, white and blue busses to be known as Highway Post Offices. The new service replaced railway postal cars operating on this division of the Omaha railroad.
Laurel Trimbo was Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at Belle Plaine High School. She received the highest score on a written examination on homemaking knowledge and attitudes. Her paper was entered in competition to name the state’s candidate for the title of All-American Homemaker.
Commissioner Thomas Stepka of the fifth district was selected chairman of the Scott County Board with Commissioner E.J. Wermerskirchen as vice chairman at the 1957 organizational meeting of the board. Commissioners Chas. Haas, first district; Sylvester Deveney, third district; and Frank R. Franek, fourth district, completed the membership of the board.
Winter finally hit the area in the closing week of January with a row of sub-zero temperatures. An inch of snow gave the area a white covering. The month had previously been bare of snow, most unusual for these parts.
Bob Volek, who had been local representative for the Minnesota Breeders Association for three years, resigned that position to take over a milk route in Carver County. Replacing him was Alvin F. Peterka from Faribault.
Fire destroyed the old Baier homestead in San Francisco Township, four miles east of Belle Plaine, sending the occupants out into the winter cold.
The local Boy Scouts troop were to take over the borough hall for a day Feb. 5 and were planning other events in connection with National Boy Scouts Week. Scouts were to elect their own mayor, five councilmen, a clerk and fire chief. The remainder of the troop was slated for firemen jobs.
Belle Plaine won a 61-58 overtime victory over Lester Prairie. Roger Hoelz had drove in and tied up the game in the final seconds of regulation time.
Ronald Effertz and Emmett Hessian were named 1957 Heart Fund co-chairmen for Belle Plaine.