60 Years Ago (1957)
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 8:00 AM
For the second time within a month, ownership of Belle Plaine’s telephone exchange was transferred. The new owner was Southeastern Telephone Co. of Lincoln, Neb., with state offices in Fairmont.
Many relatives and friends surprised Mr. and Mrs. Howard Meierbachtol on their 20th wedding anniversary at their home in Blakeley.
Ron Hennen of Hennen’s Jewelry Store announced completion of the remodelling of the store. Many new fixtures, new tile floor and a complete paint job were part of the new look at Hennen’s.
Fred Haas, native of the Belle Plaine community, died at the age of 77.
Miss Ann Schoenbauer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Schoenbauer of Jordan, became the bride of Lawrence Koenig, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Koenig of Belle Plaine Township. The groom was serving in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Europe.
Mrs. Olson, nee Meyer, former teacher in the Belle Plaine school system, took her dog to New York to appear on a morning TV show whose sponsor offered $500 for each two syllable word said by the dog. The dog earned $1,500 for distinctly pronouncing “ma ma,” “hello” and “hamburger.”
It was not every day that Belle Plaine added a new building to its business district but such an occasion took place with the addition of the new Hayes Furniture Store. Store owner Gene Hayes celebrated the event with a big grand opening.
Ninety-one votes were cast in Belle Plaine Township, which was one of the largest responses. Walter Stier was elected supervisor, Tony Schultz treasurer, Herbert Reinke assessor and Harry Roach constable. A $12,000 road and bridge levy was voted.
San Francisco Township found Gerald O’Connell supervisor, Richard Bohnsack treasurer, Ted Belter assessor, Ed Corcoran constable and Lester Mellgren justice.
Faxon Township levied $6,500 for road and bridge, and $300 for general projects. Jacob Schmidt was reelected supervisor, Kenneth Smith treasurer and Henry B. Trimbo assessor.
The fund drive for the Red Cross was underway in Scott County. Mrs. Emil Rusch was appointed chairman of the drive in Blakeley Township, while Charles Reak, Mrs. Herbert Ruehling and Mrs. Urban Hessian were named to head the Belle Plaine Township drive.
Anita Mae Franke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Franke of Gaylord, became the bride of Pvt. Edwin E. Telthorster, son of Mrs. Lorena Telthorster of Green Isle.
Miss Sonja Rannow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Heinrich Rannow of Pemberton, formerly of Jessenland, became the bride of Benjamin Schneider, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Schneider of Henderson.
Funeral services for Terry John, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cullen of Carver, were held at East Union Church. Interment was in East Union Cemetery.
Dick O’Brien, Belle Plaine Tiger forward, was named to the All-District 13 basketball team. He was the only member of the Belle Plaine team named to the 10-member all-district squad. Four other players – Roger Hoelz, Larry Hartman, Ralph Zellman and Andy Johnson – received honorable mention.