60 Years Ago (1957)
Thursday, March 30, 2017 8:00 AM
Belle Plaine’s two new councilmen were Emil Ashauer and Raymond Ahrens. Clarence F. Mueller won another term as mayor and R.J. Effertz, unopposed, continued as borough treasurer.
Head basketball coach Jim Hill submitted his resignation to the Belle Plaine School Board. The former Hamline cager was head basketball coach and assistant football coach at Belle Plaine for two years.
Among those participating in the District 13 Vocal Contest for Belle Plaine were Eileen Walsh, Robert Dahlke, Lawrence Albrecht, Diane Petter, Jeanette Westphal, Prudy Taylor, Geraldine Smith, Eileen Harsh Betty Ann Orr, Margaret Murphy, Jean Marie, Jim Daly, Jim Buesgens, Lawrence Albrecht and Paul Tillquist.
Student band soloists who represented Belle Plaine at the District 13 contest were Carol Stoppelmann, Ann Blume, Julie Engfer, Mary Young, Sandra Schultz, Paul Tillquist, Justin Riesgraf, Jean Marie Daly, LaVonne Hagerman, John Wagener and Donna Mae Mueller.
Those participating in ensembles were Sharron Willson, Shirley Druke, Marilyn Klehr, Dorothy Stoppelmann, Darlene Koepp, Helen McCourtney, Lynn Simcox, John Ploetz, Lawrence Albrecht, Elaine Stier, Patti Perkins and Helen Stier. Piano accompanists were Prudy Taylor, Marion Halquist, Paul Tillquist, Carol Anderson and Helen Stier.
Mrs. Larry Condie, nee Teresa Morrison, native of Belle Plaine, died in San Francisco, Calif., and was buried from St. Boniface Catholic Church.
Mrs. H.F. Thoelke, mother of Mrs. H.M. Juergens, passed away at the Lutheran Home at the age of 87.
At the annual meeting of the Sharon Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Wilmer J. Woestehoff of Blakeley was reelected vice president. Leo P. Hayden, Le Sueur, continued as president; William H. Miller, Montgomery, as secretary; and John J. O’Grady, Kilkenny, as treasurer.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Boelter, Henderson, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house.
Prudy Taylor represented Belle Plaine High School at the sixth annual Home Economics Career Workshop held at the University of Minnesota.
Less than a month after her husband retired from public office, County Nurse Sarah Mertz submitted her resignation to the Scott County Board of Commissioners. The board appointed Mrs. Margaret Lindmeyer of Shakopee as the new county nurse.
John Kundla, coach of the Minneapolis Lakers professional basketball team, accepted an invitation to speak at the Belle Plaine Lettermen’s Banquet, which was sponsored by the Belle Plaine Quarterback Club.
The meeting of the new local Belle Plaine Farmers Union was held at Columbus Hall. Sixty-five members attended and elected Emil Wolpern chairman, Marvin Bratsch vice chairman and Joe Fogarty secretary-treasurer.
Mr. and Mrs. Gust Latzke celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house at the St. John’s Lutheran Church parlors.
James Francis Geare, native of Belle Plaine and prominent in the dairy business in Phoenix, Ariz., died at the age of 73.
At the V.F.W. Auxiliary meeting, the following officers were elected: Lillian Fairweather president, Alvina Johnson senior vice president, Alice Barlage junior vice president, Arlina Bauman treasurer, Margaret Meger chaplain, Dorothy Miller conductress, Florence Neil guard and Elizabeth Rucks trustee.
Jimmy Duane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emery Duane (Agnes Shaughnessy), died from complications of muscular dystrophy a few hours before his 18th birthday. The family was living in Milwaukee at the time of Jimmy’s death.
A barn was completely destroyed and several other buildings damaged when a rubbish fire got out of control on a farm owned by Oscar Pieper. The Pieper farm, located six miles northeast of here, was rented by George Herrmann Jr.
SFC Thomas Bigaouette was home for a 20-day leave. He had just reenlisted for six years.