90 Years Ago (1927)
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 7:00 AM
Excavation of Belle Plaine business streets was underway for the paving project.
Martin Labin left for Fairmont, N.D., where he would engage in farming that year. He rented a 300-acre farm with all equipment.
Road and weather conditions continued to be bad. It was the worst spring for motoring since autos came in. Rains prevented the start of seeding.
Relatives went to Superior, Wis., upon receiving word of the death of Frank Collins. His wife was the former Kate Mellet of this community.
After sojourning in California since the preceding October, Bernard Stradcutter came back to Belle Plaine.
At the family home in Minneapolis occurred the death of Mrs. W.W. Thompson. She was formerly Susan McKnight, daughter of a pioneer Blakeley family. Upon her marriage to Mr. Thompson, Belle Plaine was her home for many years, Mr. Thompson had been engaged in the furniture and undertaking business here.
While looking after one of his three farms, John C. Latzke discovered the barn was on fire. In rushing into the building to save horses, he was severely burned. The barn burned and with it three horses.
At St. John’s Lutheran Church took place the marriage of Miss Clara Trost and Ernest Holste. Miss Ottila Trost and George Holste were the attendants.
Sam Kahn, who had bought the former Henry Beckers land on the river bottoms and had crew cutting the timber during the winter, had Joe Spandel set up a lumber sawing plant. The logs were expected to run 75,000 feet of lumber.
Parishioners and other friends gave Rev. and Mrs. J. Janzig a surprise at their home in Blakeley Township, the occasion being their 10th wedding anniversary.
Some had claimed that rabbits can’t swim. When some boy saw a rabbit atop the pier of the river bridge, they climbed to try to catch him. The rabbit leaped out into mid-air in a 40-foot nosedive, came to the surface, and swam lustily to the Sibley County shore.