Times Past: Week of Nov. 7

25 Years Ago

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1988


Attorney researches firefighter hiring practices — Legal research has been started by Milaca City Attorney Bill Lines in an attempt to determine the position of the city in the assertion that it discriminated against a woman in her attempt to join the fire department. Lines said that he has contacted several agencies and fire departments in the state, including the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Minnesota Attorney General’s office.


Swing Choir sponsors show — “Milaca Swings” a community variety show, will be presented at the Milaca Middle School Auditorium Saturday, Jan. 28. The event will feature talented community individuals, groups and families with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “Milaca Swings” is a fundraiser for the high school Swing Choir which is planning a trip to Washington, D.C.


Locals in the news — Karen Reinke was honored for her 50 consecutive years of Red Cross volunteer service.

Carmen Flatland was the winner in Koch Hardware’s $100 Shopping Spree contest which was part of the store’s 31st Anniversary celebration.

Irene Warolin was a Thursday supper guest at the Leona Lee home.


50 Years Ago

Thursday, Nov. 7, 1963


Old Landmark Burned Last Week — One of the oldest houses in Milaca, just south of the Milam Implement Company was burned Monday evening by Milaca firemen. The house originally built about 1898 and known as the Nordseth residence caught fire Saturday, June 1, and the interior was badly gutted. The property belonged to the Mohler estate and they requested the Milaca fire department to burn the building.


Elmer Johnson Elected Mayor — Elmer E. Johnson, write-in candidate for mayor defeated Roy E. Billmark in the village of Milaca election Tuesday. In the race for treasurer Harry Westby, incumbent, was defeated by David W. Soderlund. The village of Foreston had two close races, for mayor and trustee, with Mayor Arthur Severin nosing out A. K. Lindstrom, by five votes, and John Buisman winning the trustee position over John R. Polson by only 14 votes.


Locals in the news — Lyle James and Kirk Rasmussen visited at the Cato and Mrs. Fred Rasmussen homes.

Seven little friends attended the birthday party for Terry Swanson on his 6th birthday on Wednesday afternoon at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Swanson.

Miss Gladys Peabody and Mrs. Anna Kunst were dinner guests at the Ellen Smith home in Foreston on Sunday.


75 Years Ago

Thursday, Nov. 3, 1938


Urge Passage of Amendment No. 1 — C. E. Cooke, game warden and Gilbert Martinson had a display at the county fair in August urging the passage of Amendment No. 1. Approval of the amendment would allow the federal government to buy lands for the state in state forests, parks, game refuges and other reservations. This land would be turned over to the state in exchange for state lands. Vote “Yes” on this amendment as it is a conservation measure for the best interests of the people of Minnesota.


Complete Celebration Plans – Plans for the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Milaca school district which will be presented at the next meeting of the Parents and Teachers’ Association are rapidly being completed. The first six grades are rehearsing daily for their pageant “The Years Pass On,” depicting the growth of the school district from 1888 when it was founded and up to the present day.


Locals in the news — Mamie Beaver, of Foreston, won the amateur contest at the Milaca Trade Festival last Wednesday and was awarded a check for $10.00. She did a number of imitations including a cat fight, trouble in the hen house, cow and calf, children playing with auto horn, buzz saw, baby crying, crow call, wolf howl, door with rusty hinges, the farmers wife, dog and pig and Cohen on the telephone.


100 Years Ago

Thursday,  Nov. 6, 1913


Income Tax Now In Effect — The income tax, the most revolutionary revenue raising power conferred on the American government since its foundation, has started on the path that is to bring millions into the public treasury, becoming effective Nov. 1. Thousands of letters and telegrams bringing up for settlement points in the new law have poured into the department.


Cigarette Law Applied — A new phase in the cigarette law has been unearthed owing to the industriousness and watchfulness of a Minneapolis resident and the application made be made locally. The new law makes it a misdemeanor for a minor to smoke cigarettes and brings to such a punishment of either fine or imprisonment. The first case to be brought up took place just yesterday when a private citizen arrested a youth of 18 who was promenading around with a cigarette. The youth was fined $2 and sentence suspended.


Locals in the news — Chas. Keith of Princeton spent Monday evening in Milaca.

Mrs. L. K. Nelson of Foreston was in town between trains Tuesday.

E. L. Westover returned home from Chicago Friday evening where he attended a profitable meeting of the National Dairy Show.