Times Past

25 Years Ago
Thursday, May 16, 1990
• St. Mary’s Hosts Auction To Raise Building Funds – The five-sided quarter-of-a-circle architectural design for the new St. Mary’s Catholic Church will bring its members closer to the altar, according to parish priest, Fr. Ervin Rausch. The new structure will seat 350 people and, if the community had significant growth, could be expanded to half a circle, doubling its size. Although a building date has not been set, the parish has been involved with its fund raising for three years, raising about $300,000 of the needed $700,000 so far.
• DAD’s Groundbreaking Held – Gathering for the groundbreaking of DAD’s Family Restaurant and Bakery last Wednesday (May 9) were Keith Schupp, the director of operations for Winkelman Building Corporation, Hi Way Cafe restaurant owners Dale and Alice Vanderpoel, their son Dan, Milaca Mayor Rick Olson and City Manager John Hill. The Hi Way Cafe name is being changed when it opens in the new location. Dan Vanderpoel is an assistant manager in the business.
• Hardee’s Excavation Work Begins – Excavation for the Hardee’s Restaurant began last week just west of the Milaca Elim Home. The restaurant is scheduled to open June 17.
• Locals in the news – MM Don Sanderson returned home late Friday evening from a three day trip into Iowa and attending the Pella Tulip Festival.
On Saturday evening Mrs. Leonard Johnson, Mrs. Kevin Grandell and Andrea attended the Mother-Daughter Banquet at Trinity.
Jack Otten of Foreston was a Sunday dinner guest at the Lester Fradette home and also attended church services at St. Edward’s Church in honor of Diana’s first communion.
• Advertisements – Super large selection of Mylar balloons, 1st balloon $3.00, 2nd one $2.50. Regular latex balloons helium filled 50c, Carnations 75c each, cash and carry. Serving our community for 14 years. Milaca Floral and Gift.
We have an exciting new way to help your money work harder for you. Sterling. The annuity program that earns high interest now, pays cash for life later, and defers taxes in between,The 1st National Bank of Milaca.
Daily breakfast special, 2 eggs and toast, ham, bacon or sausage & hash browns. $1.99, all day – every day. J & J Bakery & Cafe, Milaca.

50 Years Ago
Thursday, May 13, 1965
• Correction! – In last week’s paper it was stated that Susan Day, 3 1/2 years old, was playing in her own yard when a dog belonging to Ray Polsfuss attacked the little girl. This was incorrect: According to a conversation that the editor of the Times had with Mrs. Polsfuss her statement is as follows: “We are terribly sorry for what happened to little Susan and we never expected our dog would do such a thing. However, we do have a license for our dog, and he was tied up in our own yard. Susan came over into our yard and put her hand on the head of the dog as he was sleeping and he evidently panicked and bit her.” Susan is recovering nicely from the incident but is still confined to Memorial hospital in Milaca.
• From Our Exchanges – Warren – A 90-foot treated timber bridge, valued at $14,000 over the Tamarac river, six miles northwest of Stephen was destroyed by fire April 27, and the bridge went up in smoke during the night and no one noticed the blaze. Orville Skinner, 26, driving a 1953 Plymouth was on his way to work at 6:30 a.m. and he simply drove off the road into the space where the bridge had been the night before. He was uninjured and walked to a nearby farm to report the accident.
• Adema Car Yard Is Broken Into Sunday – Thieves entered the Ted Adema wrecking car yard on Highway 169, south of Milaca, sometime Sunday night, according to Sheriff Al Wilhelm and took $5.00 in change from the cash register. They broke a window in the rear door and then unlocked the bolts that lock the door to gain entrance.
• Locals in the news – Mr. and Mrs. Levi Larson and Jerry of Hayland were Sunday visitors at the John Peach home.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Rumsey and family of Buffalo were Sunday guests of the Leonard Johnsons.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ziemer and Steven were dinner guests at the Oscar Berg home in Bock, Sunday afternoon.
• Advertisements – Graduation Time is Dress-up time. Grown-up styled suits for the big day and other dress-up occasions, in a wide selection of fabrics, colors. We give Gift House Stamps for gifts of distinction. Sanford’s Men’s and Boy’s Wear, Milaca.
New Milaca Theatre, 2 shows Fri. & Sat. 7 & 9 p.m., 1 show Sunday 7 p.m.: Cary Grant as a bachelor beachcomber and Leslie Caron as a castaway schoolmarm in “Father Goose.”
The New Billy Graham Film “Encounter,” Sunday, May 16, 8 p.m. at the Milaca High School Auditorium. Free will offering. Sponsored by The Alliance Church, The Evangelical Free Church and The Baptist Church.

75 Years Ago
Thursday, May 16, 1940
• Minnesota Briefs – Saws Into Horseshoe – Claremont – Louie Madsen, while sawing a forty-eight inch cottonwood log at the Ed. Rohloff farm, ran into a horseshoe and ruined the teeth in the saw. The shoe was close to the center of the log and it is believed the tree is fifty years old. Apparently the horse shoe had been nailed to a small tree and the trunk had grown about it. The shoe was recognized as being hand-made and the workmanship of Ed. Owne, a blacksmith in this village fifty years ago.
• Methodist Church To Observe Golden Jubilee May 18, 19 – The Milaca Methodist Church will celebrate its Golden Jubilee, marking its many years of service here, next Saturday night and Sunday, May 18th and 19th.
• Caught: One Muskrat – Twice the headlights on John Bates’ car went out and twice he went to an Adrian, Mich., garage to have defective wiring replaced. The third time he suspected that some strange agency was at work so he placed a trap under the hood and caught a muskrat which had been gnawing the wires.
• Locals in the news – Miss Shirley Wetlock of Mankato, is employed at Al and Frenchy’s Cafe.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bergstrom spent Wednesday and Thursday in Minneapolis to attend the Welfare Board convention.
Mrs. Margaret Spartz has a bad case of poison oak in her left hand.
• Advertisements – Roller skating at Elk Lake Pavilion every Wednesday evening, Sunday afternoon and evening. See us about special skating parties and wedding dances.
Cheapies! 1929 Chev. Coach $39.00; 1929 Viking Sedan $39.00; 1929 Ford Coach $79.00; 1929 Pontiac 4-Door Sedan $69. Dahlstrom, Berg and Helmen Co., Milaca.
Printing. Get our estimate on that printing order you have in mind. Mille Lacs County Times, Milaca.

100 Years Ago
Thursday, May 13, 1915
• Minnesota Exports Strawberries – Nearly sixteen carloads of Minnesota strawberries were shipped to other states in the 1914 session, according to a bulletin just issued by the United States Department of Agriculture. Long Lake had the record for shipments with a total of 8.6 cars. Maple Plain was next with five cars. Then came Howard Lake with 1.3, followed by Deerwood with half a carload and Cedar Lake with one-third of a car.
• Lusitania Torpedoed By Germans – The Cunard liner Lusitania, which sailed out of New York city on May 1 with more than 1,900 souls on board, lies at the bottom of the ocean, off the Irish coast. It was sunk by a German submarine, which sent two torpedoes crashing in to her side, while the passengers were having luncheon.
• Local News – We are led to believe that the Princeton Union now favors the removal of the county seat of Mille Lacs county from Princeton to Milaca as last week they stated that “a manufacturing plant that furnishes employment to a score or so of people is worth more to any town than a court house.” The Times has long favored the removal of the county seat to Milaca, and we believe our people will be glad to have it. Milaca is the most central village of the county and in the center of population, and is much more accessible to the people of the county.
• Locals in the news – Miss. Marian Gerth of Buffalo is here visiting her sisters, Misses Helen and Sharlie Gerth.
Dr. T. S. Rounce joined his wife, who had been visiting with relatives here, Saturday, and both returned to St. Paul Monday.
Mrs. J. E. Eckstrom returned from a few days visit in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
• Advertisements – The Bancroft has installed an electric mixer so is prepared to serve malted milk and other soft drinks in first-class style. W. A. Swadling, Prop.
A discount of five per cent allowed on all cash sales at the Milaca Meat Market. Each $10 in sale tickets brought in also receives one chance on a 100-piece dinner set. Wm. Peterson.
Latest popular sheet music at Scott’s Music Store.