60 Years Ago THE REPORTER Serving St. Paul Park, Newport, Thompson Grove, Woodbury Hts. July 7, 1961

Posted 7/14/21

TGrove Athletic Assn. Sets Rules For Diamonds THOMPSON GROVE— Due to the long Fourth of July weekend, most of the Grove baseball and softball teams were out of action. But, according to Bill …

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60 Years Ago THE REPORTER Serving St. Paul Park, Newport, Thompson Grove, Woodbury Hts. July 7, 1961


TGrove Athletic Assn. Sets Rules For Diamonds THOMPSON GROVE— Due to the long Fourth of July weekend, most of the Grove baseball and softball teams were out of action. But, according to Bill Gongoll, president of the Athletic association, a full slate of games in all brackets is scheduled for the next few weeks.

Highlight of Grove Activities coming up is the opening of the intramural baseball program.

Over 160 T-shirt and cap uniforms were ordered for the six T-ball teams and for the six 9 to 12-year-old midget teams which start league play this week. It is hoped that the uniforms will be available by this weekend.

The Thompson Grove Athletic association, sponsors of the program, have thanked those who have helped the boys in their recent fund-raising candy sale.

Proceeds of the sale will be used toward the purchase of much-needed equipment.

JUNIOR ROYALTY reigning over the Thompson Grove Fourth of July festivities are, left to right, Princess Jill Benny, Queen Karen Griffin, and Prince Paul Nord. Junior King Bobby Werline was not present for the photo (STAFOTO).

SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY’S BOOMING GROWTH (photos at Washington County Historical Society in newspaper collection) THE SHOPPING CENTER at Thompson Grove, on Ilex Ave., across from the Grove Center, takes shape as the exterior walls are nearly complete3. The center, being built by Orrin Thompson, will contain nine shops, including a new Red Owl super market. (STAFOTO).

NEW BOWLING ALLEY on Hastings Ave. in St. Paul Park is scheduled to be ready this fall. Shown here is the partial basement to the huge structure. To the right of the phoot are the underground ball returns (STAFOTO).

NEW DAIRY QUEEN ice cream stand nears completion on Cherry Ave. in Thompson Grove, right across the street from the new shopping center. Interior fixtures are now being installed in the new shop, which should be opening soon (STAFOTO).

A & W ROOT BEER STAND on Highway 61, just north of the St. Paul Park overpass gets ready to open this week. Work on the interior is completed and the canopy (canope) over the parking area should be installed by the weekend (STAFOTO).

Modern Cottage Grove begins to rise 61 Years Ago THE REPORTER Serving St. Paul Park, Newport, Thompson Grove, Woodbury Hts.

September 25, 1959 “Bear With Us,” Sheriff Asks Thompson Grove THOMPSON GROVE— “From the roots of township government comes the eventual move into incorporation or annexation, and until this move is made the people of Thompson Grove will have to bear with us,” explained Washington County Sheriff Reuben Grandquist last week, Thursday, to a Thompson Grove Homeowner association session in Park high school.

He said police protection problems in rural and township areas were difficult to solve, and placed the immediate reason for poor police protection in the Grove on a lack of county funds.

Grandquist said he had nine deputies assisting him in the bulky county area—a region 15 miles wide and 60 miles long.

He said only one car patrols the county at night. He remarked there may be a second car for night work in the near future. It would cost the county another $17,000 to provide the extra service.

The rapid growth of the area, he explained, has created a serious problem. Answers were neither easy, nor just around the corner, he indicated.

The sheriff’s undermanned department can blanket so much territory and that’s it. A nervous Thompson Grove can hope no wave of delinquency or major break-in attacks occur. County law enforcement is a shaky operation in this southerly corner. These were feelings of intent listeners.

Sheriff Grandquist said the nearby St. Paul Park police department would handle emergencies. That’s one car, a full-time chief and two constables—hands already full caring for their own residents.

The sheriff invited the Grove to visit his Stillwater offices and view available county police facilities.

SSP Overpass Now Ready For Traffic ST. PAUL PARK—The first rumble of traffic was heard yesterday.

Produce trucks, tourists, farms people, cattle haulers felt the road lift under them after swinging off Highway 61. Up the overpass grinding in second gear, gliding over the white highway below, the Milwaukee railroad tracks, and dropping easily down Summit turning right on Broadway and to the Inver Grove Bridge.

Many a Park resident felt the pride.

It had taken hard work— hours of labor, pleading, cajoling and friends in high places to finally bring about the overpass.

It will change the shape of the village. Only slightly.

Broadway will be barricaded at Hastings Avenue. There’ll be no more traffic down the dangerous dip crossing the Milwaukee tracks. No one feels bad.

Mayor Fastner say this is an exciting achievement. The businessmen believe it too. It encourages efforts now to save their Inver Grove link – the Burlington bridge….A street side observer said the Park has much to celebrate this November anniversary of its 50th incorporated year.

Tax Increase Discussed By Bonding Consultant By Larry Schoughnessey, Bond Consultant The past year has turned School District 833 into one of the fastest growing suburban areas to the Twin Cities. The School Board has been brought face to face with the tremendous student increases that have occurred in neighboring area of North St. Paul, Roseville and Bloomington. The problems of administering increases of this type can easily be seen in the transportation problem alone. Buses of the District operate from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., make more than twice the mileage of last year.

The construction of new buildings is the only answer to the problem. The buildings proposed will limit the need for transportation and provide space for all the State required student activities. District 833 remains, to a large extent, a rural area and the property owners in the farm areas have uppermost in their minds the costs which they must pay. The following table indicates a range to which various size farms might expect to pay for retirement of the proposed bond issue. All figures are based on the estimated valuation of the District in 1964 when all of the debt would be outstanding.

Farm size 80 acres, dairy, Cottage Grove – assessed value, $1,515; tax increase $27.00 – $33.00 Farm size 80 acres, dairy, Woodbury – assessed value $1,667; tax increase $30.00 – $37.00 Farm size 170 acres, dairy, Cottage Grove – assessed value $2,950; tax increase $53.00 – $65.00

106 Years Ago WASHINGTON COUNTY JOURNAL “Independent and Impartial” Stillwater, Minnesota July 9, 1915 Curbing the Kickers “Do you think pretty girls get along better in business?”

“I find one useful at the complaint desk, anyhow,” replied the merchant. “A pair of fine eyes will go a long way toward making a man think that his complaint was badly founded.”

—Louisville Courier- Journal State Bank of Lake Elmo Capital $10,000.00 Officers: J. Q. Mackintosh, Pres; W. E. Dickson, Vice-Pres; Ray Keen, Cashier Sums of One Dollar and upward will be received on deposit in the Department. Interest at the rate of 3 ¼ per cent per annum will be credited on each account on the first business days in January and July. Interest may be drawn, or added to the deposit account. The Bank will be open for receiving deposits and paying checks each business day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Next County Over 129 Years Ago THE BROAD AXE “Hew to the line and let the chips fall where they may” West St. Paul, Minnesota July 14, 1892 A Happy Farmer.

One of the most prosperous and highly-esteemed farmers in Dakota county is Mr. Geo. Wentworth whose large farm is located on Oakdale Avenue in the town of West St. Paul just beyond the city limits. Mr. Wentworth’s farm is in the highest state of cultivation. It comprises an area of a half of a section of the very best land. On the premises there is a handsome new brick residence, with all the modern improvements, and well furnished, fine large barns and out houses, wind mills, machinery of all kinds and everything that is required to make it one of the best equipped farms in the State. It is stocked with 20 head of horses, 70 or 80 cows and 1000, and more, sheep, hogs, etc. The growing corn and grain are well advanced and one field of oats in particular was the finest we have seen in many a day. Mr. Wentworth is one of the most genial and hospitable men in the county and is well known all over the state having been in the butcher business in St. Paul for over 25 years.

Territorial Dispatch 165 Years Ago SAINT CROIX UNION Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota Territory Friday, July 4, 1856 The American people are habitually religious: education, instinct and conviction team them to desire constantly to refer their conduct in private life to the standard of Christian duty; but they are too clear-headed, too little fanatics to suppose that any civil government ever was or could be carried upon the principle of subjecting its acts to the decision of each man’s conscience. Civil government requires an organized system, and a principle of authority before which private opinions and individual convictions must bow; and that system, that principle of authority is, with us, the will of the people as expressed by law.

The City of Stillwater We clip the following from the Prescott Transcript (later the Journal) of a late date: “Twenty-six rafts of logs have been floated out of the St. Croix within the past week. These rafts, we are informed by a reliable lumberman, will make from twelve to fifteen hundred thousand feet of lumber each; making in all over thirty-million feet, or $600,000 worth.—that will do for one week!

We presume every word of the above is strictly true. Rafts are leaving Stillwater for the Southern market almost every day; and as soon as they leave, others float down from the boom and take their places.