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Remember When – April 6, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the April 9, 1874 Shakopee Argus

Last week the Merchants and Mechanics National Bank was defrauded out of $3,600 on a forged certified check.

125 Years Ago: From the April 6, 1899 Scott County Argus

John McMullen began the first of the week the task of removing his stock into the How block, and he is now waiting upon his customers there, pending the erection of his new brick block. The old building has been bought by Nic Annen, who will tear it down and make use of the material in building a machine shop. The passing of the old building naturally rouses old memories, but improvement is the order of the age, and improvement finds little room for sentiment. There is one quite remarkable thing in Mr. McMullen’s business career in the old building, and that is, that for thirty three years he has not failed to be at the store every single day when he was in town; and his days of absence from town have been quite inconsiderable in number.

125 Years Ago: From the April 7, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

J. J. Ring has this week taken possession of the county poor house.

100 Years Ago: From the April 11, 1924 Shakopee Argus

Work on Cottage No. 3 at the Women’s reformatory was begun this week by Contractor Jos. Pavek of New Prague. Lumber for the building is furnished by H. Simons Lumber Co. and other building material by Schroeder Brick & Lime Mfg. Co.

100 Years Ago: From the April 10, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Local Postoffice Renovated Recently

Redman and Bierbaum, owners of the postoffice building in this city, completed last week, the renovation and redecorating of the interior of the local postoffice.

According to the suggestion of P. J. Schwartz, local postmaster, the rear of the building was enlarged twelve by twenty feet. This space was added in the interest of the public as it will enable the office clerks and route men to handle the increasing business of the office more efficiently and promptly.

J. H. Stans of this city repapered and painted the walls and woodwork and the office is now one of the finest of its class in the state of Minnesota.

75 Years Ago: From the April 7, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

River Floods Farms, Parks

Swelled by local melting snows and heavy rains farther up stream, the Minnesota river this week reached its highest flood stage here since 1918, authorities disclosed.

Starting last Friday it rose at the rate of a half inch per hour and soon burst its banks to spread its waters over vast acreages of low lands on the north and south sides of the stream…

75 Years Ago: From the April 7, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Czaia, Shakopee’s New Mayor, Is One Of Youngest In State

With the election of Clarence Czaia Tuesday, the City of Shakopee now has one of the youngest municipal chief executives in Minnesota. Czaia or “Kinney” as he was universally known when a first mayor for the Shakopee Indians last year, was 28 years of age February 11…

50 Years Ago: From the April 10, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Voters okay new school by 2-1; pool passes too

Shakopee will get its badly needed new Junior High School now because voters approved a $4.45 million bond issue last Thursday by nearly a two to one margin.

The heavy voter turn-out showed 1,411 in favor of the proposal with 769 opposed.

A second question on the ballot proposing construction of a swimming pool to be built along with the school also passed. That vote was 1,230 to 938. Value of the pool was set at $245,000…

25 Years Ago: From the April 8, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Shakopee Showcased April 19

New acts to mark 25 years

Riding a wave of popularity which has drawn thousands to Canterbury Park for one evening each April, Shakopee Showcase is celebrating its silver anniversary.

The communitywide open house, sponsored by Shakopee Parks and Recreation, will begin 30 minutes earlier this year to allow area residents more time to visit the many entertaining and educational exhibits. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19.

What began as a simple registration period for youth activities 25 years ago has evolved into a spirited springtime festival, featuring food, music, dance numbers, even jugglers.

Attendance is expected to exceed 4,000 again this year, with more than 70 non-profit and service organizations signed up to demonstrate programs and present information. This marks the 10th year the event has been held at Canterbury Park…

Interested in local history? Find even more at the Shakopee Heritage Society website.

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