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Remember When – Jan. 6, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the Jan. 8, 1874 Shakopee Argus

Occidental Hotel

It has been known by most of our citizens that Mr. G. W. Gellenbeck commenced late in the season to put up a new hotel. Our readers will be a little surprised in what a short time he has completed it so as to be ready for occupancy. On Friday evening last the Occidental was thrown open to the public, and a right jolly time was had of it.

The Occidental is located on First Street at the corner of Sommerville Street…

125 Years Ago: From the Jan. 12, 1899 Scott County Argus

John Hilgers is digging a well to supply the two houses owned by Henry Hinds and located on Sommerville street north of the M.E. church. He has dug down to the rock a distance of forty feet, and next week will have the work completed by the Henry Huss well drilling company.

125 Years Ago: From the Jan. 13, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

Attorney E. Southworth was in St. Paul Tuesday and Wednesday and argued the motion for a new trial in the case of First Nat’l Bank vs. estate of H. B. Strait, before the Supreme Court.

100 Years Ago: From the Jan. 10, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

Harry Stans of Chaska is assisting his brother Hubert Stans for a few days this week in the decorating of the council rooms.

100 Years Ago: From the Jan. 11, 1924 Shakopee Argus

It is rumored that a local bus station may be established in the former Peoples Bank building at the corner of Second and Lewis streets. The location is central and would be an excellent site for the purpose.

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 6, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Nurse for County is Assured

A county nurse for Scott county was assured Tuesday afternoon when the board of commissioners, acting on the request of a delegation representing the women’s organizations of the county, voted to inaugurate the program and name the necessary committee…

75 Years Ago: From the Jan. 6, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

Hanson’s Remodel

Hanson’s Ice Cream Parlor is under going a new look. The interior of the building is being remodeled and redecorated so the establishment will be closed to business for a week or ten days while the work is being completed.

50 Years Ago: From the Jan. 9, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

Monastery and barn to be added to Minnesota Valley restoration site

A monastery and a century old barn will soon be added to the Minnesota Valley Restoration site, east of Shakopee on Highway 101, according to Margaret MacFarlane, restoration director…

The barn will be added to the 1880 farm at the MVRP. It is a “beautiful thing” according to Mrs. MacFarlane and in good condition. There are six to seven inch hand made nails used as well as pegs to join the timbers.

Although now owned by Al Breimhorst, the barn was built by Irish settlers in the 1890’s.

The monastery, dwarfed by tall pines, is located near the St. Mary’s Purification church in Marystown…

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

By Wes Reinke

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