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Remember When – July 9, 2022

A look back at what happened in Shakopee history. You may also find this column in the Shakopee Valley News.

125 Years Ago: From the July 15, 1897 Scott County Argus

H. A. Zettel has applied for a patent on a new acetyline gas generator of his own invention, and as soon as this is granted a company consisting of himself, M. A. Deutsch and E. J. Gellenbeck, will commence the manufacture of them for market. The invention is a success, as it strains the gas through water, removing the carbon, and thus allowing the gas to burn without clogging the burners, as is the case with the Buffington. Mr. Zettel expects to go on the road soon, introducing acetyline gas and his generator. While in Canada he made arrangements to get all the carbide he can use, hence the famine which has bothered users ever since its introduction here will be over. A shipment of 1,000 lbs. was received from Niagara Falls, and he expects to be able to sell this at a little over 4 cents a pound, about half the price paid up to this time.

100 Years Ago: From the July 13, 1922 Shakopee Tribune

The First National Bank has installed a new Burrough’s adding machine, which is a wonderful piece of mechanism. It registers the month and year, by an automatic touch button as well as adding, subtracting, totaling etc. The cost of installing this new machine is a little over one thousand dollars.

75 Years Ago: From the July 10, 1947 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Remodelling Job Started This Week

Remodelling of the front and interior of the former Deutsch building on Lewis street was begun this week by the new owner Le Roy Desher…

For many years the building had served as a drug store and was last owned by the Scott County Drug company who has moved temporarily to a section of the Berens building on Holmes street.

When remodelling is completed Mr. Desher will move his variety store stock and fixtures into modernized structure.

50 Years Ago: From the July 12, 1972 Shakopee Valley News

Annexation Turned Down

Voters in remaining Eagle Creek Township, along with those in one section of Louisville Township, turned down annexation by the City of Shakopee in an election held Friday, July 7.

A vote tally after the polls closed showed that 68 were opposed and 19 favored the annexation. The election had been ordered by the Minnesota Municipal Commission (MMC) after a petition had been circulated in four and one-half sections western of Eagle Creek Township favoring annexation with Shakopee, rather than with Prior Lake…

25 Years Ago: From the July 10, 1997 Shakopee Valley News

EDA hearing on Blocks 3-4 set

Master tenant, financing in place for retail, housing unit

With a master tenant in hand, the Shakopee Economic Development Authority (EDA) Tuesday set an “input hearing” on a financial packet for the development of Blocks 3 and 4 downtown. Next Tuesday’s meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers, will allow residents to ask questions about the proposal.

The proposal, which involves the Scott County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, calls for a structure that would contain retail outlets on the first floor, and two stories of senior housing above it…

By Wes Reinke

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