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Remember When – March 16, 2024

150 Years Ago: From the March 19, 1874 Shakopee Argus

The East Shakopee School is having a vacation this week on account of the sickness of the teacher, Miss Smedley.

125 Years Ago: From the March 16, 1899 Scott County Argus

At a meeting of the county commissioners last Friday, John J. Ring was awarded the contract for keeping the county poor for the term of three years commencing the first of April. The business of the Ring Hotel will be continued, although arrangements have not been completed yet.

125 Years Ago: From the March 17, 1899 Shakopee Tribune

O. Spielmann has received two dozen new records for his graphophone. They are all the latest up-to-date selections.

100 Years Ago: From the March 21, 1924 Shakopee Argus

A contract has been let for the building of Cottage No. 3 at the state reformatory. Joseph Pavek of New Prague was the successful bidder, Schroeder Brick and Lime Co. will furnish the brick and lime used in construction. Cottage No. 3 will be located north of Cottage No. 2 facing west toward the administration building.

100 Years Ago: From the March 20, 1924 Shakopee Tribune

The interior of Miller’s Cafe is being completely renovated. New wall paper is being put on in the hotel, cafe and lunch room. The wood work is also being newly painted and varnished. The work is being done by J. H. Stans.

75 Years Ago: From the March 17, 1949 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Child Missing Four Hours Went to School

Unperturbed and unaware of the worry and excitement he had caused, 5-year-old Garry Schesso was found by firemen Monday afternoon four hours after he had wandered away from the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schesso, on E. Third street.

Missing him shortly after noon, Mrs. Schesso started a search of the neighborhood and then widened the hunt as worry and fear mounted within her. Neighbors and the police department joined in the hunt and finally when their efforts proved fruitless, firemen were summoned at 3:30.

Systematically the search expanded to wider circles and it was not until shortly after 4 o’clock that a group of firemen found the lad scarcely four blocks from home.

Children identified him for the firemen and when the lad was questioned he calmly told his “rescuers” that he had been to school. His brother and sister who attend the public school verified the child’s story.

75 Years Ago: From the March 17, 1949 Shakopee Valley News

New Lights Bought For Courthouse

Contract for new fluorescent lights in the Scott County courthouse was awarded to Wes Schneider of Shakopee by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday. His bid of $1137 was the low proposal among other bidders.

50 Years Ago: From the March 20, 1974 Shakopee Valley News

New school building plan unveiled

Shakopee school district residents got a first look at drawings of the proposed new $4.5 million Junior High School building Tuesday night.

An open forum on the new building was held at the Shakopee Senior High auditorium to help acquaint voters with the bond issue proposal to be decided Thursday, April 4.

The new Junior High proposal is being offered as a solution to the district’s critical building shortage. According to school district officials, the new school will satisfy the need for more room but was designed to guard against over-building. Expansion of the facility is possible under the architect’s plans should that be necessary in the future…

According to the architects, the new building will be two stories and will be built to conform to the lay of the land.

The site gives ample room for outdoor recreational areas, and voters will have an option on their ballots to determine whether a pool will be built in connection with the new building.

According to the plans outlined Tuesday, the new structure would follow a traditional pian rather than have an open format…

25 Years Ago: From the March 18, 1999 Shakopee Valley News

Sun Path School (not elementary, my dear Watson)

Randy Moss Elementary School. It has a certain ring to it.

While it does pay homage to the popular Vikings wide receiver, it’s not quite what members of a volunteer committee envisioned in their search for a name for Shakopee’s newest grade school.

After receiving 140 suggestions submitted by adults and students throughout the school district, the committee of eight community representatives selected a name with a more tranquil, suburban flair: Sun Path.

Committee chair and Central Elementary principal Libby Bergen joined committee member Shari Lusignan in presenting the group’s recommendation to the Shakopee School Board Monday evening…

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

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