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Remember When – Sept. 30, 2023

125 Years Ago: From the Oct. 6, 1898 Scott County Argus

Results of the work of the two long gravel trains which have been running through town a dozen times a day since the steam shovel was put in place at the nearby purchased gravel pit on the old Gifford farm, are quite apparent, now, even in the outskirts of town. The track has been built up on a fine bed of gravel, and the grades have been evened up for long distance. The change in the grade has spoiled many road crossings, some of them being quite impossible. But these will no doubt soon be fixed by the pathmasters of the different towns. Another improvement in the railroad is the straightening of the track. The slight curves have been taken out, at the expense in some cases of a complete change in cut or embankment. At a point near Blakely a new track has been laid for a comfortable distance, thus cutting out two bad curves in the old rack. All this will add to the comfort and safety of the patrons of the road, and enable the trains to run on faster schedules.

100 Years Ago: From the Oct. 4, 1923 Shakopee Tribune

J. J. Schaefer Received Mail Route Assignment

J. J. Schaefer received notice from the Post Office Department at Washington, D. C., last Thursday that he was the successful aspirant for the position of rural mail carrier out of the Shakopee post office which has been open for the past year or more. This vacancy was originally brought about through the illness of Herman Logenfeil, who had been carrying on Rural Route No. 1 for many years.

Since Mr. Logenfeil’s retirement the position of rural carrier on Route Number 1 has been filled by R. L. Brown. Mr. Schaefer will take up his duties as carrier on this route October 15.

75 Years Ago: From the Sept. 30, 1948 Shakopee Argus-Tribune

Lutherans Begin New Parish House

Construction of a new parish house for St. John’s Lutheran church got under way this week with the excavation of the basement area.

The 1 ½ story frame structure will include a full basement and seven rooms. It is being erected on block 8, block 7, on East First street across the street from the church.

50 Years Ago: From the Oct. 3, 1973 Shakopee Valley News

The first day of Metropolitan Transit service to Shakopee went okay, according to Glenn Peterson of the MTC. The red express bus designated 35-J picked up eight local riders Monday morning and returned with three that night. Peterson, an MTC supervisor, said the numbers were satisfactory for the buses first run and added that he expected more commuters to Minneapolis would soon be taking advantage of the service.

By Wes Reinke

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