Days Gone By Week of March 25, 2024


March 31, 1899

Last night a couple of fellows tried to break into the office of Drs. Brown, in the Ferris Grand block, wherein is kept their X-ray and valuable electric treatment machine. Charlie Smith, the colored office attendant, sleeps in one of the rooms and he was awakened about 1 o’clock by someone trying to unlock the door. He thought it was one of the doctors who had come back for something, so he opened he door just in time to see two fellows escape down the front stairs. Smith was not dressed so he could not give chase.

About 4 o’clock he was again awakened by the same noise and rushing out into the hall found the same two fellows trying to force the door. This time one of the fellows drew a revolver on Smith and he was driven back into his room with the shooting-iron pressed close against his temple, and again the fellows escaped. On account of the hall being dark Smith cannot give a very good description of the fellows, but he says one was short and thick set with a mustache, while the other was taller and slender. The only motive that can be given for the act was a desire to either steal a portion of the machine (which is the most valuable of its kind in this part of the state) or else injure it. We learn the doctors will give a big reward for the arrest of the guilty parties.


April 4, 1924

People of this vicinity listened with interest to a splendid “Jasper Program,” broadcast from station WLAG, Minneapolis, Tuesday evening. Among the numbers was a talk on the resources of the community by A.H. Adams of Jasper. Former Jasper residents were heard in musical numbers.


March 28, 1949

To demonstrate to the people of Pipestone and surrounding communities how the local National Guard Company benefits the area financially, the regular quarterly payroll of the company tonight will consist of two-dollar bills, rarely seen here nowadays.

Guardsmen here tonight will draw a total of $2,634 in two-dollar bills. Annual disbursement by the National Guard here at present is about $19,000 in the form of cash and minor items, and when the company reaches full strength, it will be approximately $30,000.

In addition, plans are going forward for a new National Guard armory in Pipestone, and work on the building is expected to start shortly. No estimate of the cost of the armory is available, but it will require a considerable outlay in labor and material.

Arrangements for securing the required number of two-dollar bills for the payroll tonight were made through the cooperation of the First National Bank of this city.


March 28, 1974

Over 100 affected farmers met with the county commissioners last Thursday night in an effort to voice their opinions and get their questions answered concerning the cleaning of the county dredge ditch.

After the discussion ended it was decided that the county board should vote on the hiring on an engineer for the surveying of the operations at the next meeting.

The work involves 17 miles of open ditch, stretching from Holland to Pipestone and south toward Hatfield. Thirty square miles of land are affected by the ditch, as farmland on either side of the ditch drains into it. The 19,200 acres of land affected is worth approximately $9,600,000, figuring $500 an acre.


April 1, 1999

Back in 1888, Lizzie Schrader, the 15-day-old daughter of Charley and Reika Schrader of Troy Township, died tragically of what doctors diagnosed as a rupture.

Her parents buried her in the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Troy Township on Apr. 3, 1888, inscribing her limestone marker with the words: “Our darling…”

To add inhumanity to tragedy, over the course of the years, the marker turned up missing. Broken off near the base – that’s why the word after “angel” on the marker cannot be determined – the remainder of the marker was found several years ago by the side of a road near Woodstock, and was placed in the evidence closet at the Law Enforcement Center.

When Sheriff Lyle Landgren and his team began cleaning the closet recently, they discovered the marker. After extensive research, the original home of the marker was determined. It will be cleaned, repaired and placed back where it belongs.