Days Gone By Week of May 9, 2022


May 7, 1897

Mrs. Ellen Smith arrived from Sibley, Iowa over the Burlington this noon, to make her home with Hiram Cobb and family, who reside on the A. G. Sutton place, south of the high school building. For all we know this arrival may be one chapter of a romance, as Mr. Cobb and Mrs. Smith had never met before.


The members of our running team are among the early risers of the city. The boys now have to take a 2 ½ mile run on the inside track, a cold water shower, a good rubbing down, all before breakfast, and yet some people think it only fun to belong to a running team.


May 9, 1922

Pipestone is to have a Tourist’s Rest Camp.

This was decided at a meeting of the City Council Monday evening.

The council voted to purchase a tract of land in Ash Grove Park Addition, just east of the tennis courts, which is considered a very desirable location for the camp.

There is sufficient grass and shade to make it a comfortable resting place.

The price paid is $1,150, and the city acquires a tract 260×320 feet, which together with the unused street that will probably be closed will make the grounds available for park purposes about 320 feet square. It is proposed to erect at an early date a building to be provided with water connection, toilet conveniences, and a cooking stove for the use of tourists. (Editor’s note: This park was in the area of the former Snyder Drug to the south and west.)


May 8, 1947

The first issue of the “Pipestone Shopper,” made its appearance on Thursday of last week. Clarence T. Jensen is the publisher, and his place of business is in the basement of the Sellers building. The “Shopper” is to be issued weekly, and is to be distributed “subscription free.”


The Selective Service Office in Pipestone, which has been located in the Calumet Hotel building, was officially closed at 5 o’clock Monday afternoon. All files and records were taken to St. Paul.

The office furniture has now been transferred to the National Guard Unit here.


May 8, 1972

The governing board of the Pipestone Hospital and Nursing Unit has made legal preparations to sell, at public auction, the remaining 155 acres of land donated to that institution by the late Albert L. Steinke.

Proceeds from the sale of the property are intended for use in the future construction of an Out – Patient Medical Clinic attached to the hospital, or the renovation of one floor of the existing Nursing Unit building.

A stipulation of the gift from Mr. Steinke provides that any such project be named in his memory, fitting memorial to a dedicated community builder in Pipestone.


May 8, 1997

Gina O’Neill, daughter of Jim and Nancy O’Neill of Pipestone, was selected by the Pipestone American Legion Auxiliary to represent Pipestone at the fifty-first annual Minnesota Girl’s State, which convenes June 8-14, 1997 at Bethel College in St. Paul.

Elizabeth Krueger, daughter of Duane and Claudia Krueger of Pipestone has been selected by the auxiliary as an alternate.

O’Neill is a junior at Pipestone-Jasper High School, where she is involved in volleyball, gymnastics, softball, “The Smoke Signal” newspaper, speech, and student council as the treasurer.

Krueger is also a junior at PJHS, where she is active in volleyball, softball, basketball, speech and choir.