Days Gone By Week of Oct. 23, 2023


Oct. 28, 1898

On Tuesday last James Delaney, of Elmer township, came up to pay a few little debts he had around town. He had with him a check on the First National Bank for $450.00 for grain which he had sold. He cashed the check and after paying his bills had $305.00 left which he rolled up and placed in one of his pockets, but when he reached home the money could not be found, and he now claims that he was robbed by certain parties here as a number knew he had the money and there was no possible way by which it could have been lost out of his pocket. There will probably be nothing done about the matter as Mr. Delaney has no idea who took the money, although he thinks he knows where it was done.


The train hands on the branch tell a much different story in regard to the broken rail than that which the Star got over the wire last evening. The accident happened near Lime Creek on an embankment of about 3 feet. A piece of the rail 4 feet long was broken off when the engine went over it but luckily every car on the train passed over the break in safety although the passengers in the coaches were pretty well shaken up. Engineer Gage stopped the train at once and backed up to see what damage had been done. It was a bad break and it was scarcely short of a miracle that the entire train was not ditched.


A telegram received from St. Paul just before going to press brought news which will be hailed with gladness by the Masons of this part of the state. The telegram read as follows:

“I. L. Hart was elected Grand High Priest this afternoon, receiving every vote but three.”

W. C. Briggs.


Oct. 26, 1923

C.A. Sampson and son, Harvey, who left this city by car on October 14, intending to drive through to southern California, returned to Pipestone Monday evening of this week, having decided after driving a short distance into New Mexico, not to complete their western trip. They report that they were induced to give up the California trip, by reports which they received from parties who had been to the coast and were returning. They met numerous such parties, who told discouraging stories of the high cost of living in California and gave an unfavorable report of the opportunities for employment there. The Messrs. Sampson traveled about 2400 miles on their trip.


Oct. 28, 1948

Mrs. Josephine L. Rollins, of Minneapolis, had a double mission in Pipestone Tuesday, in one of which there is a special community interest, and about which more will be heard later.

Mrs. Rollins is a teacher of art in the University of Minnesota. Her father, Rev. Lutz, was at one time a Methodist minister in Pipestone County, and Mrs. Rollins was born in Woodstock, leaving there at the age of two and a half years, and this was the first time she has returned here.

She is now engaged in painting pictures of historical sites in the state, and chose Pipestone’s National Monument. She sketched and blocked the Leaping Rock at the Pipestone quarry, which will be incorporated into a watercolor mural. While here Tuesday, Mrs. Rollins was given assistance in her visit to the national park by Winifred Bartlett and Margaret Floody of this city, Miss Bartlett having an especially broad knowledge of that vicinity, and also by the park custodian Lyle K. Linch. The visitor was very enthusiastic over the scenery here, the park and the sacred pipestone quarries, and the vast amount of Indian lore woven about this particular region.

Mrs. Rollins came to this city from Jackson where she instituted a new branch of the AAUW, and late Tuesday afternoon was guest speaker at the annual tea sponsored by the local College Women’s Club for girls of the senior class of the Pipestone high school.


Oct. 25, 1973

The Pipestone County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3814 observed its 30th Anniversary on Veteran’s Day, October 22, with a dinner and program at the local clubrooms. About 250 people were in attendance.

Main speaker for the event was Minnesota State V.F.W. commander Tony Thomas, Minneapolis. He spoke on amnesty, Veteran’s Day and membership as related to legislation. Mayor Wayne Mortensen presented Commander Thomas with a Pipestone Indian peace pipe on behalf of Post #3814.


Oct. 29, 1998

A celebration of the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic’s success is scheduled this Saturday (Oct. 31) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the clinic on Highway 75 south.

The event will be a public open house to give local residents and customers a close-up look at the new 8,000 square foot addition which was completed earlier this year, and also, to announce to the public that Drs. Barry Kerkaert and J. Larry Goelz have joined the Veterinary Clinic partnership.

A tour of the facility, and refreshments will be available during the four-hour open house. The Pipestone Chamber Ambassadors will be part of the festivities, presenting the Veterinary Clinic with a ‘major renovations” plaque.