Days Gone By Week of Oct. 9, 2023


Oct. 14, 1898

The large party of Yankton Indians who have been camped at the pipestone quarries here for the past two weeks are now preparing to return home and will break camp either tomorrow or Saturday. While here the Indians have opened a new quarry and have taken out a large quantity of the finest pipestone ever quarried and today they have been busy loading the precious stone in a car to be shipped to the reservation at Yankton where it will be divided up between all members of the tribe and worked up into pipes and charms. The Indians have enjoyed this annual pilgrimage to this sacred spot very much—the only drawbacks encountered to mar their happiness being Kodak fiends and the rain of Sunday night.


One of the hardest rain storms this section has experienced for a long time occurred yesterday. It was threatening all day but about 2:30 rain began to fall and for several hours there was a heavy down pour, accompanied by thunder and lightning.

West of here there was a heavy wind during the evening which demolished a number of small buildings on farms in the vicinity of Airlie and did considerable damage to the new elevator at that place. A number of windmills are also reported blown down by the storm.

One of Kirkham’s double carriages was out in the storm and the wind tore the top off it and wrecked the buggy to the extent of several dollars.

The lightning here played sad havoc with the city telephone system and something like 30 instruments were burned out thus putting a stop to many “hello’s” today.

The big barn, 40×42 feet on the John Even farm, in Altona township, was moved on the foundation.

The Frank Hiller house, on the Becker farm, in Altona, was also moved by the wind.

The buildings of J. K. Alfdorf, who resides just west of this city, over in Moody county, were badly wrecked by the storm. His barn was blown down against the windmill with such force that the mill was thrown over, and in falling it struck his house tearing away one corner of the building.”


Oct. 12, 1923

District Judge L.S. Nelson, of Worthington, and U.S. Naturalization Examiner C.R. Berg, of St. Paul, were in Pipestone yesterday, and an examination of applicants for citizenship was held at the courthouse.

There were twelve applications pending, four of the applicants being women and eight men. All of the four women were admitted to citizenship. Of the men, five were found to have insufficient knowledge of the institutions and government of the United States and were told to study; two were found not qualified for citizenship; one did not appear.

Three of the women applicants, Mrs. Ida Huhnstock and Mrs. Marie Huhnstock of Trosky, and Mrs. Anna Foster, of Pipestone, are American born women and had their citizenship restored under the Act of Congress on Sept. 22, 1922, which provides that American born women, and women who were citizens before that date and who married aliens prior thereto may file application without the usual requirement of declaration of intention (first paper) and need only produce witnesses who can testify to their residence and character for one year.

The fourth woman applicant, Mrs. Ida Schulze, of Pipestone, was born in Germany. Her husband, Aug. Schulze, was admitted to citizenship under the Act of Sept. 22, 1922, which provides that when a husband becomes a citizen, the wife, also having been born in a foreign country, may file application without the usual first paper and need only produce witnesses who have known her one year.

Examiner Berg pointed out that from the results of the hearing yesterday, five applications being deferred because of lack of knowledge, it is obvious that citizenship classes should be organized wherever possible in order that the applicants will be qualified when they come before the court and the naturalization examiner.

It is stated that citizenship classes will be organized at Trosky and Holland, and it is hoped that one may also be organized in Pipestone and perhaps at other points in the county.


Oct. 15, 1948

Dreams came true on Monday for Walter Morgan, 76, former Pipestone County farmer now resides at Fosston, Minn., when he was able to make his first parachute jump. For more than a year, Mr. Morgan has been making plans for this event but because of his advanced age, he was not able to find a pilot who would take him up. Finally, Paul Bjork, Minneapolis pilot, agreed to take him up and on Monday he made the jump. It is reported that a crowd of 2,000 persons watched Bjork and Morgan as they circled over Fosston about 1,800 feet. Cars lined the highway on both sides of the airport and crowds were so thick at the airport that attendants had difficultly wheeling the plane out of the hangar for the jump. Among the spectators were Morgan’s wife and six children.

A picture of Mr. Morgan in the plane before he made the jump appeared in the Tuesday Minneapolis Star and he is reported as saying “I just sort of rolled out of the plane. I didn’t pull the rip cord right away because it felt so pleasant falling through the air. They’ll have a tough time from now on keeping me on the ground.”

In commenting on the jump the Minneapolis pilot stated that Mr. Morgan was as cool as a cucumber and he made the jump just like a professional. Halfway down, he pulled the cord and came down to what airmen testify was a perfect landing. He landed in a plowed field and his only injury was a slight cut behind one ear. The parachute-jumping hero is a brother of Mrs. Alice Martins and a brother-in-law of Mrs. W. T. Morgan of this city.


Oct. 11, 1973

A 1973 four wheel drive Ford pickup, driven by Richard Reese, 16, rural Woodstock, received extensive damages when it left the road and rolled over Sunday, October 7.

The accident occurred at 2:40 a.m. one mile east and ½ mile north of the Hatfield corner. It was investigated by the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Department.


Oct. 15, 1998

Members of the Pipestone Economic Development Authority were apprised Monday night of a possible opportunity to bring in a new business and more than 200 new jobs.

The EDA was asked to submit a proposal for a building for a telemarketing business, International Teleservice, which would like to set up five call centers in the Upper Midwest, the first by early next year. Each of the call centers would employ between 250 and 300 workers at $7 t0 $10 per hour, City Administrator Troy Strom said Monday night.