Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 20

August 20, 1904 – A deadly tornado (some say cyclone) struck Waconia, Minn., on this date. Four people were killed in town and a fifth in the country nearby. Property loss was estimated to run up to $500,000, with one half of the village being totally wrecked and most of the farms within a radius of four miles experienced the loss of all buildings. A number of homes and businesses were a total loss, including city hall; while some buildings were only badly damaged, including Charles Maiser’s Waconia Roller Mill, a grain mill.

Maiser’s Italianate frame house built ca. 1875, however, survived the storm and was named to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1980.

Charles Maiser’s House

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain August 20, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 19

August 19, 1982 – Winsted City Hall was listed on the National Register of Historical Places on this date.

Dedicated on Jan. 1, 1896, Winsted’s first city hall was located in the center of town with a view of beautiful Winsted Lake.

“The hall accommodated the following:

• The Winsted fire department was located on the main floor at the north end of the building.

• The facility’s upper floor assembly room was booked solid, hosting a never-ending procession of lectures, dances, banquets, and “entertainments” sponsored by such local groups as the Literary Society and the Twilight Club, even old time medicine man shows.

• A stage was constructed on the upper floor for theatrical productions in 1898.

• The lower level was equipped with prefabricated jail cells in 1905.

• When silent movies came to town, the upper floor assembly room was transformed into Winsted’s first motion picture theater. “

“The last official day of business in the original city hall was Nov. 4, 1997. A total of 102 years as Winsted’s city hall.”

Winsted City Hall on 1913 Postcard

Original Winsted City Hall 2013

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain August 19, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Monday, August 18, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 18

August 18, 1995 – Singer Tiny Tim was married for the third time on this date to Sue Gardner (Miss Sue) at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Minnetonka, Minn.

Tiny Tim

Sunday, August 17, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 17

August 17, 1985 – “More than 1,400 meatpackers walked off the job at the Geo. A. Hormel and Co.'s main plant in Austin, Minn., in a bitter strike that lasted just over a year.”

Saturday, August 16, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 16

August 16, 1917 – Minneapolis hotel men have about-faced on the meatless day. It appears menus in this city will continue to herald the availability of beef au jus, chicken a la king, spring lamb with its attendant sauces, and all the other meat dishes that bloom just below the noodle soup on the hostelry menus.

This decision follows the enthusiastic proposal of the hotel men a fortnight ago, when they announced that future guests would be supping on spinach and fish thereafter on Tuesdays and Fridays. The various managements have unanimously reported that fat traveling men roared like wounded lions at the suggestion and that it couldn’t be done.

Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “No Meatless Days for Traveling Men; Demand Full Meals”; Aug. 16, 1917; p. 1.

Dining Room of the National Hotel, Minneapolis, Minn.

Friday, August 15, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 15

August 15, 1932 – Jim Lange, best known as the host of ABC’s “The Dating Game,” was born on this date in St. Paul, Minn. Lange attended and graduated from St. Thomas Academy and the University of Minnesota.

“The Dating Game” with Jim Lange ran from 1965 – 1980, and contestants included many future celebrities before they became famous, including:

- Arnold Schwarzenegger (1973)
- Suzanne Somers (1973)
- David Cassidy (1970)
- Farrah Fawcett (1969)
- Sally Field (1966)
- Tom Selleck (1965 and 1967)

Star Tribune; “Teenage dare led to radio, TV career”; Minneapolis, Minn.; February 28, 2014; p. B6.

 Jim Lange

Thursday, August 14, 2014

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 14

August 14, 1928 – Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne was named general supervisor of football at St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minn., on this date by Very Rev. Matthew Schumacher, C. S. C., new president of the institution.
Under the new plan outlined by Father Schumacher, Mr. Rockne would have general supervisory authority over football activities at the college with Father Joseph Gibbs as athletic director. This position requires frequent visits by Coach Rockne to the St. Paul institution, both during the training period and playing season.

his was the first step taken by Father Schumacher to bring St. Thomas College athletics to the forefront and to make the institution one of the outstanding athletic centers in the northwest.1

Rockne was given the honorary title as St. Thomas’ “Supervisor of Athletics,” which he held until his death in 1931. On Rockne’s three-day trip to campus in 1928, he attended football practices and spoke to a packed room of journalists, students and faculty.2

1The Hibbing (Minn.) Daily Tribune; “Knute Rockne to Supervise Football at St. Thomas College, Minn., This Year”; August 14, 1928; p. 7


Knute Rockne