Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 25

September 25, 1888 - The first meeting of the Delano Village Council was held in the new city hall on this date.

“The hall became the center of activities.  The fire department had a home downstairs. The council offices were also downstairs.  Upstairs was the place for meetings, dances and entertainment.  Church dinners, school graduation, basketball games, wedding dances and even a funeral was held in the hall upstairs. One Delano resident reported that sometimes wedding dances lasted two to three days. In the morning, after a long night of dancing, farmers would go home to do their chores, the townspeople did their work and in the evening they went back to dancing. The Delano Eagle, in the November 15, 1888 edition, gives this report on the first inhabitant of the new jail:  ‘The new jail was formerly opened and occupied by a drunken Swede Saturday night who was conducted to the handsome structure by several distinguished officers and citizens of the village. He indulged in a song and dance for short time and, after cooling off a little and declaring the house of correction a 'howling success' was liberated.’"

The original Delano City Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 11, 1979.

Delano City Hall

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain September 25, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.

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