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Social news or gossip columns in old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section of the newspaper was devoted to social networks of the time. The comings and goings of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are some excerpts from the News Messenger of the County of Lyon of February 2, 1917:

Albert Volk gets to grips with winter life on the farm this week, being snowed in at John Hollo Farm where he installs electric lights and the Delco system. We doubt he could find a better place to be snowed in. John is a solid supplier and has one of the best cooks in Lyon County, as well as a beautiful new farmhouse.

The potato matinee at the Barrymore on Saturday afternoon was well attended. Each child brought a potato for the entry fee, which raised about a bushel and a half and gave it to the WRC for distribution.

FK Weikle sold his 400-acre farm in Stanley Township last week to a Mr. Maxey of Iowa, taking in exchange 240 acres ten miles from Sioux City. The deal was done by Llewellyn & Son of that town. Mr. Maxey and his family will be moving here in the spring to work on the farm.

This three-day blizzard provides a great opportunity for old-timers to reminisce. Colonel AR Chase recounts the marching matches they played in Chittenden Hall during major storms when fuel was scarce and they had to exercise to keep warm. With one acting as timekeeper, JG Schultz, AC Chittenden, CF Case, Mr. Chase and some whose names appear on the “Scroll of the Dead” would walk around the room, arguing to see who could pull out the rest. During the one storm they marched to Amiret to clear the way for the train; work that is done more efficiently now by modern snow plows. They tell us that the snow was thicker then than it is now, a fact hard to believe. As proof, they say they had to go through a tunnel to get from the corner of the Bank of the county of Lyon to the corner of Marcotte. The country roads are almost impassable now and were back then, when they didn’t try to get the horses through but walked into town to get supplies with hand sleds, guarding the tops of the snowdrifts with snowshoes.

Many Marshalls were disappointed this week not being able to attend St. Paul’s Carnival, due to the snow blockade.

Many Marshalls are stuck in various places due to the blockade. Fred Rasmussen, Louis Gitts and HR Painter are in Tracy; The Hall County prosecutor attempted to make towns but stopped at Granite Falls; Neal Van Dorin, Jack Whitney and a few others are hanging out in St. Paul, which is pretty much the busiest place on the world map this week with the big carnival. Several business travelers know Marshall best and strongly believe that we should have a better hotel. Bankers Chas. Foulon from Gand and Harry Tillemans from Minneota are also our guests.

Harry Tillemans got off from Minneota on Tuesday morning to take the Great Northern train to Minneapolis, but missed the train. The northwest was blocked, so with the delivery boy, Harry attempted to return home that evening, but was only able to travel three miles and return. He says he loves Marshall more than ever now, since he had time to get to know his friends. It’s the first vacation he’s had in many years and he has a way of making you think he’s enjoying his enforced stay here.

The photograph featured this week in the collection of the Lyon County Museum is a postcard photograph of the Farmers & Merchants National Bank in Minneota. The building opened in early 1917. The building was constructed of Bedford stone and was completely finished in Alaskan marble and quartered oak. When it opened, Harry Tillemans was the cashier. Today, the office of State Farm insurance agent Kevin Anundson is in the building.

The Lyon County Historical Society (LCHS) is a non-profit organization supported by its members. LCHS operates the Lyon County Museum at 301 W Lyon St in Marshall. The departmental museum of Lyon is open to visitors. To contact us, visit our website: www.lyoncomuseum.org, call: 507-537-6580, email: [email protected], or on our Facebook page.

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