In honor of longtime Northfield News columnist, editor and reporter Maggie Lee, St. Olaf College student Wyatt Steven James Engl, who is serving as a Northfield Historical Society intern, has compiled a “Do You Remember” column reminiscent of those produced by Maggie Lee.
100 years ago – Saturday, Feb. 22, 1913
It was announced that W.A. Pridmor, of Stillwater, would immediately move his foundry from Jackson to Northfield. The foundry was temporarily located in the former location of Emil Johnson’s blacksmith shop on North Division St. Eventually, the foundry moved to the corner of West Second and Water Streets....For the first time in history, Carleton College’s basketball team swept St. Olaf by winning both of their head-to-head games during the season. Carleton won with a score of 23-17.
75 years ago – Friday, Feb. 18, 1938
Mrs. Semon T. Finkelson, a pioneer citizen of Northfield, died in Minot, North Dakota, at the age of eighty. She was born Minnie Gress on June 4, 1858 in St. Paul. She moved to Northfield with her family in 1866, and married Semon T. Finkelson in 1877. Around 1923, Mrs. Finkelson began splitting her time between Northfield, and her daughter’s home in Minot. When in Northfield, Mrs. Finkelson was actively involved with All Saints Episcopal Church....St. Olaf College achieved a new record for enrollment when 1,063 students registered for the academic year. The previous record of 1,046 was set during the 1930-31 school year.
50 years ago – Thursday, Feb. 21, 1963
The Rev. Oscar A. Anderson, a 1938 graduate of St. Olaf College, was unanimously elected president of Augsburg College in Minneapolis. After graduating magna cum laude from St. Olaf, Anderson received a bachelor of theology degree from Luther Theological Seminary in 1942....Dayton C. Christensen, son of Northfield residents Mr. and Mrs. Hans Christensen, was appointed commander of the St. Olaf R.O.T.C. cadet group. Christensen was an English major and entered the Air Force pilot training program after his graduation.
25 years ago – Thursday, Feb. 18, 1988
A cleaning woman accidentally threw out over $3,000 worth of historical artifacts in the dumpster whilst cleaning the Northfield Historical Society. Apparently, the artifacts were thrown out over the New Year holiday when only volunteers were on duty. Some items were recovered, but most volunteers thought that they were meant to be thrown out....Northfield resident Jonathan Wee, along with the Luther College Nordic Choir, was invited to sing in the Soviet Union as part of the Russian Christian Millennium, a celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in Russia. The choir performed in Moscow, Leningrad, Tallinn, Budapest, Pecs, Warsaw, and Krakow.
10 years ago – Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003
Michael Jacobsen, son of Kathleen Hanson and David Jacobsen, received the Civil Air Patrol’s Billy Mitchell Award. The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civilian auxiliary to the United States Air Force, and the Billy Mitchell award is intended to mark the transition from a non-commissioned officer to a commissioned officer, Cadet Second Lieutenant.
...Northfield High School Junior Mike Quamme posted an undefeated record of 33-0 for the season. He entered the Section 1AAA tournament ranked as the No. 1 wrestler in class AAA at 152 pounds.
Compiled by St. Olaf College student Wyatt Steven James Engl, who is serving as a Northfield Historical Society intern.