From Historic Files of

Northfield Newspapers

100 Years Ago -- July 29, 1905:

Aloyse Spetz brought into the News office a stalk of hemp measuring 9 feet in height. He says his hemp crop is good and that he is assured one crop of hemp will kill Canadian thistles. (Hemp was a legal crop in those days.) ... The Northfield Telephone Exchange is now in shape to promptly fill all orders for telephones. It is suggested that you order now so that your name will be in the new directory which will soon be distributed.

75 Years Ago -- Aug. 1, 1930:

Job J. Chester, oldest territorial pioneer of this community, died Saturday at his home in Dundas. ... W.H. Krause's cash and carry grocery has been sold to H .C. Christopherson who will now be back in retail business after operating the Orr elevator for a year. He had been in mercantile business in West Concord and in Northfield in the past. ... The state board of health has declared the Cannon River polluted, destructive to fish life and inimical to public health. Domestic, business and industrial waste is all emptied into the river. The study has been made at the request of the Izaak Walton League. ... Several situations point to the fact that alcoholic drink (illegal in this time of Prohibition) that is poisonous is being made and sold here. One man has died, others have become very ill. Still others have beaten up people, damaged the jail, become physically impaired. ... It was stated in error in the July 9 column that the Hughes & Heckler Hardware was started on Water Street on the west side where the business was subsequently located for many years. However, according to this issue of the News, the store was started Aug. 1, 1930, in the Scriver Building, leasing the corner location.

50 Years Ago -- July 28, 1955:

The city council held a hearing on the proposed sewage disposal plant in the basement of the Community Building rather than the council chambers so that the crowd could be accommodated, but hardly anyone showed up. Another hearing is set for Aug. 2. ... Gladys Houston, city treasurer for five years, has resigned. ... Dr. W.D. Amundson is erecting a building that will be occupied by Northfield's first super market, owned by Eugene Drentlaw. (The building now houses NAPA Auto Parts.) ... Arden Lufi, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Lufi, was instantly killed when he fell from a tractor at the Milton Otte farm. He was hitching a ride to a field where a combine was in operation when he fell and a wheel passed over his head. ...About 250 Albers relatives gathered Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the family's arrival in Northfield community. ...The Twin City Milk Producers Association plant in Northfield has been closed down. Milk formerly delivered to the Northfield plant will be hauled to Farmington. ...The Wolf family held its centennial reunion Sunday in the Nerstrand Woods. They are the descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Paul George Wolf who came to Wheeling Township in 1855.

25 Years Ago -- July 31, 1980:

The 125th birthday of Northfield will be celebrated Saturday, the event sponsored by the Northfield Historical Society with the cooperation of the city of Northfield, the Chamber of Commerce, the Northfield Arts Guild, and several other organizations. Harry Shearer is general chairman. Ed Klinkhammer of Quality Bakery is providing at cost a birthday cake big enough to serve 2,000. It will include 42 dozen eggs, 50 pounds of cake flour, 100 pounds of sugar, 25 pounds of shortening and 200 pounds of frosting. ... Walter Gildemeister was named during the Rice County Fair the outstanding male citizen of the year from Rice County. ... Norm Telander and Chuck Stangler have sold the Village Pharmacy-Bridgeman's complex to Bill Soderlund of Isanti. ... Severe drought threatens crops. ... Roger Stapek is the new controller at Northfield Hospital, replacing Ruth Zacho who is moving to California.

10 Years Ago -- Aug. 2 and 4, 1995:

The final fugitive member of a Utah family that committed 19 robberies and a murder was apprehended in Northfield by police and the FBI. It is thought that Adam Galli had lived and worked here for at least a year. It is likely that the tip that lead to the arrest resulted from the man's story on the television show, "America's Most Wanted." ... Gunfire at a local apartment building left Francisco Garcia, 27, dead. Inocente Solis, 22, thought to be the shooter, is the object of a nationwide manhunt. ... York Food Systems has acquired Northfield Freezing Systems, Inc. ... Solor Lutheran Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary. ... Bethel Lutheran Church will install a new pastor, the Rev. Timothy P. McDermott. ... The Northfield refugee committee is celebrating 20 years of assisting newcomers.

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