1994 Music the Park with queen candidates

The popular Concord Singers from New Ulm kicked off the 1994 Music in the Park series Monday, June 13, at Library Square. Also at the concert were candidates for the Miss Hutchinson title. Introducing themselves were, from right to left, Monica Amundson, Jill Walser, Jessica DeVries, Tania Mitchell, Nicole Otteson, Brandi Botzet, Debra Bonnema and Jennifer Karg.

125 YEARS AGO: 1894

The Boston Herald opines that men do not draw checks for $50,000 or even $5,000 for “legitimate campaign expenses” without expecting something in return. Of course they don’t and the record of the Senate shows what they expect.

Good apples are worth $50 a barrel in Chicago.

The opinion is gaining ground that “Belle Lake” owns the town.

The Litchfield Independent speaks of Hutchinson as a “hustling burg” and says with her water works and the other improvements she will no doubt have a boom this summer.

Glencoe and Hutchinson teams played a game of “old two cat” on the home grounds. The visitors ran around the bases 36 times to 20 round trips by the Hutch boys. Efforts are being made by local sportsmen to introduce the modern game of baseball.

100 YEARS AGO: 1919

”The health condition of the babies here in Hutchinson is one unheard of in my experience.” This was the comment of Dr. G.K. Hagaman of the state board of health at the close of the baby clinic conducted at the Hutchinson High School auditorium. Dr. Hagaman is a specialist on infantile maladies and imperfections. He examined 37 little ones and found only one in need of the attention of a physician.

Hutchinson is ripe for paving and has been for years. The City Council is aware of the fact but their time this spring at every meeting has been so taken up until late at night with other matters that they have been unable to take hold of the paving proposition as they have wished to.

The 88th Division, with a glorious record of service in France to its credit, has been landing at eastern parts lately and now the last man is safely back in the old U.S.A. The first Hutchinson 88th men to touch the townsite were Hans Peterson, Ben Hajicek, Albie Mead and Dick Wixcey.

75 YEARS AGO: 1944

Capt. James P. Clay of the U.S. Navy, son of W.S. Clay of this city, was recently decorated by the Commander of the United States Naval Forces in the Northwestern African Waters, in the name of the President of the United States. Clay was awarded the Legion of Merit, a new Navy decoration.

The fifth War Loan Drive is off to a good start. It has been reported durings its first two days, the drive has raised $187,975.25.

Hutchinson’s Carnegie Library building is now 40 years old. The building opened on June 21, 1904, with elaborate ceremonies befitting the occasion and has been in uninterrupted service since that time. Because of war conditions, no special activities will mark this anniversary.

50 YEARS AGO: 1969

Miss Hutchinson, Cecelia Ewert, is competing for the Miss Minnesota title at Austin. Ewert left for the state pageant earlier in the week.

25 YEARS AGO: 1994

A poor turnout at its first informational meeting hasn’t deterred McLeod County’s long-range planning committee from developing a whole slate of meetings designed to inform the public about the county’s proposal to expand the courthouse in Glencoe. Only 12 people attended the first meeting in Lester Prairie. The three committee members who made the presentation said the response to the July 12 referendum was mostly positive.”

”You got your little job and that’s all you thought about. If you stopped to think about what was really going on you would’ve gone crazy,” Lawrence Tipka said. He was part of the 4th Cavalry that hit Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. D-Day is considered the turning point in World War II. It marked the beginning of the defeat of Germany and its allies.

A piece of Hutchinson’s history is seeking a place to call home. The cupola, which topped the new-demolished City Hall, has yet to find a final resting place. Former Hutchinson resident Ron Black rescued the cupola with the intent of preserving a piece of Hutchinson’s history in Hutchinson. While no decisions have been made yet, the cupola may or may not find a home at the McLeod County Heritage and Cultural Center.

This year’s hottest day so far peaked at 95 degrees and sent 914 water seekers to the Hutchinson outdoor pool. Twin Cities weather reports said it was the hottest day since the summer of 1991. The pool closed later in the evening as a precaution for coming stormy weather. Had the pool remained open, attendance could have reached 1,000.

Looking Back is a weekly column by Kay Johnson, Leader staff writer, that highlights Hutchinson history. Photo submissions with captions are welcome. Contact the Leader by calling Johnson at 320-753-3641 or email johnson@hutchinsonleader.com.

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