Looking Back: 1938 - Former Worthington resident George Draper Dayton diesA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Paintings of artist Jackie Lee Hambleton were on display at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
Several Worthington High School students were to begin a newly designed nursing course in the year’s fourth quarter, which would earn them college credits for three prerequisite classes into a college nursing program. The course is in collaboration with Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
Area ice was thin, so Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening issued a warning that ice wasn’t safe. Recently a truck went through the ice and sunk up to its front bumper in Lake Okabena.
Forty students of the Worthington Figure Skating Club performed a “Glee-cital” ice show at the Worthington Arena. It was the 19th year for the Community Education figure skating program.
A 19-year-old Fulda man was facing burglary and theft charges, along with two counts of driving while impaired, after being pulled over when a Worthington police officer noticed sparks coming from under his car. Five opened and partially emptied bottles of alcohol were found on the floor of the man’s backseat; a 17-year-old juvenile male passenger was also involved.
The Blue Mound Ice Arena was to be expanded, with the construction of a two-story, 112- by 32-foot section added on to the arena’s north side beginning in the spring.
Five years ago
More than 500 people attended a donkey basketball game at Sioux Valley Lutheran High School.
The Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission awarded a $5,000 Legacy grant to the Cottonwood County Historical Society for the “Celebrating Our Cultural Heritage in Cottonwood County” project that was part of Minnesota’s 150 years of statehood celebration.
Official transfer of Hawkeye Point ownership was made, from the Sterler family to the Osceola County Board of Supervisors.
District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard turned 12. Landgaard, a “Leap Year” baby, had a Feb. 29 birthday.
10 years ago
Fullerton Building Systems, Worthington, received a $300,000 grant from the State of Minnesota’s Minnesota Investment Fund, allowing it to add a new 34,000 square-foot production facility and add 35 to 40 new jobs.
Forty-four students participated in the sixth annual Youth Talent Show, sponsored by the Worthington Youth Council.
A former pastor, 76, of a rural Fulda church was charged with having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, according to a complaint filed in Nobles County District Court.
Jessica and Jose Zuniga and their 14-month-old daughter were announced as future owners of the region’s second Habitat for Humanity home. Construction on the property was due to begin on April 1.
25 years ago
Carolann Darling, formerly of Worthington and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Pfeils, was a participant in the Pillsbury Bake-Off in San Diego, Calif. Her entry was Mexican Beef and Mushroom Stew.
Swift Independent Packing Co. notified the City of Worthington that it would not need a $100,000 economic development loan the city had offered. Swift said it would be able to obtain all needed financing.
More than 300 people attended the Independent-Republican caucuses in Nobles County at Worthington Area Junior High School Tuesday evening. Roughly 140 people attended the DFL caucuses the same night, which were held in classrooms at Worthington Community College. The big winners locally in the caucuses were the Rev. Pat Robertson for the Republicans and Gov. Michael Dukakis for the Democrats.
More than 170 students from junior high schools in and around the region gathered to perform as part of a festival band and choir at Slayton High School Wednesday afternoon.
50 years ago
Two cars smashed together about 11:45 p.m. Friday at the intersection of a township road and County Road No. 1 two miles south of Brewster, sending six people to the hospital and bringing injuries to a seventh.
Worthington won the sweepstakes award for overall performance in the National Forensics League tournament Saturday, but the city team took third place in the debate section behind first-place Mankato. Jim Toren won two individual first-place awards, one in oratorical interpretation and another for original oratory. Barbara Windschill was first in the humorous reading competition, and Tim O’Brien won top spot in the boys’ extemporaneous speaking competition.
Robert Geisendorfer, manager of Greeley Gas Co., was elected to the board of directors of Worthington Industries Inc., at the group’s annual meeting. Bud Harberts, last year’s president, was re-elected to a second term. The two men were the only directors elected this year, replacing Hans Hudson and the late Morrie Watrud.
Only two candidates filed for the April 2 Worthington city election as the filing deadline neared. Incumbent Mayor John Fenstermacher filed for his fifth consecutive term, while incumbent First Ward Alderman Floyd Smith filed for his fourth term.
75 years ago
George Draper Dayton, wealthy president and founder of the Dayton Company, Minneapolis department store, and for 19 years a resident of Worthington before going to Minneapolis in 1902, died at his home, 2020 Blaisdell Ave., Minneapolis, at 4:15 a.m. Friday. He was 80. He had been in ill health for the past two years, suffering from recurring heart attacks. He was born March 6, 1857, at Clifton Springs, N.Y. He came to Minnesota at the age of 26 and located at Worthington with his wife, Mrs. Emma Willard Chadwick Dayton, whom he had married five years before. Mrs. Dayton died in 1931.
Worthmore Creamery & Produce Co. advertised its special of the week: butter brickle Worthmore ice cream, 35 cents a quart or 20 cents a pint.
Nels Swenson, 62, a resident of Nobles County since 1892, died, and his funeral services were at the Mission Baptist Church. Mr. Swenson was born in Sweden on Aug. 22, 1875, and came to this county in 1892, embarking on a farming operation with his brother, Knute, who lives near Kinbrae. He entered the employ of T.C. Thanning, who was at one time one of the most substantial farmers in the Graham Lakes township, and had stood by the Thanning family for nearly 30 years. It was at the home of his employer’s widow in Cherry Point park that his end came.
Mrs. Jan Meester, Ellsworth’s oldest resident at 92 years old, had been confined to her bed several days. She had been very active until just recently.