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“Looking Back” is compiled from the Jordan Independent archives.


Oct. 18, 1898

Herman Roufs has applied for a liquor license for the southwest room of the first floor of the building located on the southwest corner of lot 10 in block 9 in the city of Jordan.

New school colors are army blue, glittering gold. Blue and gold or gold and blue? The combination will remind us of the soldier boys. The attendance in room F has been good, except on rainy days. First grade pupils have been collecting shells in nature work. Miss Farrel’s pupils are drawing and studying wasps and their habits. The boys of the Athletic Association have a new game, a combination of football, handball, baseball and lawn tennis. It needs a name.

At the parsonage this morning, Father Othmar united John Heiland and Gertie Schutz in matrimony.

Expressman Heitkamp is constructing an office on the Heitkamp property on Shakopee Street.

Caswell and Kipp are drilling a well for Morgan and Heiland’s new livery barn. Math Busch is doing the stone work on the basement.

Cabinet maker Hougard has moved his shop to the “old gravel block” on Varner Street.

After the continuous rains, the roads are in very bad shape.

The Harmonia Society celebrated Barney Herder’s birthday on Monday with a fine luncheon of hamburger, limburger, beer and cigars.

Taylor Hagie is building a neat cottage home on upper First Street.

Barber Klemenhagen has built a neat addition to his Varner Street home.

Schaumburg’s opening on Saturday was quite a success and all who participated had a very good time.

For sale — 380 acres with pasture, meadow, wood and plowland, buildings and a lake on the place — located in St. Lawrence Township. Inquire at Scott County Bank in Jordan.


Oct. 13, 1921

The baby specialist, Dr. Otto of Minneapolis, examined 43 babies at the Jordan Baby Clinic. Mothers and babies came from the surrounding areas. Babies were examined for tonsils, enlarged glands, skin lesions and evidence of rickets.

The M&St.L. Depot at Jordan was again broken into on last Tuesday night. The burglars smashed three locks, wrecked each drawer and marred the newly painted station in their rough endeavor to take the property of others. They stole a box of shoes valued at 87 cents and a 5 pound bag of coffee that was in the freight room. No trace of criminals as of now.

The Jordan High School eleven went to Arlington Friday afternoon and played their string team, losing by a score of 27 to 3.

Ollie Fuhrman arrived to spend the winter in his hometown after a very successful season as catcher in professional baseball in the south and east.

Mr. Johnson and his crew are working on the Helena Street fill. He has rented the former St. John’s Hall from its present owner Joseph Kehrer as quarters for his crew.

Moses, the Cash Bargain Store, is holding their 31st annual fall opening with a complete showing of winter apparel and fall and winter supplies beginning Monday, Oct. 17. The store will be open every evening.

There was a touch of winter in the air last weekend and a snow flurry was observed Friday afternoon. Stove and steam heat are now welcomed.

The Hessing home in St. Lawrence was the scene of a merry and happy social event on Saturday when 35 guests celebrated the birthday of one of the boys.

With shutters all around the big Doyles’ Pavilion at Spring Lake, devotees of Terpsichore who flock to that popular place, find it as pleasant and comfortable during the autumn as the summertime.


Oct. 18, 1951

Some months ago Mike O’Day purchased the 30x70-foot Rodel two-story building at the west end of Second Street (the former Masonic Hall building). To be known as the Jordan Sash and Door Company, it will be making different kinds of millwork, with special attention to window-sash, doors, frames and mouldings. Over ten machines are installed on both floors, and connected to electrical power. All the window spaces have been filled with combination new-type glass. A wide stairway is built connecting the two floors.

Completing a week of homecoming activities was a parade from the school through town over the historic sandstone bridge, around Lagoon Park and to the gravel mine in Southtown. There the participants and citizens were greeted by a large bonfire and pep fest program and King was Ralph Carlson and Queen Gwen Laabs and the Jordan High School Band. Theme was “Detour Le Sueur,” but Le Sueur defeated the Hubmen in the football game the next evening, 24 to 6.

Notice: Auto and Trailer licenses are due Oct. 1 to Nov. 15. See Howard Voigt, Jordan, to renew your license.

The Scott House on First Street has an upstairs three rooms and bath, with an outside entrance for rent. See Martha Cumrath.

Free dance at Mertz Tap Room on Saturday, Oct. 20. Music is by Hruby’s Dance Band. Everyone is welcome.

Very little corn has been harvested yet. It has been drying excellently. The killing frost of a few weeks back was the best thing that could have happened to give a good corn harvest.

First anniversary sale: Buy a new Youngstown Jet-tower dishwasher and get $100 for your old sink! Strait Furniture Company.

‘The Rocket has got it!’ See the super “88 Rocket Oldsmobile” at Engfer Chevrolet Company in Jordan.


Oct. 21, 1971

This year, for the first time as a result of an act of Congress in 1868, Veterans Day will be observed on the fourth Monday in October, rather than the traditional Nov. 1. In 1926, Armistice Day was made the official name for Nov. 11 observance of honoring the nation’s veterans. In 1938, a congressional resolution made the date a national holiday. In 1954, Congress changed the name Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Rose Holzer, 74, of rural Jordan in Helena Township passed away at Queen of Peace Hospital, Sunday, Oct. 12. Her husband, Theodore, preceded her in death. Survived by a son, Larry, a daughter, Amella (Mrs. Roger Rynda), one brother, three sisters, and eight grandchildren. Burial services were held Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Benedict.

Gerald Bendzick, Jordan dairy farmer, was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Dairy Council at a recent meeting of that group in Chicago. Bendzick owns and operates a 186-acre dairy farm in Sand Creek Township, where he and his wife have lived the past 24 years.

Coronary Care Service, an additional dimension to the patient care, which is now being provided by the Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague.

Full page ad: We’re celebrating. It was just 25 years ago this month that the natural gas distribution system was completed in Jordan, and natural gas became available for use in your home.

Behind a crushing ground attack, the Montgomery Redbirds rolled to an overwhelming 32-0 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Jordan Hubmen 39-6 Friday at the home field.


Oct. 17, 1991

Tuesday of this week, Surgical Appliance Industries of Cincinnati, Ohio, the owner of Theradyne in Jordan, announced that they are in the process of purchasing 5-7 acres of land in the Jordan Industrial Park and will construct a new building at the site. Barry Ulmann, manager of manufacturing for Theradyne said. Mamer Construction of Jordan was awarded the contract for building the new facilities with construction to start hopefully this fall and completion by March of 1992.

Members of the Minnesota Valley Riders Club held their annual trail ride/steak fry at the state park trails between Jordan and Belle Plaine on Sunday. Everyone enjoyed the ride and dinner, which followed with master of the barbecue, Ken Pekarna, grilling the steaks.

The veteran Jordan High School “chain gang” waits patiently for the Hubmen football games to begin. It consists of Ken Eischens on the sidelines, his job the past 25 years; Bill Busch, Ed Breimhorst holding the down signs; and Frank Hilgers, who is in charge of the “yard line snap.” They are all volunteers.

A huge homecoming crowd witnessed a well-played high school football game last Friday here, as the Jordan Hubmen beat the Le Sueur-Henderson Giants by a score of 20-13. Simek made the defensive play of the game of the Hubmen as he intercepted a Dan Bendt pass at the 37 yard line and returned it to the 16 yard. Coach Trapp’s comment: “We had so many people make big plays for us, it was really a big team victory.”

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