Modern Cottage Grove begins to rise Almost 61 Years Ago THE REPORTER Serving St. Paul Park, Newport, Thompson Grove, Woodbury Heights. February 10, 1961 South St. Paul Reporter South Grove Discusses Incorporation. Our hats are off to the South Grove Junior Chamber of Commerce! It was this group which made arrangements for Monday night’s big meeting on the question of whither Inver Grove township in terms of governmental structure. The meeting was long awaited. With many residents present; with township, planning and state officials present, it gave the area a good look at the possibilities for the future: to incorporate the township, to annex to neighboring Inver Grove village or South St. Paul, or keep the township status. As established by a new state law, the townships having more than 2,000 population will have to make a decision on the matter of incorporation. (Editorial calls for township wide election and a committee of interested groups to form a non-partisan schedule of activities including informational meetings before said election). STATEWIDE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SURVEY RESULTS: The Growing Dangers of Metro Air Pollution Editor’s Note: According to the Minnesota Dept. of Health Dakota and Washington counties are included in those areas which now have, as a result of air pollution, “Measurable discomfort of inconvenience for residents.” Though unlike neighboring Ramsey County which is listed as causing “discomfort or convenience plus damage to property or vegetation” the problem is growing locally. The following, in part, is the report released by the government agency). Long range planning to prevent the development of serious air pollution problems in Minnesota could have important implications for community growth and industrial expansion is recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health. The need for a program to clean up existing sources of air pollution that could greatly reduce financial and other losses by communities and industries is stressed in a recently released 780-page report of a statewide appraisal of air pollution in Minnesota. The nine-month survey made from October 1959 to July 1960 was carried out with the assistance of the U.S. Public Health Service. Although weather and terrain are in general favorable to the dispersion of air pollutants, there are times when the concentration of pollution sources is such that area-wide air pollution levels are higher than they should be, according to Dr. Robert
N. Barr, state health officer. ….

N. Barr, state health officer.

“The problem will become greater with the anticipated population increases, greater industrial activity, and increasing urbanization. All of this will result in increased fuel use for heat and power, greater traffic density, and additional demands on refuse disposal facilities,” he states.

Minnesota had a 14.5 percent population increase during 1950-60, most of which occurred in urban areas. It is estimated that the population will exceed four million before 1975.

Farming and small town items 120 Years Ago Washington County

Journal December 13, 1901 A 24-year-old man named James L. Townsend dies of periontitis at Stillwater, from the bursting “of an appendicitis abcess.” His parents come from Elgin, Minnesota to collect the remains.

CATTLE FENCE OPENING A person can step through it readily but Cattle and Horses Cannot Force Passage.

A gate in a pasture fence is often a source of much bother. A permanent passageway through such a fence is shown in the cut. A person can step through it really, and it is always open, but cattle cannot pass, and unlike a gate, they cannot force it open. Such an opening in a fence can be made in a few minutes.

—Orange Judd Farmer Corn as a Food for Sheep With some there is a prejudice against corn as a sheep food, but I see no reason why corn may not be used as a sheep feed, if supplemented with some more nitrogenous food. When the lamb begins to come, the feed should be increased and a liberal quantity of bran or middlings fed in order to make the ewes give a liberal supply of milk. A lamb is hard to freeze to death if it gets plenty of milk, but a half-starved lamb easily succumbs to cold.—Rural World Roberts is Convicted. Must take punishment for Conspiracy.

The verdict of the jury in the case of the State of Minnesota against John M. Roberts, an ex-guard at the prison, indicted on a charge of conspiring to enable Edward Leland to escape from prison, was brought into court at 10 o’clock yesterday morning and Roberts was found guilty as charged. Roberts turned slightly pale when the verdict was read but a few minutes later regained his color and chatted freely with his attorney, who will move for a new trial, and, upon failure to secure that, will appeal the case to the Supreme Court. Robert’s bail was continued and he left for his home in Minneapolis but will return this afternoon, when County Attorney Nethaway will ask that sentence be pronounced.

Upriver at the Stillwater Prison 134 Years Ago THE PRISON MIRROR Published by the inmates of the Minnesota State Prison at Stillwater Minnesota Vol. 1, No. 5 September 21, 1887 Motto: “It is never too late to mend.”

For the Mirror “Lord, There is Nothing Hid from Thee.”

The following extract from one of Meredith’s poems* was found in the pocket of an ex-convict who died suddenly a few months after his release.

*’The Wanderer,’ by Owen Meredith.

“My Savior, dare I come to Thee, Who let the little children come?

But I?—My soul is faint within me.’ I come from wandering to and fro this weary world.

There still his round the Accuser goes But Thee I found not anywhere.— And yet I knew that tears lie deep in all I do. The homeless that are sick for home, are not so wretched.

Ere it break, receive my heart. And for the sake, not of my sorrows, but of Thine, Bend down thy holy eyes on mine, which are full of misery To See Thee clearly, though they seek…Lord! There is nothing hid from Thee.

PRISON PHRASES By Pickles In what way does the labor party resemble the enterprising burglar? They both seek gain through (k) nights of labor.

We have wall-flowers at the prison, and they’re not old maids, either.

Rumored, that a certain convict of Teutonic extraction is so pleased with the recent introduction of boiled bologna sausage into the cuisine of our “noted resort: by our Joliet steward, that he has made application for an extension of his time here.

There is a man in the penitentiary for killing Time; he is now serving time.

A convict has been discovered in the prison who says he is “guilty.” He will be placed on exhibition in the “curio hall” attached to the prison.

A sign over a convict’s bench in one of the shops reads: “The Christian at Work.”* The facetious wretch got it from the heading of a well-known religious journal. A paradox: The convict keeps “mum” until he gets “extra dry,” and then he calls for water.

The “pen” is mightier than the convict.

*The Apostle Paul was not a stranger to prisons, at Rome or elsewhere. Some of his letters were written from such facilities of detention.

Next County Over THE ANOKA STAR December 5, 1863 THE PETER POPLAR PAPERS Number 1 (Continued from last week) …They know they have the water power and other facilities, and you may bet your old head, Uncle Tim, that they (businessmen) will profit by it.

“Now,” says he, “so long as you are getting beyond your depth, just tell me how the Railroad is to benefit the farmers around the town. I spose by killing off half their cattle, and setting the prairies on fire every day or two, I tell you,” and here he kicked over the stool, “that it’ll do more harm than good.”

“Good for you. There is more of a knock down argument in your heels than in your head. The farmers will bring their produce to market just as they do now, only ten will come where one comes now. The mills will pay as much for wheat as they pay in Saint Paul, grind it here, and send down flour. All the beef and pork will be packed here. In fact, not a dime’s worth of raw material will go through the town. If the mills of the river cannot grind all the wheat, the balance will be ground here—it will stop at the nearest mill. And the Railroad will use us you old fogies worse than it will kill cattle.”

“What are you getting at now, young man?”

“Well sir, I’ll tell you. In case you want to ride in the cars, and they go at fifteen minutes past eleven, you just be there two minutes before the time one day, and the next day two minutes after the time, just to see the difference. It is really amusing, I assure you, particularly if you must go in that train. I tell you, Uncle Tim, it will benefit the people in many ways. It will wake them up, put new life into their bones, and stir things up generally. It will enhance the value of farming lands. There will be stations every ten miles, or oftener, so that there will be hundreds of farms within five miles of the road, either way. All this land now lying idle in the hands of speculators, will be sold and occupied by actual settlers.”

Across the River PRESCOTT JOURNAL City of Prescott, Pierce County, Wisconsin December 25, 1861 War Correspondence Bacon Creek, Ky., Dec. 14 ’61 DEAR LUTE:—Thinking that there might be incidents sufficient to afford subjects for a letter, connected with the “Bloody First,” I will attempt to pen them.

(March to Bacon Creak, rebel burning of railroad bridge, 33,000 Union troops “in the vicinity of Green River,” capture of rebel recruits and statement that Buckner “has about 25,000 rebel troops at Bowling Green,” expecting reinforcements from Tennessee.

“Wm. (William) Cowan has this morning come into camp, having left West Point yesterday. He thinks he is fit to do duty, and seems glad to come “home.”

Having written as much as your readers will patiently endure, I will close.

Yours truly, QUAD (Note: Lute A. Taylor was the newspaper editor of the Prescott Journal, after former newspaper editor Charles E. Young answered Lincoln’s call in April of 1861 for volunteers, Young going to the Twin Cities area after the war).

Territorial Dispatch 170 Years Ago DAKOTA TAWAXITKU KIN or THE DAKOTA FRIEND February 1852 Pioneer Traders among the Dakotas NICHOLAS PERROT No. II (Continued from last week) …We learn nothing of the subject of our sketch after this until about the year 1687, He was then in company with another Canadian named Bois-guillot, trading in the neighborhood of the Mississippi. In consequence of an order from them Governor of Canada, with the exception of a guard left to protect his merchandise from the Sioux he preceded with al of the French of his vicinity, to join the army of defense against the English and the Iroquois.

In taking leave of the Dakotas with whom he appears to have been trading, he promised them that if they made war with the Indians who were allies of the French, they would be made to repent.

Six years after this, he is sent as envoy to the Miamis to break up their trade with the English. In the year 1696, the Indian dwelling on the river St. Joseph and vicinity, in Michigan, were attacked by the Dakotas. To revenge themselves they made a war party, and went into the Dakota country. They found their enemies secretly entrenched in a sort of fort, and aided by several Courier de Bois (“forest runners” or messengers).

After a fierce attack, the Dakotas repulsed them, and while returning to their hunting grounds they had a skirmish with some Frenchmen who were bearing arms and goods to the Sioux. Filled with hate towards the French, Nicholas Perrot happened among them, and they would have burned him to death, had it not been for the intervention of the Outagamis, who were his friends.

A quarter of a century after the council at the Falls of St. Mary, there was another grand conference of Indian tribes held at Montreal. Here again we find Perrot in attendance as the interpreter for the tribes that then resided in the present States of Wisconsin and Illinois.

After this second treaty of peace in 1707, the Ottowas requested that he might be their leader, but did not wish “Eau de vie” brought among them as it broke their spirits. While engaged in trade in the Mississippi valley he travelled as far as Rock Island, and some distance above the Des Moines he discovered some mines of lead which as late as 1721, bore his name.

Upon Nicollet’s and many other modern maps on the east side of Lake Pepin there are marked the ruins of an old French fort. Carver found these when he traveled here in 1766, and states that in that vicinity a trade was carried on with the Sioux or Dakotas, by the French.

This fort was built by Perrot and he and his comrades are those whom Dakota tradition asserts gave seed corn to that nation…(to be continued).

Cattle Fence from 1901 Washington County Journal.

January 5, 2022