Modern Cottage Grove begins to rise Almost 61 Years Ago THE REPORTER Serving St. Paul Park, Newport, Thompson Grove, Woodbury Heights. February 17, 1961 Program To Eliminate Contamination Set For Presentation To Legislature A far reaching, comprehensive program aimed at eliminating the threat of ground water contamination in the metropolitan area was scheduled to be presented recently to the Minnesota Legislature. CG Resident Named Red Cross Director For County Chapter COTTAGE GROVE—George Woodward, Cottage Grove resident, was named a director of the Washington county chapter of the American Red Cross at the chapter’s recent annual meeting in Stillwater. 3 Townships Close Filings On Same Day THIS AREA—Filings closed Tuesday for offices in three local townships, with elections set for March 14 for Woodbury, Cottage Grove, and Grey Cloud. Up for election in Cottage Grove are the jobs of constable (one-year term), justice of the peace (one and two year terms), supervisor, treasurer, and assessor. Lawrence Pennington, incumbent constable, will face Thomas Larsen and Joseph Callucci. Neither incumbent JP has filed for re-election. Vying for those jobs will be Thomas T. Pasquale (one year term) and Douglas Orton and William Perkins for the two-year term. Incumbent assessor, Glen Synategaard, is not filed for re-election. Running unopposed in his place is Raymond H. Peterson. Also running unopposed is township treasurer William Biscoe. County Road Dept. Gets Village Streets ST. PAUL PARK—Washington county is taking over Hastings Ave. in the village and making it a county state aid road. A recent resolution by the county board of commissioners stating the road should be “constructed, improved and maintained as a county state aid highway” was approved in a similar resolution passed by the village council last week. Willard Swenson, assistant county engineer, said state approval is still pending but that such approval sometimes is little more than a formality. When taken over by the county, the state-aid artery will begin on Broadway at its intersection with Summit Ave., then run two blocks east to Hastings Ave. and southeast on Hastings as far as Belden Blvd. in Thompson Grove. One and a tenth miles of the road is within St. Paul Park and another half a mile is outside the corporate limits. Swenson said route changes or road improvements aren’t likely for at least a year. Surveys and plans are needed first and the engineer’s office currently has a year’s work to handle, he said. It’s the first time the county has taken over a road in the area since it was given the Inver Grove bridge and parts of highway 100 last year. Hastings Ave. will be designated county road No. 39. TICKET SALES CONTINUE THIS AREA—The men’s club of St. Thomas church has reported that ticket sales will continue today (Friday) for the Park-Port Thompson Grove hockey night in the St. Paul auditorium tonight. The club acquired for re-sale a block of about a thousand tickets for the St. Paul Saints—Omaha Knights game tonight. Suburban Lawmakers Join For Study Of Distinctive Problems THIS AREA—Suburban legislators, including Sen. Raphael Salmore and representative Dick O’ Dea and Howard Albertson from Washington County’s 43rd district, have joined together for a cause. In order to better study problems peculiar to the suburbs, legislators from both houses – conservatives and liberals alike – have banded together. The move, started the last week of January, was spurred by the fact that both Ramsey and Hennepin counties have such delegations. Initiated by Sen. Paul Thuet of South St. Paul, two of the more far-reaching projects of the group are studies of the planned metropolitan sewer district expansion and state redistricting. According to Thuet, the sewer district expansion makes provisions for many suburban area, but does not call for action for at least another 10 years. “Our problems can’t wait that long,” he said. Included in the planning group are legislators from Washington, Dakota, Carver, Scott and Anoka counties. Chairman is Sen. Thuet and vice-chairman is Rep. J. Fitzgerald of New Prague. Fastner Proposing Plans Commission For St. Paul Park ST. PAUL PARK—Mayor William J. Fastner expects to propose establishment of a village planning commission in Monday’s village council meeting. Park officials so far have been directing planning measures to the South Washington County Planning commission for consideration and the village council has conducted the hearings on matters of zoning. Fastner said this week that one of the biggest tasks of the commission will be in the handling of zoning problems. It’s expected that Eberman Hasbrouck, the South Washington County planning consultant, will be asked to provide an outline of zoning ordinances that can be put into use by next summer. Meanwhile, Fastner has said he is not in favor of the recently proposed fee plans for Hasbrouck, believing it will neutralize the original intent of the area communities when they formed the commission. He says the commission will have little purpose if the member communities desire to solve only their own problems and solve them on their own. At the same time, he believes the formation of a planning group for St. Paul Park will have no adverse effect on the vitality of the larger commission. The Park Commission will work within the framework of the area commission’s plans. Woodbury To Get First Sewer Line Woodbury—The town board will open bids at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 for construction of the township’s first sanitary sewer line this spring. It was brought out at Monday’s meetings that the township will build the line to serve the new 18-classroom Woodbury elementary school on Upper Afton road. The sewer, to connect to a lateral in Maplewood, will cost an estimated $25,000. The Maplewood lateral is served by the St. Paul system. It was also decided in Monday’s meeting that the board will revise all township ordinances and publish them in booklet form. Farming and small town items 120 Years Ago WASHINGTON COUNTY JOURNAL Motto: “Independent and Impartial” December 20, 1901 The ice King got in ahead of Santa Claus in the northwest, but what he brought was not so welcome. Andrew Carnegie has offered Red Wing $15,000 for a new public library and it’s dollars to icicles that the Red Wing library will be built and in use long before the foundation is laid for Stillwater’s library. Osteopaths barred. Osteopathic schools are not medical colleges as defined by the legislature of Minnesota, and have no right to secure unclaimed bodies for use in the dissecting room. This is the gist of an opinion by Assistant Attorney General Donahower. An osteopathic school of Minneapolis made application to be allowed to participate in the distribution of the state’s unclaimed bodies, and was refused. They then appealed to the attorney general, with the above stated result. 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. 7 • October 5, 1887 Motto: “It is never too late to mend.” Kindness the Key Note to Reformation Editor Mirror Tonight, as my thoughts are directed homeward and to my mother, I wonder how many fond loving mothers, yes, Christian mothers as they fondly stroke the heads of their infant sons, or nestle them to their bosoms as only a mother can, ever think that sometime he may be stripped of his civil rights and cast into a convict’s cell. No matter how sad and humiliating to me, such is the fact with more than fifty-thousand human beings in theUnited States. I have read much with reference to the publishment and reformation of those afflicted with a criminal nature, and have come to the conclusion that the law never has and never can reform a criminal who is such by inheritance, though it can and will make it exceedingly uncomfortable for him if he don’t reform himself. But all men who are sent to prison are not demons nor criminals by nature. Many are the victims of unfortunate circumstances, who by some act in an unguarded moment have committed a crime against society, perhaps the only one they have ever committed. And if a little charity had been mingled with “justice” at the time of their trials, this class of so-called criminals would have become valuable acquisitions to the mechanical, mercantile, or professional world, and to society. But, alas, charity is blind to the weakness of flesh and deaf to the wails and sobs of wives, children, and poor old mothers, and the unfortunate is carried away to prison and forever after branded a social outcast. This class of “criminals” has my heartfelt sympathy. (Many relations abandon those in prison once convicted, the writer has more sympathy for such felons than the families and parents who abandon them). For a character is born and not made. The subject of crime and criminals, their prosecution and reformation
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is simply inexhaustible. The key ….

is simply inexhaustible. The key note to reformation (if any) is kindness.

In conclusion I will say, abolish the most palpable fraud known to criminal jurisprudence—the jury system—and there will be fewer so called “criminals” and more of the other fellows in our prisons.

RAMBLER, Sept. 20, 1887 News from Across the River PIERCE COUNTY PLAINDEALER January 20, 1882 A Just Rebuke Some Englishmen were making an excursion in New Zealand, and engaged natives as guides and to carry their luggage. On the first Sabbath, the Europeans were proposing to journey as usual, but the natives said: “No, it is the Sabbath.” The chief of the guides was a Christian man, and stood firm. The Englishmen, like too many of their countrymen when abroad, forgot the rearing of their early days. They got into a great rage, and refused to pay them if they did not obey orders. The natives asked: “What are we to do with the law of God?” An Englishman answered: “What have we to do with the law of God? What is that to us?” One of the natives retorted: “You have much to do with that. If it were not for the law of God we should not remain quiet on your refusing to pay us for our labor. We should have taken by force what you have, and robbed, if not killed you. You have much to do with the law of God.”

What was the end of this strange scene we do not know, but we hope that among these Englishmen there was sufficient manliness and good feeling to accept the unexpected rebuke, and to honor the Maori for his firmness and principle.

January 13, 1882

Mother Shipton has proved herself to be a colossal fraud of the year, barring Vennor, and she should be treated accordingly. She promised that the world would come to an end last year, and many people allowed their debts to remain unpaid until after the 31st, hoping they would outlaw in the next world, and now they cannot raise the money to pay them; others have neglected to buy wood; thinking it would be hot enough where they were going after the first of January, and now wood is twelve dollars a cord. This is not the first time the world has been deceived by an old woman (or man), but this failure to bring around the end of the world should teach us to look with suspicion upon the promises of reformers.—[Peck’s sun].

“I think,” said a farmer, “I should make a good congressman; for I use their language. I received two bills the other day with requests for immediate payment; the one I ordered to be laid on the table—the other to be read that day six months.”

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