Friday, January 13, 2012

January 1987 - South St Paul's Centennial

     Twenty five years ago, the city of South St. Paul, Minnesota celebrated 100 years of incorporation.  Serving on the Centennial Commission was Lois Glewwe, Centennial Coordinator and editor of a wonderfully detailed history book of South St Paul, and sixteen other citizens including myself. We had met every month in the prior year to get ready for this year-long event, including spending many hours at the Dakota County Historical Society museum going through the archives, old newspapers not yet on microfilm.  One result from those efforts was a calendar, sponsored by the local VFW Post #295.  This calendar listed all of the planned events for celebrating the centennial as well as events that had happened, one for every day, in the first one hundred years of the city.  I hope to share some of those events every month.

January 1, 1939 -  Local attorney Harold E Stassen inaugurated as Govenor of Minnesota.

January 4, 1967 - Governor's Inaugural Ball for South St Paul attorney Harold LeVander.

January 12, 1916 - Hook-Em-Cow Club organized to revitalize the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

January 17, 1891 - First edition of the South St. Paul Daily Reporter.

January 24, 1987 - This month's Centennial Special ---Hook-Em-Cow Revival Barbeque


     During the city centennial, a barbeque was held at the local VFW hall following the St. Paul Winter Carnival parade, which South St Paul participated in with a float and the queen and princesses dressed to look like the original "Hook-Em"Cow" queen and court. The royal family of the 1987 Winter Carnival joined the partygoers for an evening of fun and frivolity!


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