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!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Advice for the ages

With the new year comes new resolutions, or advice.......

(More than 28 year ago, when my Dad turned 50, I wrote him a poem with all of the advice he had given us kids through the years.)

With fifty years experience,
fifty years of livin'
I'd like to hand some back to you
the advice that you've been givin'.

You've said "Bored people are boring."
"God first. Others second, Me thrice."
"It's nice to be important
but more important to be nice!"

"Nice play, ox", "Grace, good going."
"How soon they all forget."
"Let's hear it for the big kid."
"You're smarter now", I'll bet.

"When off to church you're going
for the singing you'll be staying."
and "If you want to dance all night
for the fiddler you'll be paying."

"Pretty is as pretty does"
you'd say when we were blue.
"Beauty's only found skin deep,
ugly runs clear through."

"Get out of the kitchen
if you cannot stand the heat."
"A good ship is a clean ship"
you'd say to me "Miss Neat."

You've straightened out our manners,
"Got nose trouble?" you'd repeat.
or "Are you going to the theater?
You must, you're picking your seat!"

"Don't fix it if its not broken,"
if it is "It's Bobby's fault."
And if you cannot find it,
"Look in Mary's room", we'd shout.

"She's got freckles on her, but....."
"Have you met my first wife?"
"How come you don't like so-and -so,
You've known her all you life."

"What's the hidden agenda?"
I know "This is a test."
"Whatever you got going."
and sometimes, "You're the best!"

"Do what you have to do"
and "Paint it sky-blue pink."'
"There's no time like the present."
"Where's the shovel - sure does" - I think.

"Patience, jackass, patience"'
"Don't plant more than your wife can weed."
"There's no such thing as a free lunch"
is advice we'd often heed.

"I hear my mother calling"
"Go lay down by your dish"
"Never buy anything with a handle"
I'd often hear you wish.

"Don't spend all your money
in one place", of course.
And how often have we heard you
"See a man about a horse."

"You're still abed at seven
and you're not even sick?"
"Be sure that you walk softly
and carry a big stick."

"Dunn in there? Call your mother!"
and "Be sure to let sleeping dogs lie"
"You can't be a little bit pregnant"
or "Don't question - Do or die."

"It's not who wins that's importnant
but how you play the game."
"The pot may call the kettle black"
to me they're both the same.

We know "This is a money deal"
and there's "Ten men in your fist."
"Too many cooks will spoil the brew"
and "Into the soup don't spit!"

"Don't draw on the Lone Ranger"
"Don't spit into the wind"
amd if you want to live longer
the "Don't mess with the kid."

I've listed here your axioms,
your bits of rhyme or reasons.
We've been with you through thick and thin,
You're "A Man for all the Seasons."

Fifty years of practice,
fifty years to get it right.
Some think that you look handsome,
we think you look "So-right."

We've gathered here together
to show that we all care.
We'll raise a glass together
A birthday wish we'll share.

May God bless and keep you
from all harm that comes your way.
And may you still find happiness
both this and every day.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

1966 - Rollin Glewwe Files for Senate

     Now that the election process is well underway, I would like to share what it is like to run a successful campaign from a personal point of view.  Forty-five years ago, my father, Rollin B Glewwe, a produce manager at the local grocery store, started on his political career with the filing for State Senator of Dakota County, Minnesota. 

     A front page article in the "REPORTER", a weekly paper serving South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights, MN, dated Wednesday, July 27, 1966 states:

Rollin Glewwe Files For Senate
     Last-minute entry in the District 12 State Senate race is Rollin Glewwe, 33, of 138 W. MacArthur, South St. Paul, produce manager at Glewwe Food Markets.

     Incumbent Paul Thuet, 401 Marian Place, South St. Paul, also faces opposition in the primary from William Touhy of Eagan.  Thuet was endorsed by the DFL for the legislative seat.
     Glewwe, past president of the South St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and long active in community affairs, issued the following statement:
Filing Statement

     "Concern over the growing problems of northern Dakota county has prompted me to file as a candidate for the State Senate.  The civic activities I have been involved in over the past 13 years have given me an insight into these problems and a desire to continue to attempt to find solutions to them.
     My campaign will be based on a 4-point 4-square program of development for Dakota county that will be spelled out in detail as the election nears.  The points will include: (1) Economic opportunity - More jobs for and in Dakota county by continuing to do everything in my power to encourage greater business and industrial expansion into our countys' industrial parks and areas.  (2) Recreational Opportunity - Northern Dakota county had more natural beauty and recreation facility potential than many of the other metropolitan counties.  Park and camping areas should be developed so as to provide all residents use of these facilities within short driving distance from their homes.  Out-of-state tourists now make it a point to drive straight through Minnesota because of the lack of overnight campsites.

     When elected I will do everything I can to put northern Dakota county and all of Minnesota on the tourist maps of the vacation industry.

Tax Reform

     (3)  Tax reform - Regressive sales taxes are not the answer to state and county financing.  I am opposed to any attempt to shift the tax burden to those less able to pay. Tax reform is needed, however, because northern Dakota county has many young families, raising small children, as well as many retired people living on fixed incomes.  Rising real estate taxes are becoming oppressive to them, and we need relief in this area.

     Through a vigorous campaign to bring industrial expansion into Dakota county we can effectually spread the tax base to partially give relief.  In addition, I will urge federal legislation requiring the federal government to return to the states a portion of the federal income tax we now pay.  The federal government should share this money on a 'No Strings Attached' basis, giving credit to those states, like Minnesota, who are already taxing their citizens heavily.  Such a program will reduce the need for additional new taxes.


(4) Integrity and Genuine Concern - I pledge to represent the citizens of Dakota county with integrity that will not be overcome by conflict of interest, nor watered down by political obligation to an inefficient and scandal-ridden state administration.

     I pledge genuine, FULL TIME concern for seeking solutions to the problems of all the citizens of Dakota county - concern which will not allow my attention and energy to be side-tracked to the internal bickering of a political party in disarray.

     I remember several years ago when serving as president of the South St. Paul Jaycees we instituted  community survey that revealed problems crying out for a solution.  The solution of these problems involved me with the city government and the South St. Paul-Inver Grove Heights Chamber of Commerce in many areas of activity.

     Last year, serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce and on the City Charter Commission, I was able to study these problems even closer and formulated programs that even now are in progress and in many instances completed.  As president of the Chamber of Commerce last year, I was gratified to have the opportunity to welcome new industries to the area which brought 300 new jobs, over a million dollars of new payroll, and $10 million of industrial investment which broadened the tax base of our area.  As your senator I will see that an all out effort is made to increase this trend in northern Dakota county.

     Over the last six years United Fund work brought me into closer contact with the leaders of the packinghouse and stockyards unions.  As a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters, Butchers, Workmen and Food Handlers of North America myself, I found we had a common interest in solving the needs of northern Dakota county.
      It is with this background and a burning desire to continue to serve that I place my name on the ballot and sincerely solicit your support."
     Mr. Glewwe and his wife, Joan, have four children, Rae Marie, 12, LouAnn, 10, Scott, 5 and Barbara, 4.
     Glewwe was selected by the South St Paul Reporter as its 1965 'Man of the Year'.

     He served as president of SSPaul Jaycees, state director twice, winner of the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award in 1962, president of the SSPaul Development Corp., president of the 1966 United Fund and president of the Chamber of Commerce during 1965.


     Getting $10 million in new industrial plants and facilities, originating the first official studies and surveys for renewal of Concord St. area, working on contracts for 2.7 miles of permanent floodwall, finalizing plans for the $500,000 addition to the South St. Paul post office, creating a new city charter commission, etc.