On the Porch

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of its day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few notices from the Marshall News-Messenger on Sept. 2, 1904:

With streets torn up for laying water mains and sewers, and Main Street blocked by building a new bridge, strangers are impressed with the idea that there is something doing in Marshall. The abutments of the bridge are nearly completed, and the steel for the superstructure is expected next week.

Ed. Healy placed one of his snapshot smiles over Marshall on Tuesday and shed a few half-tone views of rich agricultural lands of the Red River valley before a few Lyon County farmers. Ed. is always a welcome lad in this vicinity, and may his smile grow broader as his years increase, until the top of his head looks like an island in an oasis of prosperity.

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Whitney returned from their eastern trip on Saturday, where the senior editor was a delegate to the national Grand Army convention in Boston. A flying trip was made through Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, among relatives and old friends.

Deacon Whitney has nearly recovered from his broken leg, thanks to a vigorous constitution and well ordered life, and his recovery from so severe an accident when in his 86th year is something remarkable. He makes good progress about town with the use of a cane.

Yesterday, Thursday, prairie chickens were legally ripe, as per the statutes of Minnesota, and a liberal portion of our male population went into the harvest fields with varying results, according to varying abilities.

The photograph featured this week shows members of the Marshall Grand Army of the Republic D.F. Markham Post in front of Addison Hardware store on Main Street. C.C. Whitney is standing on the far right.