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 the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the Marshall News-Messenger on June 24, 1904:

A big Fourth of July celebration will be held at J.P. Christensen’s grove in Island Lake, and some novel attractions have been advertised.

W.J. Scofield and John Montgomery represented Good Samaritan Lodge I.O.O.F. at the grand lodge of Odd Fellows in St. Paul this week. Mrs. Caley was a delegate from Rebekah lodge.

Marshall Gun Club met last Monday afternoon, “Dad Phillips” the old invincible trap shooter still wears the medal, the score was as follows: Phillips 17, Healy F.M. 15, Healy C. 14, Lanoue 13, Curtis 11, Jennings 9, Mellenthin 5.

Machine work at Fulton’s factory has been shut down this week on account of an accident to the engine.

Sheriff Christensen has appointed John Johnson of this city as deputy, to succeed Owen Clark who resigned the position this week. Mr. Johnson is one of the oldest and well known residents of Marshall, though by no means an old man, for the town is not but a little over thirty years old.

Mrs. D.B. Woodbury of Chicago and children are expected in Marshall next Wednesday for a two weeks visit with her mother, Mrs. H.M. Burchard, and brother James and family.

F.W. Sickler of the Lyon County National Bank had to forgo attendance at the state bankers association at St. Paul this week, but will go to Duluth the second week of July, summoned by jury duty in United States court, and will improve the opportunity for an outing in the Zenith City on Lake Superior.

The photograph featured this week shows the Lyon County National Bank, which was located on corner of 3rd and Main streets in Marshall. The bank failed in the Great Depression. This building was later occupied by several businesses, including Sward Kemp Drug. The building is currently occupied by TruBridge.

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