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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 News Messenger of Lyon County on March 24, 1922:

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ehrreich have returned from Vesta to make their home in Marshall. They are occupying the residence recently purchased by them on West Main Street.

Among the out of town callers at the W.P. Francois Dressmaking shop this week were: Mrs. Fred Lerschen of Ghent, Mrs. M.W. Johnson of Milroy, Mrs. Engels and Mrs. Van Saddlehoff of Amiret and Mrs. Hennen of Ghent. The shop secured orders for twenty silk shirts for men through the Bargain Day ad.

The city has installed a new fire whistle at the plant. It is the same style of siren, but larger and will make a new sound, so be prepared. The old whistle was out of order and had the habit of freezing up in cold weather.

Mrs. Frank Case entertained the Junior Bridge Club on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Sam Forbes was an out of town guest.

Raymond Gregoire, Roland Prairie, and Frank McLaughlin returned from Mankato where they have been attending business college.

The house on the farm of S.A. Anderson, northeast of Minneota, was destroyed by a fire last Friday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Emil Van Aske, who are renting the farm, were not able to save any of the household goods. The neighbors rushed to the burning house to help save the other buildings. The fire started in the second story. A faulty chimney was the cause of the fire.

At the election March 14, the following officers were re-elected in Sodus: James Firmage, supervisor, Ralph Madden, clerk. The township voted $7000 for road and bridge funds.

James H. Hall, C.M. Hoagland, J.V. Williams and H.H. Gieseke were in Duluth several days this week in interests of the Marshall Milling Company, plaintiffs in a case in civil court in that city. A verdict for a substantial sum was returned for the company.

The photograph featured this week shows an object in the Lyon County Museum’s collection. The object is an ashtray that shows the Marshall Milling Company on one side and the Marshall’s Best Flour logo on the other side. The ashtray was a premium given to customers.

The Lyon County Historical Society (LCHS) is a non-profit, member-supported organization. LCHS operates the Lyon County Museum at 301 W Lyon St in Marshall. The Lyon County Museum is open to visitors. To contact us, visit our website: www.lyoncomuseum.org, call: 507-537-6580, email: director@lyoncomuseum.org, or on our Facebook page.

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