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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 April 19, 1912:

Louis E. Ehlers has been appointed county superintendent of road work for Lyon County, by the state highway commission.

The many friends of Alex Lowe, a former Marshall boy, will be pleased to learn of his marriage on last Wednesday to Miss Addie Houseman at Fairmont, this state. Mrs. and Mrs. George Lowe, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Giesek and Mrs. Theo. Thomas, all of this city, attended the wedding, returning Thursday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Alex Lowe left Fairmont for the cities, where they will buy furniture and fittings for their new home at Wood Lake.

Mrs. F.M. Healy entertained the Episcopal Guild on Wednesday afternoon, in honor of Rev. Chas. Edgar Haupt of Minneapolis, and Rector W.A. Dennis.

Dr. Gray was called into Redwood County Thursday morning, and made a hurry up trip with George Long in his auto, to find Clement Simmons who lives just across the county line in Underwood township, suffering with a badly mangled leg. Mr. Simmons had been out with four horses, hitched to a manure spreader. The team became unmanageable, and the driver thrown under the wheels. Dr. Gray set and dressed the leg, leaving the patient resting at his home.

On Sunday a lodge of the Knights of Columbus will be organized in Marshall, and large delegation from abroad are expected to participate in the event, many coming from Watertown, S.D., and intermediate points. The Minneapolis body will confer the work, which will take place in Masonic hall. A banquet will be served in Forbes Assembly hall.

Mr. Kirkpatrick of the State University farm will speak in the Clifton Presbyterian church in the afternoon of May 7 at 2:30 o’clock, on the subject of Gardening and Fruit Growing for profit.

Dr. Hard christened his new motor boat, Silver Star, on Thursday by attaching it to his automobile and taking it to Lake Marshall. It is a beautiful model, sixteen feet long, with a capacity for eight people. It is of metallic construction, with air compartments in the bow and stern, rendering it non-sinkable. The Doctor will use it during his summer outing at Green Lake.

The photograph featured this week from the Lyon County Museum’s collection is a postcard photograph of a group by Lake Marshall. The photograph was taken in the early 1900’s.

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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