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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 September 20, 1907:

Napoleon Bonaparte Mizeur, a young lad of seventeen years, residing near Milroy, fell from a load of oats, sustaining a fracture of the elbow joint. He was brought to Marshall and placed under the care of Dr. Ferro.

The ladies of Marshall will find pleasure in gathering at the millinery rooms of Mrs. De Busscher on the occasion of her opening of fall and winter hats next week, an announcement of which appears in our advertising columns.

Miss Mary Walker of Los Angeles is a guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Addison. She is a niece, and will spend a few weeks in Marshall.

Charlie Middleton is too modest by far, or he would have been dancing about town two weeks ago joyously shouting over the arrival of another boy. But he kept very quiet about it.

Frank Hoagland who is a graduate of the Marshall high school, left here last Sunday to attend Hamline university.

George Chamberlain is reported to be well established in a fine store at Watertown, doing a good business, and tickled to death with his prospects.

Mr. John C. Rodge of Taunton returned the first of this week from a three months tour of Norway, visiting his old home and the leading cities. He spent Monday in Marshall, and said he was very glad to again have his feet on American soil. It is thirty-five years since Mr. Rodge was on Norwegian ground, and he found few of his youthful associates to commingle with.

The Methodist, Congregational, and Presbyterian churches, and the Carnegie Library building will be used for the various purposes of the Minnesota Methodist Conference next week.

The photograph featured this week from the Lyon County Museum’s collection is the Methodist Episcopal Church. The church was built in 1886 at the corner of Fourth and Lyon Streets. In 1908, the church underwent renovations. The church was completely destroyed by a fire on Jan. 28, 1930. Only the bell was saved and it is used in the present church, which was dedicated on Feb. 1, 1931

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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