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 Nov. 24, 1922:

The Mesdames G.H. Thompson, R.W. Haynes and W.L. Haire were joint hostesses entertaining ladies at bridge on Monday afternoon at the Thompson home. The decorations were in keeping with Thanksgiving. Mrs. Cartier proved to be the leading player. Delicious refreshments were served.

F.A. Ohlsen transacted business in Springfield on Tuesday.

Displayed in the City Meat Market window this week is a mammoth cheese weighing three hundred and eight pounds. As announced elsewhere in this issue this cheese will be cut November 28th.

Mrs. E.J. Eatros and little son left Wednesday for Vesta to visit with Mrs. Eatros’ parents.

W.P. Francois, R.D. Houdersheldt and J.W. Whitney spent the week end at Clark, South Dakota, hunting.

Mrs. J.C. Burchard entertained ten couples for the members of the high school faculty at her home Saturday evening. Dancing was enjoyed until shortly before midnight when refreshments were served.

P.J. Brantman is now a full-fledged resident of Tracy and a booster for the place in which he makes his home, as he was while living in Marshall. Mr. Brantman recently treated the Tracy high school football squad at a banquet at his B & Y Café in that city, celebrating the Tracy team’s victory over Marshall.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Gieseke pleasantly entertained twelve guests at six o’clock dinner on Wednesday.

Mrs. Rose DeLanghe spent the fore part of this week visiting at the Frank Buysse home at Marshall.

Mr. Hector Louwagie is remodeling his barn making a big improvement on his place. Mr. Johnson of Marshall has the contract.

Ernest Thoof (Thooft) left the end of the week for Belgium where he will spend the winter.

Maurice Marcotte’s Ford is at the Powell Garage being repaired as the result of an accident of uncommon occurrence on Main Street on Tuesday noon when a team hitched to a lumber wagon and owned by August Vanackel, for some unknown reason, became excited and ran away turning on Main street in front of the Lyon County National Bank. Mr. Vanackel was transacting some business at the bank and upon hearing the team start, ran out and caught and attempted to hold them but the horses proved too strong for him and jerked away rushing headlong into Marcotte’s ford which was parked in front of the Palace Meat Market, damaging the top and body of the car to some extent. Mr. Vanackel has taken care of the damages to the car.

The photograph featured this week from the Lyon County Museum’s collection shows the Lyon County National Bank on the corner of Main and 3rd Streets in Marshall. Several businesses have been located in this building on the corner over the years, for example, Sward Kemp Drug was one business located there. Today, the corner location is occupied by Nessa’s Naturals.

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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