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 May 14, 1920:

Mrs. Peter Frahm is preparing to leave this week for Arco to be with her sons who are on a farm near that place. Mrs. Frahm disposed of her residence at 616 West Redwood street to R.A. O’Connell, cashier of the First State Bank of Ghent.

Sergeant Wm. Osborne has received his discharge from the 4th U.S. field artillery which recently has been located at Camp Stanley, near San Antonio, Texas. He is expected to arrive in this city within the next few days, having accepted a position with the Ross Lumber company.

A number of Marshall people attended the band concert given by the Minneota band at the Minneota opera house last week Thursday evening.

Eighth grade graduates of the rural schools of Lyon County will enjoy the honor of a public graduation this year the same as eighth grade graduates of town schools have done for the past several years. This will be a graduation of the eighth grade graduates of all the rural schools of Lyon County, and will be held at Marshall. The date will be announced later.

Fire totally destroyed the garage and a practically new Overland touring car belonging to W.F. McLaughlin on East Main street last Friday evening. The fire was caused by an explosion of gas which ignited from the flame of a lantern. Albert Gits, whose car had been stalled near the McLaughlin place on account of a shortage of gas, had gone there to borrow enough to get back home. A lantern was held by the McLaughlin boy while Gits drew the gas from the tank under the car with the above results. Mrs. Gits was quite painfully burned about the hands while attempting to put back the plug into the car tank. To add to the unfortunate circumstances, the firemen misunderstood the report of the fire and went to the L.E. McLaughlin home on North Sixth street, a half mile or more in the opposite direction from the W.F. McLaughlin home. It is understood the loss was not covered by insurance.

Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Ball went to Sioux Falls the latter part of last week and returned Sunday with a new Cleveland car, purchased through the local dealer, Neal Van Dorin.

Miss Meta Timschin of Lyon County and Mr. Andrew Hans Johnson of Redwood County were married Wednesday morning by Judge J.V. Mathews.

The photograph featured this week is The Big Store in Minneota. The opera house was located on the second floor of the building. The Lyon County Historical Society is a non-profit, member-supported organization For more information on membership, research, volunteering, or the museum’s collection, please contact us at 537-6580 or director@lyoncomuseum.org. Like our page and follow us on Facebook.