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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 5, 1907:

Uncle Henry Meade was in town Tuesday, looking bright and vigorous for a man in the eighties. He passed through winter with much more comfort than he anticipated.

The musical entertainment by the Carleton College Glee Club will be given Saturday evening, April 6. The club is making a tour of this part of the state, and comes highly recommended. The proceeds are for the benefit of the M.H.S. Athletic Association, so go and encourage the athletic boys.

Dr. Ferro (the photograph featured this week is Dr. Ferro of Tracy, and is courtesy of the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum in Tracy) gave his series of lectures at the Opera House the first three nights of the week, and as far as the opinion of the writer goes, the doctor fulfilled his promise to teach his audience many valuable lessons along lines pertaining to health, wealth, and happiness.

Mr. Alexander Burr was in Marshall this week, visiting his mother. Mr. Burr was a nephew of the late Alexander Burr of Lynd, the genial old Scotchman who was everybody’s friend, and whom everybody loved.

J.W. Pike is busily engaged in renovating the Mrs. Forbes residence which he recently purchased, and it will be several days before he is duly installed a citizen of Marshall. He says he cannot move into town until he sells his several hives of bees.

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the executive order by Governor Tim Walz on March 25, the Lyon County Historical Society Museum is closed to the public until May 1. As of March 28-April 10 as ordered by Governor Walz, staff will be working at home. The best way to contact during this time is email: director@lyoncomuseum.org. As we all know the situation is fluid and executive orders may change.

Thank you to our volunteers, members, and our communities in Lyon County for your support. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time in our history. We hope to see our volunteers, members, and visitors in May. Stay safe and healthy!

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