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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 from July 22, 1910:

Willard Ruliffson of Balaton was among the Chautauqua visitors last week, and took an active interest in arranging for the Dispatch auto run through the county next week.

Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Baldwin will make their return trip from Marshall to Vancouver, Oregon, in their new Haines car. They will go by the way of Sioux City, Colorado City and Denver.

The St. Paul Dispatch trophy automobile tour from St. Paul to Sioux Falls left the former city at eight o’clock this morning, and via Albert Lea and Mankato will run to Sioux Falls, remaining there Sunday, and starting on the return trip to St. Paul Monday morning expect to reach Marshall about noon, where an elaborate lunch will be served the party of nearly two hundred in the Baldwin hall, by the citizens of Marshall, after which the party will make an afternoon run through Green Valley, Cottonwood, and Wood Lake to Redwood Falls, where they will be entertained and spend the night.

There is nothing very thrilling about the literature on our first page, but it is of importance to the tax payers of the county, and an evidence of industry on the part of the board of county commissioners.

Miss Eva Kidder came home for a few days las week to visit her parents, and returned to Hamline.

On the 30th of June was celebrated the marriage of Mrs. Alice Walker of this city, with Mr. William Shrump of Willmar, the event occurring at the Methodist parsonage in Willmar, to which city the family removed on Tuesday last to make their future home.

Clark Lawrence is taking an outing at Green Lake.

Miss Florence Reigner returned last Friday from Taunton, where she has been spending a month with friends.

The Marshall State Bank has issued a neat card offering $50 in cash premiums for the county fair. $20 for farm exhibits, $10 each for Duroc Jerseys, Milch cows, and Poultry, with divided purses. Call at the bank and get a card.

The new Lynd State Bank is now opened and doing business in the village that is historic as the first settlement and first county seat of Lyon, the event dating back to the late sixties, more than forty years ago.

The photograph featured this week from the museum’s collection is a real photo postcard featuring scenes from Lynd. One of the photographs on the postcard is the Lynd State Bank. 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 museum is open! For hours and more information, visit our website: www.lyoncomuseum.org, call: 507-537-6580, email: director@lyoncomuseum.org, or check our Facebook page.

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