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1924: Gas prices near peak at 24.8 cents per gallon

 
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on February 8, 1924:
 
PRICES OF GASOLINE GIVEN ANOTHER BOOST
 
Standard and Independents Act in Unison in Boosting Prices 2 cents Throughout Northwest
 
SECOND 2-CENT RAISE MADE IN LAST 30 DAYS
 
Prices Now Near Peak in Minnesota—Rise In Price of Crude Oil Cited As Cause of Increase
 
Cost of gasoline to users throughout the Northwest took another jump Tuesday. This time the increase was two cents, making the selling price at service stations in Luverne 20.8 cents per gallon for what is known as common, and 23.8 cents per gallon for high test.
This brings the price well up towards the high peak of 24.8 cents per gallon for ordinary gasoline, which prevailed before Gov. McMaster, of South Dakota, threw a monkey wrench into the oil interests game of grab, thereby starting the gasoline price war in South Dakota that was reflected in other states.
This is the second increase in price put on gasoline within the past month, both increases being on a two cents a gallon basis, so that at present, the oil industry is picking up.
At Sioux Falls, where the reduced price war waxed the warmest, an increase of six cents a gallon was slapped on gasoline last week, and the general two cents a gallon increase was added this week, bringing the selling price up to 23.5 a gallon for common.
Independent dealers followed the lead of the Standard Oil Co. in adding the increase, which also applies to tank line deliveries. Independents sought to explain their actions by higher quotations at the refineries, and partly because still higher prices are anticipated with a stronger price for crude oil.
It is stated that Pennsylvania crude oil has been advancing at the rate of about 25 cents a week, and that western crude that sold at 60 to 80 cents in October is now sold at close to $2.50 per barrel. It is further claimed that while gasoline could be bought last week at the refineries for 11.5 cents, the price this week is 12.5 cents.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.

1923: County agent asks for homegrown seed

The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 28, 1923:
 
SHORTAGE OF GOOD HOME GROWN SEED IS INDICATED
 
County Agent Roske Seeks to Locate Good Local Grown Seed for Distribution In County
 
In consideration of the great shortage this year of good, clean, home-grown seed of many varieties of farm grains, County Agent M. P. Roske is endeavoring to locate and get a distribution, in as far as possible, of home-grown seeds throughout this county, which he considers will be far more profitable to the farmers than the purchase of seed from foreign countries.
This shortage of seed is especially noted in clovers, he states, and as a result, some of the large seed firms are shipping in great amounts of clover from European countries. Through numerous trials it has been found that seed from southern parts of Europe winter kills very badly in this part of the United States. This imported seed is therefore of very little value to Rock county farmers, unless it comes from the more northern countries of Europe.
In connection with his plan for distribution of home-grown seeds in the county, Mr. Roske is securing tests on all seed both as to purity and germination, in order that farmers may know just what they are purchasing. He asks that farmers who have any seed for sale or are desirous of purchasing seed for next spring, notify him as to the amount of the several kinds of grain which they might have for sale, or the amount they wish to purchase.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.

1923: County agent asks for homegrown seed

The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 28, 1923:
 
SHORTAGE OF GOOD HOME GROWN SEED IS INDICATED
 
County Agent Roske Seeks to Locate Good Local Grown Seed for Distribution In County
 
In consideration of the great shortage this year of good, clean, home-grown seed of many varieties of farm grains, County Agent M. P. Roske is endeavoring to locate and get a distribution, in as far as possible, of home-grown seeds throughout this county, which he considers will be far more profitable to the farmers than the purchase of seed from foreign countries.
This shortage of seed is especially noted in clovers, he states, and as a result, some of the large seed firms are shipping in great amounts of clover from European countries. Through numerous trials it has been found that seed from southern parts of Europe winter kills very badly in this part of the United States. This imported seed is therefore of very little value to Rock county farmers, unless it comes from the more northern countries of Europe.
In connection with his plan for distribution of home-grown seeds in the county, Mr. Roske is securing tests on all seed both as to purity and germination, in order that farmers may know just what they are purchasing. He asks that farmers who have any seed for sale or are desirous of purchasing seed for next spring, notify him as to the amount of the several kinds of grain which they might have for sale, or the amount they wish to purchase.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.

1923: Red Cross to canvas residents in Rock County

The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 2, 1923:
 
PLANS FOR RED CROSS ROLL CALL PERFECTED
 
House-to-house Canvass to be Made in Luverne Sunday, Nov. 11th, From 2 to 4 p.m.
 
At a meeting called Monday evening by Dr. C. O. Wright, as county chairman for the seventh annual Red Cross roll call, plans were perfected for the carrying on of the drive in Rock county. It was decided to make a house to house canvass in Luverne and the other towns in the county, while the children of the rural schools will conduct the drive in their own districts. This will be a Junior Red Cross service, and each pupil who secures one or more memberships, will be entitled to a Junior Red Cross button.
In Luverne, a canvass of the residence districts will be made from two to four o’clock on the opening day of the roll call, which will be Armistice Day, Sunday, November 11th. Announcement of this solicitation will be made in all churches of the city on Sunday morning, in order that all may make it a point to remain at their homes during that time. A committee to take charge of this work will be appointed in a few days by Dr. Wright, and the city will be divided into small districts in order that the campaign may be more quickly and satisfactorily completed.
A house to house solicitation will likewise be made in the smaller towns, with the Red Cross executive committee of each town acting as chairman for their respective precincts. The drive in Beaver Creek will be in charge of Mrs. Phil Crawford; Mrs. Carl Woodrow, at Hills; Mrs. Carl Olson, at Kenneth; Mrs. A. J. Tangeman, Jr., at Hardwick; Mrs. Alex Walker, Magnolia; Mrs. J. A. Baker, Kanaranzi, Mrs. Chester Linnell, Ashcreek, Rev. H. F. Rieke, Steen.
Red Cross membership in Rock county has dropped extremely low in the last two years, there being only 205 paid memberships at the present time, out of a population of approximately 12,000. There should be at least 500 Red Cross members in this county, and an earnest endeavor will be made to reach this goal before the close of the roll call, on Thanksgiving Day, November 29th.
The argument which is frequently raised, to the effect that the Red Cross is strictly a war-time organization, and that the war over, there is nothing left to do, is refuted by the statement of John Leslie, state director of the roll call for Minneapolis, who says: “While the last gun was fired five years ago, there are in Minnesota hospitals today 807 disabled men fighting their way back to health—a battle that holds none of the thrill of actual combat in which these men must have the continued service of the Red Cross. Under the charter issued by congress to the Red Cross we are bound to continue and carry on a system of national and inter-national relief in time of peace and to apply the same in mitigating the sufferings caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods, and other great national calamities, and to devise and carry on measures for preventing the same.
“In disaster relief in the United States alone for the year ending July 1, the Emergency Relief service of the Red Cross was recorded in 110 disasters, in which the property loss totaled over $20,000,000.00. Flood, fire, and tornado swooped down; the Red Cross with a strong national organization was able to step into the breach.
“If only every citizen of Minnesota could realize that this vast work of mercy was made possible by membership dues, Minnesota would record its 100,000 quota of membership unsolicited.”
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.

1923: Local money orders can now be sent to relatives living in Germany

The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 21, 1923:
 
U. S. AND GERMANY RENEW MONEY ORDER EXCHANGE
 
Under arrangements completed by the two governments, beginning November 1st, there again will be an exchange of money orders by the postal systems of the United States and Germany, according to announcement received this week by Postmaster Geo. W. Fried.
It has been impossible since the war to send money orders from the United States to Germany, much as this has been desired by people in this country who have relatives in Germany.
The new arrangement also provides that international reply coupons, costing 11 cents each, may be purchased at the Luverne postoffice and sent to correspondents in Germany, where they may be exchanged by the recipient for postage stamps with which to prepay postage on mail destined for the United States.
The same money order rates will prevail as those to other countries, and the exchange on the money orders will be figured at the exchange rate in effect on the day the money order advice is received at the Cologne exchange office.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.

1923: Health clinics set up at different locations

The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on September 28, 1923:
 
CHILD HEALTH CLINICS TO BE HELD OCT. 6-11
 
Specialist to Hold Clinics at Luverne, Ashcreek, Kenneth, Kanaranzi and Hardwick
 
Infant and children’s clinics, under the direction of the Rock County Public Health association, will be held at five different points in the county from October 6th to 11th. The first clinic will be held in Luverne on Saturday, October 6th; at Ashcreek on Monday, the 8th; Kenneth, Tuesday, the 9th; Kanaranzi, Wednesday, the 10th, and Hardwick on Thursday, the 11th.
Clinic will begin at nine o’clock in the morning and continue until four-thirty in the afternoon each day, and will be conducted by a doctor who specializes in children’s diseases. It is free to every one—all expense in connection with it will be paid from funds derived from the sale of Christmas seals.
The clinics are scientific in nature and the doctor will be there for the purpose of discovering physical imperfections and to give advice concerning them so that they can be corrected before they become permanent defects. The doctor will tell each mother the exact condition of her child, suggest the diet, make the diagnosis and leave to the parents the choice of any physician they may desire to do any prescribing or give the treatment necessary for the child.
Children of school age, if accompanied by their parents, will also be examined. The child’s weight for his height and age is the best index of his general health. If parents have boys or girls below the standard weight for their height and age, they are urged to bring them to the clinic and have the physician explain what each particular child must do to bring up his weight and grow to be strong and healthy. It will cost you nothing to find out what is troubling the child, and an examination in time may prevent a great deal of future trouble.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.

1922: Spearfishing in Rock River yields 600 pounds of Carp

The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 1, 1922:
 
600 POUNDS OF FISH TAKEN FROM RIVER WITH SPEARS
 
Two Luverne Fishermen Make Record Haul from Rock River in 2 ½ Hours—All Carp
 
Substituting spears for fish poles, two Rock county disciples of Isaac Walton pulled out of Rock river over six hundred pounds of fish on Friday of last week, within a period of two and a half hours.
This unusual harvest for Rock river fishing, was secured by the two fishermen within an area of about forty rods of river bed, and the fish taken ranged from four to ten pounds in weight.
The one big drawback to the haul was that they were all carp. But at any rate they filled eight grain sacks, and in the aggregate proved such a heavy load, that the axle of the Ford car in which they were loaded broke down on the way to town, and a motor truck was secured to complete the delivery.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.

1923: Mayor Hinkly orders report cards issued to drivers who violate laws

The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on August 17, 1923:
 
CITY’S POLICEMEN ARE NOW CHECKING UP MOTORISTS
 
Mayor Hinkly Orders Prosecution of Motorists Who Flagrantly Disregard Traffic Regulations
 
Convinced that violation of traffic regulations in this city are becoming daily too frequent by many motorists, Mayor R. B. Hinkly has instructed police officers to make a checking record of those guilty of violations, and thus make the city safer for both riders and pedestrians.
To carry out his purpose, the mayor has instructed Chief of Police Connell and Night Policeman Will Linville, to file reports of any cases of speeding or violation of traffic rules which may come to their attention. They have been provided with printed cards by which these gentlemen will be aided in securing all the necessary information for the prosecution of the law-breakers.
These cards when filled out will contain the name of the person driving, the number and make of his car, the time of the violation of the law, the street on which the car is traveling, the rate of speed at which it is traveling, and also information in regard to whether the head and tail lights were burning, whether lights were too bright, whether muffler was open, whether parking laws were violated, names of witnesses, and may other evidence which may be considered important.
Persons who find themselves confronted with more than one of these report cards may expect a summons to Judge N. R. Reynolds’ court, for the mayor feels that where motorists apparently refuse to observe the law through frequent violations, prosecutions must be made.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.

1911: State prohibits marriages between first cousins

The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on May 19, 1911:
 
After the first of next July first cousins cannot be united in marriage in the state of Minnesota, according to a law passed at the last session of the legislature, and for this reason there will be a considerable decrease in the number of marriage licenses issued in Rock county.
All the neighboring states have had such a law in force for years, and for this reason Luverne has been one of the favored places for people from those states who wished to evade the law, to come to Luverne to have the nuptial knot tied. Clerk of Court O. E. Ferguson estimates that this will result in decreasing the number of licenses issued by about one-eighth.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.

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Bits By Betty—November 19, 2015
 
The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 20, 1923:
 
LUVERNE BUSINESS INTERESTS PLEDGE $5,000 TO A.Y.P. TRAIL
 
Many Give Financial Aid in Obtaining new Transcontinental Highway Thru This City
 
That the business and professional men of Luverne are strongly in favor of the movement to secure for Southern Minnesota the proposed Atlantic-Yellowstone-Pacific highway was disclosed the past week when memberships to the number of 188 in the association were secured in a few hours of canvassing. The goal set for Luverne is 200 memberships, and the few additional ones needed will be secured this week. The memberships are $25 each, and cover a period of five years, one-fifth of the membership fee being payable each year, providing the highway passes through Luverne.
At a meeting of a number of the business and professional men called hurriedly Friday morning the proposal that Luverne get behind the movement by an active campaign for memberships met with unanimous approval. Before the meeting closed nearly one half of the desired memberships had been subscribed. On the following morning the committee in charge made a canvass of the business district and in less than two hours had boosted the membership to within twelve of the two hundred mark.
The manner in which the project has been handled by the people of Luverne has attracted much favorable comment among the Sioux Falls promoters of the highway. The matter was brought to the attention of the Luverne Kiwanis club several weeks ago, at which time like attention was invited to similar clubs or other civic organizations in every town along the proposed four routes east from Sioux Falls.
A highway committee composed of A. O. Moreaux, chairman; A. D. LaDue, A. A. Anderson, Otto Bierkamp and H. H. Hagedorn, was appointed by the club to investigate the project and to take such steps as were deemed advisable. Following the appointment of this committee assurance was given the directors of the Sioux Falls association that the Luverne Kiwanis club stood ready to promote the highway through Southern Minnesota as soon as the committee was assured that the proposed Minnesota route stood an equal chance with the proposed three routes through Iowa in securing the highway.
Assurance to this effect was given two weeks ago yesterday. The Luverne committee then called a meeting of towns along the proposed route from Luverne to Albert Lea. This meeting was held at Fairmont on July 10th, and as a result another meeting was then called for the 14th at the same place.
The Luverne committee proposed that inasmuch as Luverne was promoting the Southern Minnesota route she ought to show her good faith by taking the initiative in the matter of securing memberships in the highway association, and that this work ought to be accomplished before the meeting at Fairmont Saturday night. The meeting Friday morning and the result above stated followed.
The proposed highway was originated by Sioux Falls business and professional men and a fund of $38,000 was raised by membership subscriptions to promote the road. Divided on a per capita basis this would represent approximately $1 for every man, women and child in Sioux Falls, granting Sioux Falls the population claimed. Luverne’s total exceeds this by about two-thirds on a per capita basis, crediting Luverne with a population of 3,000. It has been suggested that actual population figures would not show this per capita difference, but the figures used are those that have been quoted at the various meetings.
Donations to the Rock County Historical Society can be sent to the Rock County Historical Society, P.O. Box 741, Luverne, MN 56156.
Mann welcomes correspondence sent to mannmade@iw.net.