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Yellow Medicine County MN 
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School News and Records

(chronological news, then graduations)


Senator Seward Asks for Another Experiment Substation.

Farm School to be Conducted in Connection Therewith.

Location to be in Either Lincoln, Lyon or Yellow Medicine County.

A bill introduced on Saturday by Senator Seward of Marshall authorizes the regents of the state university to establish and maintain an experiment farm or substation within the territory comprising the counties of Lincoln, Lyon and Yellow Medicine, to contain not less than 320 acres.

They are to maintain at or near this experiment substation a school of agriculture, which shall be a department of the state university and where in shall be taught such studies and branches as relate to agriculture and domestic economy.

The bill carries an appropriation of $25,000 for the establishment of the school and one of $10,000 for its maintenance.

Source: New Ulm Review, January 23, 1907. Transcribed by the Alberti’s.

- - 1907 - - ECHO TO ISSUE BONDS.

ECHO, Minn., April 30.-Eight thousand dollar bonds were voted here last night, at a special school election for building a new high school.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, May 1, 1907; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


Echo, Minn., April 20.-The lid has been put on the pipe and cigarettes in Echo so far as school children and boys under 18 years of age are concerned.

Source: Belleville News Democrat (Belleville, IL) Monday, April 20, 1908; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman



Monthly tests are being given in the different studies this week.

The English IV class has finished the study of "The Tale of Two Cities."

The High School boys and girls enjoyed a very interesting talk by Mrs. Harriet Gordon of Montevideo on Friday afternoon.


Thursday we painted coverlets for our composition work.

Little Frances Anderson visited school Thursday afternoon.

In general the class seems to be getting a good hold of fractions.

We had a great many absences last week, the boys have been picking potatoes.

The geography class has been very much interested in the formation of lakes and the construction of dams.

The first book reviews have been handed in. Some were very interesting; but some of the children had queer ideas of what they had read.


We are glad to have Orton Anderson back with us again.

Hazel Lein, Josie Friberg, Mildred Kittleson and Minnie Anderson had perfect lessons in spelling last week.

The busy work period is being well occupied making October posters, painting apples and Jack O' Lanterns.

We are very busy rehearsing "The Witches Dance," one of the big features of the Halloween program, Saturday evening.


The B class started to make rugs for their doll-house today.

The primary children seem to be setting the pace for perfect attendance. Evelyn Silver and Vivian Hulteen were the only ones absent last week.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, October 29, 1914. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

County School Boards To Meet Here October 22


Mr. T. C. Engum Of State Board Of Education, Will Address School Officers


Clarkfield has again been chosen as the meeting place of Yellow Medicine County school board members, when they gather for their annual deliberations. Tuesday, October 22nd, is the date set for the meeting, according to word from Supt. Clara Thorpe, the sessions to begin in the forenoon and continue throughout the day.

The purpose of this annual meeting to give all officers and school board members an opportunity to get first-hand information from a representative of the State Board of Education as to duties of such bodies, and also privileges granted. Mr. T. C. Engum will represent the State Board again this year. He is an able man, who can dispense much valuable information to rural school boards.

Schoolboard members who read this item are expected to pass the word along so other engagements may not be permitted to interfere with the one hundred per cent attendance of all county school boards. The meeting will be held in the Clarkfield city hall.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, October 10, 1935. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

Seniors Present Class Play Friday Night

(From "The Clarkette")

May 3 is the date set for presentation of the senior class play- Sidney Howard's The Late Christopher Bean. Here, briefly, is the plot of the story:

An artist named Christopher Bean had lived out his tragically brief life in the New England village home of his physician-friend, Dr. Hagget (Bob Lynner). In payment, he had nothing to leave but a few of his worthless paintings...

Now, some ten years later, the socially ambitious Mrs. Haggett (Avis Anderson) is interrupted, in her plans to find a husband for her older daughter, Ada (Kathryn Jurgenson), while preventing the marriage of a younger daughter, Susan (Myrna Jurgenson), to an aspiring young artist, Warren Creamer (George Medchill), by a surprise visit from an "old friend" of Christopher Bean's- a smooth young fellow named Tallant (Walter Rosin). He pays Bean's bills and takes away two old paintings as keepsakes.

The Haggetts are further surprised by a call from yet another friend- a affable Jewish gentleman named Rosen (Wesley Jacobson)- arrived on a similar errand; and when Mr. Davenport, (Irving Anderson, a New York art critic there to pay his respects to Chris. Bean's memory, announces that the lowly painter's "daubings" are worth a fortune- the Haggetts are overwhelmed.

But where are the paintings?

Frantically, they search, employing the help of Abby, the servant girl, as portrayed by Inez Appleseth. She is the real heroine, for beneath the turmoil we catch the calm, abiding love of Abby for her departed lover...She alone, of all they villagers, had sensed Chris. Bean's true worth and had given him encouragement...And it is with her that our sympathies lie as we watch events shape themselves, through three rollicking acts, to a surprising conclusion.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, May 2, 1946. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

School Musicale Is Well Received

Musicians Show Marked Improvement Over Last Spring's Program

Playing before a medium-sized audience at the school auditorium, Thursday night, director Evelyn Johnson's musicians were enthusiastically applauded. Those who heard the annual spring concert were practically unanimous in declaring that band, chorus and other music groups showed great improvement in technique and tone.

The audience was waiting when the band marched in in their bright, newly cleaned uniforms, to take their place at the stage end of the auditorium. All rose to their feet as the director called for the Star Spangled Banner.

"Hosts of Freedom", a march by K. L. King, was the opening number of a group by the band, including both light and heavy selections. The band closed its part of the program with another group, the finale being the rousing march, "New Colonial."

Large Chorus

A mixed chorus of about fifty voices rendered three sacred numbers, as follows: "Cherubim Song", and "To Thee We Sing", by Peter Tkach, and, "Now Let all the Heavens Adore Thee", by Bach. Miss Johnson directs both band and chorus.

A feature number that drew sustained applause was the baritone instrumental solo "Old Kentucky Home" by Wesley Jacobson.

Other numbers that seemed to please the audience were, a brass ensemble offered Wesley Jacobson, Marilyn Kolbensvik, JoAnn Love, Kathryn Jurgenson, Beatrice Smith and Merle Lynne; and two songs by a girls' sextet, "Honey Town" and "Oh Dear, What can the Matter Be." The girls were Norma Lee Alexander, Kathryn Jurgenson, Mary and Margaret Lynne, Audrey Hollenbeck and Beatrice Smith.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, May 2, 1946. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

Operate Radio Station

Ardine Berkvam, Jr., Allen Larson, James Olson, Galen Wilson, and John Grooters Clarkfield seniors, had the novel experience of operating radio station KDMA at Montevideo Monday morning from six to nine. The boys did well, giving the sports news, announcements, general news, etc. Two others had been requested by the station owners, to appear, but were unable to make it.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, June 9, 1955. Transcribed by the Alberti's.



GRANITE FALLS, MINN.-Wednesday evening of next week the Granite Falls high school will graduate a class of eight students, consisting of Edna Buernberger, Clarence Nelson, Ruth Gilbertson, Tolley Hartwick, Constance Johnson, Gunnar Norbye. Rev. Montgomery of Minneapolis will deliver the address.

Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) June 1, 1906. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

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