Marcia Lips, Osakis Review columnist
100 Years Ago May 22, 1919 Osakis Observer founder has died. Pioneer Minnesota newspaper man, Mr. Frank Jay Meyst, died at his home in Minneapolis May 7, at the age of 61 years. Meyst founded the Osakis Observer in 1880 and will be remembered by many of the old timers here.
100 Years Ago May 15, 1919 Petition for underground crossing. More than 60 farmers from Osakis township and Belle River met with the village council last Thursday evening to discuss the matter of petitioning the railroad company for an underground crossing west of town, to replace the dangerous grade crossing on the Ottertail road.
100 Years Ago May 8, 1919 Businessmen to visit Osakis. This community will be visited by more than 100 Minneapolis businessmen in June, on the occasion of the renewal of the annual friendship-making tours, which had stopped during the duration of the war years. Representatives of every business element in Minneapolis will be aboard the special train which will carry the party to our city.
100 Years Ago May 1, 1919 Soldiers receive banquet. The Red Cross of Douglas County is tendering a banquet for all returned soldiers of the county at the Firemen's hall at Alexandria, Saturday evening. May 3, at 6:30 o'clock. Every man, whether he served in the Army, Marine Corps or the Navy should make it a point to be there.
100 Years Ago April 24, 1919 Grand-nulla party huge success. One of the prettiest parties of the season was the grand-nulla contest given last evening by the Mesdames George Willett and Ed. Cruse at the home of the former. Cards were played at four tables and an elaborate midnight luncheon was served, along with a wide selection of music on the "Player-phone" was much enjoyed by all guests.
100 Years Ago April 17, 1919 It is now Capt. Doyle. Friends of Lieut. E. O. Doyle, dentist in the Chaugren block, are congratulating him this week upon the captain's commission he received last Friday direct from General Pershin's headquarters in France. Capt. Doyle saw extensive service overseas and was with a casual list that was allowed to return to the States. He still retains his membership in the U. S. Dental Reserve Corps.
100 Years Ago April 10, 1919 Three brothers die within one week. A very sad incident occurred last week when three brothers, the sons of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Wilcox, died on the A. N. Drake farm east of Villard. All three died from influenza and pneumonia. Mr. Wilcox had just purchased the farm and had moved in on March 3. Glenn Wilcox, 26, Roy Wilcox, 24, and Leo Wilcox, 22, all contracted colds while on the train, which then developed into influenza and pneumonia. Doctors did all they could to help the lads, but each succumbed to their illness.
100 Years Ago April 3, 1919 Child injured by boiling sap. Laura White, a 6 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dode Whte of Leslie, is at the Park Region hospital in Osakis recovering from the effects of a terrible accident. At 6 o'clock last evening she fell into a pan of boiling maple syrup at the grove about 80 rods from their farm house. The quick actions of Fred Trummer, who grabbed the little girl almost as soon as she struck the sap, saved her from a frightful death. She is expected to fully recover.
100 Years Ago March 27, 1919 Women's right to vote. Minnesota Gov. J. A. A. Burnquist today signed the bill giving women the right to vote for president at the next election and all future elections. Leading suffragists and several members of the legislature were present and witnessed the historic signing.
100 Years Ago March 20, 1919 Postal rates to be reduced. Post offices are receiving official notification from Washington that the postal rates which prevailed before the war are to become effective July 1 next. This will mean the return of the 2-cent letter postage. Mayor recovering from influenza. The Review is pleased to be able to report that the condition of Mayor Wm. Brown, who has been very ill from an attack of influenza the past week, is much improved today and is expected to be up and about within a short time.