Marcia Lips, Osakis Review columnist
100 Years Ago July 17, 1919 Hero's diary found on battlefield. The diary of Melvin Sweatt, a Todd County boy who was killed in action at St. Mihiel Sector, France, was found and sent to his relatives residing near Osakis. After waiting four long months with no word, Melvin's family was notified that he had fallen in a battlefield in France. Recently, his diary was returned to the family. It contained recordings of his life as a soldier, from his enlistment in May of 1917 to the day he died in battle on Sept. 11, 1918.
100 Years Ago July 10, 1919 Girl injured in auto accident. While driving home from the Fourth of July celebration at Osakis in a buggy, the 15-year-old daughter of Eugene Myers, of Hudson, was struck by an automobile driven by Mr. Hendrickson, The Alexandria liveryman. She sustained more or less serious injuries. The young lady was brought to the Park Region hospital in Osakis and is doing well.
100 Years Ago July 3, 1919 "The Boys are Back" celebration. Under the auspices of the Osakis Commercial Club and the Business Men of Osakis, there will be a Fourth of July Victory Celebration. The program begins with the Civic and Industrial Parade, including all returned soldiers in uniform. Other events include: program at the park, a band concert, picnic dinner at the park, games and prizes, sports at the park with ball game at 3:30 p.m. a dance at the Pavilion, boat excursions to all parts of the lake all day and evening and a fireworks display.
100 Years Ago June 26, 1919 Fatal auto accident. Andrew P. Dahl, a well-known farmer in Gordon Township, is dead and the 11-year-old son of Johan Hanson, also of Gordon, is at the Dr. Meyer Hospital in Osakis, as a result of an automobile accident that occurred yesterday afternoon involving an Old E. M. F. car driven by Otto Anderson, the 17-year-old stepson of Mr. Hanson. It was reported that a front tire blew and the lad lost control of the car.
100 Years Ago June 19, 1919 Sousa and his band to perform. Lieut. Sousa and his band will hold a great concert at Glenwood Thursday, June 26, a first to be held in our local area. Sousa has just engaged two vocal soloists for the forth-coming transcontinental tour and has also added a number of important instrumental soloists to add diversity to the world famous band program. Tickets are $1.00, $1.50 and $2.00, $.50 for children, plus war tax. For reservations, write to O. B. Wollan, Glenwood.
100 Years Ago June 12, 1919 Big demand for good Osakis farms. Local real estate agents have had one of the busiest weeks of the summer and the demand for good improved farms near Osakis continues. One of the best farms to change hands this past week is the Wm. Brinkman 160-acres on the Alexandria road, a mile and a half west of Osakis, sold to T. A. Wishon of Lyle, Minn. for a consideration of $18,300.
100 Years Ago June 5, 1919 Over 250 autos in parade. The largest crowd that ever congregated in Osakis on Memorial Day formed in the parade Friday and marched to Lakeside Cemetery where the graves of the soldiers were decorated with flags and flowers. Over 250 cars were in the procession as it slowly moved down Lake Street to the cemetery.
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.