(From the pages of the Osakis Review newspaper over the years)
100 Years Ago
June 24, 1920
Osakis may have aviation field. Messrs. Spaulding & Willett of the Osakis Auto Company have bought a Curtis bi-plane and plans are to have Osakis open an aviation field. H.H. Spaulding dropped down from the clouds in the new machine and tied up at the Barron aviation field west of town. Mr. Spaulding was accompanied by Capt. Earl Billeter of the Curtis Northwestern Aeroplane Company and they made the trip from the State Fair grounds to the Barron field in one hour and 35 minutes. Aeroplane rides will be offered at the upcoming K C picnic.
Rev. Botzet celebrates first Mass. St. Alexius church, West Union, was the scene of an impressive event Sunday when the Rev. Edward Botzet, son of Mrs. Henry Botzet, celebrated his first Mass surrounded by relatives and childhood friends.
Osakis provided with city funeral equipment. The new hearse ordered some time ago by B. H. Lamphear, Osakis’ enterfirsing furniture dealer and undertaker, reached Osakis early Sunday morning from Minneapolis. The hearse is a product of the Northwest Casket Company and is mounted on a Studebaker chassis with a six cylinder Studebaker motor. Mr. Lamphear has put forth to provide this city with the best to be had in the way of funeral equipment.
50 Years Ago
June 25, 1970
Lions Club formed. A Lions Club was formed in Osakis on Monday evening of this week. Members of the Alexandria Lions Club had been in the village the past several weeks to talk to local men and to sign up enough to form a club in this community. A total of 16 local men have joined this club to date.
Big fireworks display is planned here on July 4th. The Osakis Golf Club will again sponsor a big fireworks display. Folks will again be invited to come to the number one fairway, right in front of the clubhouse, to watch the fireworks. Financing of the display will again be through donations of club members, business places and others caring to donate.
Osakis VFW baseball team downs Willmar 3-2. The newly organized Osakis VFW baseball team played their first game on Tuesday afternoon of this week, at the local park and won over the Willmar time by a score of 3 to 2.
25 Years Ago
June 27, 1995
“Cyclone House” opens to the public. The “Cyclone House,” long a curiosity to passers-by in Osakis, has been opened for tours this past week by owners Roger and Nancy Daniels. Built by Theodore Halstead for Osakis pioneer businessman John B. Johnson and his wife, Rebecca, in the late 1870s or 1880, the “Cyclone House” was built on a hexagonal plan, strong enough to withstand heavy winds.
New public boat access dock installed. Jon Sanns and Lloyd Hageman stood by as the new boat dock was installed at Miller Bay DNR public boat landing. The dock was donated by the Osakis Sportsmen’s Club.
Building a geodesic dome. Summer art teacher, Mrs. Gretchen Resley, supervised the construction of a geodesic dome during the Wednesday morning 10:15 art class. The children all worked together to construct the structure out of dowel rods and section corners made out of garden hose. The dome will be covered with art work following the theme, “Protect the Earth,” during the summer school.
10 Years Ago
June 25, 2010
Ice cream social. The public is invited to visit United Methodist Church in Osakis for its annual ice cream social. The event will take place Sunday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to p.m. The meal includes barbecues, ham sandwiches. Home-made pie, ice cream and beverage.
Quilts Along the Trail Museum opens in Osakis. Quilts Along the Trail Museum has opened in Osakis at Second and Main across the street from Just Like Grandma’s Tea Room. Displays and exhibits feature antique and vintage quilts as well as modern and contemporary patterns in a variety of quilted items.
Osakis Festival Parade ready to go. The Osakis Grand Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 27. Led by Grand Marshals Ralph Lave, Shirley Wever, Chris Ludwig, and Alicia Wagner, the parade will travel down Oak Street, north on Central Ave and east down Lake Street, ending at Park Osagi. There are 23 parade entries lined up and ready to go.