25 years ago - 1994

The school board decided at its April 12 meeting to hold a bond referendum on Friday, May 27, in which voters will decide whether or not they agree $600,000 is a good price to purchase the former hospital building. The building will cost the district $420,000 if the deal goes through and the rest of the money will be used for fees and remodeling so that the building can house district offices and other programs.

Mark Park won’t look the same beginning June 20. That’s the day the city’s public works department will, with assistance from softball association members and others, begin rehabilitating the facility. The park will be closed to all but baseball and softball activities. Playground equipment will be removed to other parks and trees will also be moved. Then, when the softball season ends, fencing and lighting will be removed from the two fields to prepare for reconfiguring the fields and building a third.

50 years ago - 1969

Patients recuperating at the Princeton Community Hospital will soon have their own personalized television sets. The program is being financed by the Princeton Hospital Auxiliary.

The Princeton Chamber of Commerce will host the high school athletes, their fathers and coaches at the annual athletic banquet. Speaker will be Edsel Schweizer, athletic director and head football coach at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

Salads and fashions will be the order of the day next Saturday when the Princeton Civic Betterment Club hosts its annual salad bar luncheon at the Elementary Cafeteria.

75 years ago - 1944

Word has been received by Fred Keith of this village that his son, Charles, who is a pilot in the Army Air corps, has completed 50 missions overseas.

Miss Rena Erickson, leader of the Girl Scouts, states the waste paper drive will be held Tuesday, May 2, and continue for three days. The Scouts will make their collections after school has dismissed in the afternoon. The salvage committee is co-operating with the Scouts and furnishing two trucks and men who will canvass the village the first day of the drive.

Members of the senior class, in presenting their three-act comedy “Brother Goose” at the high school auditorium last Friday, realized a profit of about $95.

100 years ago - 1919

The freshmen will give their class day exercise and present “Merchant of Venice,” modernized, at the armory tomorrow afternoon.

Henry Plaas is somewhat cast down because he planted his vegetable garden on Sunday. Not only did his spiritual adviser tell him that seeds planted on Sunday would not grow, but when he counted the rows he found exactly 13.

The first ball game of the season was pulled off at the fairgrounds last Sunday when the board of directors, prospective players, and interested fans gathered there and fought it out to the finish with Dame Nature. The grounds hadn’t been touched for two seasons and looked like a Russian Bolshevist farm at harvest time, but the men went after it like an American working party under fire. Joe Mossman was unanimously elected star shoveler of the bunch.

125 years ago - 1894

James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern, was a passenger on the northwest-bound Eastern train yesterday morning.

Bob Burch was in town Saturday. He reports the logs as coming along nicely. By the latter part of next week the rest of the main river drive will have cleared Milaca.

The big strike of Great Northern employees has completely obscured state politics for the time being. Princeton, in common with every other town on the Great Northern system, rejoices with the happy termination of the strike. May there never be another tie-up in any room with which J.J. Hill is connected.

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