Minonk History -1962: Horse show, fall festival scheduled

Submitted by Jari Lynn Oncken - October 7, 2017

May 24: MDR commencement to be next Thursday; baccalaureate Sunday. 47 to graduate.

15 to graduate at St. Patrick School, June 3.

Plans are complete for Minonk's First Annual Horse show to be held at the athletic field on Sunday, June 10.

May 31: Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School's baseball team won the Midstate championship. Coached by Jim Brown, the Mohawks had a season conference record of 5 wins and 1 loss.

June 14: A crowd of between 700 and 900 was on hand for the successful Minonk Horse Show.

July 5: Minonk's annual Fourth of July community picnic and celebration held at the new athletic field was the biggest and best July 4th. The crowd was estimated at over 3,500.

Aug 2: A representative from the Northern Illinois Gas Company informed the News-Dispatch that work on laying the four mains from El Paso to Minonk and in the city itself would begin on Monday.

The leak that developed in Minonk's new swimming pool has been fixed and construction of the bath house is all that is holding up operation of the pool.

Aug 30: Minonk's Fall Festival Days will be this Friday and Saturday. Bargains, covering almost every kind of merchandise, are being offered. There will also be 33 prizes given away and a street dance at the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets with the Minonk Square Dance group participating.

In this electronic age it will be a buzzer that buzzes, not a bell that rings, to summon the youngsters back to school next Tuesday. Willingly, or unwillingly, an estimated 975 children, aged 6 to 18, will be enrolled in the five schools in the Minonk-Dana-Rutland district, including the high school at Minonk, the public and parochial schools at Minonk and the public grade schools in Rutland and Dana.

The MDR high school football team gridders will hold a full game-type scrimmage Friday at the new athletic field.

Sept. 6: Ruestman's Pizza, Minonk's newest business, is now open in the building formerly occupied by Tink's Dairy Store. Tink sold out to Laverne and Rodney Ruestman late last week.