Friday, December 7, 2018

In Memoriam: Elwood Johnson

It is with sadness I report the death of Elwood Andrew Johnson.  Those of you with ties to Lowry will know the name.



Elwood died today, December 7, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ - but his heart was with Lowry, Minnesota
Born 18 Nov 1931 to John C & Nora Johnson, Elwood was 87.

Elwood was one of Lowry, Minnesota's biggest boosters. 
  • He was the founder of the "Lowry Group", an adhoc collection of Lowry luminaries.
  • He was the webmaster of the Lowry web page: lowrymn.com, a source for all things Lowry.
  • He was the force behind the chronicling of the history of every Lowry residence and business. You can view the product of that work in the "Our Home Town" history. [a downloadable .pdf file]. It contains a photo and a genealogy of every building in the Village of Lowry - to the best of the compilers recollections. Elwood did all the photography. Elwood, Glenn Hoplin, Arnold Hedlin (and others I suspect) created the ownership lineage for each property.

Elwood worked for NASA for many years.  


  


From Charles A Biggs Oral History
We put together a team and designed the Apollo 11 van, for lack of a more sophisticated name, which housed the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the whole Apollo, and a lunar rock from Apollo 11. The sides folded down, and we could drive this thing then to the state capitols, open it up, and it would stay there for a few days, and the public would be invited to got through and look at it. Neil Armstrong's parents were deeply moved by the exhibit, and as Johnson described them, "salt of the earth people".

We took that van to fifty states, every state, and ended up going to Hawaii, flew it to Hawaii, and that was the last stop. It took quite a while.
Wright: Did you travel with it at all?
Biggs: No, I didn’t. We hired a good friend of mine [Elwood Johnson], as a matter of fact, to stay with it. Again, in NASA style, we were always on a pretty thin pocketbook. So he would put on his work clothes and set it up, and then he would take his work clothes off and put on his suit and then be there with the inaugural ribbon-cutting.

Read Elwood's NASA story on lowrymn.com HERE.


A fine man, greatly missed.

Copyright © 2018 Dave Hoplin


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Petition for a Rename

Unless you are a civil war buff, you probably can't place the name John Pope.  But if you hail from Pope County, you may vaguely recall that the county was named for "someone", a railroad guy or a Civil War guy or ..?  I was born in Pope County and as I have read a boatload of Civil War history, I know of General John Pope's mediocre Civil War record and his subsequent posting to the Northwest Territories. As a result, I am envious of the naming history of neighboring Grant County and even Douglas & Stevens Counties.

The John Pope story is a dismal one ...

General Pope in Napoleonic pose
Like most Civil War generals, Pope earned promotion in the 1846 - 1848 Mexican-American war serving under General Zachary Taylor. In 1849 he was a member of Major Samuel Woods' exploration from Fort Snelling to Pembina passing by White Bear Lake, a.k.a Minnewaska.  (see Red River Ox Cart post). On the return to Fort Snelling, Pope led a party on a route that included a thorough examination of the Red River, traversing to Ottertail Lake, Leaf Lake and the Crow River and down the Mississippi to Fort Snelling.  "On the 27th of September, we arrived at Fort Snelling completing a voyage of nearly 1000 miles, never before made by anyone with a like object." Pope.  

In the 1850's he surveyed possible routes for a transcontinental railroad.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Pope was serving in the Missouri District under John Fremont. In 1862 Pope saw success at the Battle of Island #10 & seige of Corinth, Mississippi. He was promoted to Major General and called east by Lincoln to take command of the Army of Virginia, which he immediately denigrated in comparison to his lustrous accomplishments in the west. 

"Let us understand each other. I have come to you from the West, where we have always seen the backs of our enemies; from an army whose business it has been to seek the adversary and to beat him when he was found; whose policy has been attack and not defense." Pope

He soon discovered General Robert E. Lee and suffered a humiliating defeat at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, when being engaged with Stonewall Jackson his army was outflanked by Lee and routed. 

Pope was little loved by the troops and compounded his unpopularity with the Army by blaming his Bull Run defeat on disobedience by Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter, who was court-martialed and found guilty and disgraced. 

In 1879, an investigation commissioned by Civil War veteran, President Rutherford B Hayes and conducted by General Schofield, concluded that Major General Fitz John Porter had been unfairly convicted of cowardice and disobedience at the Second Battle of Bull Run. The Schofield report used evidence of former Confederate commanders and "concluded that Pope bore most of the responsibility for the Union loss. The report characterized Pope as reckless and dangerously uninformed about events during the battle, and credited Porter's perceived disobedience with saving the Union army from complete ruin."

After Bull Run, the Army of the Potomac was turned over to General George McClellan and Pope was banished to the Northwest Territories (Minnesota) to deal with the Dakota Uprising of 1862.

In 1862, the Santee Sioux living near the Minnesota River were starving. Traders refused them food purportedly because the Congress had delayed an appropriation.  Trader Andrew J. Myrick notoriously turned them away with a shrug: "If they are hungry, let them eat grass." Little Crow led a brief, furious rebellion in the summer 1862 which became know as the Dakota Uprising.

Lincoln named Pope commander of the Military Department of the Northwest with orders to quell the rebellion.  Pope, in turn, issued orders to Colonel Henry H. Sibley: “It is my purpose utterly to exterminate the Sioux if I have the power to do so ... They are to be treated as maniacs or wild beasts.” Pope.  

The rebellion was brutally suppressed with Pope adopting a scorched earth policy against the starving Sioux.  Over 2000 tribe members were rounded up. At a trial in Mankato, 303 Sioux were condemned to death, most on flimsy or no evidence. Public outcry forced Lincoln to intercede and he reduced the list to 38, but, nevertheless, this was the largest mass hanging in American history, occurring on the day after Christmas, 1862, at Mankato. When Governor Alexander Ramsey complained that Lincoln would have preserved his popularity by hanging more Indians, the president responded dryly: “I could not afford to hang men for votes.”

After the Civil War, Pope continued his Indian fighting career in the Apache Wars and the Red River War (Texas/Oklahoma) which in 1874 saw the forceable relocation of the Comanche, Kiowa, Southern Cheyenne, and Arapaho Native American tribes from the Southern Plains to reservations in Indian Territory (Oklahoma).

So, whereas, as a former resident of Pope County and in lieu of John Pope's legacy of arrogance, ineptness and murderous behavior I hereby resolve that the embarrassing name "Pope County" be expunged and replaced with:

Vote for 1 

1.  Minnewaska County
2.  Pezhekee County
3.  Lowry County
4.  Halfway to Fargo County
5.  Gateway to South Dakota County
6.  (Write in) ________________


Sources
1. John Pope, Wikipedia
2. Lincoln's Generals - John Pope, Mr. Lincoln's White House
3. 1862 Dakota Uprising, History.com
4. Mass Execution, The Nation
5. Red River War, Texas History



Copyright © 2018 Dave Hoplin

Monday, November 12, 2018

Red River Ox Carts



Courtesy MN Historical Society

The earliest settlers around the area that would become Lowry, Minesota were Scottish. The townsite of Lowry was laid out in 1887 by the Soo Railway Company on land owned by Thomas Hume and Hugh Bryce who had settled in that part of Ben Wade about the year 1869. (See Lowry Pioneers post).

And although the Scandinavians and Bohemians now comprise a majority, Lowry still has remnants of those initial Scottish colonizers, most prominently members of the McIver family. The early Scottish settlers may have been drawn to the desolate prairies by an initiative of Thomas Douglass, 5th Earl of Selkirk. Lord Selkirk received a land grant from the Hudson's Bay Corporation and proceeded to establish the Selkirk Settlement which was to become known as the "Red River Colony", covering areas of southern Manitoba, eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.  He then encouraged impoverished Scottish farmers to relocate to America.

"No Americans are to be accepted as settlers, but special inducements are offered to people from the highland of Scotland and some parts of Ireland, so that they will not be lost to the Empire by emigration."

The incentives being 100 acres of land, free and clear, after surviving 3 years. 

In the mid-19th century, this area was developing into a major wheat growing and flour production area. This, coupled with the Hudson Bay/Northwest Co. fur trade headquartered in Fort Garry (Winnipeg) and the establishment of Fort Snelling in 1821, presented trading opportunities to those willing to brave the hardships. There were no established roads, so 2 crude trails from St. Paul to Fort Garry - the "Woods Trail" & "East Plains Trail"- were carved out. A third, the "West Plains Trail" utilized the Minnesota and Red Rivers to Pembina and on to Winnipeg. The "prairie schooners" before the arrival of the railroads were ox carts transporting furs, flour and pemmican from the northwest to the Mississippi River steamboats.


From MNopedia: "The Red River cart was made entirely of wood. The only tools needed to build it were an ax and an auger. Rawhide, or wood found along the route, was used to mend breaks. The cart was suspended between two large wheels, each more than five feet in diameter. The wheels had spokes that angled outward from the hubs to the rim, which helped stabilize the cart.
When the wheels were taken off, they could be lashed together and, concave side down, used as a raft to cross water. When they were used on land, their squeal could be heard from miles away because they could not be greased; grease would mix with the trail dust and either stop the wheels from turning or wear down the axel. The axel supported the cart’s weight and, even without grease, wore out quickly. Travelers carried spare axels on their journeys; a typical trip from Winnipeg to St. Paul would require four or five."
Each cart carried up to 1,000 pounds and traveled an average of 20 miles per day. There were often 100 carts in a group and the sound of the groaning and creaking of the carts could be heard for miles. 
The "East Prairie Trail" paralleled the current Soo Line tracks and Highway 55. It forked from the "Woods Trail" at St. Cloud and went west to what is now Osakis and northwest to what is now Elbow Lake, passing very near what would become Lowry Minnesota. It ran parallel to the current Soo Line railroad line and state highway 55.  Continuing north, it linked back up with the Woods Trail west of Lake Itasca. Waypoints Fort Abercrombie (Breckinridge), Centralia (Fargo) & Le Grande Fourches (Grand Forks) owe their existence to these trade routes.


From Grace Flandrau book

The most prominent "ox-cart trader" was Norman Kittson, who has a Minnesota county named for him, but this trade brings me back to the Lowry Scots. Hugh Bryce farmed but also had a freighting business, delivering goods on the "Red River Trail" to Pembina, Fort Garry (Winnipeg) and other military outposts in the northwest. It is unclear what goods Hugh traded in.  

The teamster's life was not an easy one. From Grace Flandrau's book "Red River Trails" (published by Great Northern Railroad):  "As marathons of patience and endurance, these ox cart journeys are almost unequalled. Besides the difficulties common to all the routes: bad roads, absence of bridges, the peculiarly violent and often fatal thunder storms and cyclones common to the region at that time, and the devouring legions of mosquitoes which inspired the most impassioned eloquence in the contemporary writers ... the route east of the river which skirted the forests was pock marked with bottomless mud holes and in later years miles of corduroy jolted the travelers through tamarack swamps." 

Not surprisingly, when the Northern Pacific Railroad was completed to Moorhead in 1872, the ox cart trails quickly disappeared.



If you are northbound on 94 approaching Alexandria and need a rest, there is a historical marker at the rest stop just southeast of the Alex exit., 45° 50.235′ N, 95° 20.64′ W.  Also, I believe, if you are willing to search, there are remnants of the East Prairie Trail to be found near Fergus Falls.



Sources
1. Flandrau, Grace.  The Red River Trails, Great Northern publications
2, Red River Carts, MNopedia
3. Mankato Free Press archives
4. Red River Colony. Wikipedia Selkirk archive


Copyright © 2018 Dave Hoplin

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Power of 2

There is a famous fable from India about the man who invented the game of chess. He presented it as a gift to the king. The king was so pleased he asked what he might want as a reward. The man requested that 1 kernel of wheat be placed on the first square, and a double amount on each successive square.  64 squares - seemed reasonable to the king but ...

Here is the arithmetic progression




For math geeks: 

Roughly 18 quintillion. To be precise, the total number of grains on the 64 squares equals 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 which represents about 6000 years of production by the world's current leading wheat producer, China.



Do you remember the 1980's Faberge commercial that started with a person on the screen and a voice over saying "she told 2 friends and they told 2 friends and so on and so on ..." and pretty soon the TV screen was filled with thumbnail sized images?  Same principal.


This is how social media works and how it can be used to propagate false and malicious information. I recently saw a post which made an outrageous claim regarding a politician's purported statements. (They are depressingly numerous). I would have thought that anyone would simply dismiss it out of hand - and yet, it had over 1000 reposts. People who believe everything they see on the internet  (or choose to believe) are the backbone of the Russian efforts to disrupt our democracy. I do not know if the post I saw originated in Russia, but the point is - they want to polarize and divide us. They post these things to "rile folks up", and it is working to divide us all too well. 


Before you repeat something you read on the internet, either to the internet or in polite conversation, VERIFY.  There are numerous fact checking facilities and when in doubt, stifle your urges. 
It is like the old adage, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Likewise if it seems outrageously false, it probably is.

We need to restore civility to our conversations and it starts with you and me.  And if we tell 2 friends and they tell 2 friends, and so on ... we might just change the world.


Copyright © 2018 Dave Hoplin

Sunday, October 28, 2018

6. Town Team - Epilog

This series of posts on the Lowry town team is dedicated to Ray Hayenga, one of the founders of the Lowry ball team and whose scrapbook provided much of the detail for these posts.  Sadly, Ray passed away in 1962 from a stroke at the young age of 56.  Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of Ray, so here's one I do have - me, in the choke up, 2 strike, make contact pose.



Lowry won the PDT title in 1962, but by 1963 all the 1st generation players had retired and their slots were taken largely by recent Glenwood high school grads. Sort of like Craig Kusick replacing Harmon Killebrew or Babe Dahlgren for Lou Gehrig - just not quite the same for me. Coupled with the arrival of major league baseball in Minnesota in 1961 - the Washington Senators becoming the Minnesota Twins - and the emergence of slo-pitch softball (the Lowry State Bank team was a perennial league power and went to a state tourney - a story for another day) as well as American Legion ball, interest in town ball waned in Lowry and spelled doom for many Minnesota town teams. However, Minnesota town ball remains robust in the state with 53 leagues actively competing for a spot in a 3 class state tourney in August of each year.  

Roster 1954-1962

I am trying to compile a list of all the members of the Lowry Leghorn team from 1954-1962. This list is of course fraught with the danger of omission.

Please examine the list below and if you know of someone I have not included, please add their name as a comment below. Corrections welcome as well.


Thanks. 

Managers
Lawrence "Doc" Wright
Al Sell
Ray Hayenga
Glen Herrlinger

Catchers
Al Sell
Arnie Gunness
Ben Troen
Glen Herrlinger
Curt Anderson

Pitchers/Infielders
Jerry Hayenga
John "Jeener" Bosek
Dennis "Donuts" Bosek
Burdell Benson
Paul Quitney
Denny Danielson
Kenny Moe

Infielders
Floyd Bosek
Gary Boldenow
Dave Opheim
Chuck Thompson
Roger Hayenga
Wayne Anderson
Rodney Swenson
Bill Starr

Outfielders
George Dieter
Harold "Solie" Erlandson
Stan Brosh
George Sauer
Dave Troen
Ben Motis
Phil MacIver
Kenny Hagen
Dave Cooley
Larry Hedlin

Batboy
Bruce Hayenga
Gordy Wagner

Official Scorer
Myrtle Benesh

Concessionaire
Leo Dahl

Groundskeeper
Glenn Hoplin
Dave Hoplin - rock picker

Sponsors/Directors
Ray Hayenga
Dave Nelson
Arnie Gunness



Previous posts in this series 

Episode 1: The Ballpark
Episode 2: '55 Champs
Episode 3: '56-'57 Seasons
Episode 4: Pomme de Terre...
Episode 5: A Tale of Two Pitchers


Note: This series of posts is supported by Ray Hayenga's scrapbook which came to me from his son Bruce by way of Dave Chan.  Ray collected every Park Region Echo clipping on the Lowry ball team from 1954 to 1962.  I have digitized this scrapbook.  If you want a look, here's a link:Ray Hayenga's Scrapbook.  Caveat:  It's a large .pdf file. Your browser may not be able to preview it but you should be able download it.










Copyright © 2018 Dave Hoplin

Monday, October 22, 2018

Let's be careful out there







The hazardous nature of some occupations is obvious.  Policeman, fireman, construction worker, race car driver, .... But you'all who sit at a desk all day?  What could go wrong? It turns out, you likely work in a pernicious environment - not just you, but most every office worker.  Did you know ...

Fluorescent lighting “saps your soul”.  A Thought Co study identifies multiple hazards from fluorescent lighting, from migraines, eyestrain, increased stress levels, sapping vitamins,  seasonal affective disorder (SAD) to even worse [On second thought, don't read the study. It's pretty depressing.]  People with a diet of daylight are significantly more alert.  Find a way to get some natural light into your space. 

Maybe not surprisingly room temperature is also an efficiency factor.  With temperatures @ 68F/20C, employees make 44% more mistakes than at an optimal temp (77F/25C) - the claim is “chilliness” keeps you distracted. [Editor comment: I am skeptical. Have these researchers never heard of sweaters? For me, 77F = nap time]  

This next thing will seem irrelevant - but bear with me.  A major chord - e.g. major third vs. a minor chord - e.g. minor third, are associated with music being “happy” or “sad”.

  
             

I tried to find some scientific rationale for this, but it’s pretty sparse & in fact is probably a “western” thing. But trust me - it just is. Listen to Lenten music - it’s all minor key. So what? Well ... it turns out that the combination of a spinning disk and a computer fan produces background noise in a minor key. So you are subjecting yourself to “sadness” producing sounds for 8-12 hours a day. But there’s an easy fix - crank up some Vivaldi on those headphones.  For those averse to classical, LinkedIn has even published a "songs to inspire you at work playlist".

Next item - sitting.  Sitting is hazardous to your health. The Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal reports that those of you who spend most of the day sitting have a 54% greater chance of a heart attack - and guess what, neither smoking nor regular exercise have a bearing on that risk. A New York Times Magazine report on a study by Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic of 123,000 Americans found the death rate 20% higher for men who sat for 6 hours or more. For women - it’s 40%.  If you’re not ready for a career change to say ... a bartender, maybe you should consider a standup desk. Sitting .. is bad whether you are morbidly obese or marathon-runner thin. “Excessive sitting,” Dr. Levine says, “is a lethal activity.”  And while you’re at it, lobby for those rubber ball chairs for your school.  Or maybe try it yourself.




The key is to keep moving.  Or as an 89 year old lady I met on a recent bike ride said: "keep it wigglin'".

And this is just the start of the hazard list:  the disease risk of indoor circulating air; repetitive motion disorders; eyestrain; the color of the walls - get rid of beige; toxic fume emissions from your computer or the carpet; ...  So,

Let’s Be Careful Out There



P.S. Take an alcohol wipe to your keyboard and work surface. But, on the other hand, "the American Medical Association discourages the use of antibacterial agents in consumer products because they may encourage the development of "superbugs" - antibiotic-resistant bacteria".  So strike that - wash your hands - frequently - with good old soap and hot water.


Author note: I spent 35 years basking in fluorescent light and the glow of a computer screen. Well, except early on, it was punch cards - not much glow there.

Copyright © 2018 Dave Hoplin

Sunday, October 7, 2018

5. Town Team - A Tale of Two Pitchers



The Lowry club was optimistic entering the 1960 season. They had finished 1959 on a hot streak, winning 8 of 10 down the stretch.  Glenwood, having finished in the cellar in '59 opted out of the '60 season, replaced by Holloway.

The PDT had some great pitchers - with longevity.  Pete Bright of Cyrus (or Morris or Kensington when Cyrus did not field a team), Larry Krienke of Kensington, Dean Olson of Glenwood, Dick Starner of Hoffman, Lloyd Heil of Hancock, Jerry Hayenga and John Bosek of Lowry all were outstanding and pitched for a decade or more.

But the PDT also produced two young pitchers with comparatively short careers that were exceptional and one which was meteoric.

Lowry's 21 year old right hander, Paul Quitney, possessed a sneaky fastball, a wicked overhand 12-6 curve that Bert Blyleven would later copy to good effect and a third nameless pitch that looked like a fastball but at the last second slid to the end of a right-hander's bat or onto the handle of a left-hander, resulting in a swing and a miss or a weak ground ball, a pitch so devastating it would make Mariano Rivera a one pitch Hall of Famer. Quitney's masterpiece came in game 2 of the 1960 PDT season. At home against Holloway, Quitney pitched a no hit, 20 strikeout game for an 11-1 victory, winning Paul "State Star of the Week" honors. Behind Quitney, the Leghorns rolled, winning 8 in a row. But Paul came down with a sore arm after week 8. Pitch counts? Limits were an unheard of thing in 1960, and in game 9, without Quitney, Hancock dropped Lowry 13-12. Quitney came back to win games 10 & 11, giving him a 10-0 record for the regular season.

The second shooting star was Holloway's teen-aged fireballing left-hander, one Jerry Koosman. Koosman's fastball was in the 90's and his curve resembled Koufax's. But his control tended to be an issue, with a typical line being 15 K, 12 BB, 2 HBP.  PDT fans were pleased when Koosman joined the army after high school and starred in Fort Bliss rather than Minnesota.

In later years, Koosman overcame the control problems and in 1969 won 2 games in the NY "Miracle Mets" World Series win over Baltimore, teaming with Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver to form one of the best pitching staffs in MLB history. Yup - same Jerry Koosman.  He also won a game in the Mets World Series loss to Oakland in 1973, giving him a 3-0 World Series record. In 1979, the 36 year old Koosman was traded over to the Twins and won 20 games for them. (The Twins have had only 13 20 game winners in their history and I suspect that number will stand for the duration.) And as lefthanders are wont to do, Koosman pitched 19 seasons for the Mets, Twins, White Sox and Phillies with a lifetime ERA of 3.36, retiring at age 42.






But in 1960, there was no question which pitcher had MLB potential. Quitney in a runaway.

The 1960 Lowry team advanced to the Region 9 State Amateur Tournament but was matched up against a powerful Willmar Kernel team, which defeated Quitney in game 1 for his first loss of the season, ending with a record of 13-1. Willmar came back in game 2 to beat Koosman, drafted from Holloway, to eliminate the Leghorns.

What a year!



Previous posts in this series 

Episode 1: The Ballpark
Episode 2: '55 Champs
Episode 3: '56-'57 Seasons
Episode 4: Pomme de Terre...


Note: This series of posts is supported by Ray Hayenga's scrapbook which came to me from his son Bruce by way of Dave Chan.  Ray collected every Park Region Echo clipping on the Lowry ball team from 1954 to 1962.  I have digitized this scrapbook.  If you want a look, here's a link:Ray Hayenga's Scrapbook.  Caveat:  It's a large .pdf file. Your browser may not be able to preview it but you should be able download it.









Copyright © 2018 Dave Hoplin






Monday, October 1, 2018

4. Town Team - Pomme de Terre

PDT Teams


In the four years, 1954-1957,  Lowry's Resorter's League town team compiled a 36-3 record, won 3 league championships and made the State Amateur Class B Regionals twice. Perhaps at the behest of the other teams in the Resorter's League, in 1958, when both Cyrus & Clontarf dropped out of the Pomme de Terre League, Lowry opted to move to that league, which in addition to Lowry, included Hancock, Morris, Starbuck, Hoffman, Glenwood, Chokio and Kensington.

Pomme de Terre?  What do the french know about baseball?  English translation: Potato.  The Potato League. Really? And with most of the towns having a sizably greater population than tiny Lowry, well .. disappointment awaits.

And my fears were realized in PDT game one, when the other new member of the league, Hoffman, dropped the Leghorns 6-5.  But I began to feel confident (over-confident) when Lowry took the next 2 games, 6-2 over Chokio and 5-4 over Kensington. But then things went south. A loss to Starbuck (13-12) with 7 errors committed, followed by losses to Morris, Hancock. But the season (for me) was salvaged by a 12-4 win over Glenwood under the lights at Barsness Field.

Lowry finished 7th in the 8 team league in 1958, but - schadenfreude - Glenwood was on the bottom.





























So going into the 1959 season, it seemed the boys were over-matched, confirmed to me on opening day when Morris trounced Lowry 11-2, followed by a 15-2 drubbing by Glenwood (ouch) and a 7-5 loss to Kensington.  Lowry stood 0-3.  But Holy Cow, Lowry notched consecutive wins over Alberta, Starbuck AND the seemingly unbeatable Morris Tigers.  Lowry stood at 3-3. But reality set in in game 7 when Dean Olson of Glenwood twirled a shutout for Lowry's 2nd loss to Glenwood (double-ouch). But they then won a 18-17 slugfest over 2nd place Kensington to get them to 500, 4-4.  A shutout over Alberta and an extra-inning 5-4 loss to Starbuck evened the record at 5-5. Then followed 4 straight wins - 8 of their last 10 - to finish tied for 2nd at 9-5 and a place in the playoffs.  Despite defeating Lowry twice, Glenwood finished 7th with a 5-9 record. tsk tsk. Lowry faced Kensington in the playoffs winning 1 game but coming up short in the 2 of 3 series.

1959 Final Standings


But a pretty respectable season for the boys of summer.














Previous posts in this series 

Episode 1: The Ballpark
Episode 2: '55 Champs
Episode 3: '56-'57 Seasons
...


Note: This series of posts is supported by Ray Hayenga's scrapbook which came to me from his son Bruce by way of Dave Chan.  Ray collected every Park Region Echo clipping on the Lowry ball team from 1954 to 1962.  I have digitized this scrapbook.  If you want a look, here's a link:Ray Hayenga's Scrapbook.  Caveat:  It's a large .pdf file. Your browser may not be able to preview it but you should be able download it.









Copyright © 2018 Dave Hoplin