Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Recently, it occurred to me, this blog heaped a great
deal of attention on athletics in Elk River.
Unfortunately, the attention focused on men’s sports, specifically
football and basketball. It is time to
shift the focus and give attention to women in sports in Sherburne County.
Elk River Women's team, 1921
As early as 1921, several schools in and around Elk River offered Women’s Basketball to the female students. Based upon the writing in the Elk River yearbook the women of Elk River presented a relatively new sport to the student body. The description of the Elk River team noted “inexperienced” players for the team. In addition, the yearbooks writers reported “a lack of a suitable place in which to practice.” In spite of these shortcomings, the Elk River team posted a 2 and 3 record, facing Anoka, Princeton, Buffalo, and Monticello.
The women of Elk River continued to build on their
experience. Women’s Basketball became a
regular part of the offering at the High School. By 1926, the team scheduled a 13-game season,
adding games against Big Lake, Osseo, and St. Francis, posting a 9 and 4
Elk River Women, 1926
With the coming economic depression in the 1930s, some schools dropped women’s sports. Elk River offered a replacement to this with intramural sports. The school promoted play in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and kittenball. Organized, league play, returned to Elk River in the 1950s.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Football season is upon us. It seemed very appropriate to note the great history of Football in Sherburne County. Sherburne county athletes played organized games of football for 130 years. According to “A Century of Pride The History of Elk River Football,” the first game reported in the local news witnessed Elk River defeating a team from Monticello by a score of 29 to zero. Since then, Sherburne County presented a number of notable games. Here are two seasons of Elk River High School football players, 1914 and 1927. Note, 1927 saw a championship season, with the Elk River team recording a record of 5-1-1. Later, Big Lake and Becker presented outstanding teams. The Big Lake team from 1967 presented below.
|Elk River 1914|
|Elk River Championship Team 1927|
|Big Lake 1967|
Thursday, September 9, 2021
With the coming of the twentieth anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers, 9/11, it may be appropriate to take some time and think about the events of that day. Where were you when the towers were attacked? Let’s think about the 3,000 people killed that day, and the 6,000 injured. Remember, the attacks also hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania.
|This week, every memorial ought to serve as a |
reminder of what happened on 11 September 2001
Let’s take some time and think: Where were you when the towers were attacked?
Friday, September 3, 2021
A few weeks ago, we shared a few lines of letters from Pvt. George Bostrom to his sister. Bostrom, originally from Elk River, served in the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War One. Here is a second portion of a letter in 1918 sharing conditions in France in the last days of the war:
Well Sister, I’m in the lines again and have been for some time. I think we will move soon, possibly little further to the front because we are kind of in reserve here although we aren’t so very far from the front. Suits me alright tho because back here we would be an excellent target for the (Germans) if they had a mind to open up their big guns on us. There has been some of their medium sized shells come our way at different times. The other night they sent ove3r a few that made us wonder if they really had come with our names marked on them but I guess they must have misspelled them. I shouldn’t joke that way. It hurts me when I hear others talk that way but here I am writing it.
Well I will close for this time.