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Vincent celebration offers chance to see the past

July 22, 2012
Messenger News

Given one chance at a do-over, I'd take that do-over back to 1910 and spend a week in Vincent.

The thought of how active that little town must have been makes me want to be part of it.

It even had a library. I know that for a fact because my friend Loree's late husband, Woody Clarken, was the nephew, I think it was, of the guy who ran the library. You can tell I'm not so good with relationship details, but I'm darn sure Vincent was a rocking place before the train to Dodge was replaced with those new-fangled automobiles.

When people had the freedom to roam at will, the little town lost its big-town atmosphere.

Now, however, there's a chance to be part of that time, if only through photos of the past. A small group of people in Vincent have planned the town's 125-year celebration.

Jean Gallogly is chairman of that committee. "I am one of the new citizens of Vincent, having only lived here for 12 years," she said. "Our goal is to have a small, but great, old-fashioned community celebration with maybe a bit of a modern twist to it."

The celebration is Saturday and July 29, starting with complimentary coffee, juice and rolls in City Hall. But the real treat there will be the memorabilia room "with items and pictures from the start of this town in 1887 until today," Gallogly said.

A magic show starts at 10 a.m., but I'm thinking the magic of the day will be in the memories.

For me those memories include the freshly baked bread we picked up every Saturday morning from the woman living next to South Enes Lutheran Church. Often, we bought two loaves because one of them had a way of disappearing on the ride home.

Those memories include standing outside the tavern after our 4-H meeting, waiting for Dad to take us home. Mom said it wasn't proper for young ladies to go into a bar. And I remember the time I thought "Nuts to that," and went in. From that day on, I've wanted to own my own little bar.

The Vincent bar, Mandi's Bar and Grill, will be host for a live band and street dance on Saturday night, the end of the first day of celebration. That's from 8 p.m. to midnight. Earlier, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be "old-fashioned" music, Gallogly said, at the community hall. That's by the Morton Brothers. Makes me wonder if they're related to the Mortons who lived on the north edge of Vincent, right about where NEW Co-op's building used to be before it moved across the street.

It's likely going to be warm on Saturday, making Mayor John Fransen's stay in the dunk tank almost a relief. I'm wondering if he'll be soaked by the time the Volunteer Fire Department has its Firefighters barrel fight. I also wonder what a barrel fight is.

Go see. And go back Sunday for church service in the park and the community potluck.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Sandy Mickelson, retired lifestyle editor of The Messenger, may be reached at



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