Nov. 27, 2006

LP residents help to solve mystery behind gate posts

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

Lester Prairie residents have helped to solve the mystery of some gate posts that were found in the woods in October.

Lester Prairie resident Earl Machemehl told Park Board Member Troy Feltmann that he was a freshman in high school when the posts were installed in 1942.

Machemehl and other members of the baseball team helped community members install the posts in the old baseball park.

Machemehl said that the posts were produced by the cement company in the city, and some had plaques with the name of a sponsoring business or organization.

Machemehl’s sister, Shirley Dibb, recently provided some photos of the old baseball park showing the posts as they looked years ago.

One photo shows the posts that were part of a gate assembly, and the other shows a long line of posts, indicating that at one time, there were many more posts in the park than the few Roth discovered in the woods.

In October, Herald Journal published a story about the cement posts that Lester Prairie Park Board member Larry Roth found in the woods.

A plaque on one of the posts indicated that it was part of a gate assembly that had been donated to the City of Lester Prairie by the Ray Kirkpatrick American Legion Post 463 in 1942.

Roth showed the posts to Feltmann, who became interested in learning the story behind the posts when he learned that they had at one time been part of the old baseball park.

Feltmann is gathering information for a project about the history of baseball in the city, and asked residents for photos or information about the origin of the posts.

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