THE LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE,
featuring the 135-voice College-Career Choir, directed by John
Gustafson, Minister of Music, sings the old and new songs of Christmas.
The giant 50-foot tree upon which the choir stands has 1,500 pounds of
juniper boughs with hundreds of lights and ornaments. A picturesque snow
scene completes the winter wonderland.
“In January of 1894, a New Year’s dance was being held. Just before supper there was a commotion coming from the north end of Burnquist’s Hall. A. Winters had got to talking loud about a HAT. John Gustafson tried to quiet him but the talking was sign to a bunch of hoodlums from Boone to clear out the hall. In a moment chairs were flying and women were screaming. Gustafson tried his best to fight these hoodlums at one point he had two down until the third hit him with a chair. After getting possession of the hall the miscreants proceeded to make a complete wreck of the hall . After they were through destroying the hall they went to supper. The citizens of Dayton were aroused by this time and came upon the scene to help the Marshal Larson. Marshal Larson was trying to arrest the ring leader in the restaurant. Frank Dowd was one of the hero’s that night. He came to aide Marshal Larson. As things happened, at the end of the fight Marshal Larson was shot in the right hip by his own gun in the hands of Paris Winters. Marshal Larson passed away that Wednesday at 1 o'clock in the morning. They ended up sending the whole gang of rioters to Fort Dodge for trial.