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From the Northwestern Farmer & Horticultural Journal, Dubuque, Iowa, dated January 1858, so perhaps Cartlich purchased his plows from the warehouse, as seen here.
From the Northwestern Farmer & Horticultural Journal, Dubuque, Iowa, dated January 1858, so perhaps Cartlich purchased his plows from the warehouse, as seen here.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 8:23 AM

The historical society files contain a letter dated January 1856 that is quite astonishing and revealing. It is written by a gentleman who not only has beautiful handwriting but an extensive vocabulary.  It is written to "Very Dear Children" and signed by Jesse and Sarah Cartlich.  A call to our all-knowing and diligent historian, Sharon Jahn, showed they are among the earliest burials in the city cemetery.

  • Well-spoken gentleman shares hardships of life in 1856

    The historical society files contain a letter dated January 1856 that is quite astonishing and revealing. It is written by a gentleman who not only has beautiful handwriting but an extensive vocabulary.  It is written to "Very Dear Children" and signed by Jesse and Sarah Cartlich.  A call to our all-knowing and diligent historian, Sharon Jahn, showed they are among the earliest burials in the city cemetery.

     
  • Local auctioneers play elves at Santa’s Workshop

    In one of the historical society files we came across the neat 1963 photo shown here of folks who were well known in this area — our three auctioneers. 

     
  • Local man wore many hats in Spring Valley, leaving his mark on the city’s history

    One of the reporters for the Tribune back in 1997 was Rose Van Kirk who did a splendid piece on Andy Anderson who was celebrating his 88th birthday on Christmas Day.  His Norwegian parents, Louis and Inge Anderson, named him Orrin but he was always known as Andy. 

     
  • History of Allen family intwines with Spring Valley’s storied past

    Some of you may remember that in the Centennial Year of 1955, the Tribune published countless short bios on local residents plus articles about places and events.  We may recall some of these stories with appropriate photos to bring to remembrance the sturdy pioneers who settled here.

     
  • Spring Valley residents voice their favorite literary quotes
    Not sure if it would happen today, but a century ago a booklet was printed, probably by the Adams Press on Broadway, of "Favorite Quotes of the Spring Valley, Minn. People."   
  • It’s time to order horse blankets and lap robes

    With the advent of anticipated sleigh rides now that winter is upon us, it's time to do what is suggested in the accompanying photo — order horse blankets and lap robes.  The files of the historical society disclosed a brochure that detailed all the splendid blankets one could order for their teams from the Cash Buyers' Union in Chicago.

     
  • 1977 atlas continues to explore Spring Valley history

    Last week this column dealt with the Spring Valley Trout Farm as found in a Fillmore County Atlas and plat book from 1977.  Many other businesses chose to buy space in the atlas to promote their service or products, as seen in the accompanying photo.  It is encouraging to see that eight out of the 14 firms shown are still in business.

     
  • 1977 plat book unleashes memories

    Back in the 1970s , my friend, Jeanne Lamp, was managing a firm at 132 North Broadway — Minnesota Loan & Thrift. She recently gave to the historical society a Land Atlas & Plat Book dated 1977 distributed by the Fillmore County Farm Bureau, a publication of the Rockford Map Publishers in Illinois.  On one page was the advertisement seen here for the Spring Valley Trout Farm.  Oh, my, this unleashed a flood of memories.

     
  • The story of Minnesota: between the borders
    You see on this page a map of Minnesota "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1862 by S. Augustus Mitchell in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania" drawn and engraved by W.H. Gamble.  
  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Atlas highlights Spring Valley businesses

    A 1966 Atlas of Fillmore County contained a great deal of Spring Valley history and was fun to read, so I'll share some of the information. Compiled and published by Thomas A. Nelson Co. of Fergus Falls, Minn., they early on stated "because of the possibility of error, no representation is made as to complete accuracy."

     
  • The Grange has a storied history as a national fraternity
    Hanging in the Ag Building at the Spring Valley Historical Society are two pieces of memorabilia that bring back many memories.   
  • Surviving WWII: J.I. Hamre's mission in Norway
    Thus begins a segment of J.I. Hamre's life story, and we're talking the end of World War II. 
  • All fenced in: a brief history of fencing

    The lack of fencing these days, since many farmers till right up to the road or highway right of ways, caused us to really take a look around the countryside to see if and where fences were still used.  You may observe the same while you are driving; note where fences are used and why — to keep animals in?  to keep deer out?  to protect property from outsiders such as power stations? 

     
  • A salute to a local Navy man
    In honor of Veterans Day, this column salutes a local veteran who did his share of defending our country when he served in World War II.  To avoid being drafted into the army, Everett Grabau volunteered with the U.S. Navy, and tells us he served 38 months.   
  • The Neill family history lives on at local museum
    Many years ago the family of Frank Neill lived on a farm just north of the community known as Hamilton, north of Spring Valley.  Frank and Dollie Neill had three sons, Ben, Floyd and Winnie, and daughter Anna.   
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