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Cover of 1920 era cookbook from Racine Methodist Ladies Aid, and some of the Spring Valley business ads.
Cover of 1920 era cookbook from Racine Methodist Ladies Aid, and some of the Spring Valley business ads.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:19 AM

In hand is a cookbook compiled by the Methodist Ladies Aid of Racine, Minn.  I'm not sure of the year, but the ads by local businessmen and their phone numbers give us a clue — maybe about 1920 to 1930s.  On the cover, "Back of the loaf is the snowy flour, and back of the flour the mill, and back of the mill the wheat and the shower, and the sun and the Father's will."

  • Cookbook gives insight into businesses of old

    In hand is a cookbook compiled by the Methodist Ladies Aid of Racine, Minn.  I'm not sure of the year, but the ads by local businessmen and their phone numbers give us a clue — maybe about 1920 to 1930s.  On the cover, "Back of the loaf is the snowy flour, and back of the flour the mill, and back of the mill the wheat and the shower, and the sun and the Father's will."

     
  • Book honors those who served, tells history of Legion Dugout

    A recent gift to the Spring Valley Historical Society is a book, "Service Record,  World War II, Spring Valley & Community."  On the first page it reads:  "Everett H. Hale, Post #68 American Legion.  The charter for the Post #68 was given under the hand and seal of the National Commander and duly attested by the National Adjutant at headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., the 27th day of August 1920..." and included a list of 58 charter members.  It told the history of the Legion Dugout which was the subject of an earlier column.  Hardscrabble Hides & Furs now occupies that spot on East Courtland Street.

     
  • Celebrating 1960 Spring Valley High School graduates

    The Letterman's Banquet was held early in May 1960, at the high school cafeteria with the VFW Auxiliary serving a ham dinner to the many attendees. 

     
  • Memories of Dale Carnegie Course graduates
     

    This splendid photo turned up in the files of the Spring Valley Historical Society and what a great picture of area folks.  It also appeared in the Tribune in January 1959 when 42 people completed the Dale Carnegie course in the past year. 

     
  • 1911 school has a short but prominent history

    We have enjoyed the articles and pictures in the Tribune regarding the recent graduating class of 2015 — excellent coverage.  It brought to mind the 1911 class of juniors who produced what they called "a maiden effort" for an annual publication, and dedicated it to "the new high school" being completed that year. 

     
  • All cooped up: youthful memories of raising chickens

    The chicken incubator seen in the photo brings back many memories of life on the farm.  This particular one can be found in the lower level exhibits at the Methodist Church Museum on West Courtland.  It was found in a home in Cherry Grove in 1941, a home purchased by Harry and Iva Prinsen.  It may have been used by A.J. Nagle who owned the place previously.

     
  • Through the eyes of a Spring Valley newspaper boy

    At the Methodist Church Museum the other day a gentleman from Mankato came in with three pictures of considerable interest.  These show the newsstand that occupied the northwest corner of Broadway and Courtland next to the Molstad Store. 

     
  • Velocipede brings back memories of youthful fun

    A velocipede and wooden wagon — such fun for young ones, especially on those original concrete sidewalks (see photo).  You can see these beauties at the Methodist Church Museum, lower level. 

     
  • Gifts to the local historical society have included several items from Dale Klingerman, either artifacts or visuals, and this is one of them. 

     
  • Drug stores prove to be one-stop shops in 1934

    Viall & Cummings, prescription druggists at the Rexall Drug Store on the east side of upper Broadway, published a calendar in 1934.  In fact, the calendar was copyrighted in 1933, my birth year.  It was a "weather chart" for the year, including moon phases, signs of the Zodiac, and weather predictions for each day  The drug store offered health and beauty to every member of the family as you will see.

     
  • Through the lens: setting sights on Broadway
    You'll see here two views of Broadway; the first is a photo taken from the south looking north which was uncommon. 
  • Tales from Lake George through the eyes of a young boy

    Other columns have featured Lake George and the first golf course, which were located west of the trestles on the west side of town.  History?  Spring Valley not only was blessed with the Southern Minnesota Railroad that came through in 1870, later to become the "Milwaukee Road," but in 1890, the Winona & Southwestern Railroad persuaded the village to invest a considerable sum to establish a railroad from Winona to points in Iowa. 

     
  • Journey of life story leads to discovery of remarkable photo

    For the past decade I've been working on my 'life story' for my sons and grans.  Recently, we found that my great-uncle, O.R. Steffens, had written a history of my 'second' hometown, Racine, MN.  He not only wrote a history, but among the papers was the remarkable photo of Racine business people dated 1956 as shown here.  

     
  • Roots laid in 1856 by three brothers are still strong today

    Very early residents of Spring Valley were three Kellogg brothers, Joseph R., Samuel Crawford, and William Loomis who came in 1856.  An earlier column highlighted the life of William and his daughter, Clara, both prominent in city positions.

     
  • Newspaper gives insight into Spring Valley in 1975
    As we continue a look at Spring Valley news for the graduating class of 1975, let's look back at earlier in the year, late 1974.   
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