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The cross on the hill at Masonic Park
The cross on the hill at Masonic Park
Monday, August 24, 2015 4:47 PM

The picture of the cross atop a hill at Masonic Park truly caught my eye; in fact we drove out there to see if we could see it.  No, but we're assured it is still there and quite a story is involved.

  • Majestic Masonic Park has hidden treasures

    The picture of the cross atop a hill at Masonic Park truly caught my eye; in fact we drove out there to see if we could see it.  No, but we're assured it is still there and quite a story is involved.

  • Woodstoves were the heart of the home

    When you visit the Washburn-Zittleman historic home on West Courtland, the first room you see on entering is the old-time kitchen and the cook stove seen here.  Do you realize what a fantastic invention the cook stove was?  It was surely the center of life for the homemaker which handled countless tasks. 

  • Halbkat family has strong roots in Spring Valley

    This photo shows the bookcase found in the sitting room at the Washburn-Zittleman House on West Courtland.  It contains some of the Halbkat family toys given by a granddaughter. 

  • 1975 Tribune has high flying tales
    It's hard to believe the 1970s are “only” 40 years ago. Some readers may not have been born yet; others, like me, think of it as recent past!   
  • 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. 
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