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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 8:51 AM
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. 
  • 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.   
  • High school scrapbook gives understanding of life in 1931
    My mother's high school scrapbook, A Bouquet of Memories, boasts memorabilia from the District Music Contest at Lake City on May 2, 1931.   
  • The saga of Tom Frankson: Politics, rampaging buffalo and South Park

    The saga of Tom Frankson continues this week as we consider the last half of his illustrious career as a noted entrepreneur. 

     
  • Following the Frankson family through the generations

    Here in Spring Valley lived a most notable entrepreneur named Tom Frankson.  Have you ever heard of the Frankson-Christianson Manufacturing Company? 

     
  • Improvements will be made at the Methodist Church Museum, pending available funds, but a little history is in order here.

     
  • A trip back in time touring Spring Valley
    Today we continue a review of the downtown business district compiled by old friend, Harry Johnson, the postman.  Harry lived his entire life in Spring Valley, growing up in the years when there were seven daily passenger and freight trains huffing and chuffing through Spring Valley.   
  • Celebrating the Class of 1954
    A totally reliable source of information again proved most helpful — a bound volume of the Spring Valley Tribune from 1954. Yes, the Class of '54 is planning their 60th anniversary reunion soon, and their yearbook does not contain much news from the community. However, the Tribune covered a long account of their senior class trip to Chicago, written by Jean Latcham, and that article will be shared with the classmates.  
  • Vintage advertising gives a view into days of old
    Recently a cousin sent a sizable box of old advertising cards given out by Spring Valley merchants in the “early days.”  Apparently it was a collection my grandfather, Harry Steffens, had accumulated for the scrapbook he was working on.   
  • Pieces of Spring Valley history: cameras, harnesses, catalogs and a wedding dress

    In my last column, an 1857 wedding dress was mentioned as being exhibited in the parlor at the Washburn-Zittleman historic home.  There is much more to the story and for that we thank Sharon Jahn, our diligent historian, who did considerable research on the matter.

     
MNsure opening

Officials are saying the opening weekend of Mnsure went smoothly. Have your experiences been positive or negative?



 

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