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The local hardware store on Broadway had the large ad seen here.
The local hardware store on Broadway had the large ad seen here.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 8:44 AM

Volume 47 dated August 6, 1926, the Spring Valley Mercury was an amazing publication.  The astute editor, Langworthy, printed 10 full pages of news statewide and all the local happenings with reports from at least eight areas:  Ostrander, Frankford, Etna, Sumner, Washington, Hardscrabble, Forestville and North of Town.   His editorials were thoughtful, he pushed "buying locally" and if you had coffee with so and so or “motored” to wherever, readers knew it. Annual subscription was $2.

  • 1926 Spring Valley Mercury leads to many surprises

    Volume 47 dated August 6, 1926, the Spring Valley Mercury was an amazing publication.  The astute editor, Langworthy, printed 10 full pages of news statewide and all the local happenings with reports from at least eight areas:  Ostrander, Frankford, Etna, Sumner, Washington, Hardscrabble, Forestville and North of Town.   His editorials were thoughtful, he pushed "buying locally" and if you had coffee with so and so or “motored” to wherever, readers knew it. Annual subscription was $2.

     
  • ‘Current Events’ kept students up-to-date on WWII

    In 1943-44 the local schools provided to their students the "Current Events," the National School Newspaper, in its 43rd year.  Later we called it the Weekly Reader?

     
  • 1915 plat book unearths Spring Valley's rich history

    Recently a 1915 Fillmore County plat book found its way into my hands — what fun reading it has been.  Labeled "Atlas & Farm Directory of Plats showing location of townships, villages, roads, schools, churches, railroads, streams, etc.", the atlas was published by Webb Publishing Co. for the Farm Journal of Agriculture of St. Paul, the oldest farm journal in the state, published every Saturday since 1882.

     
  • Life Magazine chronicles tragedies and advertising
    People seem to save magazines that cover significant events in our lives, and issues of Life magazine are two that came to my attention.  
  • The Tonette brought much musical joy to area youth

    If you are not in your 80s, perhaps you have never heard of the Tonette.  Believe me, it was the way to begin a lifetime of musical enjoyment.  In the late 1930s and early ‘40s, the Tonette was a part of the education in the third and fourth grades here in Spring Valley elementary schools.

     
  • 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."

     
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