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Cover of 'turn-of-the-century' booklet
Cover of 'turn-of-the-century' booklet
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 8:56 AM
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." 
  • 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.   
  • 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.

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