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Joseph R. Kellogg
Joseph R. Kellogg
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 8:37 AM

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.

  • 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.   
  • 1975 was a busy year in Spring Valley

    Graduates of 1975 are no doubt thinking about a 40th class reunion this year.  Checking the bound volume of the 1975 Spring Valley Tribune revealed that the class of 78 students included 21 honor students, a high percentage indeed.  Their "Reflections" yearbook was dedicated to the memory of young people, Steve and Carl Leibfried, who died in a snowmobile crash.

  • The tale of Christopher Luhr: one of Spring Valley’s earliest immigrants

    Recently we decided to look back to 1955, centennial time, to consider some of the brief bios that had been published in the Tribune.  One that caught my eye was that of Christopher Luhr, one of the earliest immigrants and here is his story.

  • A vapor cabinet, available in the 1902 Sears Roebuck catalog, sounds like a fantastic health trip and a bargain, as well.  Shown here, it is guaranteed to be of value to anyone, any age, in sickness or in health. 

  • Last week we featured the Class of '55 which graduated the same year as the local centennial celebration.  What else was featured in the Tribune that year?  Can you believe the town was graced by four grocery stores?   
  • A look back at Spring Valley in 1955

    The Class of '55 may be planning their 60th reunion for this summer.  This prompted a visit to the Tribune office to check on the bound volume of papers from that year as well as a trip to the Methodist Church Museum where the historical society has a modest supply of high school yearbooks.  Oh, my, the changes that have been wrought in 60-some years! 

  • Local man’s wooden creations brought much delight to area residents

    You may be surprised to know that where Hillside Apartments is today on Hudson Avenue, there once was a nifty house, business shop and beautiful gardens. 

  • Maxwell automobile sparks fond memories
    In a recent column we included a photo of a livery stable which showed the owner, Mr. Knight, seated in his Maxwell auto.  This stirred my husband to recall a ride in a 1907 Maxwell.   
  • 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.

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