The photo from the 1930s shows the M.E. (Methodist Episcopal) parsonage at left, and the west entrance of the church at right, on West Courtland Street.  The parsonage was demolished in the 1970s.  The babe on the sidewalk is Joan, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C.W. Zittleman.  In 1995, Joan Zittleman Yasmineh and her husband, Walid, gave the Washburn-Zittleman historic home to the Spring Valley Historical Society as a gift.  It is now a fascinating museum across the street from the church, which is on the National Register, and also a Laura Ingalls Wilder site.
The photo from the 1930s shows the M.E. (Methodist Episcopal) parsonage at left, and the west entrance of the church at right, on West Courtland Street. The parsonage was demolished in the 1970s. The babe on the sidewalk is Joan, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C.W. Zittleman. In 1995, Joan Zittleman Yasmineh and her husband, Walid, gave the Washburn-Zittleman historic home to the Spring Valley Historical Society as a gift. It is now a fascinating museum across the street from the church, which is on the National Register, and also a Laura Ingalls Wilder site.
Cold weather ushers in times for hot soups and baked goods, right? It was fun to ponder the cookbook printed in 1913 for "The Ladies' Aid of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Spring Valley, Minn." One fourth of the dark green cover stated, "Rev. John Hall, Minister. Sunday Services, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday School, 12 noon. Epworth League 6:30 p.m.. Prayer Meeting, Thurs. 7:30 p.m.; Ladies' Aid on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. If you have no other church home, come and worship with us."

Cookbook sponsors were few, but they occupied a great deal of space on the covers. M.E. Molstad boasted: "We specialize. Cloaks, Jamestown Dress Goods, Belding Silks, Henderson Corsets, Dependon Hosiery are a few of the good things which we handle. Our aim is to always keep the best." Maybe he meant "sell the best"!

First National Bank listed officers first: F.J. Harris, Pres., C.A. Gilbert, Vice-pres., J.W. Barber, Cashier, Geo. C. Gullickson, Asst. Cashier, Arthur A. Hill, Asst. Cashier. Their story? "Still we grow. Why? Because this is a strong, careful, safe and successful institution. It is a growing, active, up-to-date bank in every particular. Our funds are guarded by a modern burglar proof safe in an electronically protected vault. Our officers are experienced and well-known. If you are not a customer of ours, let this be an invitation to become one."

The First State Bank of Spring Valley officers were: C.H. Smith, Pres., John Leuthold, Vice-pres., G.M. Warren, Vice-pres., R.E. Shepherd, Cashier, H.H. Steffens, Asst. Cashier. Their spiel consisted of promoting for checking accounts, reminders of the convenience and business-like manner of conducting affairs. They invited deposits with this bank. The other half page showed only "Lloyd's Drug Store - Paint and Wall Paper." We suspect they offered a great deal more.

The back cover included a half page for Burgess & Sons, Lumber & Coal, W.W. Bontecou, Agent. Then smaller ads for 1) Wyman's Restaurant - Meals & Lunches, Ice Cream & Soft Drinks. 2) Miss E. Mueller, Ladies' Furnishing Goods, Fancy Material, Notions, etc. 3) A.J. Dumdie - Merchant Tailor, and headquarters for cleaning and pressing. Give me a call.

The back cover featured only two large ads - P.R. Jorris & Son, Furniture, Undertakers and Funeral Directors, Pianos, Rugs, etc. Then: Harry H. Johnson, Jeweler. Elgin watches. Everything that is good in Jewelry. Eastman Kodaks. All work guaranteed.

Recipes seemed to indicate the readers were experienced cooks, often listing only the ingredients. No oven temps were shown except for "quick" or "moderate" ovens, which would lead us to believe they were cooking and baking on coal/wood fired ranges. For soup stock: Utilize left-over pieces of raw or cooked meat, all bones, cover with cold water, simmer several hours, strain through cheesecloth into a large bowl, when cold, remove fat. Add vegetables and seasoning for soups. Potato Soup: Blend 2 T. flour with 2 T. hot butter, add 3 c. milk, stir until it boils, add 1 c. mashed potatoes, season to taste. For Corn Chowder: Slice two onions and cook in 2 T. butter, add 1 quart hot water, 3 diced potatoes, cook till potatoes are done, add 1 can corn, 1 quart milk, season.

Some interesting breads included Sour Milk Graham Bread: Two cups graham, one-half cup corn meal, one-half cup wheat flour, one-half cup sugar, 1 t. salt, 1 t. soda dissolved in 1 pt. sour milk. Mix and bake one and one-fourth hours. For regular Graham Bread: One pint milk, 1 T. lard, 2 T. brown sugar, 1 t. salt, one-half yeast cake, 1 pint graham flour, about 1 pint white flour. Make like white bread, only a little moister and bake more slowly. Muffins? One egg beaten, 1 T. sugar, pinch salt, 1 T. melted shortening, 1 c. milk, 2 t. baking powder sifted in flour to make a batter that will drop easily from spoon. Have tins hot and well greased. Makes twelve.

Why not try some nut bread? Three and one-half cups flour (white or part wheat), 3 t. baking powder, 3/4 cup sugar, one-half t. salt, 1 cup chopped nut meats, 1 egg well beaten, one and one-half cups milk. Put into greased bread tins; let rise thirty minutes in warm place, bake slowly one hour. Or some Pop Overs: Two eggs, one cup milk, one cup sifted flour, one-fourth teaspoon salt. Beat eggs until light, add milk; continue beating and add flour. Butter muffin tins generously. Bake in hot oven. Let's finish up with some good Fruit Cookies: One cup sugar, one egg, one-half cup shortening, one-half cup milk, one teaspoon vanilla, two teaspoons cream tartar, one teaspoon soda, salt, three and one-half cups flour. Roll rather thin, cut and put following filling between two, pressing edges together lightly, and bake. Filling: one cup chopped raisins or figs, one-half cup sugar, one-half cup water, one teaspoon flour, salt. Cook until thick, cool. Or maybe one more: do you have some apples aging in the bottom of the fridge? Try this applesauce cake: One cup sugar, one-half cup butter, one cup raisins and currants mixed, one teaspoon soda dissolved in one cup cold strained unsweetened apple sauce, two cups flour, one-half teaspoon cinnamon, one-fourth teaspoon cloves, one fourth teaspoon mace. Enjoy cooking & baking in this new year! May it be a good one for all of us.