Troop #55 wins trophy at the Boy Scout Klondike Derby at Camp Kahler: Jim Byrne, Patrol Leader, Rick Hyland, John Peterson, Owen Johnson, Steve Minnich, and Richard Anderson.
Troop #55 wins trophy at the Boy Scout Klondike Derby at Camp Kahler: Jim Byrne, Patrol Leader, Rick Hyland, John Peterson, Owen Johnson, Steve Minnich, and Richard Anderson.
Perhaps the Class of 1968 is planning their 45th class reunion? It was a fun surprise to note all the significant events that occurred in the year 1968. A quicky review indicates changes were always taking place that affected the younger set as well as all of us. In the fall of '67, the Sportsman's Club purchased 15 acres south of town to develop a shooting range. The old Four Winds cafe was burned and a new structure went up in its place. Of high interest was the formation of a nonprofit corporation to establish a youth center, the brainchild of Pastor Reuben Groehler of Our Savior's Lutheran. Located at the former Gamble Store site on upper Broadway, it had opened in December to much fanfare with good attendance.

1968 came in with many changes to the landscape. The IGA Foodliner was sold to Duane "Squeak" Seeley, and continued with full-page ads in the Tribune (offering Gold Bond Stamps), the site is now Stender Enterprises. Venerable Allen's Hall (1875) on the corner of Section Avenue and Park Street, was demolished after 83 years of splendid service to the community in multiple roles. Thor and Audrey Jorgenson and Roy and Dorothy Nelson purchased Alink's business that came to be known as Jornel's - shops with women's and children's apparel and jewelry. Fred Bicknese retired and sold his AG Market on South Broadway to Buster and Annette Johnson. Rudy Rozendal sold Valley Food Locker to John Kraut, who today retains his locker services and an excellent meat counter on Pleasant Avenue. Gordon Peterson and James Hruska acquired Atwood's Ford Motors. Of special meaning to many families was the vote to merge three congregations: Methodist Memorial, Grace Evangelical United Brethren, and United Church of Christ, to form Faith United Methodist. It was shortly thereafter the Methodist Church was deeded to the Spring Valley Historical Society to be preserved as an historic site, and soon named to the National Register of Historic Places.

This year, Don Krom served as mayor, with trustees Roger Helgerson, Bob Majors and Charles Parker; Howard Dettloff was city clerk and Paul Cross, city attorney. Stafford Hansen operated the large Red Owl Store (present public library site) and other food sources included Hilltop Grocery, Susie's Store, S.V. Dairy, the bakery, and Miller's Cardinal Food store in Ostrander. Local eateries seldom advertised as we all knew who they were and what they offered. It was great to note the Sportsman's Club promoted their annual "rabbit feed" and an oyster stew at the S.V. Legion Club was only 50 cents per person, "bring your family."

Early in the year, the Youth Center held an organizational meeting when they paid tribute to Pastor Reuben Groehler for his work on the center and elected students to the board: Bobbie Esklund, Cheryl Burmeister, James Parker, Donnis Frank, Karyn Lenz, Steve Bennett, Mark Challgren and Mark Reps. Continuing on the board: Ken Ruge, Bob Breitenbach, Jr., and Connie Mohlis. Adults included Burton Highum, Robert Breitenbach and Kenneth Churchill. The Tribune highlighted "Stars of the Week" athletes in one issue: Ted Turbenson, a junior forward, and John Lindsay. Maybe the bowling leagues were mostly adults, but it was astonishing to see scores each week for 32 different teams. At the State Theatre downtown, Joe Mlinar promoted "The War Wagon" in Technicolor and Panavision, starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas. On occasion, one could dance to Vern Huntington's orchestra at the American Legion clubrooms.

Shopping for a car, maybe you could check out the new models: the Dodge Coronet at Marchant Motors, or General Motors' Chevrolet Impala V-8 at Lundbys. Loans were available at Spring Valley Loan & Thrift from Harold Morem, Keith Hagen or Roger Durst; insurance at Osterud Agency, Inc., First National Bank or even First State Bank at Wykoff. Gas was available at many stations, including Klube's DX, Costello's Cities Service, and Eddie Iverson's HiWay Standard Service. Shopping for clothes? Try the new Jornel's, Majors & Roberts for men and boys, Anthony's ladies clothing; or sundries at Ben Franklin, V-Store, and Johnson's Economy Store. Two drugstores on Broadway offered drugs, paint, wallpaper and household items: Pete Peterson' Sward-Kemp and Al Determan's Rexall. Hardware? There were S.V. Hardware & Appliance, Sears Roebuck & Co., Ernster's Our Own Hardware, plus two lumber companies.

There were no secrets about town: at the Spring Valley Memorial Hospital, ALL releases were listed on the front page of the Tribune. Other weekly features were Welke Studio's "Kiddie Kuties," and the Osterud Agency's Mystery Farm; identify it and you got a free photo and a year's subscription to the Tribune.

I could go on, but you can see Spring Valley was a vibrant, fun community in which to live; we trust you find it that way yet today.

Happy summer!