This photo of North Broadway must date to the mid/late 1940s, but it's about how it looked in 1951 when I worked at the Osterud Agency. On the left, upper Broadway, visible signs: Woodwards (in old Molstad building), Sward-Kemp Drugs & Ice Cream, Jack Sprat grocery (?), Leuthold & Majors Clothing; on the right coming south: Pure Oil Station on the corner, Red Owl, State Theatre, Rexall Drug, Valley Cafe, Halbkat Store canopy, Dr. Page (upstairs dentist), Home Federal Savings & Loan clock, Osterud Agency. The corner signpost says No Truck Parking and No U Turn. Note the water fountain at lower right.
This photo of North Broadway must date to the mid/late 1940s, but it's about how it looked in 1951 when I worked at the Osterud Agency. On the left, upper Broadway, visible signs: Woodwards (in old Molstad building), Sward-Kemp Drugs & Ice Cream, Jack Sprat grocery (?), Leuthold & Majors Clothing; on the right coming south: Pure Oil Station on the corner, Red Owl, State Theatre, Rexall Drug, Valley Cafe, Halbkat Store canopy, Dr. Page (upstairs dentist), Home Federal Savings & Loan clock, Osterud Agency. The corner signpost says No Truck Parking and No U Turn. Note the water fountain at lower right.
A few weeks ago at the senior dining site, Renata Voeltz gave me a small paperback book to add to the historical society collection.

Entitled "Your Household Hints," it had been "Sponsored by Our Savior's Lutheran Ladies Aid Society, Spring Valley, Minnesota" and published in 1951 by Walsworth Bros, Marceline, Mo. The book contains 1,001 helpful household hints on 80 pages, but of course the most fascinating pages were the last 10 that listed the business firms that paid for ads, which brought back many memories.

Home Federal Savings & Loan Assn. paid for a full page - they had offices in Spring Valley, Rochester and Austin, and assured readers that savings accounts were insured up to $10,000. Convenient monthly payments were available on home loans, and "Large or Small, Your Account is Welcome." A second full-page ad was for Distel & Co., offering furniture, funeral service and ambulance. "Service within the reach of all, Funeral Chapel, Night Phone 489; Store 954." Rendahl & Highum, too, paid for a full page, but their only notation: "Feed - Seed - Grain. Dial 616." Obviously everyone knew Leo and Burton and their elevator business down on Market Street. Another full-page ad: Burgess & Sons, Inc. They modestly promoted "Lumber, Building Materials, Quality Coal, Paint & Hardware. Phone 2147. Big Enough to Accommodate, and Small Enough to Appreciate."

There were spare notations on these half page ads: Kvale's I.G.A. Store - Chester Kvale; and Kehrberg's Our Own Hardware, Phone 677. On the other hand, Sears Roebuck & Company used up their space to push Plumbing, Heating, Appliances, Farm Machinery, Sporting Goods, Hardware, Paints, Auto Accessories. "Shop at Sears and Save" was their well-known motto. Biel Implement claimed "Finest in Farm Machinery" with Oliver and Minnesota machinery and repairs. Harold included an "Oliver Corporation" logo: Phone 785. Readers might want to visit the Ag Building at the museum complex on West Courtland where many Minnesota brand machines are displayed; they were once made at the prison at Stillwater, and were part of Biel's treasured collection.

Three ads to a page included the following: Nash Cafe for Delicious Food - Home Cooking - Meals - Lunches - Sodas - Sundaes. Phone 2139. As I remember, they were located two doors south of First National Bank (now Security State Bank) on lower west Broadway; inside the doors on the right were booths, and a long mirrored counter with stools for dining was at left. Nash lived in what became the Pioneer Home Museum on the corner of Washington and Main. Valley Dry Cleaners offered Tailoring - Cleaning - Pressing- Top Quality Work. Dial 2136. This was no doubt Levern Olson's establishment north of Home Federal. My husband once told a fun story about Levern hailing him as he walked along the street - "Please come in and help with this. "A notable lady had brought in a tiny brief bikini top and bottom, and Levern wondered what on earth he could charge for "cleaning and pressing" it! I'm sure Gordy was no help, but they chuckled over the dilemma. Ken Stickan's Ben Franklin Store summed up their stock in one line: "Everything from five cents to a dollar and up." What a grand store it was - everything laid out flat with no high shelves - one person at the cash register could monitor all the shoppers with ease. Webster and Kohn: E.B. Webster - C.A. Kohn - Groceries - Fruits - N.J.C. Pure Foods plus the NJC logo, which meant National Joint Council; located two doors south from Jefferson on the east side of upper Broadway. Perhaps the Red Owl store was the first in line.

McConnell Electric Co. - that was it - pure and simple - just the name. Of course they had been in business since 1921, and today the firm may have the distinction of being the oldest family operated business in Spring Valley - over 90 years! What a proud record! Sward-Kemp Drug Company - what else but "Drugs - Gifts - Paints." Across the street from Osterud Agency where I worked, it was where we purchased wonderful sundaes and sodas prepared at the fountain counter by dear Jean Grabau. They also had a fine cosmetic department that was most appealing. Sande's Implement Company featured Allis-Chalmers and New Idea Farm Equipment, and Studebaker cars. "New Idea - It's a Good Idea." They were located about where the bowling alley is today. The Root River Oil Station on the corner of Section Avenue and Main Street promoted "Shell Gas & Oil, Tires, Greasing, Tire Repair. Phone 910. Pinky Anderson may have been operating it at this time, with Tydol and Vidol products, too. Just a thought - check out the tire/tube repair kits in one of the display cases at the Methodist Church Museum, lower level. There may be readers who remember patching tires or tubes that had blown out.

Art's Husky Station was a popular place at the corner of Section and Main. Owner Art Christopherson boasted "Greasing and Washing, Goodyear Tires, Phone 585." A little competition showed up in the next ad for Walker's DX Service. Operator Cliff Walker claimed "Complete Line of Goodyear Tires and Tubes, Home and Auto Supplies; Located on Highways 16 & 63 North (where Kwik Trip is today), phone 331." For more good food, there was Denny's Cafe, run by Raymond Dennstedt and was his wife Sophie? "A Complete Meal or a Snack - Home Baked Pastries - Phone 991." Before I had an apartment with other working girls, I often ate there with friend Viola Johnson, who clerked at First National Bank.

When it came to the household hints, there were absolute treasures among the 80 pages, all dating to the 1950 era, you know. Just a few: Cut flowers last longer if placed in leftover tea, weakened with water. Keep candles for birthday cakes in the icebox for a few days before using - they will burn slowly and evenly. Crochet to fill large holes in woolen socks instead of darning - the mend will be more elastic and last longer. Dated material, but much of it remains good advice still today.