Brownie Scouts, May, 1957. In front, from left, are Judy Bly, Connie Cummings, Deanna Sack, Jeanette Hebig, Marilyn Miller, Delores Koebke and Ann Burmeister. In the second row are Elaine Link, Wendy Calhoun, Kathleen Ptacek, Dottie Esklund, Betty Ward and Starr Mlenar. In back are Helen Hammes, Susan Ruszler, Susanne Johnson, Sharon Olson, Peggy Holzer and Bonnie Lillie.
Brownie Scouts, May, 1957. In front, from left, are Judy Bly, Connie Cummings, Deanna Sack, Jeanette Hebig, Marilyn Miller, Delores Koebke and Ann Burmeister. In the second row are Elaine Link, Wendy Calhoun, Kathleen Ptacek, Dottie Esklund, Betty Ward and Starr Mlenar. In back are Helen Hammes, Susan Ruszler, Susanne Johnson, Sharon Olson, Peggy Holzer and Bonnie Lillie.
Look at the smiling faces of these 19 little angels. For sure, they are my Brownie Scouts in May 1957.

The occasion was the Brownie Tea, a Saturday event at the high school auditorium, the old gym now demolished at the top of "schoolhouse hill" on South Broadway. Seventy mothers and friends were guests to see the colors presented, join in the pledge to the flag, and sing "America the Beautiful" together.

Mrs. Gordon Dathe welcomed the group. The third grade Brownies were first on the program and spelled out "Brownie Scouts," with each letter telling something they had learned in their year of scouting. Leaders were Mrs. Dathe and Mrs. Charles Mlenar. Second grade Brownies were recently organized by Mrs. Don Ward, Mrs. Norman Maki and Mrs. Richard Patten. Those girls performed the dance, "Hokey, Pokey," to the delight of the girls and the audience.

This event was a special occasion for the fourth grade Brownies, who received their wings and "flew up" to become Girl Scouts. Their names are Diane Bartz, Bonnie Bestor, Pamela Bacon, Julie Christian, Karen Copham, Beverly Costello, Carolyn Dotzenrod, Cheryl Eisenberg, Norma Jean Hamlin, Susan Kaess, Carol Kruegel, Kristine Kvale, Sandra Merkel, Sherry Schumacher, Candice Skaar, and Barbara Snyder.

Their leaders are Mrs. Maynard Schumacher and Mrs. Lynn Schulz. Fifth grade scouts welcomed the newcomers to their ranks, led by Mrs. Alferd Lee and Mrs. Lyle Hare. The president of the Girl Scout Assoc., Mrs. Harold Alred, expressed thanks to all those involved in the scouting programs throughout the year, and to Mrs. Merlin Skaar in charge of the Brownie program.

After TAPS and retiring the colors, a social hour was held with refreshments. Decorations and "pouring" were attended by Mrs. Neal Mathers and Mrs. Don Cummings.

In my personal files is another photo of these third graders a year later, when they received their "wings." It includes four names not in the Brownie picture: Peggy Hanson, Susan Newmann, Linda Storlie and Jeri Peterson.

There are also photos from the Brownie Day Camp which was held either at the Lime Kiln area north of town, or at Maki's land south of town.

So what else was happening in Spring Valley in May 1957? The merchants were touting the Friday night cash drawings, now up to $250. Stores closed at 10 p.m.; the drawing followed and one needed to be present to win.

Kiwanis members were getting behind a "Back the Attack" safety program and would be at four filling stations to attach bumper stickers. The VFW Buddy Poppy sales were slated for a coming weekend.

Chuck Kuehn announced he was selling his share of the partnership of the Ford-Mercury dealership to his partner, Bud Atwood, and thanked his customers. "His future is uncertain." The business was on West Main where Security State Bank drive-up is now located.

At the Drive-In Theatre, one could see Gene Autry in "Riders in the Sky" and Doris Day in "Julie."

On the social pages, Our Savior's Lutheran Church reported on their second annual Mother-Daughter Banquet. Participating in the program were Mrs. John Osterud, Mrs. Rudy Rozendal, Shirley Christopherson, Mrs. Harry Seim, Mrs. Raymond Olson, Mrs. W.J. Pilgrim, and Mrs. Burton Highum. A lovely quartette of voices sang: Mrs. Thor Jorgenson, Mrs. Eldon Grabau, Mrs. Chester Kvale, and Mrs. Melvin Hadland. Decorations were provided by Mrs. Harold Morem, Mrs. Joel Jacobs, Mrs. Robert Jahn, and Mrs. Louis Lawson. Mrs. Lawrence Rathbun and Mrs. Gordon Dathe were in charge of the event.

There was an announcement that Dale Wordelman had received a scholarship at the Evangelical Theological Seminary at Naperville, Ill.

Mrs. Frank Persons entertained 16 children and eight mothers at a party at the E.U.B. Church. The tots were members of the Cradle Roll class, all under 4 years of age. Games and lunch were enjoyed by all. The First Congregational Church, Methodist Memorial and Grace E.U.B. were to sponsor two weeks of joint Vacation Bible School, with classes at all three churches as well as at the Ward School.

Our Savior's Lutheran hosted the Athletic Banquet with Loren Jorris as emcee. Recognition was given to Gregg Sample, next year's captain of the basketball team; to Marion Gill and Gerald Freimark as co-captains of the football team. Coaches introduced included Pinky Bennett, track; Charles Reps, football; Robert Shedeen, wrestling; Chet Nagolski, baseball. Musical selections were offered by the "Uncalled Four": Bill Winter, Terry Jorris, Keith Churchill and Robert Jahns.

Service News: Army PFC James Groth is assigned to Japan. George Ballinger is at Ft. Richardson in Alaska; Paul Merkel is now at Ft. Chaffee, Ark. Floyd Allen, USN, was scheduled to arrive in California from the Far East aboard the heavy cruiser USS Bremerton. Army recruiters would be in town for WAC enlistments now open.

The second annual Horse Show will be held at the City Park by the Spring Valley Saddle Club. Eleven exciting "classes" of events are offered, with cash prizes and ribbons awarded. And so it was, May 1957.