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Paper from May 1971 sparks memories
Glimpses of Yesteryear
By Mary Jo Dathe
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 4:19 AM
Earning an "A" rating at the music contest in 1971 at Caledonia are, from left, Robyn Majors, Sue Simpson, LuAnn Greenwood, Kathy Esklund, Kathy Koball, Sandy Johnson, Paula Durbahn, Eileen Smith and Ellen Fenstermacher.
Folks often bring me old newspapers that spark memories and the May 13, 1971, Tribune was no exception. Headlines announced "Historical Museum to Become a Reality," with a photo of the beautiful "Kumm House" at the corner of South Washington and Main with past president, Joseph I. Hamre and secretary-treasurer, M.J. Dathe.
After a two year fundraising campaign, the historical society raised $ll,000, just short of the asking price by owners Dr. and Mrs. C.L. Zittleman. The couple made a gift of the balance due, and the society redid the interior, moved in its artifacts, and it became the Pioneer Home Museum for the next 24 years. Remember the massive breaking plow in the yard?
But let's look at other Spring Valley news that week. The first four Dairy Princess candidates were announced: Marilyn Maloney, Nancy Temanson, Kaye Brandt, all of Spring Valley, and Gretchen Anderson of Preston.
Luella Schunke reported on the Senior Citizen Center's calendar for May: two days of cards, two days of "showing their stuff" at Apache Mall, entertaining patients at the Parkview Nursing Home, and celebrating birthdays for Lois Gill, Yetta Klomps and Fred Loucks.
The school board approved new employee contracts for Carol Sinke, librarian; Nancy Glover, elementary teacher; Ruth Beseke, home economics; and Jim Groth, elementary custodian.
Former resident Robert Willmarth was appointed to a statewide committee to support Gov. Wendell Anderson's "Fair School Financing Plan."
Postmaster Don Cummings assured patrons the increase of postal rates, 8 cents on first class and 11 cents on airmail, would not disrupt operation of the automated stamp dispensers.
Under the "Teen Scene" column, senior Marilyn Maloney wrote about the upcoming prom to be held at St. Ignatius Catholic Church hall. Speaker for the event was former teacher Roger Helgerson.
The school's music department earned top honors at the state/regional music contest at Caledonia. Gladys Ellenberg and Linda Jensen earned "A" ratings for their solos, and the accompanying photo showed the other award winners.
At Austin State Junior College, two Spring Valley students would appear in "The Music Man" - Marsha Jorgensen and Donna Halstead.
From the State Legislature, Rep. Neil Haugerud had a long column regarding property taxes. He suggested the state reorder its priorities to assure significant tax relief, along with other important measures.
Coming events included election of officers at the American Legion meeting, and Royal Neighbors were to meet at the home of Mary Weise.
Reported by Diane Graff, the F.H.A. girls on a field trip toured Rochester State Hospital and Mayo Medical Museum, shopped at Apache Mall, and saw a movie at Cinema 21.
The Tribune kept area news correspondents and the following are very short samples of their reporting: Spring Valley by Dorothy Heidlebaugh: "Weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Ruesink included Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ruesink and Brant of St. Paul, and on Mother's Day, Mrs. Gertie Kruegel and Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Kruegel and Kaye." Verona Fjelstad for Wykoff: "The Senior Citizen Day Center was busy, with 33 members coming to play cards." At Greenleafton by Miss Annie Prinsen: "Mrs. Perlum Grooters visited Mrs. Minnie Nagel Tuesday evening." Mrs. Edward Prinsen of Cherry Grove: "Mr. and Mrs. Mike Munson accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Finke to Hoyt Lakes, Minn., to attend the funeral for Cecil Ford. The Fords once lived south of town on the Bob Pine farm." At Sumner Center and Hamilton, Mrs. Ruth Tessum reported: "Mrs. Marienus Davids and daughters were guests at the Mother-Daughter Banquet at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin, where Mrs. Davids was the guest speaker."
4-H Club News: Alan Mathison reported the Empire Builders met at the Cherry Grove community center and sent a gift to the Association for Retarded Children.
The Fillmore Do-Mores enjoyed a wiener roast and barn dance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Merkel.
Here in town, the various churches listed these events: At First Baptist Church the Ladies Mission meeting would be held at the home of Mrs. John Buss. The Couples Club at Faith United Methodist Church was having a scavenger hunt at Larry Grems' at 8 p.m. Our Savior's Lutheran Church promoted their Mother-Daughter Banquet with a program on puppets. There were also regular services at St. Ignatius Catholic, Jehovah Witnesses at Kingdom Hall, Assembly of God, and South Washington Church of Christ.
According to the society pages, Our Savior's Lutheran had several weddings on the calendar, including Sandra Anderson to Francis Becker, and Nancy Ostern to Eugene Simpson. The Spring Valley Tribune advertised all manner of paper goods for June brides.
The "church page" was sponsored by accountant Howard Dettloff, Ostrander State Bank, Wykoff First State Bank, Spring Valley Co-op Creamery, Land O' Lakes Dairy, Sears Roebuck & Co., Ostrander Farmers Co-op Elevator, Distel & Co. Funeral & Ambulance Service, Jorris-Osland Funeral Home, Kruegel's Gas Service, Farmers Co-op Lumber of Ostrander, S.V. Municipal Utilities, Home Federal Savings & Loan and Costello's Gulf Service.
Please stay tuned for next week's column for a second helping of the May 1971 news of Spring Valley.
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