Taking a nostalgia trip to 1982
Glimpses of Yesteryear
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 3:57 AM
How about a nostalgia trip to 1982? That's 30 years ago and it's fun to see how many businesses are still active in Spring Valley, and to fondly remember those that are not, but played a significant role in local history.
Scenes about Spring Valley in the early to mid 1980s: Jornel's Jewelry and Barbara Anne Fashions; the roof of the Bowling Alley collapses, they rebuild; Rollie's AG Motor Mart; Old Hotel as Duffy's Pool Hall. The Clothes Pen to the left.
Front-page news in the Spring Valley Tribune? Participants at the "rock dances" were causing too much trouble; Sheriff Don Gudmunson announced he would "shut 'em down" if the city didn't do it first. The Brave Community Theater was presenting "Camelot," starring Joan Hanke, Jeff Thauwald, Stu Gross, Roxanne Hellickson and Fred Van Camp. Three thousand folks attended the second annual horse plowing contest - grand champion was Marvin Winkels of LeRoy, second was Harold Schwarz, and other winners were Steve Tammel and Lynn Apenhorst. Santa's Workshop in the basement of the community center was manned by Harry Solt, who needed more toys to repair and refurbish. These were given to qualifying families at Christmas time.
The drive-in theater was showing "Star Trek II" for $2.50 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Three hundred attended the open house at the Ostrander Community Hall; 60 members of the Golden Circle Senior Citizens had received a federal grant to refurbish the 1924 building. At the local community center, the Spring Valley Historical Society and elementary school were sponsoring a Laura Ingalls Wilder Day. On the program: sixth grade class to present a play and a sing-along with refreshments of gingerbread and apple cider. In the skit: Diane Reinke, Rick Jahn, John Rehlander, Jeremy Littlefield, Terry Fowler, Marjean Haack and Stacy Jorgenson. The kindergarten visited the local hospital's emergency room, a patient's room, the X-ray department, and the lab. Escorts were Director of Nurses JoAnn Fitzgerald and Dorothy Campbell. At the bowling alley, the teams were going hot-guns - mixed doubles, Urban League, men's night, and ladies' league.
The Tribune often carried "Football Player of the Week" and we saw names like Tony Buchholtz, Dan Blakeslee, Doug Plaehn, Brian Barth and Brian McGill. "Sparks" in volleyball included Rachel Howard, Amy Schultenover, Mary Knox, Roxanne House, and their "record so-far" was 7-0. Homecoming royalty that fall: Mary Knox and Tim Olson. The Cosmopolitan Club met at the home of Bob and Maxine Jahn for couples' night with 20 in attendance. They celebrated Kelly and Dorothy Simpson's wedding anniversary and Fred Phillip's birthday. The D & L Club had a neat program: Jan Christopherson and Eileen Rathbun presented "Norwegian Foods with a Flair." Secretary Millie Maloney reported the next meeting would be with Pat Schwarz.
The Tribune church page listed eight local churches and a total of 24 in the area. At First Baptist: Phillip Markel; Assemblies of God: Tim Wilson; Our Savior's Lutheran: Larry Rehlander and Jonathan Jones; St. Ignatius and St. Kilians in Wykoff: Father Edgar Schaefer; Faith United Methodist: Norman Witt; First English Lutheran: Wayne Anderson; Jehovah Witnesses on North Pleasant, and Church of Christ on South Washington. Others included United Methodist, Wykoff: Gerald Stoppel; Cherry Grove United Methodist: Kenneth Haack; Immanuel Lutheran, Wykoff: Hans Lillejord; Greenleafton Reformed: Norman Ratering; St. John's Lutheran, Wykoff: Rodel Eberle.
Who sponsored the church page? A great variety - see if you recognize these: Valley Cleaners, First National Bank, Robert Blahnik, Spring Valley Building Center, Wykoff Economy Grocery, "66" Motel, Elaine's Cafe, Kvam Oil Co.-Amoco products, Harold and Shirley's AG Motor Mart, Ollene's Craft & Hobby, Thauwald Funeral Home, Peterson Home of Photography, Chix Burger Shoppe, Bloomfield Mutual Fire Ins., Peterson Electric, Mulhollands' Sears Catalog Store, 4 Winds Cafe, Ostrander State Bank, Don's IGA and Norm's Super Value.
Ben Franklin Store planned to be open till 8 on Thursday nights; Greenway Co-op promised deliveries of gas, diesel and fuel oil; Lorin Hove would truck in materials from Racine Sand & Gravel. Coming up: a free hot dog meal at Kuehn Motors at their annual fall truck sale, with 150 cars and 70 trucks. Dick Schwade scheduled a horse sale at the Sales Barn and Matt's Body Shop featured Stihl power saws.
In Ag News, seven cows in DHI tests produced over 1,000 pounds of butterfat, and Vernon Kappers & Sons were recognized. Gals wanting a hairdo? One could try the Hair Hut with Cindy, Lynette and Lisa, Bev Remker's Cut & Curl, or the Styling Corner with Kathy Sorenson and Marilyn Andorfer.
Foods? Don's IGA ran a two-page ad including Campbell's tomato soup - five for a dollar. Norm's Super Value offered 5 percent discount for seniors on Tuesdays. Dueber's V-Store had 10 Hershey candy bars for $2.17. Buster featured homemade ham salad, and we might add those to snowflake buns from the bakery at 45 cents per dozen, plus plain donuts at 6 cents each. Kwik Trip was selling a case of pop for $2.49. Fresh apples were available at Wykoff Cardinal Orchard, but we could eat out at the 4 Winds Cafe or Gil's Lobster House. Downtown, Thor and Audrey Jorgenson were turning over the reins of two businesses to LeRoy Zander and Becky Goodsell.
Yes, there were many more businesses with ads in the Tribune, but this sampling may bring back some memories for the classes of '82 and '83. Any misspelled names here - I simply copied from the Tribune!
Happy Holidays ahead!