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When you were growing up, did you have one of those parents who would say, “I already have [insert number of children] dishwashers. Why would I need to buy one?”
  • 1902 Sears catalog has many wonders
    With the advent of “hand-held devices” and the opportunity to watch umpteen hours of action on a screen or HHD, (while on your butt,) it is amazing to see what was offered in the 1902 Sears catalog.  Under the Magic Lantern Outfit page, young people were much encouraged by advertising to: “Interesting, instructive and profitable. You will easily make the original cost of the outfit in your first exhibition; after that it is all profit.
  • When you were growing up, did you have one of those parents who would say, “I already have [insert number of children] dishwashers. Why would I need to buy one?”
  • Survey shows teens healthy, but what about data on smartphones?
    Minnesota students seem to be doing quite well according to an ongoing survey, but one has to wonder if it isn’t time to include a seemingly harmless practice — use of mobile devices — into the list of questions answered by teens every three years.

  • Recollections of early Spring Valley residents
    From one of the Tribune’s 1955 centennial issues, we chose the following to pique your interest.   Remona Cummings Dragmueller (graduate of 1922) remembers this:  “Ed Cavanaugh and his ‘city hack’ which was of great service to the community. Ed’s disposition was always the same whether you called him early morning or late p.m. — bright and cheery.  There was a group of girls who always returned to Rochester on Monday morning via the early Great Western railroad.  With no ‘night man’ on duty, Ed delivered us to the depot seeing no harm came to us. It would have been interesting to have his ‘bus’ present to take part in the centennial parade.”
  • ‘Whose britches are at the front door?’
    Christmas is over now and the decorations are coming down.
  • Thought-provoking stories shown just once a year on TV
    My wife and I continued a New Year’s tradition this year — a marathon, not of running, but of watching “Twilight Zone” episodes. However, since we have become so familiar with the show’s episodes, which first aired from 1959 to 1964, in recent years we don’t actually watch many of the shows repeated during the annual New Year’s marathon.
  • True pioneer lived remarkable life
    A true pioneer, Orrin Treat, led what we would consider a remarkable life, full of hardships and pleasures.  Born in Orange County, Vermont, he became an orphan at age 8.  He was raised in an orphanage till he “became of age,” when he moved to Ohio to work as a farm hand.  Later he “came west” and took up a claim in Iowa where Cedar Rapids now stands.  After some time, he sold this homestead and came to Spring Valley in 1855 to be near his brother, Sylvester.  The latter had staked a claim of 160 acres north of Spring Valley.  Orrin pre-empted his own quarter-section two miles northeast of his brother, the land occupied by his only grandchild, the Worth McFarland family in 1955.
  • Clan belts carols in the spirit of Christmas
    For many people, half the fun of Christmas is the gift-giving, the secrets you’ve kept all year long that can finally be revealed, and the anticipation of opening your own presents. Heck, maybe you even got to meet Santa Claus.
  • Spring cleaning in the electronic age
    It wasn’t the rain on Christmas that prompted my wife and I to do some spring cleaning recently. The rain, which brought slippery roads, ice and other winter problems, wasn’t really a sign of spring, as we all know. However, this winter we are attempting to de-clutter our home by reducing some of the things we have collected over the years.
  • Pioneer women had no luxuries, but plenty of grit
    Section 5 of the Tribune’s Centennial Paper dated June 30, 1955, contained a tribute to Spring Valley’s pioneer mothers.  Among those brave women were two that we’d like to highlight — one with 10 children, and one who valued her spinsterhood. 
  • ‘The most wonderful time of the year’
    It’s Christmastime again, and everyone is keeping secrets.
  • Minnesota enigma leaves world hanging, but has powerful message
    The rest of the world is finding out what Minnesota has known for decades — if you want to honor Bob Dylan, don’t expect him to cooperate, at least not in the way you would expect. 
  • A look back at 1955 businesses, peddlers
    In one of the centennial issues of the Tribune for June 30, 1955, we were intrigued by the business section which brought forth so many recollections. One page began with the Brothers of the Brush (beard contest) expressing thanks to the VFW and to Jack Nicholson (at Spring Valley Sales Barn) for the uses of their hall and the sales pavilion to hold their meetings.  As you know, Spring Valley was the central hub of agriculture-related business, and so much had to do with the subject.
  • Eating out is a rare occurrence for the Clan. I’m sure it’s not hard to imagine why, since taking 13 kids out for supper can get expensive pretty fast. Not only that, finding seating space for all of us is challenging if we go to a sit-down restaurant, and then we’d have to wait forever for everyone to actually have their orders.
  • The sins of journalism have always centered on items such as inaccuracies, sloppy reporting, plagiarism, conflicts of interest and misrepresentation of news. However, a new one has emerged, although it isn’t a practice of real journalists: Inventing stories and disguising them as the reporting of actual news agencies.
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