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The Leonard-Masonic Park pavilion and cook shack as it appeared in the 1930s.
The Leonard-Masonic Park pavilion and cook shack as it appeared in the 1930s.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:15 AM
A popular spot in the area was Masonic Park, where we gathered for family and Sunday school picnics, graduation parties and much more.  

  • Natural beauty abounds at local Masonic Park
    A popular spot in the area was Masonic Park, where we gathered for family and Sunday school picnics, graduation parties and much more.  

  • Life during 1930s and 1940s left lasting impression on area youth
    Today we continue with a letter from Marilyn Cooper Davis at the time of the city's sesquicentennial in 2005.  She told about "Growing up in Spring Valley in the 1930-40s" and what was “going on” at that time. 

  • Former resident gives glimpse of growing up in SV
    When the folks of Spring Valley celebrated the town's sesquicentennial (150 years) in 2005, there was much in print from former residents.  In the special edition of the Tribune there were stories by Ethel Boger Haase, who graduated in 1934 (my mother's classmate and best friend), and one by Ella DeGroodt Webb, who graduated in 1947 (cousin of my husband, Don Oss).  

  • Influential family of physicians play role in area’s history
    An absolute treasure is a small volume entitled "Notes on the History of Medicine in Fillmore County Prior to 1900."  Written by Nora H. Guthrey of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, it was reprinted in March 1948.  This copy belonged to Mrs. Harry Warren of Spring Valley who then gave it to the Spring Valley Historical Society.  As I remember, Mrs. Warren was still engaged in nursing in the 1950s.

  • Historic map includes residents and businesses
    At the Methodist Church Museum is a remarkable map that covers one wall of the street level entrance.  It shows Fillmore County in 1878 with all the towns, townships, landowners, etc.  Along the top edge is a list of people (by towns) who perhaps paid to have their names and businesses listed.  We think Spring Valley is a thriving berg today — think what it must have been like almost 138 years ago in 1878!

  • Warner family created storied history in Spring Valley
    Have you ever heard of the North Side Dairy here in town?  Once located about where the present greenhouse is in business, it was owned by Zarah Warner.  

  • Early settlers found work plentiful in Spring Valley
    It was Nov. 14, 1940, when the Spring Valley Tribune carried an obituary on Wm. M. Mason "who died following a lingering illness."  

  • Early settler tells story of journey to America
    During the city of Spring Valley's centennial in 1955, the Tribune published dozens of brief bios of early settlers and stories galore.  We find no date on this particular item, but the account is so detailed and fascinating...what follows is our edited "old-time letter" written by Ole Osterud in 1854 to his brother back in Norway, translated from the original Norwegian.

  • County was beginning to flourish in 1858
    We continue the 1858 History of Fillmore County handbook.  Let's take a look at the education portion.  

  • Fillmore County’s abundant resources to draw in settlers

    A History of Fillmore County, Minnesota, dated 1858, is most revealing.  It was produced as an "outline of the resources, advantages and the inducements offered to those seeking homes in the West."  It came from J.W. Bishop of Chatfield.  In his “prefatory” he tells that what follows is his observation of Fillmore County, and "we would derogate nothing from our neighbors, that as an area we have a ready welcome to offer the emigrant."

  • City leaders and organizations featured in handbook

    The last column here dealt with a 1981 information handbook for Spring Valley residents and we continue with bits and pieces from that booklet.   

  • Information handbook highlights Spring Valley circa 1981

    It's always fun to look through the local historical society's files to see what can be found, and lo and behold:  a Spring Valley "Information Handbook" dated spring 1981.  Compiled by Bill Jacob of the Tribune, it makes "no claim to be exhaustive."  

  • SV swimming hole brought great fun for all
    In the 1930s a community project was enthusiastically encouraged by prominent businessmen to establish Spring Valley's popular recreation area known as Lake George.  It would provide swimming, golfing, boating, and much more. 

  • McCormick machinery kept farmers in the fields

    Many years ago the local historical society rescued countless artifacts from the vandalized farm home of the Frank and Dollie Neill family, lastly the abode of Anna Neill Hare, near Hamilton.  Among the paperwork was a collection of papers from her brother, Ben, where he studied advertising brochures to learn how to spell.

  • Celebrating LIFE: perusing the pages of the magazine’s final issue

    Remember LIFE magazine?  No doubt way before your time.  After 1,863 issues and 36 years, they published their last special “double” issue in 1972; The Year in Pictures, cost 50 cents.  According to the editor, the magazine had been losing money for four years and Time, Inc. had to give it up.  So what was included in this final issue?

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