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Snippets (copies!) from the 1934: Rexall Drug Store calendar plus a photo of Viall-Cummings prescription bottles and boxes for pills, on display at the Methodist Church Museum on West Courtland, now open daily.
Snippets (copies!) from the 1934: Rexall Drug Store calendar plus a photo of Viall-Cummings prescription bottles and boxes for pills, on display at the Methodist Church Museum on West Courtland, now open daily.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:23 AM

Viall & Cummings, prescription druggists at the Rexall Drug Store on the east side of upper Broadway, published a calendar in 1934.  In fact, the calendar was copyrighted in 1933, my birth year.  It was a "weather chart" for the year, including moon phases, signs of the Zodiac, and weather predictions for each day  The drug store offered health and beauty to every member of the family as you will see.

  • Drug stores prove to be one-stop shops in 1934

    Viall & Cummings, prescription druggists at the Rexall Drug Store on the east side of upper Broadway, published a calendar in 1934.  In fact, the calendar was copyrighted in 1933, my birth year.  It was a "weather chart" for the year, including moon phases, signs of the Zodiac, and weather predictions for each day  The drug store offered health and beauty to every member of the family as you will see.

     
  • Through the lens: setting sights on Broadway
    You'll see here two views of Broadway; the first is a photo taken from the south looking north which was uncommon. 
  • Tales from Lake George through the eyes of a young boy

    Other columns have featured Lake George and the first golf course, which were located west of the trestles on the west side of town.  History?  Spring Valley not only was blessed with the Southern Minnesota Railroad that came through in 1870, later to become the "Milwaukee Road," but in 1890, the Winona & Southwestern Railroad persuaded the village to invest a considerable sum to establish a railroad from Winona to points in Iowa. 

     
  • Journey of life story leads to discovery of remarkable photo

    For the past decade I've been working on my 'life story' for my sons and grans.  Recently, we found that my great-uncle, O.R. Steffens, had written a history of my 'second' hometown, Racine, MN.  He not only wrote a history, but among the papers was the remarkable photo of Racine business people dated 1956 as shown here.  

     
  • Roots laid in 1856 by three brothers are still strong today

    Very early residents of Spring Valley were three Kellogg brothers, Joseph R., Samuel Crawford, and William Loomis who came in 1856.  An earlier column highlighted the life of William and his daughter, Clara, both prominent in city positions.

     
  • Newspaper gives insight into Spring Valley in 1975
    As we continue a look at Spring Valley news for the graduating class of 1975, let's look back at earlier in the year, late 1974.   
  • 1975 was a busy year in Spring Valley

    Graduates of 1975 are no doubt thinking about a 40th class reunion this year.  Checking the bound volume of the 1975 Spring Valley Tribune revealed that the class of 78 students included 21 honor students, a high percentage indeed.  Their "Reflections" yearbook was dedicated to the memory of young people, Steve and Carl Leibfried, who died in a snowmobile crash.

     
  • The tale of Christopher Luhr: one of Spring Valley’s earliest immigrants

    Recently we decided to look back to 1955, centennial time, to consider some of the brief bios that had been published in the Tribune.  One that caught my eye was that of Christopher Luhr, one of the earliest immigrants and here is his story.

     
  • A vapor cabinet, available in the 1902 Sears Roebuck catalog, sounds like a fantastic health trip and a bargain, as well.  Shown here, it is guaranteed to be of value to anyone, any age, in sickness or in health. 

     
  • Last week we featured the Class of '55 which graduated the same year as the local centennial celebration.  What else was featured in the Tribune that year?  Can you believe the town was graced by four grocery stores?   
  • A look back at Spring Valley in 1955

    The Class of '55 may be planning their 60th reunion for this summer.  This prompted a visit to the Tribune office to check on the bound volume of papers from that year as well as a trip to the Methodist Church Museum where the historical society has a modest supply of high school yearbooks.  Oh, my, the changes that have been wrought in 60-some years! 

     
  • Local man’s wooden creations brought much delight to area residents

    You may be surprised to know that where Hillside Apartments is today on Hudson Avenue, there once was a nifty house, business shop and beautiful gardens. 

     
  • Maxwell automobile sparks fond memories
    In a recent column we included a photo of a livery stable which showed the owner, Mr. Knight, seated in his Maxwell auto.  This stirred my husband to recall a ride in a 1907 Maxwell.   
  • 1926 Spring Valley Mercury leads to many surprises

    Volume 47 dated August 6, 1926, the Spring Valley Mercury was an amazing publication.  The astute editor, Langworthy, printed 10 full pages of news statewide and all the local happenings with reports from at least eight areas:  Ostrander, Frankford, Etna, Sumner, Washington, Hardscrabble, Forestville and North of Town.   His editorials were thoughtful, he pushed "buying locally" and if you had coffee with so and so or “motored” to wherever, readers knew it. Annual subscription was $2.

     
  • ‘Current Events’ kept students up-to-date on WWII

    In 1943-44 the local schools provided to their students the "Current Events," the National School Newspaper, in its 43rd year.  Later we called it the Weekly Reader?

     
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