A look back at 1968 from the pages of the Tribune
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:03 AM
Featured on the second half of the Oct. 10, 1968, issue of the Tribune was a picture of the “room mothers having tea time” at the elementary school. These ladies plan and arrange refreshments for three parties a year: Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day and assist at immunization clinics, plus they are available for any special occasion. Mrs. Irvin Jorgenson and Mrs. Paul Skagerberg were “pouring” that day. Mrs. John Vehrenkamp in Wykoff was the chairman of the “Little Red Stocking” campaign to volunteer assistance for the only privately supported non-sectarian adoption agency in Minnesota. Last year, 387 children were placed in adoptive homes.
Mark Reps, Terry Tobin and Don Blahnik, co-captains of the football team in 1968.
The Spring Valley Historical Society met at the elementary school with Principal Paul Skagerberg when faculty and office personnel toured the museum. Sixth graders visit the museum (in the extra rooms in the basement) where society officers host the event. The committee is: Mrs. John Halbkat, Mrs. Glen Churchill, Mrs. Grace Crance and Mrs. Rolf Hagen. Many fine gifts have been recently received for the exhibits.
Notice: The “Dynamics” will be playing country western, modern and old-time music at the American Legion clubrooms at their weekly dance on Saturday nights. Full-page ad, IGA; part-page ad, Buster’s Ag Food Market; plus Miller’s Cardinal Food Store (Ostrander). There were three weddings in great detail; two engagements with pictures, and seven births announced in this paper. Welke Studio featured its “Kiddie Kuties” in pictures, of course. The Cosmopolitan Club met for its first annual meeting at the home of Mrs. Doris Grafe with Shirley Olson assisting. Mrs. Barb Potthoff presented the program — slides from several provinces in Canada. New officers were installed: Mrs. Frances Burmeister, president, Marlene Durst, secretary, Bonnie Kruegel, treasurer, Elvina Erickson was accepted as a new member; and Mary Jo Dathe gave the inspirational. The VFW auxiliary met at the clubrooms with 20 members. New: Mrs. Gerald Miland and Mrs. William Westphal.
Hansen’s Red Owl featured a full-page ad with cherry pie filling, three for $1; Petersen Drug with an ad for thrifty shoppers, 7 cents for a tube of toothpaste; and numerous used Fords for sale at Peterson Motors. Spring Valley Hardware & Appliance boasted a GE “do everything” washer with a mini-basket; there was aluminum siding, carpets, linoleum at Northwest Aluminum; children’s blanket mittens for 44 cents at the V-Store; Truss & Span buildings at Callaway Lumber; and at Costello’s Gulf Station they were giving away Green Stamps. Eddie Iverson’s Hi-Way Station, just arrived, a load of winter tires; Marchant Motors, Firestone winter tires; and “restore like new” garments at Valley Cleaners. Choice of spray paint, 32 colors, 99 cents at Coast to Coast; Barry Plumbing & Heating, “We handle most ALL name brands;” Squeak’s Valley IGA, extra Gold Bond stamps with coupon; and at Home Federal, paying 5 1/4 percent on insured savings certificates, and register for a free color TV.
Featured on the football contest page, pics of Mark Reps, Terry Tobin and Don Blahnik, all co-captains. Spring Valley Mrs. Jaycees were hosting Maxine Johnson, representing Playhouse Toys at People’s Natural Gas offices; proceeds to civic and state-wide projects. At Sears, one-third page ad, exterior house paint was only two gallons for $7! A splendid snowmobile, the Sno Sport, was available at Bob Jones Bike Shop, one-half mile west of the DX station. There was a demand for feeder lambs at the S.V. Sales Company. Expert wheel alignment could be arranged at Matt’s Body Shop; and Madison Silos available from Melvin Schmidt, financing available.
Bowling teams were astonishing: there were 12 regular teams, and six church teams: Cherry Grove U.M. #1, S.V. United Methodist, Wykoff St. John’s, Greenleafton Reformed, S.V. Our Saviors Lutheran, and Cherry Grove #2.
A few more ads? How about a new Plymouth Fury III, two door hardtop, advertised by Opsall-Kavanagh & Marchant Motors? Or to heat your home or dry your corn — Gas Does It Best, by Kruegel Gas Co. Ernster’s Our Own Hardware -- Spring Valley’s ONLY Maytag dealer. And finally, Ben Franklin had women’s tricot knit briefs, three pair for 99 cents.