This Catholic church, built in 1878 by Hans “Jake” Andersen, is now a residence on West High Street. The First Baptist Church, 115 North Section, built in 1886, is no longer there; The Assemblies of God on East Church Street is now a beautiful residence.
This Catholic church, built in 1878 by Hans “Jake” Andersen, is now a residence on West High Street. The First Baptist Church, 115 North Section, built in 1886, is no longer there; The Assemblies of God on East Church Street is now a beautiful residence.
A Spring Valley Tribune from April 3, 1952, has been used before, namely to highlight the installation of the Rev. W.J. Pilgrim at Our Savior’s Lutheran.  However, the ads are so intriguing, we are using it again as Easter approaches.  News from this Tribune included items from the high school about the regional speech contest where Dale Wordelman received an excellent rating, Margaret Kumm an excellent and Nancy Gynild a superior — all under the direction of Miss Hoagland.

The executive board of Spring Valley’s interdenominational youth group planned a sunrise service at City Park, weather permitting. Light refreshments will be served free. A movie to close the union Lenten services, produced in color, will be shown at First Baptist Church at 7 and 9 p.m. — it shows emotional power, dramatic sweep, tender pathos, crushing tragedy and majestic triumph; portrayal of the Savior is unexcelled; all are invited to attend.

A mini-flood took place last weekend.  By 11 p.m. the creek was over the banks, rain came down in buckets; Marchant’s was within a foot of being overrun; basements were full; the corner tavern and Tribune had 3’ of water each!  By 6 a.m., the river was back within the banks, some bridges washed out, and the usual silt remains.

An institute was coming for Homemakers on June 25 for all rural and urban homemakers — craft work, movies, food demonstrations, a style show; speakers will talk about home lighting and family welfare.  Plan to attend.

Agricultural agent Milton Hoberg has scheduled two days for sheep-shearing and marketing school in Fillmore County. There will be on-the-job training in the Australian method of shearing, various approved management of sheep, plus livestock marketing sessions.

At York, Mrs. Merle Stockdale reports that another married couples roller skating party is to be held in Greenleafton.  Free coffee and donuts to all skaters.  At Prairie Queen (where was this?) Kathryn Burkholder reports red measles are prevalent in many homes in the community. Other communities represented:  Bennington, Fountain, Chester, W. Racine, Racine, Sumner Center, Ostrander and Local-Society.

Advertising? Red Owl-Del Monte, full page, raisins - 15 oz. for 21 cents; prunes, 1 lb., 26 cents.  Callaway Lumber Co.: will deliver all material necessary to build a 12 x 20’ garage for $275 or $7.83 per month.  Or Burgess & Son: $17.26 per mo., a Redi-Built, no down payment.  Sward Kemp Drug had many spot ads:  prompt film developing, complete stock of trusses, crutches and canes, Nico-Stop for stopping smoking.   For all trucking problems, call Don Smith. See Gustafson for Maytag sales and services.  There was special baler twine, 40 cedar fence posts, a 14 x 16’ brooder house, leather dog muzzles. (?) 

Premium grade seeds were available from many sources, from Blackhawk Soybeans at $4.65 per bushel to Shelby Oats $1.35 per bu.; grass seeds, wheat, red clover, Timothy, barley, alfalfa.  Marshall Wells offered brooder stoves plus hog troughs of heavy steel, 7’ for $5.95.  Livestock?  Ewes to lamb in May, mostly blackface; feeder pigs, a young Hereford bull, and a purebred Hampshire hog.  Farm machinery?  Moline mounted tractor corn planter; 7’ drill in good condition; broadcast seeder, flexible harrows.  All kinds of used machinery at Biel Implement:  Oliver, Allis Chalmers, McCormick-Deering, Van Brunt, New Idea, John Deere, Case. 

For rent:  Downstairs apartment, five rooms and bath, including hot and cold water, basement and garage; or upstairs apartment $35.  A modern seven-room house — $6,800; trailer houses — $210. 1945 Chevy pickup, real clean, new tires, $495; Case pickup baler, your choice, $475.

There were 12 churches to choose from: First English Lutheran, Evangelical United Brethren, Our Savior’s Lutheran, St. Ignatius Catholic, Assemblies of God, First Baptist, Methodist Church, Dr. Martin Luther, Free Methodist at Fillmore, Chester Lutheran Parish, Ostrander Lutheran and Immanuel Lutheran at Wykoff. 

Many folks gathered at Rendahl & Highum Elevator (900+) for free pancakes, which served up 4,500 pancakes and sausage along with coffee.  The new Star Mail Route truck runs from Austin to La Crosse, arriving in Spring Valley two times a day. Groups: Sumner 4-H plans a Root River District Boy Scout event in Harmony with two slide shows; and the Sumner Center Farm Bureau has scheduled Dr. and Mrs. Oluf Borre as guest speakers. 

And so it was in 1952...