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Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:51 AM
We wanted to do a column on "spreaders" — in other words, manure spreaders, but it is next to impossible to get “costs” from 1880s.  For instance, in the Spring Valley Historical Society files, the Litchfield Spreader is printed on a blotter.  "A Settled Fact:  Our question-men have 'studied spreadology' and have thought it over carefully and now agree it is a settled fact that the Litchfield Spreader has no competition
  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: A look at some of the early settlers
    Charles Edward Kemple, oldest son on John and Mary Sturgeon Kemple, was born on a farm in Fountain Township Dec. 31, 1865.  One of four children, he married Mattie Kidd of Spring Valley in 1900.  They engaged in general farming about five miles north of town, but specialized in berry raising.  He was known in town as "the Melon Man."  
  • Glimpses of yesteryear: Best cake flour in 1904 has complex instructions
    Who took the highest honors in food and was awarded the grand prize at the World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904?  It was Igleheart's Swans Down cake flour; the company was located in Evansville, Indiana.  Yes, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition had a grand prize in cake flour.  Swans Down cake flour is not self-rising, but it is especially prepared to give the best results in cake baking.  One package contains 12 cups of flour, enough for 12 angel food cakes or about six other cakes, a cost of 2 to 5 cents per cake.  Each package contains 12 different cake recipes prepared by experts, and the package, it was noted, came in wax paper covers.
  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Study of ‘spreadology’ in 1880s uncovers value
    We wanted to do a column on "spreaders" — in other words, manure spreaders, but it is next to impossible to get “costs” from 1880s.  For instance, in the Spring Valley Historical Society files, the Litchfield Spreader is printed on a blotter.  "A Settled Fact:  Our question-men have 'studied spreadology' and have thought it over carefully and now agree it is a settled fact that the Litchfield Spreader has no competition
  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Local merchants tout benefits in 1937 farm book

    In scanning the Spring Valley Historical Society files, we found a "Simplicity Farm Account Book" that was kept for several months. "This book was made possible by the merchants or business firms whose advertising appears herein, in appreciation of your past patronage." Dated 1937, it was done by Terpstra Bros. Advertising Co. of Des Moines, and was available for 10 cents per copy, but seemed to have been distributed as a rural local box holder.



  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Self-rake reaper had quite a sales pitch
    When you get a chance, please visit the ag building at the museums on West Courtland here in Spring Valley.  Another remarkable piece is the 1860-70 self-rake reaper.  A quote from "The Grain Harvesters" is this note:  "The cam followers ran a curvilinear track to produce the raking motion peculiar to the vertical-axis family of reapers.  There was now a space for the driver of the reaper, although the rakes whistled by close to his ear."  
  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Lutheran congregations come together in 1950
    A few years ago, 2013, a gift was received from Mrs. Robert (Renata) Voeltz — a 1951 "Your Household Guide" sponsored by the Ladies Aid Society of Our Saviors Lutheran Church.    This book contained 1,001 helpful household hints selected from several hundred home recipe books of Walsworth Bros., located in Marceline, Missouri, distributed throughout the nation.  Before we relate what was in the book, a brief history of Our Saviors Lutheran Church follows. 
  • Glimpses of Yesteryear: Advertising cards tout benefits of health remedies
    A cousin recently sent a great surprise — a box of advertising cards that had belonged to my grandfather, Harry Steffens.  As a lad, he put together wonderful scrapbooks of which I still have a couple.  Harry grew up in the Hamilton area, and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1900.  He was an excellent student, and eventually became an officer of First State Bank which was built in 1889 at 101 North Broadway, now Essig Agency.  
  • Anyone old enough to remember what a blessing a Home Comfort range came to be, and on the other hand how much work the range involved??  Oh, my, it was at one time the "center" of the kitchen with its accompanying wood box.  
  • Reminiscing with the class of 1948

    Since graduation has come and gone recently, it may be time to look to an earlier one, just 68 years ago.  

  • Spring Valley theater owner leaves legacy of delight
    Joe Mlinar — a name never to be forgotten in the history of Spring Valley.  Honored in 1978 as Kiwanis's Citizen of the Year, his accomplishments were memorable.

  • Summer brings along parade season
    We'll soon be seeing parades along Broadway again, so how about a few views of “what used to be” on the parade route?  

  • Spring Valley Bottling Company was refreshing business
    At least 10 years ago this column called attention to the bottling works that was one of the flourishing businesses in Spring Valley.   

  • Former Citizen of the Year kept SV residents entertained
    You are looking at one of Joe Mlinar's typical advertisements for movies at the State Theatre.  In 1950 "Francis" was a talking mule, voiced by Chill Wills, made popular in a series of seven films in the 1950s.

  •   Three generations of Wilkinses play significant role in local history
    In honor of veterans on Memorial Day weekend, we point to Thaddeus A. Wilkins, who served in the Civil War.  However, we need to go back one generation, to his father, Cordello Wilkins.

  • Parade photos highlight Broadway’s changing facade
    Fun times...31 years ago the 1985 Ag Days Parade was held.  Here are some pictures of north Broadway showing how businesses have changed.  

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Thanksgiving

A poll on regional differences for Thanksgiving meals by FiveThirtyEight shows that green bean casserole is the most common side dish in the Upper Midwest. Is that true for your holiday meal?


 

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