Corner on Main Street busy place in 1966

A street scene from about 1966.

Standard Oil Station at southwest corner of South Section and East Main. Notice Red Crown bulk tanks on right with three bulk trucks: '32 Ford, '25 Chevy and '29 Chevy. Product came in by tank cars on Milwaukee Line. Included may be Floyd Hingeveld, who owned the station, bulk drivers Fred Zink, Louis Hinze and Glenn Temple. Road sign points to Wykoff 8 miles, and Preston, 20 miles. Burgess Lumber was located on the south side along #63.
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None of the buildings in the accompanying street scene photo remain today, indicating how things change!  The view shows the corner of Main Street and South Section Avenue.  Once the Burgess & Sons Lumber Co. was wrapped around Allen's Hall with its big doors on Section Avenue but also on Park Street.  The year is about 1966.  

Allen's Hall was built in 1875 by Willard Allen (1800-1879) who came from Massachusetts to build sawmills and lumber yards.  The family lived on the west end of the hall, and rented the "hall" for Sunday school (both Methodist and Baptist), a funeral parlor, business college, writing school, and the Crescent Hotel about 1900.  I have a painting of the Crescent Hotel done by George Bly, which is a treasure.  Mr. Allen donated 13 acres to the Southern Minnesota Railroad (later the Milwaukee line) in its early stages of going west. 

About 1916 Tom Frankson's Spring Valley Neckyoke Manufacturing Co. was held at the hall, but World War 1 (need for steel) and the fact that horses replaced the automobile, took care of that!   The hall was later converted to apartments and finally Lucius Tart had his implement business there.  In 1968 the Spring Valley Creamery bought the building, it was leveled, and made into the Spring Valley Cheese warehouse that we see today.

Getting back to Burgess & Sons, His Honor James Gritzner, a federal judge and my former neighbor, followed my columns, and wrote that the business was sold to Botsford Lumber; then to United Building Center.

In the other photograph you will see the business that was located just north of Burgess & Son -- Floyd Hingeveld's Standard Oil Station. The station was built by Vic Wubbels of Preston, with George Kaess as electrician, C.A. Bergman as plumber, and Al Sisson for heating.  Floyd grew up here and may have been involved with Standard Oil from the beginning. We see the big storage tanks to the right -- imagine those on the street -- and with Red Crown and White Crown for sale.  I wonder who the folks in the auto were -- good view.  

Across the street we see Sheldon & Hande hardware and the blacksmith shop.  In 1950 Pinky Anderson was at this location.  Later a small Tydol service station was installed in the right front corner; later a Shell station run by Cliff Pollitt; Redig Shoe Repair occupied the corner space at last.  At left was Biel Implement — remember that business?  He was there from 1935 until ??  

We will continue with service stations in the coming weeks.