Many changes in Spring Valley since 1962

By : 
MARY JO DATHE
GLIMPSES OF YESTERYEAR

We found a 1962 brochure sharing pictures and information of Spring Valley at that time. We cannot believe the changes that have taken place since 1962 — only 50-some years ago!   Pictures are awesome -- Broadway shows the Red Owl Store on the corner opposite Ben Franklin's store (now Sheldon's Plumbing & Heating and Shiney Hiney) and of course the theater facade showing a movie. There is the Spring Valley Co-op Creamery in full production and the Hanna Mining Company south of town with its equipment in operation.  The “modern" swimming pool, the high school before the addition of the elevator, and the new Root River Country Club.  Witte Transportation has trucks parked and loaded; the hospital is awaiting arrivals. Here is the story: 

Agriculture:  Spring Valley is located in Fillmore County, one of the richest farming areas in the United States, offering diversified grain crops, vegetable and meat production and dairying. Our adequate growing season insures bountiful production; the usually generous snowfall offers a wide variety of winter sports.  Our one bank, located in a completely new building is equipped to handle all modern banking procedures and offer complete banking services. (Four banks today.)   Spring Valley has one building and loan association, the largest in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities and Duluth, situated in a modern building on main street; offices are also maintained in nearby Rochester and Austin.  There are nine Protestant denominations and one Catholic church.  Many of the churches are newly constructed or have been remodeled in the past few years.  (Count how many there are today!) We have an elected mayor and village council.

Greater Spring Valley is being hosted by a young and vigorous Chamber of Commerce boasting about 100 members, active in boosting the community and retail programs to assist merchants in bringing business to our community; there is also an active Junior Chamber of Commerce.  As far as education — Spring Valley offers a very adequate and modern high school system having been constructed a short time ago, and a large elementary school with its own gymnasium.  Electric power is generated and distributed by a modern and efficiently-run municipal light plant.  An alert volunteer fire department, boasting newly acquired equipment during 1961, has a low fire loss record.  There is a police car on duty 24 hours a day.  We have a population of 2,650, served by two attorneys, three physicians, three dentists, one osteopathic physician, one optometrist, three veterinarians and one chiropractor.  There is a Carnegie-endowed public library in its own building.

Recreation:  Here you will find the finest trout streams in southern Minnesota, beautiful camping sites in the new Forestville State Park located only 10 minutes from Spring Valley, plus excellent pheasant and deer hunting.  Other recreational activities include little league baseball, adult softball leagues, bowling leagues, swimming pool, tennis courts, adult volley ball, basket ball, and rental of gym equipment.  Natural gas service is available in the village, which is served by Peoples Natural Gas Company. Witte Transportation Co. has a terminal in Spring Valley with overnight pickup and delivery service from the Twin Cities and area.  Two major railroads serve Spring Valley, as does Hawkeye Stages bus line. A major airport is located south of Rochester, less than 15 minutes away.

 A new $850,000 hospital with 35 beds is a modern facility in every respect and a credit to a community of our size.  A new modern clinic went into operation in the spring of 1962. As far as industries:  the creamery operation has its gross annual income of $4.5 million; the Hanna Mining Company has a large iron mining operation just south of town; and Libby, McNeil & Libby operates many acres of land in our area.  Standard Oil maintains a large terminal here, as does the Ruan Transportation Co.  Labor supplies are ample and dependable.

Many prominent lodge, fraternal and civic organizations are represented with some maintaining their own buildings. The local historical society operates the Methodist Church Museum as well as the Pioneer Home Museum.  Spring Valley has the largest weekly newspaper in southern Minnesota combined with the weekly Shopper.  Both publications are printed by offset and offer a combined circulation of more than 5,000 copies weekly.

There is a city park with a lighted ball field, tennis courts, picnic facilities, pavilion, playground equipment and  swimming pool.  We have an approved water system and very dependable underground water supply. During 1962 a completely new sewage disposal plant costing $250,000 was completed.  Recently a nine-hole golf course and a country club that is modern in every respect have been installed a few miles south of town. The club building itself is a structure of beauty its members are proud to offer.  Spring Valley Area Industrial Development:  $10,000 capitalization; 30-acre industrial site available; active planning commission with comprehensive growth plan; plant construction financing available; leaseback plans considered. 

Sounds like a wonderful place to be!!  We are so blessed! 

 

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