Friday, May 26, 2017
Swenson Furniture was located on South Broadway at the entrance to the Kmart parking lot. Before the days of Kmart this was the intersection of Highway 52 and 83 South. The business started by Oscar Swenson in 1950 with an old canopy truck and $350.00. Customers would drive up the alley to the one stall garage which was also their residence. Later a partially finished home was added. This served as display room for the furniture and the family lived in the basement. They had to move as they were conducting commercial and at times industrial business in a residential area. The business moved to their final location and continued to thrive for a number of years. Swenson’s carried a full line of furniture, appliances and some plumbing supplies. The store became Marion’s Furniture and Tumbleweed Toggery was located on the south side. The building and both businesses were destroyed by fire about 1983. The Water Bedroom Store was in this location for a while and it is now the home for Computech, a computer sales and service store
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Fast –O-Trade – Dan Hornbacher, better known as Trader Dan opened his first sporting goods store in a small location at 525 East Central Avenue in August of 1945. Changing the name to Fast-O-Trade, in 1949 moved to
16 North Main Street.. In 1961 Trader Dan
built a new building on Highway 83 South. The new location provide a lot of
outside room for boats, trailers and motorcycles. They akso carried a full line
of sporting goods inside. Trader Dan stocked western clothing for hunters,
archery equipment and all types of fishing tackle, along with firearms and
ammunition. I have been informed that at one time Trader Dan would appear on
late night TV selling his wares over the airwaves. I have been informed that
for a while Dan Hornbacher went into the construction business with his son.
Apparently they built a house which exploded due to a gas leak when lighting
the furnace. Dan’s son was killed in the explosion. Dan and his wife lived in a
house, behind his business, located at County Road 14 and Highway 83 South.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
First National Bank –First National Bank has had a varied name history, beginning with Great Northern Bank in 1897, then long known as the Second National Bank (avoiding any connection with two previous First National Banks, which had failed amid considerable publicity and bad feelings), then finally as the First National Bank. The bank remained on the northwest corner of Main Street and Central Avenue for many years. A new building was built on South Main. The new bank and parking lot now take up half the city block. The name changed to Norwest Bank and finally to Wells Fargo Bank.
1st National Bank
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Robertson Lumber Company – Started in Minot in 1940 … located at 200 1st St SE – On December 24th 1975 (Christmas Eve) a spectacular fire destroyed the business. Cause of the fire was not immediately determined but the loss was estimated at over one million dollars. Robertson set up a temporary office at 119 1st Ave SE and eventually moved to the bypass east of the truck stop….. Sebby’s Carpetarea – 1839 South Broadway – home for Draperies, Linoleum, wallpaper, paint and tile of all types – also dealer for Mohawk carpets and other brands ….
Monday, May 22, 2017
New York Store – In many pictures of Minot’s Main Street one sees The New York Store. It was on the Southwest Corner of Main and Central. This location was at the turn of the century the home of Jack Doyle’s Saloon. The best known saloon in Minot at the time. Peter P Lee replaced the saloon with a general store. The building was known as the Lee Block. In 1906, Julius Fauchald bought the building and Lee’s Store became known as the New York Store. The building contained offices in the upper floors and was known as the New York Store Block. In 1912 Julius Fauchald sold the New York Store to Woolworths, which operated until 1982. Fauchald moved next door and established Fauchald’s Department Store which continued until it was sold to Abraham Bader in 1943.
New York Store - late 1890's
Friday, May 19, 2017
The Minot Optic was founded by a colorful, outspoken and politically active Marshall McClure. McClure sold the newspaper to H. A. Zimmerman, someone who was in constant political hot water, according to past history. The paper passed through various crises until it was purchased by W. M. Smart and published by him until May 1, 1914. Smart is well known in
Minot for his real estate,
and hotel businesses, and a long career in the House of Representatives. On May
1, 1914, C. A. Johnson and Smart
consolidated their papers, The Ward County Reporter and the Minot Optic, as the Minot Optic-Reporter, and on
November 25, 1916, they changed the name to The Minot Daily News. In 1920,
Norman B. Black, H. D. Paulson, and Hal S. Davies, all of The Fargo Forum,
purchased the News. Davies was then general manager of the Forum and became the
new publisher of the News. It was the beginning of a long relationship between
Davies and the city. The News paper was originally located in the Flat Iron Building
on Central Avenue, then in the form Legion Club building on Broadway before
moving to its present location in 1952.
Minot Daily Printing Press
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Ward County Reporter had begun as the Burlington Reporter but moved to
with a new name but the same owner, J. L. Colton, who then sold it to C. A.
Johnson. Johnson himself sold the paper in 1897. George W. Wilson owned the newspaper from
1897 to 1906 and sold it to Sam H. Clark who owned it from 1906 to 1912. Both
of these men were politically active, Clark being elected a Minot mayor; outspoken, and intensely interested in
local affairs. C. A. Johnson re-purchased the Ward County Reporter in 1912 and
owned it until 1916.