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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Volunteers of America


The Great Depression of the 1930s stretched the nation's private social welfare system almost to the breaking point. Volunteers of America mobilized to assist the millions of people who were unemployed, hungry and homeless. Relief efforts included employment bureaus, wood yards, soup kitchens and "Penny Pantries" where every food item cost one cent.  The Volunteers of America in 1932 were serving several hundred meals a week to school children at their food station on Second Avenue Southeast. Children sent to the food station are selected from various schools in Minot, according to Capt Richard Das.  Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth (pictured). They envisioned a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people. On behalf of the organization, the Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” In turn-of-the-century America, there was no shortage of work to do. The Volunteers moved into tenement districts to care for people in poverty. They organized day nurseries and summer camps, provided housing for single men and women, and established the nation's first system of halfway houses for released prisoners.   




Monday, September 24, 2018

Walter's Women's Wear


The first Walter’s Women’s Wear opened in July of 1955 at 115 South Main Street. The store was formerly known as Zollie Vida’s. Walter’s was owned by Mr & Mrs Walter Feldman. In 1961 they leased the Bon Bon Store across the street at 114 South Main and opened as Walter’s Bon Bon. Additional departments were added including a Children’s Dept, Lingerie  and shoe department. In April of 1964, Walter’s expanded to a second location in the Town & Country Shopping Center. In March of 1974, Walter’s added The Attic to the downtown store. The Attic featured styles for young, juniors and teens.


Town & Country Shopping Center

Friday, September 21, 2018

Valker Floral and Jupiter


Past Businesess – ….. Geo. E Valker Floral – 216 South main St…. Now the parking lot for Wells Fargo bank ….. Northland Archery – 10-A 1st St SW – Above Harry’s Tire Service (When Harry’s was Downtown) – Indoor archery range and product sales ….. Spinning Wheel – Yarn and sewing shop located in the basement of Northwest Music on main Street in Minot ….. The Al-Ma Shop – fabrics and accessories – 108 4th Ave SE – (new Burdick Expressway ….. Jupiter Discount Store grand opening was in February 1963– Main Street in Minot – Formerly SS Kresge and the forerunner of Kmart – (Western Paint Home Center and now Downtown Books in this store)

 Early Delivery Van
Greenhouse Interior

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Outdoor Picnic in January


1892 Picnic -- On a mild day in January of 1892, almost the entire population of Minot enjoyed an outdoor picnic without having to bundle up in warm clothing. The scene is near the Great Northern Railroad Bridge across the Mouse River. At the time of the picture, the picnic grounds were outside the City Limits of Minot. This site is very close to where the Minot Flour Mill would be built. In the picture are C. A. Johnson, principal of the school and some of his students. One of those students was Joseph Rowan who went on to become and undertaker and owner of Rowan’s Funeral Home on Main Street. The Funeral Home was an establishment involved in the illegal booze running during the prohibition days.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

News Arcade II


News Arcade II – In the Wednesday, January 30, 1963 newspaper there was an ad announcing the Grand Opening of the News Arcade II. It was located at 214 South Main St. They were open until 10:30 pm nightly. The News Arcade II claimed to have Minot’s most complete supply of paperback books. They also sold newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, and North Dakota Souvenirs…. And they did some photo finishing. … News arcade was also a drop off point for ABC Cleaners. Clothes in by 9 am would be ready by 5 pm.


Main Street - 1960

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Remember These Busineses??


Past Businesses – Cloth Haus – Fabrics and Notions – on Main Street in Downtown Minot ---- American Lifestyles --- 1906 South  Broadway (Now  CompuTech) – Sold waterbeds and bedroom suites ---- Minot Outdoor Theater --- on the corner of Highway 83 South and County Road 14 – (now the home of Cartiva and Enerbase- Across from Minot Chrysler Center) They occasionally featured “Buck Nite” - $1.00 per car admittance ---- Wylie Piano Co. --- 117 West Central Avenue – Dealer for Baldwin pianos …… The Meat Shoppe – Located in the Mar-Son Distributor Building just east of the Riverside ( on 8th Ave or Valker Road) …. Trestle Valley Ski – In the hills by the train trestle west of Minot….




Monday, September 17, 2018

Merck's Twist Inn


Twist Inn – an article in the Newspaper on August 7, 1969 stated that Arnold Merkel and his wife Beverly had taken over owner ship and management of the Twist Inn located at 800 North Broadway. They purchased the business from Norel Carlson. The new name will be Merk’s Twist In. the new hours were to be 11 am to 11 pm seven days a week. Two more waitresses were added to the staff. Merk was previously employed as a sales representative for KMOT-TV. Grand opening Spcials included 5 hamburgers for $1.00 --- Malts and Sundaes – 2 for 1 and an eight piece bucket of chicken with jo-jo potatoes for $1.95 --- a 16 piece bucket was only $3.95. ... I have no pictures of the Twist Inn... Here is a list of Restaurants in 1954