Minot Memories is a blog that pertains to the city of Minot, ND. It is brief glimpses of people, places, things and events of Minot's past that will provide some insight into the history of Minot. This photo Main Street looking south from the railroad tracks about 1940
– Minot Printing Company – started
business in 1923. Located at 19 East Central Avenue. Phone number TE 2-6124….. Harry Cook and Sons Plumbing & Heating
– Their ad stated: “Just Dial TE 2-1108 and tell us your problems”. Harry
started the business in 1937. In 1948 he and his two sons, Pat and Bob moved to
their new location at 400 9th
St. SE. The building was best remembered for the neon sign which had a dripping
faucet…… ABC Cleaners – ABC Cleaners
started service in their first location in Minot in 1935. Owners of the
business were bob and Bill Kondos, Jr.
As the business grew, they opened two more locations. 729 Second Street
NW and 1344 Main Street South……
Gross Printing was
established in 1913. In 1941, Harry L.
Johnson became the manager. Gross Printing prided itself in keeping
pace with the demands for skilled printing service. Gross Printing included in
their shop up-to-date facilities including a complete set of off-set equipment.
They also did letter press printing.Gross Printing was located at 507 West Central Avenue and their
telephone number was Temple 2-7125
Buttrey’s Ladies Wear – Downtown Minot on main
Street…… Grand Photography Studio –
108 west Central Avenue …… Coast to Coast Store – 14 First Avenue
SW. Coast to Coast started in business in 1957.
They were home owned and home operated. The owner of the Minot store was
Glenn Simard. Coast to Coast carried items for the farm, sportsman, and the
car. Eventually Coast to Coast moved to the sout end of the Arrowhead Shopping Center…. Hoiland’s Floor Service – Odin Hoiland was the manager and owner.
Hoiland’s Floor Service was located on Highway 2 East and specialized in
ceramic and plastic wall tile, Armstrong Linoleum, and Formica Counter tops..
They did both commercial and residential installations.
Gusts Super Service was located on the corner of Main Street and 4th
Avenue (now Burdick Expressway), next to the Empire Theater. Gust’s was a Mobil
Station selling Mobilgas, mobilubrication, and Mobil Permazone Antifreeze. They
were old fashioned about courtesy and the “old Fashioned” service that earned
service stations their name. Note in the picture below from the 1940's, the
Empire Theater was not yet built as that happened in 1952. There was a
miniature golf course in the Empire Theater lot but I have not been able to
find out the name of it or any information about it, although I do have a
picture of it
1972 Calculator – an article in the newspaper on August 16, 1972
by columnist Sylvia Porter was devoted to the joy she was experiencing because
she had just purchased a new calculator in 1970 (battery operated and from
Japan) that could do all her calculations and be carried in her purse. It was
about 5 inches by 9 inches. The price at that time was $390.00. In the fall of
1972 an American company was producing a similar calculator for about $100.00.
Sylvia also went on to explain how to use the calculator and also gave a number
of calculations to try in the new machine to make sure it was accurate. On a
side note – in 1972 at Christmas when I was working for Kmart one of the
hottest gifts was a similar portable calculator on sale for $89.99 (each). We
could not keep them in stock. Another item at the same time was an LED watch
that only told the time for the same price, $89.99
Olson’s Men’s Store (The Better Clothiers)
- at one time known as Borene’s Men’s
Store was Minot’s oldest men’s clothing store beginning business in 1916.
Olson’s featured Hart Schaffner & Marx, Stetson Hats, Arrow Shirts and
Florsheim Shoes…… Ann’s Fashions – “Women’s
fashions for the young at heart”. Started in 1957 Ann’s was located at 117
South main Street. ….. Big Red Furniture
Warehouse – Located 2 blocks east of the Clarence Parker Hotel on Third
Street SE by the railroad tracks. Big Red Furniture featured warehouse style
selling which they claimed eliminated the middle man and saved the consumer
The Bon Ton Shop – There motto was “Smart
Clothes for Better Dressed Women”. The Bon Ton Shop opened in 1942 on Minot’s
Main Street. They also prided themselves as being “Minot’s Smart Shop for
Correct and Becoming Fashions” ….. Brannan
Drapery Studio – Owned and operated by Leo Brannan they provided home
fashion service to the area since 1957. Brannan’s was located at 6 North Main…
phone number Temple 6-5233……Toivo’s
Jewelry – in 1961they were
located one block north of the Post
Office at that time (now the Federal Building in Downtown Minot. They
specialized in jewelry and watch repair. 1 week service guaranteed…. Short jobs
the same day. Toivo’s also sold Black Hills Gold Jewelry.