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Friday, July 31, 2015



Minot Memories will be on vacation until August 17th

Johnson Chevrolet – Opens –

 on December 6, 1965, Johnson Chevrolet ( formerly Frosaker Motors) opened in its new location at 1800 South Broadway. The new building was 27,800 square feet all on one floor. The General Manger and new car manager was Al Gimse. The used car manager was J.S. Nowak. Department managers included Floyd Vedvig – Service; Chester Nowak – Parts; and R. Cameron Mills – Finance & Insurance. In April of 1965, just before the move to the new building their ad in the newspaper was proclaiming a Zing into Spring …. Featuring the Chevrolet Corvair. The Corvair Corsa featured a new sporty appearance and handling package. A 180 hp turbo charged rear engine was also available. Also available were the Chevrolet, Chevelle, Chevy II or the Corvette… I’m sure a line of pickups was also available .  Johnson Chevrolet eventually became Auran Chevrolet and is now Ryan Chevrolet

Johnson Chevrolet - Concept Drawing 1965

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Cloth Haus –

May 10, 1973 was the grand opening of the Cloth Haus. Located at 111 Main Street The Cloth Haus was a store that became a favorite among those involved in any type of sewing. The first 100 ladies to visit the store received a free carnation. Prizes to be given away included a Unoque Dress form, a $15.00 gift certificate, a pair of Fiskar scissors and a Dritz Cutting Board. The Cloth Haus featured all types fabrics, patterns and sewing accessories. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Boston Store –

 Herman Gordon arrived in Minot in 1905 and opened a small tailor shop in town. His first shop was on First Street South West. Later he moved to Main Street and opened the Boston Store. Eventually, The Boston Store moved to First Street Southwest, just south of what is now the Federal Building. Herman was ten years old and still living in Russia when he “ went on the bench”. The term used at that time applied to learning the tailor’s trade. He learned from his father. After coming to America in 1902, he worked for three years as a tailor in Petrosky, Michigan before moving to Minot. Herman and his wife, Helen, lived at 613 East Central Avenue, or in what is now know as Eastwood Park.

Minot in early 1900's

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Broadway – 4 Lane Project –

In 1961 the bids were opened for the projects to convert Highway 83 or Second Street, (now Broadway),  to a four lane road. The project to convert Broadway to a four lane road was divided into two projects. Shultz & Lindsay from Fargo was awarded the bid to go from Central Avenue south to the city limits, (about where 20th Avenue is now). The cost of that phase was $757,968.00. The north project bid was $736,513.00. this converted Broadway to 4 lanes from the north end of the viaduct to three miles north. The project was paid for by special assessments to all properties inside the city limits.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Taco Shop Opens in Minot –

 October, 1965 saw the opening of The Taco Shop at 1514 South Broadway. The Taco Shop was located next to Magic Mile Market. Owner, Sam Buttz or Taco Sam, who did all the cooking, offered a menu consisting of tacos, grinders, chili, tostados and Mexi-burgers. The Mexi-burger was similar to a sloppy joe and seasoned to the customer’s desire. The grinder was the early and east coast version of what we now call a sub sandwich. The 14 inch long grinder sold for 75 cents while tacos sold for 24 cents. The Taco shop was open form 11 am to 2 am except for Friday and Saturday the hours were 11am to 3 am. Customers also had the option of purchasing the ingredients to make their food at home


Friday, July 24, 2015

Auto Dine –

 the Auto Dine in Minot was located at 8th Avenue and North Broadway. It was the home of the Big Otto Burger. The Minot Auto Dine was one of six. The others were located in Aberdeen, Moorhead, Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks. The Auto Dines also had a cartoon character depicing a western attired burger known as the Champion “Chow-Boy”. To celebrate the birthday of Big Otto Burger and drawing was held. The first prize was a Honda Model “50” motorcycle. Second prize was a GE portable TV and third prize a portable tape recorder.