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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Leland Parker Demo – in 1963 as the Leland Parker Hotel was being demolished the crew found a building within the Leland Hotel. There was a two story wooden building that had been encased by the Leland. Portions of the old wooden structure were used as rooms in the hotel but an area above the wooden building had been left open as the brick and block roof would have been too heavy for the structure. The first floor had been remodel several times over the years and brick walls surrounded the structure. The Leland Parker Hotel stood on the spot now occupied by Art Space. 

 Leland Parker - 1947
Leland Parker - 1963

Friday, May 22, 2015

Past Minot Concerts –

 Rare Earth – in concert at the Minot Municipal Auditorium in October 3, 1974. Ticket prices - $4.00 in advance -- $4.50 at the door ….. The Dick Clark Go Go Show …. April 7, 1965 the Municipal Auditorium was home to the Dick Clark Go Go Show. The show featured Brian Hyland, Shirley Ellis (the Name Game Song), Jewel Akens (The Birds and the Bees), and Bobby Freeman (The Swim) …. Tickets - $2.00 in advance and $2.50 at the door…..


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Reub’s Camera –

 As I recall in the 60’s and 70’s the best known camera shop in Minot was Reub’s Camera. During the 1961 Jubilee Event, Reub’s was located on 1st Avenue SW, ½ block east of the Post Office…. The Post Office at that time was located in what is now known as the Federal Building. Polaroid Cameras were the big thing at that time. Pictures in 10 seconds. New Polaroid cameras were available from $74.00 to $139.00. Reub’s Jubilee special was a Wollensak Movie Kit for $299.95. This consisted of an 8mm camera with a zoom lens, a projector, a 30x40 inch screen, carrying case and a 2 year supply of black and white movie film. Eventually Reub’s moved to the corner of 2nd Avenue and Main Street

1967 - Reub's Camera Interior

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Timm’s Moving & Storage –

Timm’s Moving & Storage started business in 1949. They specialized in furniture moving and storage. In 1955 they built a new, modern warehouse on the south end of Minot on the 2 & 52 Bypass, now known as 20th Avenue SE. In 1958 they acquired the United Van Lines franchise, joining over 600 agents in the United States and Canada. In 1961 the first semi-trailer was added to their fleet of trucks. By 1964 Timm’s Moving & Storage had 14 vehicles in their fleet

Timm's M0ving & Storage - 1961

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

P W Miller Co –

 The PW Miller Company was founded in 1943 by Mr. PW Miller and was located in the Grand Hotel on Central Avenue. (The Grand Hotel was located across the street to the north from Tom’s Coin Shop.) PW Miller was well known throughout the City, county and state. He came to North Dakota in 1896. For many years he was involved in farming and ranching. After his store was destroyed in the Grand Hotel Fire in 1960, he opened his business temporarily in the Westlie Building on Central Avenue. By August of 1960 he had moved to a permanent location in the Weinrebe Building next to the Clarence Parker Hotel. That location is now the home of the Olson Law firm


Monday, May 18, 2015

Typical Homestead –

 when James Johnson and others first settled in what is now Minot his home was very crude by today’s standards. The home was constructed by hand with materials furnished by Mother Nature and easily found in the area. Logs were cut from trees found along the banks of the Mouse River. A thatched roof was added to keep out the weather elements. The home was usually a one room building with a sod floor. Larger homes were built to also house up to as many as six horses inside the structure. This also helped for warmth in the winter. 


Friday, May 15, 2015

They Decided to Stay –

 John Wallin and Peter E Peterson, stone blasters for the Northern Pacific Railroad in Montana, stood on top of a hill, looking into the valley below and decided that this is where they wanted to live. One of the two supposedly remarked “here I want to Live and here I want to die”. They swam across the mouse river and looked for a good source of water. In the north hills they found a spring and there established a claim and built a dugout in which to live. This is the area of the Burdick Job Corps. The two bachelors took in guests and travelers throughout the winter. It is said that between them and their guest over one winter they consumed 22 deer, a considerable quantity of bacon and 1500 pounds of flour… early on provisions were brought to the area from Bismarck by ox and wagon, a two week trip.

Early Homestead house in Minot