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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fountain in Downtown Minot - Saga Part 1

History Of the Downtown Minot Water Fountain…– I have come into the possession of copies of the original letters and newspaper clippings about the fountain in downtown Minot … its history and how it came to Minot.


Part 1 – the year was 1910.. For the past two years Mrs. Alex Scarlett had been corresponding with Mr Lewis M Seaver who was the Secretary Treasurer of the National Humane Alliance of New York. She had been asking his organization to donate one of the 100 fountains they were giving away to the City of Minot. The Fountains were to provide water for horses and small bowls at the bottom would supply water for dogs. Mr Seaver was traveling to Denver and decided to stop in Minot on the way to look over the situation. Seaver was entertained by the Scarletts and other City Officials at the Commercial Club as the proposition was discussed. Collectively the Minot group along with Seaver decided the fountain should be located at the intersection of Main and Third Street … (in the early years of Minot the streets ran east and west and the avenues ran north and south. First Street was Central Avenue, which means that Third Street then is Second Avenue now)

Fountain on Main 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Neighborhood Grocery Stores #5

Small Family Grocery Stores – Through the years and before the large chain grocery stores came into being, Minot as had many small, local, family owned neighborhood grocery stores. In 1967 there were 8 neighborhood grocery stores in the city. Some of these are from the 1960’s and others from years gone
Eastwood Park Grocery – 528 East Central Ave – operated by William Kandas .. on Central Avenue next to the Hump Back Bridge which is closed to vehicle traffic
Model Market – 1304 4th Ave SE – owned by Tilman D Thompson – building has been demolished
Bischke Grocery – 823  4th Ave SE – east side of the Burdick Expressway Overpass – converted to a Paint and Glass Store –
Paul’s Grocery – owned by Paul Brogolius at 805 2nd St NW ( North Broadway) … later became the home of Jack’s Pizza
Linnertz Grocery – 331 2nd Ave NW (North Broadway) … building torn down when Broadway Overpass went to 4 lanes

Hiawatha Grocery – 920 Valley St. – owned by Joseph Gavett … also had a gas station in conjunction with the grocery store…
Heislers  -  On 4th Ave. NW - in the 60's I believe this was the only grocery store open on Sunday.


 Eastwood Park Grocery
Heisler's Grocery


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Neighborhood Grocery Stores #4

Small Family Grocery Stores – Through the years and before the large chain grocery stores came into being, Minot as had many small, local, family owned neighborhood grocery stores. In 1967 there were 8 neighborhood grocery stores in the city. Some of these are from the 1960’s and others from years gone by:
Liberty Grocery – 510 4th Ave NE – across the street from the Liberty Tavern …. Owned and operated by George Voregarethhsos… At one time the Sears warehouse was across the street to the north
Model Market – 1304 4th Ave SE – owned by Tilman D Thompson – building has been demolished
Bischke Grocery – 823  4th Ave SE – east side of the Burdick Expressway Overpass – converted to a Paint and Glass Store –
Quality Grocery – 721 6th Ave NE – operated by Clara Roberts and then by Katsu Yanagita .. who later returned to Japan …

Paul’s Grocery – owned by Paul Brogolius at 805 2nd St NW ( North Broadway) … later became the home of Jack’s Pizza

Liberty Grocery

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Neighborhood Grocery Stores #3

Small Family Grocery Stores – Through the years and before the large chain grocery stores came into being, Minot as had many small, local, family owned neighborhood grocery stores. In 1967 there were 8 neighborhood grocery stores in the city. Some of these are from the 1960’s and others from years gone by:
Gar’s Grocery – 427 2nd Ave NW – owned by Gary Vardsveen and formerly known as Virg’s Grocery when Virgil Nordstrom owned it
Schrepel’s Grocery – owned by AE Schrepel at 205 3rd Ave SE – now the location of the YWCA
Hillside Grocery – operated by Albin Willenbring – 400 South Main – building bought by Trinity Hospital
Chelgren’s Grocery – owned by Henning A Chelgren at 715 Valley St. – store closed and building converted to apartments
Wagner’s Grocery – owned by Perley E Wagner – 1217 Valley St. – also had a gas station in addition to groceries … Converted to a family dwelling

Bondly’s Grocery  -- Otto Bondly owner – 1614  4th Ave SE – Grocery business closed – converted to a Beauty Salon

Gar's Grocery

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Neighborhood Grocery Stores #2

Small Family Grocery Stores – Through the years and before the large chain grocery stores came into being, Minot as had many small, local, family owned neighborhood grocery stores. In 1967 there were 8 neighborhood grocery stores in the city. Some of these are from the 1960’s and others from years gone by:
Helm’s Grocery  -- 603 8th Ave NE – owned by Dale Helm and his brother Howard – east of  Trinity Nursing Home.
Sunshine Grocery – 836 9th Ave NW – operated by Arthur Johnson and his wife – west of Little Flower Church
Warren’s Grocery – 322 7th Ave NW – owned by Barbara T. Dignan..
Handy Grocery – Ross Peterson owner – was located where the Minot Daily News is now.. the building was moved to Northwest Minot and was converted to apartments
Beckland Grocery – 920 4th Ave Se (East Burdick Exp.) …. Owned by Carl Beckland … building was demolished for the Parkway Motel … which in turn was demolished for expansion of Coca Cola Bottling

Oak Park Grocery – 422  2nd Ave NW …. Owned by Christian Schmelling … I believe this was converted to a residence

 Helms Grocery

 Oak Park Grocery - 1923 Flood
 Oak Park Grocery - 1923 Flood





Sunshine Grocery

Monday, September 15, 2014

Small Family Grocery Stores – Through the years and before the large chain grocery stores came into being, Minot as had many small, local, family owned neighborhood grocery stores. In 1967 there were 8 neighborhood grocery stores in the city. In 1968 I was running a delivery route for the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and delivered soft drinks to most of these locations
Larson Grocery – 213  4th Ave SE. Owned and managed by Clarence Larson and his son Duane had the longest tenure of any neighborhood grocery store. Larson owned the business and leased the 16 by 30 foot building from Ida Hagen Lee and at the end from Ward County who purchased it from the Lee estate. Larson Grocery was open every day except Sunday from 9:30 am to 9 pm. The store took many phone orders and delivered groceries all over Minot.

South Hill Grocery – 212 8th Ave SE – owned at one time by Kenneth Yetter – at the top of the hill at the intersection of 2nd St and 8th Ave … above M&H Gas.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Main Street 1890

 In the picture of Main Street in 1890 the teams of wagons belong to local Indians and are filled with buffalo bones which were traded to merchants for groceries and other merchandise. The bones were taken to a railroad spur and eventually shipped to St Louis to be used in refining sugar. The bones were worth ten to fifteen dollars a ton. The small building on the left is the Post Office. Next to that was the office of J.B. Rourke, Justice of the Peace. The taller building was a drug store owned by W. E. Mansfield. This is the intersection of Main Street and 1st Avenue. The two story brick building was a large general store owned by the Strain Brothers. North of Strain Brothers was John and Peter Eher’s meat market. The original Jacobson Hardware was a few doors down the street and at the end of the street is the Great Northern passenger depot.