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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

August 1964

Entertainment – August 1964… Here are some of the things to do for entertainment in August of 1964…. On Wednesday night, Roy Orbison and his orchestra were performing at the Minot Municipal Auditorium from 9 pm to Midnight. The Starlite Outdoor Theater was featuring “Buck Nite” , ($1.00 per car), all in the car were admitted for the $1.00 price. The double feature included Teenage Millionaire and The Explosive Generation. The next featuring starting was going to be McLintock, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara…. The Oak Park Theater was showing The Pink Panther, starring Peter Sellers and the Empire feature How The West Was Won…..

Monday, June 29, 2015

Escape Proof Jail – Early 1900's

In the early 1900’s Minot was bragging about an “escape proof jail.” The new jail was to located in the basement of City Hall. The new jail had four cells of “unusually sturdy construction”. They were said to be as secure as good construction and good materials could make them. The City Hall at that time was on First Avenue, across from the First Avenue Building. The new Central Parking ramp will cover that location. The City Hall at that time also housed the Police Department, The Fire Department as well as the City Council chambers

Friday, June 26, 2015

Frontier Airlines –

 In late March, 1959, Frontier Airlines was going to begin service to Minot. The week before on Sunday, March 23, Frontier Airlines held and “Air Fair” at the Minot International Airport. Eighteen, special 25 minute flights started at 9:30 in the morning and were given all day long. The plane used was a 24 passenger, twin engine DC-3 airplane. 432 people went on the flight. For many it was first time they had ever been off the ground. They were able to view the city, the airport and the Air Force Base from an altitude of 3000 feet. More than 5,000 people attended the event and Frontier Airline Stewardesses presented a carnation to the first 500 ladies. People could register for a free trip for two to Denver at many Minot businesses

Airport - 1969

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Frosaker Motors Update –

Frosaker Motors was located on Broadway (2nd Street), south of Stearns Motors, about where the Wells Fargo Drive-up Bank is now. Frosaker Motors was a Chevrolet Dealer and the building 3 stories. The basement was used for auto parts storage and also a car wash. The main street level were offices, show room for 1-2 vehicles, and parts department. The 2nd floor was used for mechanics and new car get-ready. The 3rd floor was used as the paint and body shop. In the 50's a new one story service department was constructed on the west end of the building. The 2nd floor was then utilized for used cars. The used cars were brought to the upper floors by way of a large freight elevator… That elevator may have been the main access to upper floors.
There is a  picture of a train load of Chevrolet automobiles. Chevrolet had asked Ole "How many new cars he wished to order?" he said "Send me a trainload" The trainload was sold before it reached Minot.    Frosaker Motors eventually became Ryan Chevrolet.

 Frosaker Motors
 Frosaker Motors Demo - 1963
Frosaker ad about trainload of cars

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Baders Women’s Wear --

 Opening in 1935, Bader’s was originally located in The Waverly Block which also housed the Waverly Hotel. In January, 1943 The Waverly Block was destroyed by a fire . With help, the employees of Bader’s were able to rescue most of the fur coats and clothing before the building was completely destroyed. The store did lose all of its display racks. In 1943 Bader’s bought the Fauchald Dept. Store which was located next to Woolworth’s on Main Street – That location was completely remodeled and re-opened. This location is now the home of Fiancee Bridal Shop. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Rack – Oak Park –

 The Rack opened in September, 1985 in the former Oak Park Theater building. The Rack was a pool and billiard hall, billiard equipment dealer, cafĂ© and bar. The owners were Jim Palm and Lowell Thomas. In addition to hosting many pool tournaments the Rack also formed men’s and women’s pool leagues. The building contained 12 regulation size pool tables, two coin operated pool tables, one billiard table and a snooker table. The pro shop featured a complete line of pool and billiard equipment for home tables and the franchise for Brunswick pool supplies

Oak Park Theater - 1950-60

Monday, June 22, 2015

New York Store –

In many pictures of Minot’s Main Street one sees The New York Store. The original location of the New York Store was on the east side of North Broadway. The location was about where Ten North Main is now . Then as pictured later on The New York Store moved to the the Southwest Corner of Main and Central. This location was at the turn of the century the home of Jack Doyle’s Saloon. The best known saloon in Minot at the time. Peter P Lee replaced the saloon with a general store. The building was known as the Lee Block. In 1906, Julius Fauchald  bought the building and Lee’s Store became known as the New York Store. The building contained offices in the upper floors and was known as the New York Store Block.  In 1912 Julius Fauchald sold the New York Store to Woolworths, which operated until 1982. Fauchald moved next door and established Fauchald’s Department Store which continued until it was sold to Abraham Bader in 1943.