Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Fast –O-Trade – Dan Hornbacher, better known as Trader Dan opened his first sporting goods store in a small location at 525 East Central Avenue in August of 1945. Changing the name to Fast-O-Trade, in 1949 moved to
16 North Main Street..
In 1961 Trader Dan built a new building on Highway 83 South. The new location
provide a lot of outside room for boats, trailers and motorcycles. They akso
carried a full line of sporting goods inside. Trader Dan stocked western
clothing for hunters, archery equipment and all types of fishing tackle, along
with firearms and ammunition. I have been informed that at one time Trader Dan
would appear on late night TV selling his wares over the airwaves. I have been
informed that for a while Dan Hornbacher went into the construction business
with his son. Apparently they built a house which exploded due to a gas leak
when lighting the furnace. Dan’s son was killed in the explosion. Dan and his
wife lived in a house, behind his business, located at County Road 14 and
Highway 83 South.
Monday, May 23, 2016
First National Bank –First National Bank has had a varied name history, beginning with Great Northern Bank in 1897, then long known as the Second National Bank (avoiding any connection with two previous First National Banks, which had failed amid considerable publicity and bad feelings), then finally as the First National Bank. The bank remained on the northwest corner of
Main Street and Central
Avenue for many years. A new building was built on South Main. The new bank and parking lot now take up
half the city block. The name changed to Norwest Bank and finally to Wells
1926 - First National Bank
Friday, May 20, 2016
FW Woolworth – Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first store in1879 in Watertown, NY. He began with $410 worth of items and nothing sold for more than 5 cents. Woolworth’s opened in Minot in 1912 after buying out the New York Store. The Second floor was added in 1953. Included in the remodel was the motor stairs or escalator, the first in a retail store in North Dakota. Other improvements were fluorescent lighting on both floors, new dust proof candy counters, 40 stool lunch counter, pet department complete with goldfish, parakeets and canaries and air conditioning. The lunch counter was on the south side of the store next to the escalator. As a young lad when my grandfather would take us to Woolworths for a dish of ice cream, my brothers and I were more interested in riding the escalator up and down than we were in our ice cream. Woolworths closed in 1982.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
New York Store – In many pictures of Minot’s Main Street one sees The New York Store. The original store was on North Main, about where 10 North Main is now. Then the store moved to 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.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Minot Optic was founded by a colorful, outspoken and politically active Marshall McClure. McClure sold the newspaper to H. A. Zimmerman, someone who was in constant political hot water, according to past history. The paper passed through various crises until it was purchased by W. M. Smart and published by him until May 1, 1914. Smart is well known in
Minot for his real estate, and hotel businesses, and
a long career in the House of Representatives. On May 1, 1914, C. A. Johnson and Smart consolidated their
papers, The Ward County Reporter and the Minot Optic, as the Minot Optic-Reporter, and on
November 25, 1916, they changed the name to The Minot Daily News. In 1920,
Norman B. Black, H. D. Paulson, and Hal S. Davies, all of The Fargo Forum,
purchased the News. Davies was then general manager of the Forum and became the
new publisher of the News. It was the beginning of a long relationship between
Davies and the city. The News paper was originally located in the Flat Iron
Building on Central Avenue, then in the form Legion Club building on Broadway
before moving to its present location in 1952.
Optic Press room
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Ward County Reporter had begun as the Burlington Reporter but moved to
Minot with a new name but the same owner, J. L.
Colton, who then sold it to C. A. Johnson. Johnson himself sold the paper in
1897. George W. Wilson owned the
newspaper from 1897 to 1906 and sold it to Sam H. Clark who owned it from 1906
to 1912. Both of these men were politically active, Clark being elected a Minot mayor; outspoken, and intensely interested in
local affairs. C. A. Johnson re-purchased the Ward County Reporter in 1912 and
owned it until 1916.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Ellison’s planned a three story department store with another two floors of office space on top. The first three floors were built but not floor 4 and 5 as George Vaulker started building his office building on the northwest corner of 1st Street and 1st Avenue Southeast. Thinking there would be a surplus of office space, the Ellison Building remained at only three floors. The restaurant in the Ellison Building was 0n the second floor. The Vaulker office building was never completed. The bottom two floors were all that was finished. The top floors were open with just the supports showing. The building was referred to as “The Sparrow Hotel” for many years as the birds were the only tenants. Twenty years later Clarence Parker bought the unfinished building and converted it to the Clarence Parker Hotel. In 1953 President Eisenhower stayed in Minot while visiting the Garrison Dam. While in town, he rented a suite rooms at the Clarence Parker Hotel.
Clarence Parker - 1929
Clarence Parker - 1940's