Total Pageviews

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Minot's Potato Chip Producer


Potato Chips – In 1933, a Minot native who lived in the northwest part of town figured out how to beat the depression. T.J. McIlhargey worked for the Great Northern Railroad for eighteen years. Since he was unemployed, he and his wife started making potato chips in the basement of their home. He sold the potato chips under the “Green Hill” label to over 40 retail establishments in Minot. In time he not only sold the potato chips, but he expanded into selling donuts also. They would process 2 to 3 bushels of potatoes a day, yielding up to 13 pounds of chips. The plan was to expand into other area communities with the chip and donut business

Main st - 1930's

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bath House and Barber Shop


Opera House Barber Shop – Edward Henjum, a barber in Minot, owned the Leland Barbershop. During its busy days, the Leland Barbershop employed as many as five barbers and grossed over $15,000 annually. This was big money back in the 1920’s. Before starting out on his own, Edward Henjum worked at the Opera. The Opera was a barbershop located in the basement of the Jacobson Opera House. The Opera was a big barbershop. It boasted nine barber chairs. A Turkish bath parlor was run in conjunction with the barber shop. Besides the nine barbers, The Opera employed a cashier and two porters





Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Early Stoplights - Did Drivers Run the Red Light Back Then??


Stop-Go Light – A suspended stop and go signal was ordered for the City of Minot in August of 1939.  Some years before a post type signal was tried in Minot. It was located at the intersection of Main Street and Central Avenue. The use of this signal was discontinued as most drivers ignored it and a number of drivers ran into it. The installation of the signal light was an experiment at the intersection of 2nd Street and 4th Avenue Northwest, (now known as Broadway and 4th Avenue), at the north end of the overpass. The signal weighed about 115 pounds and was equipped with red, yellow and green lights. It was timed with 30 second intervals on the north-south lanes and 20 second intervals on the east-west lanes. The signal went into operation on September 16, 1939. Motorists were given time to get used to the signal. Violators were not arrested on the first day. The signal was in operation 7 days a week, (yes, Sundays included), from 7 am to 1 am. The experiment proved to be successful as signals were also ordered for: Central Avenue and Second Street West, Central Avenue and Main Street, Central Avenue and Third Street East, Main Street and First Avenue and Main Street and Fourth Avenue, (Burdick Expressway.) By the end of 1939, these additional signals were installed and operating.


Main St. Looking South From Soo Line Depot

Monday, July 16, 2018

1945 Business in Minot


Businesses in 1945 --  Squtts Clothing – Men’s Clothing Store His motto was :Buy your suits from Squtts….. J&E Supply – 20 West Central Avenue …. Industrial and farm supplies – power plants ….. Beacon Electric – 1541 2nd St SW – also sold small portable grain conveyor belts …. Greenberg’s Men’s and Boy’s Clothing store on Main Street …. John’s Texaco Service – 920 4th Avenue SE …… Waterman Implement Co. – tractors, combines and farm implements ….. George E Valker Flowers & Gifts – 218 South Main St . ….. Russell Miller Milling Company …… Black Drug Co. ….. Western Auto Parts

 Russell Miller Co
Squtt's Clothing Interior

Friday, July 13, 2018

What Happened in the 1940's


Headlines from the 40’s –
1940 – Sawyer ran a a band of Gypsies out of town ---
1940  - Unemployment checks averaged $9.68
1943 – The Waverly Hotel burned down ---
1943 -  North Dakota Speed limit lowered to 35 mph
1945 – Construction began on the Empire Theater
1945 -  Thomas Funeral Home moved to its Present location
1946 – Minot City Council approved parking meters ---
1946 -  Propane gas came to Minot
1947 – More than 1400 rats killed at Minot Dump in one day --- 
1947 -  Westland Oil Fire
1948 – New Clarence Parker Hotel opened
1949 – Parking meters abolished in Minot



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Bars you may Remember


Night Clubs in the 70’s -- The Blue Moon Nite Club – on East Burdick Expressway – now the home of Ron Lohman Motors – Featured Dancers and entertainment ….. Club 52 – on Highway 2 & 52 – West of Minot about 2-3 miles (just past the Oil Tanks west of town) ….. Covered Wagon – Downtown Minot on Main Street – Featured jam sessions every Saturday night……. Riverside Lodge – Highway 2 East (where the Holiday Inn is now) ….. CP Lounge – inside the Parker Motor Hotel … The Dutch Mill - Later this bar was known as Fridays and today it is the Rockin' Horse

Dutch Mill

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Big Bear Surplus and Others


Past Businesses – 1970’s – Alhood Motors – Highway 83 South – At one time they were the Mercedes Benz Dealer in Minot….. Red River TV & Appliance – 2121 North Broadway – across from the International Airport ….. Ben Franklin Store – located in the Arrowhead Shopping Center …. Payless Family Shoe Stores -  at one time located at 1601 South Broadway …..  Big Bear Surplus – Originally located at 14 North Main Street – Carried some clothing, sporting goods and hunting supplies …..