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Monday, December 11, 2017

Flat Iron Building –

The Flat Iron Building was located on the northeast corner of Broadway and Central Avenue. It was called the Flat Iron Building because of its triangular shape – similar to that of an old flat iron. One of the businesses in the Flat Iron Building was the Spudnut Shop. The Spudnut Shop specialized in hamburgers and Spudnuts. A Spudnut was a doughnut made from special potato flour, apparently that one had to purchase from the Spudnut Company. Reportedly the doughnuts were the best when fresh.. Another business I remember in the Flat Iron Building back in the late 60’s was Carl’s Music Store. Not sure when it went out of business, but he handled musical instruments and supplies.musical instruments and supplies.


Friday, December 8, 2017

1965 - Illegal Sunday Shopping

Sunday Shopping before its time – Apparently the last Sunday of November, 1965, Tempo, located in the Arrowhead Shopping Center and White Drug, Downtown Minot opened their doors for business. Sunday opening was a thing of the future at this time. The States Attorney issued a warning to both stores and any others that Police and Sheriffs officers will be on duty in those stores. If they opened the following Sunday, all clerks would be arrested and charged with Sabbath Breaking. Store managers and the parent company could be charged. If violations continue the license to operate in North Dakota could be in jeopardy.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Past Business from the 70's

Past Business -- Maid For A Day – In 1972, two men, Arnie Merkel and Julius Jahr started a new business called Maid For a Day. The new company would provide cleaning af various types on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis. Maid For A Day would clean windows, walls, carpets and floors and even do minor household repair…. Schriok’s Lawn & Trail – located on the 2& 52 Bypass at 10th St. SW. (now the home of IHeartmedia) – John Deere dealer …… The Grog Shop -- $the Avenue & Valley Street (Burdick Expressway at the west end of the viaduct)—Bottle Shop……. Fireside Lounge – inside the Sandman Hotel ( at the West Bypass and 4th Ave.) ….. Pizza Plus (formerly Our Place) – at South Broadway and the Bypass – Pizza and sandwich shop …..


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Minot’s First City Hall --

 The first building to serve as City Hall for Minot was the home to the Police Dept in the basement, the Fire Dept. on the main floor and dormitory above, the jail, magistrate’s office and the City Manager office and staff also on the main floor. It was built in 1905 and was located mid block between Main St. and 1st St SW. (or next to the Alley behind the Montgomery Ward building – across the street from the 1st Avenue Building). In the early 1900’s, this was quite literally the center of Minot. DA Dinnie was awarded the bid for construction for the price of $11,171.00. The new building to be the best facility of its kind in the country for cities the size of Minot. However the Minot Aldermen were so disenchanted with the finished result they refused to occupy it as they claimed it had not been built to specifications. About 6 months later they resolved the conflict and moved in. 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Terhorst Manufacturing

Terhorst Manufacturing --  Started in 1928 by brothers Harvey and Willis Terhorst, and located at 615 4th Ave SE, (under the Burdick Expressway viaduct). Terhorst is in the business of making molds for all types of products. The original building was expanded in 1936, 1940, 1951 and again in 1967. During World War II, Terhorst made fuse adapters for bombs. The machines needed to make the adapters were designed by Terhorst as they did not exist to purchase them. In the 1960’s, Terhorst got into the plastic molding business. They still remain one of the lesser known long term businesses in Minot.

Terhorst - 1972

Monday, December 4, 2017

Minot Eagles Club --

  In April of 1972 the new Minot Eagles Club was dedicated and opened to members. The club was located at the intersection  of 2nd Avenue and 16th St. SW, across from Arrowhead Shopping Center. In less than a year, the Eagles membership had grown from 1800 to over 3200. The Minot Eagles Club was organized in 1942 and the new home was the fourth location. Prior to this opening the club was located at 110 1st Street SE, now the home of the Chicago Club. The new club was about 17,500 square feet and built at a cost of $483, 365.00….


Friday, December 1, 2017

December 1965 - Park & Shop

Downtown Minot 1965 – In December of 1965 Downtown Minot was “the heart of the area’s largest and most complete shopping district. Downtown Minot boasted 690 business firms in their trade area. Downtown Minot claimed they gave you Variety, Service and Price… all of that added up to more shopping pleasure. Their motto was “If It’s in Town,  It’s Downtown. The Downtown merchants also provided free parking to customers in the Downtown Parking lots with Park and Shop. When shopping you could have your parking voucher validated at participating merchants.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

4 Track or 8 Track

8-Track Tape Players – Many of us can remember the 8-track tape players back in the 60’s and 70’s. In 1972, Sears was featuring an 8-Track stereo tape player for your car for only $79.95. This also included two 4X8 speakers. The 8-Track was the cutting edge of technology before the cassette dominated the market and way before CD’s were even thought of. There was, for a time, a 4-Track player also. In the late 60’s I was in Tempo at the Arrowhead Shopping Center deciding between an 8-Track or a 4-Track for my Mustang. I went for the advanced technology and bought the 8-Track. I think I still have a case or two of 8-Tracks that survived the flood.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Garage

The Garage – A former automotive service center, The Garage strictly catered to youth ages 14 to 20. The garage was located ½ block north of what is now Central Campus. The building  was owned by two Minot businessmen. It was a great hangout for high school students. Many were smokers and The Garage did not discourage smoking as long as the cigarettes were not extinguished on the floor. Many students, however, complained that it was too smokey and thought it should not be allowed. On the weekends, The Garage featured dances with the band on a raised platform and psychedelic lighting.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Bridge Coffee House

The Bridge – in the summer of 1972, The Bridge, a coffeehouse, was located at 119 West Central Avenue. The coffeehouse was open on Friday and Saturday from 8 pm to 1 am. It was a non-profit entity that catered to young people in the 18 to 25 year old bracket. The Bridge rented their location from the Sons of Norway organization. Two firm policies of The Bridge were no drugs and no alcoholic beverages. In actuality the clientele ranged from young teenagers to an occasional Middle aged Sons of Norway member. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Piggly Wiggly in Minot

Piggly Wiggly – The first Piggly Wiggly Store opened in the mid 40’s at 213 South Main Street. In 1957, at a cost of $300,000, Piggly Wiggly opened a new store by the Fairgounds. Piggly Wiggly East was one of the largest grocery stores in the state at that time. In 1961 another store opened in the Oak Park Center. The store on Main Street closed in 1960 and shortly after a third store was opened in the Town & County Center. In 1982 the Oak Park store moved to the Arrowhead Shopping Center. At one time Piggly Wiggly employed over 250 people


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Entertainment in the 1970's

Dolly Parton – on Sunday, July 30, 1978 – KCJB welcomed everyone to the Dolly Parton concert at the Municipal Auditorium .. Dolly was on her way to Regina for the Buffalo Days Exhibition …. Kenny Rogers and Roy Clark – Headliners at the 1978 State Fair  -- Grand Ole Opry – August 17, 1967 – Headliners were Ferlin Husky, Hank Snow and Waylon Jennings …. Tickets - $2.50 in advance -- $3.00 at the door……


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Great Northern Bank to 1st National Bank

1st National Bank -- 1st National Bank was originally known as the Great Northern Bank when it was established in 1897. The building was constructed of brick made in a brickyard just west of Minot. This building stood until it was demolished in 1929 to make room for the new building. The bank was name the Great Northern Bank in honor of Jim Hill who was a close friend of Joseph Roach, one of the founders of the bank. Later the name was changed to the 2nd national Bank and eventually to the 1st national Bank. In 1887 the Bank of Minot was formed and eventually became the 1st National Bank. In the early 1900’s there were two banks chartered under the name of the 1st National Bank. Both of these failed, hence the name 2nd National Bank for a period of time. No affiliation with the failed banks was wanted. In the early days, trees were planted in the boulevard to the south of the bank. They grew to be quite tall before they were cut down due to the paving of the streets.

Great Northern Bank 1895

Monday, November 20, 2017

Past Events 1960's

1967 – North Dakota State Championship Rodeo (eventually became the Y’s Men’s Rodeo – held indoors at the Minot City Auditorium –the rodeo performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday highlighted Western Week in the Magic City…… Holiday Shower of Stars – December 29, 1964 – Stars included Chad & Jeremy (just back from England) – Bobby Goldsboro – Ronnie Cochrane – Tickets - $2.50 at the door -- $2.00 in advance … At the Municipal Auditorium …… Gene Pitney Show & Dance – January 15, 1965 at the Minot Civic Auditorium -- 


Friday, November 17, 2017

More Business from the Past

Ben’s Appliance & Trading Post – 809 3rd St NE – South & west of what is now B&D Market  (site is now a Parking Lot) in 1967 he was the dealer for RCA TV’s and stereos. Owner – Ben Mutzenberger  ….. Metzger’s Electronic Sales – 1615 South Broadway (now Paradise Spa’s) Maury Metzger – the owner – Pete Van Lith – repairman (for all makes of hoe electronics) – Zenith TV and Stereo dealer ….. Gordon’s Holiday Spot Motel – at the intersection of 19th Avenue and South Broadway ( east of Marketplace Foods) --- Sterling Motel – on the corner of South Broadway and 20th Avenue (now Marketplace Foods)

Sterling Motel

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Restaurants – 1960’s ---

 Copper Pot Restaurant – located inside Gordon’s Holiday Spot Motel on South Broadway (now the home of the Hibachi Grill) ….. Sweden House Smorgasbord – on South Broadway – Sunday menu in 1967 featured roast turkey, bar-b-q ribs, roast beef and Swedish meatballs .. this later the home of Market place Foods Dollar Store and is now a store selling spas and other products….. Riverside Supper Club & Lounge – south of the fairgrounds – where the Holiday Inn is located …. Capri Café --  Across from the State Fair Grounds – next to the Capri Lounge … Ramada Inn Restaurant – on north hill inside the Ramada Inn – Now the Grand International Inn …. Embers Restaurant – on the top floor of the Minot Federal Savings & Loan Building (Midwest Federal) – American and Chinese food – daily luncheon special only 89 cents …..


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bars in the 1960's

Nightclubs – 1960’s – Capri Lounge – Across (south) of the State Fair Grounds – Blue Moon Nite Club – East Burdick Expressway – now Ron Lohman Motors ….. Candlelight Lounge – inside the Ramada Inn on north hill – (every Monday and Thursday was ladies night from 5 pm to closing – drinks for ladies – 2 for the price of 1 ….. 13 Club – located at 13 First St. SW – Features dancing girls and a piano bar (at times Gordy Lindquist was the entertainment)…..


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Town & Country Shopping Center

 – September 1967 --  Billed as North Dakota’s largest Shopping Center in 1967, Town & Country was holding an Appreciation Days event. The claimed to have had more than 5 million people pass through their doors since opening. – Town & Country, with all 17 of its stores employed over 400 people, had parking for 1100 cars and was completely air conditioned….. Some of the merchants at the time were: Sears, Cal’s Beauty Salon, Fanny Farmer Candy, Holland House Cafeteria, JJ Newberry’s, Kinney Shoes, Steenstrup’s Jewelry, Walter’s Women’s Wear, KG Men’s Store and Piggly Wiggly Food Store. 


Monday, November 13, 2017

More Past Business

Westland Oil Co…. after completing their new addition to their office at 504 East Central Avenue – they were holding an open house in mid January of 1965 – Westland Tire & Automotive Supply Store – 425 4th Ave Sw (Burdick Expressway) – this facility was new and replace the older facility in Downtwn Minot ….. H&H Variety – 109 South Main St ….. J J Newberry’s – In the Town & Country Shopping Center – mid January of 1965 they were holding a Winter Record Clearance – Albums as low as 77 cents and 45’s as low as 19 cents --- many big names of the time like Paul Anka, Sammy Davis, Dusty Springfield, Chubby Checker, Rickie Nelson, Hank Snow, Patsy Cline, the 4 Seasons and more …… 


Friday, November 10, 2017

Business from the 1960's - 70's

Harold’s – The ribbon cutting for Harold’s was held in early September, 1967. Harold’s was a new shop for women in Downtown Minot – 112 South Main St. Previously the Harold’s locations was occupied by Stevenson’s and was extensively remodeled prior to opening. …… Vince Lee’s Bottle Shop – 32 Third St NE (just north of the Firestone Store) --- Vince Lee suggested a gift from his bottle shop – as he was quoted in his ad – “For what it is worth, the suggestion is mine – Nobody returns their liquor or wine” ….. Poor Rog’s Surplus – in the mid 1960’s he was located the foot of North Hill in Highway 83 North ….. (I seem to remember him being located at the intersection of Broadway & Central Avenue in the later 1960’s) …..

Vince Lee Bottle Shop

Thursday, November 9, 2017

North Broadway Shopping Center

Huge Shopping center – 1967 – on September 16, 1967 plans were disclosed about a new shopping center that was a “certainty” to be developed at the base on north hill on Broadway I  Minot – Crestview Development claimed the Center was “an absolute certainty. It’s just the details. There’s no way in the world it can be stopped”. The Center was to be the largest between Minneapolis and Portland and was to include two major department stores, a major drug store, 750 seat theater, and a 50 X 300 foot convention center. For whatever reason it was never built. The location is now the home to the Hampton Inn Hotel on North Broadway. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Robo Wash

Robo Wash held their Grand Opening on Friday and Saturday, September 8th & 9th, 1967. They were open Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 10 pm. Located at 219 North Broadway, they were at the bottom of the Broadway Overpass on the West side. I think Robo Wash was the first “stay in your car – Drive through” car wash in Minot. The price – 50 cents for a 2 minute car wash which washed your vehicle on top and underneath in 4 cycles with a final rinse of ionized water for quick drying.  


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

More Business in the 60's

Business – 1960’s – Auran Chevrolet – South Broadway – now Ryan Chevrolet ….. Osco Drug – in the 60’s Osco Drug was on main Street in Downtown Minot  -- Osco Moved to Dakota Square and the Osco Drug location became B&B Drug ….. Wholesale Food Center – Across from the Post Office – formerly National Grocery – now Zimmerman’s Furniture ….. R&L Maytag Home Appliance Center – located in the Oak Park Shopping Center – Grand opening was in August of 1967 …..


Monday, November 6, 2017

Business in the 60's

1960’s –– Downtown White Drug Cafeteria --  In the late 1960’s White Drug had a supper menu from 4:30 to 7:30 pm --- All dinners included Mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll & butter --- all dinners were under $1.00 except for the Swiss steak meal on Monday’s – it was $1.16…… Arrowhead Shopping Center – Operation Bounce – 500 ping pong balls released in the parking lot at 10 am and 2 pm, all numbered – customers had to match the numbers for prizes at participating merchants ……. Minot Federal Savings & Loan Assoc. – in 1959 they were on the corner of Central Avenue and 1st St NW 




Friday, November 3, 2017

More Past Business

Collins – Russell Mortuary – just off East Burdick Expressway – across from the Fairgrounds ….. Anderson Ace Hardware – 11 1st St SW – Across from the Federal Building ….. Smith & Lee Co. – 14 East Central Avenue – appliance and TV sales ….. 4 East Central Avenue – appliance and TV sales ….. Park ‘N Shop – in the 1960’s and 70’s, the parking lots in Downtown Minot participated in Park N Shop --- your ticket from the parking lot was validated by participating merchants and your parking fee was reduced and possibly free….. 


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Business from the 60's - 70's

Northeast Super Food – at the intersection of 3rd St NE and 6th Ave NE (now the home of B&D Market) ….. Discount King Grocery Store – Apparently they claimed to sell everything for less – Meats included – located at the intersection of 4th Avenue and 2nd St (Broadway and Burdick) in the old National Grocery store (Zimmerman’s) …… PW Miller Co. – a clothing/surplus store -  in 1960 they were located in the Grand Hotel Building on Central Avenue.—after the Grand Hotel and all related businesses burned they moved to 1st Avenue SE – next to the Parker Hotel (now the Olson Law offices …..




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Business in the 1960's

1960’s Business – Newberry’s Department Store --  Located in the center area of  Town & Country Center – the Cafeteria for Newberry’s is now Marco’s Restaurant ….. Metzger’s electronic Sales --  in 1964 Metzger’s was located at 119 West Central Avenue – They would later move to South Broadway (next to Northern Bottling – now Paradise Spa’s) ….. Eatmore Sausage & Packing Co. – Whole sale and retail meat shop on the east edge of Minot (about where the Holiday Inn is located now.) ….. FW Woolworth Co .. On the Corner of Main St and Central Avenue – only escalator in Minot for years and it only went up ……


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

An Appropriate Story for Halloween

Monster Season – 1964 – an article in the Minot Daily on September 25, 1964 was about monsters on TV. It was referring to the two spoof horror shows, The Munsters and the Adams Family. The Munsters, as you may recall, was a show about a rather ghoulish family with a seemingly normal girl, their neice. Herman was a replica of Frankenstein, his wife Lilly was a witch, the grandfather was a portly rendition of a Vampire, and Eddy was a werewolf…. The article implied that the niece must have been abnormal as she did not see anything strange about her relatives ….. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Past Auto Dealers

Auto Dealers in 1927 -- Blaisdell Motors – Chrysler Dealer – 4th Ave and Main St. (now Main Medical) … Hanson Motor Co. – Central Avenue and 2nd St SE – Falcon-Knight auto dealer …. Whitmore Motor Co – Erskine and Studebaker Dealer … Nash-Westra Auto co – Franchise dealer for Nash Automobiles … Eck-Johnson Motor Co – Willys-Knight and Whippet dealer in Minot … 

Blaisdell Motors

Friday, October 27, 2017

Entertainment Spots in the 70's

Nightclubs and Bars – 1970’s – Torchlight –downtown Minot on 1st St SW - (now the Chicago Club) this building was the Minot Eagles Club prior to becoming the Torchlight…. Stockman’s Bar – East Burdick Expressway  -- Now Ron Lowman Motors ….. 52 Club – west of Minot about 4 mile on Highway 52 (between Minot and Speedway Hill) – Jam sessions on Saturdays at 3 pm ….. Fireside Lounge – corner of West Burdick Expressway and the 2 & 52 Bypass, inside the Sandman Motel …. Covered Wagon -- on Main Street in Downtown Minot

Covered Wagon Bar

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Past Minot Business

Red River TV & Appliance – 2121 North Broadway – featured Motorola products ….. Star Banner Service – 1205 North Broadway – Just north of the Dairy Queen on North Broadway …. Kruse’s Truck Plaza & Restaurant – Highway 2 & 52 Bypass East – (now Schatz Truck Stop) ….. Shark’s Men’s Store – Downtown Minot on the corner of Main St and 1st Avenue ….. North Hill Food – 2031 North Broadway – Smaller full line grocery store …. Barlow’s Miracle Mart – located in the Kmart Plaza – ( the east side of the existing Kmart store was Barlow’s Miracle Mart) ….


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Past Business in Minot

Rued Insurance – July, 1978 Rued Insurance was celebrating their 25th anniversary…. Free coffee and donuts all day and register to win a FREE 200 mile airplane ride for five….. Fisher’s South …. In 1978 Fisher Motors South was the dealer for Mercedes Benz, Subaru, and Itasca Motorhomes ……. Gold Bond Gift Center – 11 South Main St – many grocery stores gave out Gold Bond Stamps with your purchase. They could be redeemed for gifts at this store …..  Cox’s Retail Bakery – 9 North main St. – 10 loaves of bread for $2.89 (not sliced – Sliced bread was 4 cents more per loaf) – If you had a red star on your receipt your order was free……

Fisher Motors 20th Ave SW

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

More Business from the 70's

Northern School & Office Supply --- in 1976 they were located in the Emporium – 22 South main (Montgomery Wards Building) – featured all types of office furniture – desks, chairs etc. ….. Sofa & Sleep Shop, Inc – 1906 South Broadway – Grand opening was held in October, 1976  -- mattress and bedroom store – (now Computech) ….. Northwest Fabrics – 1905 2nd St SE – Just east of Kmart – Full line fabrics, sewing supplies and crafts ….. Kmart Automotive Center – Auto Accessories and service shop – located in each Kmart – 20th Ave SE and 1915 North Broadway (now the home of MLT) ….

Monday, October 23, 2017

Food Establishments in the 1970's

Kentucky Fried Chicken – in 1972 one of the specials was a 50 piece tub of shrimp with fries for $4.99 or a 15 piece bucket of chicken with buns and 3 side dishes for $5.99 …. Little Dutch Mill – Highway 2 East (at 27th Street) … 1972 special was a chicken dinner with salad , fries and roll for 88 cents or a 9 piece chicken take out box for $1.78 --- The Cookie Chipper and Coffee Bar – in the Oak Park Shopping Center – coffee – 5 cents a cup – cookies 2 for $1.00 ….. Famous Recipe Fried Chicken --  1201 South Broadway – now he home of Dacotah Bank on South Broadway ……


Friday, October 20, 2017

Restaurants in the 60's and 70's

McDowell’s Emporium Restaurant – Located in the Emporium – 22 South Main St. …. (inside the former Montgomery Ward building) … The Fortune Cookie – Chinese restaurant – 615 S. Broadway – In the lower level of Metropolitan Federal –(Across the street from McDonalds) …. Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor – 816 20th Ave SW ….. Sons of Dee Dee Café – 14 North main – Smorgasbord 7 days a week ….. King Leo’s Drive-in – South Broadway in 1972 – featured 20 cent fish sandwich special ….. Sandy’s Pancake & steak House – Burdick Expressway West in the Sandman Motel 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

8 Track Tapes - Cassettes

Records – In the early 70’s a person could purchase 4 track and 8 track tapes and cassette tapes were just beginning to make their appearance, (cassettes were going to revolutionize the music industry)….. but the main source of music was still albums. At Christmas time in 1972, JC Penny was running specials on top “hit” albums for only $3.57. Artists like Mac Davis, John Denver, Cher and The Partridge Family….. Christmas albums were only $1.99 …. (Perry Como, Al Hirt, Elvis and more). To play those albums one could purchase stereo systems as low as $28.00 for a portable record player to $170.00 to a console stereo complete with an AM/FM radio….

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

1979 Gas Prices –

Apparently the price of gasoline went to $1.00 sometime around June of 1979. One of the major car dealers in Minot at the time, Fisher Motors, ran an ad to “Relieve Your Gas Pains”. He was quoted as saying $1.00 gas is not the end of the road. He claimed the luxury cars that his dealership sold all made 18 miles to the gallon or higher. Fisher Motors also held a mileage seminar every hour on the hour in mid June to show customers how to get the maximum mileage possible. On a side note, I had a 1976 Chrysler New Yorker with a big block motor and I would get over 20 miles per gallon on the highway.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Restaurants in 1927

Restaurants in 1927 --  Club Café --  on West Central Avenue … The Eat Shop – West Central Ave – close to Broadway …. U S Café – Main Street … Grand Café – in the Grand Hotel – Central Ave & 1st St SW – (just west of Brady Martz in the parking lot) … Temple Court – featured BBQ sandwiches cooked on the new Barbecue machine … 


Monday, October 16, 2017

Society News 1927 –

Society News 1927 – the newspaper also had a daily column titled “Society News”. It was the place to find out what was happening in the area. Items in the Society column included parties given by some of the more prominent citizens in Minot,….. Meeting notices and what happened at the meetings of various clubs in existence at the time, (both men’s and women’s clubs) …… Dances to be held in the area ….. rummage sales …… Church activities ….. and even a bit of gossip from time to time…..

Friday, October 13, 2017

Entertainment Venues in 1927

Entertainment in 1927 -- Theaters -  Orpheum - on the west side of North Main St. ….. Strand – On Main Street and the State Theater – in 1927 the State Theater featured and organ and an orchestra pit (played during the silent movies) ……. Other Entertainment – Parkers Auditorium – At one time run by the Sons of Norway (located above the Parker Garage – across from the Blue Rider Bar) ….. MHS Auditorium – The High School auditorium also held and hosted plays and other theatrical events….



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Minot Furniture Company –

 In the 1920’s Minot Furniture was located at 225 – 227 South Main St. Their telephone number was 7, meaning they were one of the first to get a telephone in Minot. They carried a full line of furniture and some appliances. Specials in the paper for the fall Harvest Sales Event: Mattresses starting at $7.80 each….. 8 piece dining suites – $11.90 …. Floor and Table lamps with shade as low as $1.98…… Kitchen table with a silverware drawer for $3.89 ….. Wall mirrors starting at 39 cents.

Main St 1924

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dollar Days 1927 –

Apparently the concept of Dollar Day Sales in Minot was around 85 years ago. In the November 7,  1927 news paper many business were featuring Dollar Days Sales but the items were a bit different than one finds now….. everything in the newspaper ads was exactly $1.00….. Goldberg’s Furniture had large reversible rugs … Squtts Clothing – Mens dress shirts with collar …. Mens silk and wool sox ….. Watson’s Sanitary Grocery – 13 pounds sugar… canned vegetables 8 cans ….. Brooms ….. 5 pounds peanuts ….. Fauchalds Department Store – 5 Bath towels … Minot Outlet Store – men’s overalls (jeans) …Minot Furniture Co – bed pillows …

 Main Street Minot 1925

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More Business – 1927 --

The Furniture Exchange --  located one block east of the Leland Hotel – O T Tollefson, proprietor (may have been the early days of  Tollefson’s Furniture) …EH Myren Cleaners – 36 East Central Avenue – Johnson’s popular Priced Stores --  one of seven stores was in Minot – They claimed to buy for cash in the New York markets therby offering lower prices in their stores…. Outlet Store --  120 West Central Avenue – Now a vacant lot where the Flat Iron Building was – sold men’s and some ladies clothes at reduced prices …

 Main St - 1928

Monday, October 9, 2017

Business in 1927

 W E Borene Co. – Mens clothing store – featured Hart Schaffner and Marx Clothes … Union National Bank – Corner of Main St and Central Ave. – on second floor – Opera house on top floor – (Now the Taube Museum) … The French Hat Shop – located on Main St… sold all types of hats for women … Fauchald’s Dept. Store – located on Main Street Next to FW Woolworth (at one time on the corner of Central and Main – known as the New York Store before Woolworth’s bought the building) … J C Penny Co. – in 1927 they were located at 116-118 South Main St.  …


Friday, October 6, 2017

Business in 1927

  New York Hardware & Furniture Co – 18 – 22 North Main –telephone number 9 … … Glazer’s Cloak Shop –women’s coats of all types, leather and fur also dresses and fashion accessories … Piper-Howe Lumber Company – on 1st Ave. NE – just north of Central Avenue – (about where the Railroad Museum is now) … Ellison’s – The Fair Dept. Store – Main Street and 2nd Avenue – Downtown Minot …. Minot Electric Shop – 32 First St SE – sold Kolster and other brands of radios


Thursday, October 5, 2017

More Grocery Stores - 1927…

 Eastwood Park Grocery – on the corner of East central Ave and 6th St SE (Next to the Hump back bridge that is now closed) … Shirley’s Grocery – Downtown Minot – Oak Park Meat Market --  422 2nd Ave NW … Fairway Grocery –4th Ave and 9th St SE – At entrance to Eastwood Park … City Market --  not sure where they were located – phone number 64 …



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Grocery Stores in 1927 --

  Oppens Market – in 1927 located at 3rd St and Central Avenue ( Val’s Cyclery) …. Watson’s Sanitary Grocery – 39 1st Ave SW (Downtown in the area of US Bank …. Fairway Grocery & Meat – 823 4th Ave SE – They delivered in Minot … Chain meat & Grocery – On North Broadway (about where the Barley Pop is now) … Red Owl Store – not sure where they were located in 1927 …

Shirley Grocery - Red & White

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

More Auto Dealers 1927

Auto Dealers – 1927 -- Fisher – Sandlie Motor Company – They acquired the Pence Auto co. – Buick dealer …Crowell Motor Company – Authorized dealer for Paige automobiles … Parker Motor Co .—115 -119 1st Ave SE – Dodge dealer (across from the Blue Rider) – Had a large auditorium on the top floor of the building which house Skateland and burned in 1962) … Minot Reo Co. – 21 1st St SE – Dealer for The REO Flying Cloud and Wolverine autos … 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Auto Dealers in 1927 --

 Kluver Motor Co. – 16 Third St NE – ( across from the Ice Box Bar on south side of the 3rd St overpass) in 1927 they were the Pontiac and Oakland dealer – later would become the Studebaker and also a Plymouth dealer … Westlie Motor Co – at Central Avenue and 2nd St NW (Broadway) – Ford and Lincoln dealer … Interstate Motor Co. – Dealer for Hudson and Essex automobiles … Frosaker Motor Co. – 2nd St and 1st Ave SW – now the home of  the Wells Fargo Drive-in bank …


Westlie Motors on Central Ave.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stearns Beverage Business --


Beer & Wine Wholesale Business  -- Bill Langer, former Governor of North Dakota,  was instrumental in helping Lou Stearns in getting his license to start his wholesale business, Minot Beverage Company. According to one of his past office managers, part of the deal was that Langor received a payment of 5 cents for every bottle of beer or wine distributed. However the checks were always sent to a judge in New York rather than to Bill Langer. One would suppose that the money eventually reached him.


The Soft Drink Business – The soft drink business started in the Stearns Motors building as part of Minot Beverage Company. My understanding is that at one time there was a bottling operation in the basement of Stearns Motors. This was eventually moved to South Broadway and became Northern Bottling Company, which is still in business today


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Stearn’s Auto Storage and Parking Business –

 One of the main parts of the operations at Stearns Motors was the parking and automobile storage. Stearns Motors was at the north end of Minot’ infamous High Third Street. This area of Minot was known for its after hour bars, houses of prostitution gambling rooms and at one time opium dens. Many of the prostitutes would rotate in and out of Minot about every two to four weeks. Some arrived by train, some by bus and some by automobile. Many of those arriving by car were brought to Minot in large, fancy vehicles owned by their pimps. While the car was in town it was probably stored inside at Stearns Motors


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Stearn's Apartments

Stearn’s  Apartment Rental Business – There were three apartments on the top floor of Stearns Motors. Lou Stearns lived in the largest one with his girlfriend Florence Brown. Lou and Florence had a turbulent relationship. At one time they were going to be married in Minneapolis, but by the time they arrived on the train, they had a terrible disagreement and fight. Both returned to Minot, but on separate trains. There is a story that whenever Florence would go Minneapolis, Lou would load a car on a flatbed rail car and send it to her destination so she would have something to drive.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lou Stearns

Stearns Motors -- Lou Stearns was the owner of Stearn’s Motors. In its day Stearn’s Motors was a automobile repair shop and also a garage to park and store automobiles. There were actually five businesses in Strearn’s Motors. The Auto Repair, the Auto Storage Business, a soft drink bottling and wholesale business, a beer and wine wholesale business and apartment rentals. Lou Stearns was reported to have been a generous man. If someone he knew came to him and was down on their luck he would give them a five dollar bill. In those days that was a decent sum of money.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Volunteers of America –

The Great Depression of the 1930's stretched the nation's private social welfare system almost to the breaking point. Volunteers of America mobilized to assist the millions of people who were unemployed, hungry and homeless. Relief efforts included employment bureaus, wood yards, soup kitchens and "Penny Pantries" where every food item cost one cent.  The Volunteers of America in 1932 were serving several hundred meals a week to school children at their food station on Second Avenue Southeast. Children sent to the food station are selected from various schools in Minot, according to Capt Richard Das.  Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth. They envisioned a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people. On behalf of the organization, the Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” In turn-of-the-century America, there was no shortage of work to do. The Volunteers moved into tenement districts to care for people in poverty. They organized day nurseries and summer camps, provided housing for single men and women, and established the nation's first system of halfway houses for released prisoners.   




Friday, September 22, 2017

Walter's Women's Wear

The first Walter’s Women’s Wear opened in July of 1955 at 115 South Main Street. The store was formerly known as Zollie Vida’s. Walter’s was owned by Mr & Mrs Walter Feldman. In 1961 they leased the Bon Bon Store across the street at 114 South Main and opened as Walter’s Bon Bon. Additional departments were added including a Children’s Dept, Lingerie  and shoe department. In April of 1964, Walter’s expanded to a second location in the Town & Country Shopping Center. In March of 1974, Walter’s added The Attic to the downtown store. The Attic featured styles for young, juniors and teens.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Flood Threat 1976

Sears Gas Prices – in 1976 when Minot was threatened by a flooding Mouse River, Sears was located in the Town & Country Shopping Center. Sears also had an automotive center and gas station where Gate City Savings & Loan is now located. In a newspaper ad on April 20, 1976 Sears stated: Our gas prices will stay the same during the flood emergency. We will not take advantage of people who must travel extra miles during this emergency. Sears help their gas prices at 52.9 cents per gallon during the flood crisis. Also During the 1976 flood crisis, South Hill Red Owl extended its store hours to midnight to help people with their grocery shopping needs.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

January 1892 Picnic on North Main

1892 Picnic -- On a mild day in January of 1892, almost the entire population of Minot enjoyed an outdoor picnic without having to bundle up in warm clothing. The scene is near the Great Northern Railroad Bridge across the Mouse River. At the time of the picture, the picnic grounds were outside the City Limits of Minot. This site is very close to where the Minot Flour Mill would be built. In the picture are C. A. Johnson, principal of the school and some of his students. One of those students was Joseph Rowan who went on to become and undertaker and owner of Rowan’s Funeral Home on Main Street. The Funeral Home was an establishment involved in the illegal booze running during the prohibition days.