Update 6/15/2010 - Still no correct answer.
Here is my first contest for blog readers: Tell me what is the name of the restaurant pictured in this great photo above and where was it located? Submit your answer by email before July 30. A winner will be chosen from all correct answers. Prize: One year membership to the Edina Historical Society and a free book, From Settlement to Suburb: The History of Edina, Minnesota by Paul D. Hesterman.
(Yes, I do know the answer but I'm not telling until after the contest is over.)
UPDATE: And the winner is.... Becky Rose, who correctly entered Hawkins Confectionary, located at the northwest corner of 44th and France.
Many of you guessed Clancy's (or the Shadow Box) which did have stools and a lunch counter. This photo, along with others, was donated several years ago by Dick Hawkins of Morningside.
Thanks to all of you for playing. Watch for other contests on this blog.... stay tuned.
Deborah Morse Kahn, author of Edina: Chapters in the City History, has just published another book, The Historic St. Croix Valley: A Guided Tour, which will be released by Minnesota Historical Society Press in August 2010.
Whether you enjoy skiing, antiquing, camping, or simply taking in the fall colors, the St. Croix Valley is a popular and affordable day trip or vacation destination for thousands of visitors every year. The quaint towns that dot the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of this scenic 130-mile stretch of river offer many modern-day attractions but also are a window into this region’s storied past.
The book covers:
• Ojibwe and Dakota Indian sites
• logging, railroad, milling, and shipping history
• state and regional parks, forests, and wildlife areas
• dozens of National Register historic properties and districts
• storied bridges and the remnants of a military road
Detailed maps and practical visitor information help vacationers find their favorite destinations with ease, and insightful tips on restaurants, lodging, and things to do make this the perfect companion for your scenic drive along the St. Croix River.
Deborah Morse-Kahn works as a specialist in historic preservation and cultural resource management and is also the author of Lake Superior’s Historic North Shore: A Guided Tour and a book about the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, among several others.
Edina royals: Haenny and Cullen
Minneapolis might host the annual summer Aquatennial, but Edina residents have certainly been heavily involved in the 10-day festival throughout the years. Most notably, Edina's Barbara Peterson was crowned Queen of the Lakes before going on to win the Miss USA title in 1976.
The 1963 Aquatennial also was a big year for Edina, when Connie Haenny of 5600 Sherwood Avenue, was Queen and T. Floyd Cullen, 5404 Dundee Road, was Commodore. Even the grand marshal hailed from Morningside; Tippi Hedren, lead in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," came home to be celebrity grand marshal.
Every year, the Hennepin County History Museum explores the Aquatennial's fascinating past. During the third and fourth week of July, HHM is showcasing the "Crown Jewels" of Minneapolis Aquatennial Royalty. On exhibit are eight crowns including the brilliantly bejeweled Hobe crown first worn in 1948 by Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Patty McLane (Parker). The piece is copied from a crown which won first prize in the Exhibition of Arts and Crafts in Florence, Italy in 1906. Designed by James D. Dougherty and crafted by George Hatlestad and Lawrence Hensel, the crown exhibits emerald green semi-precious stones, blood colored garnets, seed pearls, rubies and silver filigree work created by William Hobe and produced by the J.B. Hudson Company.
Peace: Biography of a Symbol book.
I just love it when my kids have a question, and I find an interesting answer with visual aids.
The peace symbol, which never really went away, has made a comeback in this time of war. My kids wondered how the circle design came to represent peace. "I can see a dove or a heart," my daughter said, "but how did they decide on lines in a circle?"
So, we went to the internet, and found the answer close to home. The Minnesota Historical Society has a fabulous web site documenting 1968, a turbulent time of social change in this country. The project, created by MHS and three other museums, includes a film competition: "A Circle and Three Lines" by Jan Selby won the Emerging Filmmaker Award. I recommend watching this film or wandering around the web site -- you're bound to find something that fascinates you.
That's one thing my children have learned growing up with a mom in the history profession: everything has a history. We often search the internet or the library for the history of whatever topic we're talking about at the time: cookies, the Olympics, jeans and, yes, the peace symbol.
I wish I had time to create an exhibit of Edina during the turbulent 1960s. Were there any student protests? What was local reaction to the Viet Nam war and the draft? If you would like to volunteer to research this issue, or have info to share, please contact me.
You would have thought that last Thursday was Christmas at the Edina History Museum if you had heard the soundtrack to our conversation with Marlin Ramler, who brought in a box of Clancy Drug photographs. Yes, I admit, I reacted with as much delight as a youngster unwrapping his favorite toy on Christmas morning.
Ramler, a pharmacist with Clancy's for more than 30 years, donated many great photographs taken by commercial photographers Norton & Peel and local studio Peterson Portraits as well as snapshots taken of employees throughout the years.
Although the little drug store at 50th and Halifax was famous for its small town charm and 79 cent breakfast, it was also a big player in the Twin Cities. The store's basement housed the largest toy selection in the metro area during its heyday.
I'm working on a story for our membership newsletter on the history of the store, which began as Keller Drug in 1947. Roy Clancy purchased the store two years later. Ramler, who joined the staff in 1950 and eventually became owner, wanted to give the collection to some place that would appreciate the impact Clancy Drugs had in Edina.
Tell us your favorite Clancy Drug memories to include in the story. Perhaps you were one of the many customers who took photos of their kids sitting at the counter when it closed in 1982. Or maybe you waited in line to visit Santa after making your wish list walking up and down Clancy's Toy Land aisles.
Many employees worked at Clancy Drugs for decades. As one customer described it to the local newspaper in 1982: "I look at it as the 'Cheers' of Edina" -- a place like the famous sitcom bar where "everyone knows your name."
Last year, I took more than 1,000 photos at my son's baseball games. No, I didn't hold the zero key down too long. Yes, the comma is in the right place. Crazy as it may seem, I did shoot that many photos.
Just so you don't think I'm completely nuts, I hasten to add that I deleted hundreds of them and printed only a handful. But still, the 2009 baseball season is well documented for him and his teammates should they ever want to remember a mediocre finish to a pretty fun year when they were 11 years old.
If only I had a handful of photos for an amazing finish to a history-making season for the 1983 Edina American Legion team. Even though the team won the Legion World Series, the Edina Historical Society does not have one photo of their accomplishment.
And neither has anyone else, it seems. We're still trying to hunt down some photos from former players, the local newspaper and fans. If you have a great photo to share, please contact me. I hope to run a story and photo for our monthly "Last Glance" history feature in Edina Magazine.
On the plus side, we do have the October 1983 issue Edina Magazine (under different ownership) that spotlighted the team on its cover. We also have a DVD of the local cable television station's feature on the team. To make sure the 1983 season is remembered by the community, we have worked with the American Legion, which has been without a building for several years, to get the trophy and flag out of storage and on display at the Wayne Courtney baseball complex.
I'm sure that we'll eventually get photos. Even if there are no action photos, I know some mom or dad made those young men line up with their shiny World Series trophy so they'd always remember their 1983 season.
The 1920 election brought big changes to Morningside: it was the first time women could vote, the Morningside neighborhood seceded from Edina to form an independent village, and the first woman election judge worked at the polls.
And her husband stayed home and washed the dishes.
The Oct. 17 Minneapolis Morning Tribune reported that election judge Alice G. Snyder got the day off housekeeping duties, but Mr. Frank S. Snyder had to clean up the home, get dinner for his wife and wash the dishes. The story is laughable by today's standards, when many couples share in household and breadwinner duties.
Or is that 90-year-old story much different than the commentary recently about Elena Kagan, nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court?
A May 23, 2010, article in the Washington Post analyzed at length Kagan's "drab" clothing choices and her lack of make-up. The author even took issue with how Kagan sits. The caption under a photo of Kagan talking with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar read: "UNUSUAL: Most women, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, cross their legs when sitting, but not Kagan."
Yes, President Obama has gotten blasted for his "Dad jeans" and even more recently, former President Clinton has made headlines for his effort to lose 10 pounds before his daughter's wedding. Yes, the author did briefly note unfashionable clothing worn by past male nominees, but Kagan was mercilessly scrutinized in detail (to the extent that her sexual preference was questioned because she looks "frumpy" in the author's opinion.)
Perhaps we do have equal opportunity fashion bashing. However, even 90 years after the 19th Amendment was passed, only three women have ever served on the Supreme Court. I wonder what Alice G. Snyder envisioned for women's rights when she became Minnesota's first woman election judge? Or was she just happy to get out of dishes for the evening?
On another note, the Washington Post photo interested me for another reason. Look closely at the book on the coffee table. You'll see "Richfield: Minnesota's Oldest Suburb" by Fred Johnson, who also wrote "Suburban Dawn: The Emergence of Richfield, Edina and Bloomington" last year.
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