Nope, it's not a typo. While this blog normally features "Photo Friday," this week it's "Photo Wednesday" because I can't wait two more days to show you this great photo donated by the granddaughter of Red Joyce, who owned a bakery in Morningside for several decades.1931 ad
Finally, photographic evidence of a long-time local business that served generations of Edina and Morningside residents.
According to the 1966 phone directory ad (above), Joyce's Bakery opened in 1922, just two years after the little neighborhood of Morningside seceded from Edina to create its own village. (Note: the owner was not related to 1960s Morningside Mayor Ken Joyce.)
Owner W.J. "Red" Joyce was well-known for his red hair and his white bread.
Located at 4406 France Avenue South, Joyce's Bakery shared a building with Carlson's Odd Shop, Burr Cheever's barber shop, Morningside Hardware and Griffen Drug.
You probably know the building now as the Bruegger's Bagels building at Sunnyside Avenue and France Avenue. If addresses haven't changed, Joyce's Bakery is in the same space as Gear Running store is today. (See Google street view image below of the corner.)
At some point in the 1960s, Joyce sold the business. The new owner kept the name and many of the same products. I met the new owner at our Morningside exhibit in 2005 and he told me that he couldn't stay in business after shopping trends changed; shoppers bought bread and rolls during their regular supermarket trip rather than running a separate errand to shop at Joyce's.
When I followed up to find out more information and photos, his phone number was disconnected. Years later, the original owner's granddaughter Liz Welch emailed me this week with today's great photo and she promises more to come. I may wait until a Friday to show them here, but we may have a "Photo Monday" or "Photo Tuesday" in our future!
What do you remember about Joyce's Bakery? We have received some great comments on our Facebook page:
In tragedy, a community comes together
Just before 10 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2000, a heavily armed bank robber entered the FirstStar bank at 69th Street and France Avenue wearing a ski mask and a long leather coat. He calmly raised his gun, cocked it and demanded the teller to fill it with money. He moved to the next teller and repeated the instructions and then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Edina officer Michael Blood, on patrol just blocks away, responded first to the 911 call. The suspect ambushed him and opened fire with a high-powered, semiautomatic rifle. Blood's squad car was struck with more than a dozen rounds. As Blood sought cover, he was shot again and fell to the ground. While he lay on his stomach on the parking lot playing dead, the suspect shot him two more times before fleeing the scene.
Private citizens, city public works employees, paramedics, firefighters, dispatchers and police officers all worked together to stop the violent career bank robber and save the critically-wounded officer.
Their heroism was honored by city, state and national groups. But the greatest reward for police and fire departments was the overwhelming support shown by the community.
School children made get well cards, churches offered prayers, residents raised money for injured officer Michael Blood, and many stopped officers on patrol to give thanks for their service.
And Edina residents showed up in force to give blood for Blood. Here is the story by the numbers:
Image credits: Edina Historical Society collection - photo of Mike Blood and bank robber's gun, cards on loan from Mike Blood. Blood donor photo from the PeerFit blog, surgery photo from Shutterstock.
Where were you when you heard that a bank robber shot an Edina police officer? Were you one of those who answered the call for blood donations? Did you create a card for "Hero Mike Blood"? (Those kids are now high school graduates now.) Tell us your story by commenting here or emailing me.
Who remembers going to Mr. Steak and not eating steak?
Probably any kid dining out with their parents chose something off the children's menu instead. At least, Ron and Linda Shirk's three daughters did when they were growing up in Edina in the 1970s and 1980s. Then, they brought home the menus and played restaurant at home with their neighborhood friends.
The Shirks donated the menus, saved for more than three decades, when we created the "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit last year.
The menus reflect their time. The Steak and Ale art looks like the popular arcade game Pac-Man, and all the girls in the artwork seem to be wearing skirts or dresses.
Even the food has changed. While hamburgers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are staples on these menus, none featured the ubiquitous chicken tenders of today (although Mr. Steak offered fried chicken and Byerly's had a chicken drumstick.)
And of course, kids' menu prices -- while still the cheaper option on today's menus -- have risen a bit from the $1.09 hot dog meal or the $1.89 spaghetti and meat sauce.Cindy Nein Twistol noted onour Facbook page that children's menu items "were the free employee meals when I worked at the Lyndale (Mr. Steak) for 5 years, too. Yum - makes me hungry."
What about you? What were your favorite children's menu foods? Where did your family go out to eat when you were growing up? Comment here or email me.
Edina bought its first police car in 1930 -- all black (because that was the only option available.). After authorization from the Village Council, first police officer Percy Redpath spent extra money to have "Village of Edina" lettering on the doors.
Eighty-three years later, Edina's police squad design will feature a black car body with lettering on the door, a throwback to its origins after many years brighter colored accents and a white roof.. Edina Police Chief Jeff Long announced the change in the city's blog, noting, "From the mid-1940s all the way to 1990, our squad cars had only a patch or badge on the door. In keeping with history, we have chosen to return to our roots and place a simple patch on our car."
Long also showed photos of past car designs: "Department history is very important to those of us who work here. If you have ever taken a tour here you have noticed the incredible job that department historian Officer Kevin Rofidal has done to keep our history alive."
So true. We worked with Kevin a few years back in creating an exhibit about Edina Police and Fire Departments' history and put together this timeline of squad design and technology history. Besides some great old photos, it also contains some fun facts like:
The Edina History Museum is located in Arneson Acres, one of the most beautiful places in Edina.
I might be biased, since my office overlooks the Edina park, but I'm not the only one who thinks so.
Many professional photographers love our park's 28 gorgeous gardens, fountain and almost 14-acres of green space for their portraits of wedding parties, families, prom dates and engaged couples.
Doesn't the fountain make a great backdrop for this photo by Shelly Paulson Photography? "The wind inspired a great moment here!" she wrote on her blog. (I love the candid photo of the bridal party laughing at the flying veil.)
Here's the fountain from a different perspective for the bride and groom portrait. So pretty.
While some couples only stop in Arneson Acres for only a photo session, many also hold their ceremony here. This one, shot by Snowfrog Photography, was set up by the fountain. I've also seen weddings in the gazebo, on the terrace and under an archway of flowers.
The park offers a variety of settings for all kinds of photos. Sarah Syhakoun Photography took advantage of Arneson Acres' mall of flowers for this portrait.
While spring and summer are peak times for flowers -- and portraits -- I've seen groups pose for pictures during the fall and winter as well. Families often shoot their casual Christmas card photos here.
Photographer Teresa Hermes noted in her blog that the park was a perfect place for a two-year-old to run off excess energy -- just look at his happy face in his portrait session.
One of my favorite parts of the park is a simple little garden that greets me when I walk into work (photo at right). Bright moss roses and lilies line the steps to the museum's front door.
Tim Zimmerman, horticulturalist with the city, and his crew weed and water, mow and nurture the gardens.
A garden that I don't have to weed or water? Let me amend my first statement: Arneson Acres is not "one of" the most beautiful places in Edina. It ranks firmly at the top of the list.
What do you think is the most beautiful spot in Edina? What are other favorite spots for wedding and prom photos? Comment here and/oremail me your photos showing the locations and I'll post them here.
This is our semi-organized records storage for many of Edina's leading community organizations.
My detail-oriented volunteers shudder when they see these shelves full of mismatched boxes, with records stored in no particular order. But they're clean, labeled and protected from the elements --- which is more than many of them were before they came to the Edina History Museum. Run by volunteers and with no permanent meeting space, many organizations stored their records in various members' attics, basements and garages.
We're glad to have them. Over the years, I've found some great gems in our community organization boxes -- although I've had to do some digging. This 1960s photo of Edina Rotary scholarship winners ran with a story on the history of Edina Rotary (but I wish we had the names of the people in the photo.)
I found great information and photos when I was writing my Edina Magazine "Last Glance" column on Edina Federated Women's Santa House.
Edina Women's Club has a large collection that spans more than 87 years, and includes rosters, meeting minutes, presidents' reports and newspaper articles like this one.
Finding clean and safe storage was a good first step. Now, we're working on the next step of organizing the files and identifying the contents.The Edina Garden Council volunteered to be our first group to sift, sort and scan. They authorized $1,000 recently to purchase archival supplies and pay for our archivist to spend extra hours assisting with the cataloguing and scanning of its almost 60 years of history.
The many club historians over the years did a great job of collecting some cool stuff.
But after a first examination of its collection, EGC members noticed some gaps. They're looking for scrapbooks and records for some garden clubs that are now disbanded. As we chatted about how to find those records, a former historian of one of the clubs serendipitously called to ask whether we were interested in her files or whether she should throw them away.
She was glad to get them out of the house and into our storeroom. If you have organization records for EGC or any other group in town, we'd love to take them off your hands. Please contact me to set up a time or drop them off during regular museum hours.
You couldn't open a newspaper in early April without seeing a story about the death of Jerry Paulsen, owner of several Edina businesses including Jerry's Foods, Jerry's Hardware and Jerry's Printing.
But unless you're one of Jerry's 3,700 employees, you probably missed one of the most in-depth looks at Jerry's long life and involvement in the Edina community: a full issue of the company newsletter was devoted to the man who gave his life and his name to so many businesses.
"I felt I couldn’t do him justice with just an article in the newsletter so decided to devote the entire edition to him," said Carol Jackson, Jerry's Foods Corporate Manager.
The newsletter is in our collection, but I've had so many requests to see more Jerry's photos that I asked Carol for a pdf for our online audience. See the photo pages below, and you can read the full newsletter here.
These are just a few of the stories written about Jerry Paulsen, who died April 5, 2013, at age 89.
I met author Dick Ramsey when he came in to the Edina History Museum to research the area of 44th and France for his book titled (logically) 44th and France.
While every other writer who has visited the museum has produced a history book, Ramsey wrote a fictional story set in Depression era Morningside.
As the cover shows, history affected the story but Ramsey didn't try to replicate the neighborhood exactly. Businesses inspired by Carlson's Odd Shop (Ordinary's Odd Shop) and Griffen Drug (Ralph's Drug Store) among others show up in the story, but necessarily in their real locations.
The book is available at the museum gift shop for $10, cash or check only, during regular museum hours.
Find out more about the book in this Q and A with Dick Ramsey:
Q. What inspired you to write a book set at 44th and France? Did you grow up in the area?
A. Yes, I did grow up in the area, at 46th and Drew. Yet, my second home was 44th and France and my realization in 1942 and ’43 that the shops within contained all the goodies anyone would want for a lifetime. But the key to such treats for us six and seven year-olds were discarded or forgotten pop bottles worth two-cents each at the A&P Grocery Store. Then, with 12 to 15 pennies bulging in our front pockets, we could choose from a chocolate soda for twelve cents at Ralph’s Drug Store, ten-cent cutouts of Superman from Carlson’s Odd Shop, or a ten-cent ice cream sandwich from the Dairy Store, part of the Convention Grill.
The fun, however, did not end when we were out of money. We could always cross Sunnyside Road to the Westgate Theatre and gaze at the still photos of the movie being shown. Why, it might be John Wayne, and an entire afternoon’s contemplation. But first, a visit to Art’s Edina Motors was always high on our docket. There, we watched the mechanics work on—and yell and scream at—temperamental automobile engines before we left to fight World War II in the vacant lots and alleys on the way home.
Q. Even though this book is fiction, you did some research at the Edina History Museum while writing 44th and France. How much of the book is based on actual Morningside places and events?
A. In both 44th and France and an earlier book With One Hand Tied…, the Edina and Morningside setting was not necessarily used to showcase particular local events. Instead, it represents more of a nostalgic look back at an area that, during the Depression and World War II, helped frame our development.
We treated the jaunt to 44th and France as almost automatic during the course of typical days. It was a hub of activity where, even if you had no money, you could always place bottle caps on the street car tracks and have them flattened by the next car coming. You could put them in your pocket and pretend while gazing at the arrangement of strange plants with ominous looking leaves in the window of the barber shop before going in the hardware store to check-out the zillions of nails, screws, nuts, and bolts in hundreds of sizes sitting side by side in metal bins.
Q. This is the second book featuring the character Gail Stuart. Tell us about him and his story.
A. Gail Stuart is introduced in With One Hand Tied... It opens in November of 1954 at the fictitious Eastern State University in fictitious New Cambridge, Iowa where 18-year-old Gail is a freshman. He is suddenly falsely accused of stealing a midterm Geology test. How he extricates himself from this difficulty tells the rest of the story, which is a romp with duplicitous administrators who perceive their morality above reproach, with double-dealing fraternity hacks, with sleazy self dealing reporters, and a whole host of characters, many wacky, who either want Gail innocent or guilty.
In contrast, 44th and France plays out in 1938, when Gail is only two and consequently a minor character. It tells the story of nine year old Pat Koskuisko who inadvertently overhears his fourth grade teacher being blackmailed by a St. Paul private detective. Gail's mother, Charlotte, never one to back away from giving people what they deserve, designs a neat scheme to blackmail the blackmailer.
Q. Will there be a third book? Will it be based in Morningside or Edina?
A. I have a third book, just underway, picking up in 1957 with Gail now 21 and a senior at Eastern State. The setting is again Eastern State University with some segments in Minneapolis, Morningside and Edina.
Q. What do you do when you're not writing?
A. I work about half the time for a publisher of city and state histories and economic overviews used by chambers of commerce, cities, and economic development organizations to interest companies in relocating. Otherwise, I read history and historical fiction, maintain an interest in philosophy, play golf, attend concerts, shows, and listen to my companion/editor complain in advance about a future book the length of With One Hand Tied… Hmm. Could eleven-hundred pages produce cracks in a 25-year relationship?
When I ask second-grade visitors what history is, they typically say, "Something that happened a long time ago."
So I ask them to raise their hands if they think 100 years ago is history. Every hand shoots up.
What about 10 years ago? This time, most hands go up slowly.
What about today? Only a few raise their hands and the room buzzes with disagreement.
Second graders aren't the only ones who think of history museums as housing only items from a bygone era. When we did an exhibit on early suburban Edina, I heard one visitor say, "I thought I'd be dead before my childhood was considered history."
Twenty-first century history is not an oxymoron. Today's news is tomorrow's history, so historians pay close attention to the morning's headlines as well as centuries old texts.
Every morning, I search for Edina news and think about whether we should pursue collecting related items for our collection. One easy decision is when any Edina team goes to the state tournament, like the Edina Robotics FIRST Team 1816 did this year. They even made the cover of the Minnesota State High School League program.
I follow the team on Twitter and congratulated them for "making history." When I asked for a copy of the program, team representatives came in with all of this:
Here's a closer look at the programs. Edina's team is pictured in the green shirts (below right).
Let's not forget the hardware. They even brought in their medals for our collection. Awesome.
As I have found, it is easier to collect history as it happens than try to hunt things down decades later in people's basements, attics or garages. "Or dining rooms," added the coach, who has acquired quite a collection over almost a decade of team history.
The team might opt to house its entire collection at the historical society. Who knows? Someday when every home has its own robot maid (I'm picturing Rosie from the space age cartoon "The Jetsons"), researchers might investigate robotics from the early era of development.
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