Several times over the past few years, various people have stopped in the research library looking for more information about southwest Edina stables where they spent many childhood hours. We had very little information, until recently, when the stable owners' family donated a large aerial photo and scrapbook.Valley View Stables (later called Parker Stables when operated by one of the horse trainers Phil Parker) figured prominently in many childhood memories. But they were also reknown throughout the Midwest for the quality of their saddle bred horses and for their indoor riding ring, the only privately held one in the region.
Owner C.E. Peterson, better known as Pete, bought the farmland at Antrim Road and Valley View Road and built the stables in 1948. Although he grew up with horses on the family farm in Peterson, Iowa (named after his family who were the original homesteaders), he first worked as an over the road salesman for several years.
Peterson did have an "entrepreneurial spirit," according to his step-daughter Patricia MacMahon Barker, who grew up on the farm located at 6717 Valley View Road. Peterson rented and operated Pastime Stables in St. Louis Park for three years, prior to building his own Edina business. See the St. Louis Park web site for more info about that legendary entertainment complex.
I'm working on a longer story for our membership newsletter about the stables. If you have photos or information to share, please contact me at 612-928-4577.
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