1. Memories of a Creston Hills kid: A 2010 post on the Nelson dairy farm located near today's 78th Street and Highway 100 had Jeff Strate remembering growing up in the Creston Hills neighborhood in the 1950s.
For me, this photo is hip and cool because it shows a landscape that was part of my youth. We rode bikes to the ends of Dewey Hill Road, Cahill Road and Bush Lake from our Creston Hills neighborhood. I recall the cornfield where Southdale was constructed. Thank you for posting it. Keep 'em comin'.
Jeff also commented on the gas station post from last week.
I recall this Pure station and the one kitty corner from Clancy's Drugs. We lived closest to the one pictured here. My dad John would stop there for gas and air. In the background on the right side of the station to the west is the Southdale residential subdivision. Further west and of sight was the Creston Hills subdivision. Note the display piles of new tires for sale and the S&H Green Stamps sign ... both common enticements offered by local gas stations back when the price of a gallon of regular was posted for years on signs at 29.9.
For anyone reading this post years from now, today's gas station prices are between $3.49 and $3.55 per gallon.
Jeff wrote a short memoir "Paradise Lost" about growing up in Creston Hills. The Edina Sun Current published an excerpt (a hilarious story about Jeff's encounters with a bull in his newly built subdivision) in its Oct. 27, 2010, issue.
3. Trading stamps history. Most Generation X and younger folks probably don't remember trading stamps. Like the "Buy 10, get one free" type punch cards, trading stamps were designed to build customer loyalty, but on a bigger scale. Spend more money, get more green stamps and get free gifts like sewing machines and row boats. (At least, a Brady Bunch episode from 1970 had the boys wanting the boat and the girls wanting the sewing machine. They compromised and traded their stamps in for a television set. However, I remember my mom earning only enough to buy a few place settings of dishes.)
Edina's Curt Carlson, who began his entrepreneurial career as a newspaper carrier in the Morningside neighborhood, created Gold Bond trading stamps. His success with the business helped him launch the multinational Carlson Companies and make him one of the richest men in Minnesota.
For more on Curt Carlson, see this transcript of an interesting MPR interview with him. For more on trading stamps history, see this article from Studio Z-7, a publishing company in Minneapolis.
3. Ray's Dairy Store. In response to this post on Edina's corner stores, Jeff Thompson wrote:
I grew up in the sixties near 60th and France Avenue and our "corner store" was Ray's Dairy Store on 54th Street just west of France. It was operated by Ray and his wife Dorothy. I remember Ray always seemed fond of us kids but his wife did not seem very happy whenever we came in. Ray was a small man but his wife was a rather large woman who with one look told us we had better behave while in the store. They lived in an apartment above the store. The building still stands today as a craft or needle point shop.
From Jeff's description, it sounds like the store is now the Picket Fence, 3907 West 54th Street, Edina. Am I right?
Did you know: Author Nancy Carlson, who grew up in Edina, wrote Arnie and the Stolen Markers, based on her childhood experience of shoplifting a candy bar from Ray's Dairy Store. (Perhaps Ray's wife had her reasons to give kids the stink eye, huh?) The book is currently out of print, but is available through the Hennepin County Library system and is on display in our current "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit.
I would love to have photos and more information about the owners of Ray's Dairy store, as well as the other many small mom and pop stores in Edina (Tedman's, Cameron's, Docken's, etc.) If you have information to share, please email me or comment here.
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