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Monday, July 23, 2012

My Hometown on Monday - 1936 Aerial View of Coon Rapids, Iowa


My Hometown on Monday
1936 Aerial View of Coon Rapids, Iowa

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From June 11, 2009, Coon Rapids Enterprise

Caption reads: Back in 1936, this is how Garst & Thomas seed company looked from the air. This photo was taken by Woltz Studios of Des Moines. The scale house had not yet been built and much of the open areas appear to be backyard garden spots. Perhaps they were test plots for the young and growing hybrid seed company. Other items of note in this photo show the old wooden Enterprise building where in 1948, Louis Frohlich built a new grocery store and the Enterprise moved to its present location.

My comments: Each of us looks for different things in these vintage photos, of course. For me, the most interesting part was just off the photo to the right, in the extension of the boulevard Main Street... On the south side of the street, if I am correct, was the home of Dr. Dorphinghaus, and next east of it was the Paul Kinnick residence for many years. I believe youngest son, Edward (Buzzy), was born there. They lived in that home until mid-year 1936 (the year Eileen graduated from high school) when they moved to the farm just a mile or so northwest of town.

The Methodist Church is prominent, of course, just to the right of white, wooden Enterprise office building mentioned above (just right of upper center).

What do you see as you look at the photo? What memories does it invoke in you?


Families are Forever!  ;-)

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