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Ellsworth in the early 1920s
The population of Ellsworth in 1920 was 512. 
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This 1920 photo shows Main Street, headed by the Bank building.

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This 1920s photo shows three homes on the east side of DeSota Steet. 

At left, the Martha Anderson Magnuson home at 1822 DeSota 
In the center, the home at 1820 DeSota belonged to Arlene & Sanna Skartvedt 
At right, the Don & James Hovda home at 1818 DeSota Street. 
This was the home made of the back portion of the old wood-framed school when it was moved here. 

This winter image looks north at the east side of Main Street. 
The Congregational Church spire can be seen.

1923 Ellsworth High School Basketball squad

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Back row - Laverne Peterson, Raymond Thompson, Ted Monsager
Front row - Ray Thoreson, Verdis Miller, Bernice Hold, Coach Roy Johnson, Supt.

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             This panoramic photo is labelled
    A. R. Johnson, Supt. - Ellsworth Consolidated School - April 15, 1924
The house pictured at left is 1816 DeSota Street.

When you visit the History Room of the Ellworth Library, you will see a long panoramic photo.

This is that long photo.
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Here is the left portion of that photo, showing the lumber yard and bank.
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Here is the right portion, showing the east side of Main Street, the elevator, and the road going east.

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     The following is an excerpt from Echoes of Spring Valley, written by J. Clarine J. Boyken telling about her experiences living in rural Hamilton County in the 1920s.  Spring Valley was a one room school in Scott Township.

    Treasured in the summer heat was the chance trip to town with Dad which usually meant an ice cream cone.   Then there were Saturday nights - eveyone went to town on Saturday night, my mother armed with her case or two of eggs which she would trade for groceries and perhaps come out with a little cash "egg money", Dad to visit with various acquaintances and perhaps get a haircut, and we children to look for a chance encounter with a friend.

    Cars of drivers fortunate enough to find a parking space on main street were filled with women visiting and watching passersby.   We never stayed late as there was always Sunday School the next morning, but just before returning home there was always the treat of an ice cream cone.

    Remembered from the Verd Miller restaurant in the town of Ellsworth is the ice cream cone with the candied cherry atop.  This is a treasured memory of several generations of children growing up in the Ellsworth community.   The candy cherry made those ice cream cones most special.

The Verd Miller restaurant mentioned above is seen in the advertisement seen below.

1924 - This advertisement was published in The Ellsworth News on September 4, 1924. 

(For easier reading, the small-print advertisements are enlarged here below.) 


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