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One of the ads from the time period:  It’s interesting to ponder the alcohol content of Prof. Low’s Liniment & Worm Syrup; and of course the contents of the Rheumatic & Neuralgic Paste which contained angle worm and frog — but it was good for ANY pain simply by rubbing it in! 
One of the ads from the time period:  It’s interesting to ponder the alcohol content of Prof. Low’s Liniment & Worm Syrup; and of course the contents of the Rheumatic & Neuralgic Paste which contained angle worm and frog — but it was good for ANY pain simply by rubbing it in! 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:52 PM
Another well-known doctor in Spring Valley was Lyman Viall, born in New York state in 1818, one of seven children.  His early education was in the schools of his native place, and soon the family moved “west” to the Mississippi River valley.  Nora Guthrey in her book “History of Medicine in Fillmore County Prior to 1900” gives this history on Lyman Viall.  
  • Local doctor known as ‘smallpox specialist’
    Another well-known doctor in Spring Valley was Lyman Viall, born in New York state in 1818, one of seven children.  His early education was in the schools of his native place, and soon the family moved “west” to the Mississippi River valley.  Nora Guthrey in her book “History of Medicine in Fillmore County Prior to 1900” gives this history on Lyman Viall.  
  • Clan has survived glug-and-dump method of cooking for years
    Things are never dull around our house, no matter what we’re doing. However, some parts of the house are consistently more exciting than others. A perfect example? The kitchen.
  • Luck plays a part in all of our lives, even if we won’t admit it plays a part
    A trap shooting team member at a local high school attributed his perfect score in a recent competition to luck when he was interviewed by one of our reporters. He was being modest as it isn’t an easy accomplishment since it had never been done in the history of the team. It appears he may also have been looking out for the team as he also mentioned in the interview that trap shooting at the high school level is a team sport, not an individual sport.
  • Pioneer physician served community well
    We’ve been studying “History of Medicine in Fillmore County Prior to 1900” by Nora Guthrey, Mayo Clinic, Rochester.  It is a remarkably complete book with bios of all doctors in the county, and the last year that can be noted is 1941, so this book is at least 50 years old.  Following is a brief summary of a doctor who spent considerable time in Spring Valley.  
  • Toothless children both terrifying and cute
    I’m sure everyone has gone through that part of life between 7 and 14 (or thereabouts) when all their teeth started falling out of their head, only to be replaced with a spacious and gap-toothed grin.
  • Minnesota should follow Edina’s lead in restricting access to tobacco
    Minnesota has always been a leader in enacting policies to attempt to curb smoking. In 1975, Minnesota became the first state to restrict smoking in most public spaces with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act. In 2007, smoking restrictions were extended to all public places, including bars, bowling alleys and entire restaurants, with the Freedom to Breathe Act.
  • Altar painting by noted artist back on display
    In 2007, I wrote a column entitled “A Real Learning Experience.”  It had to do with a visitor at the Methodist Church Museum who asked, “Is that altar painting by Herbjorn Gausta?”  We determined that it was indeed, and so we were instructed to contact Dr. Marian Nelson at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum at Decorah, who sent his booklet on the life of Herbjorn Gausta.
  • Unreasonable parents make children wear socks
    Last week I said my Mom had a grandparent mentality. This week, I thought I should balance that out with another fact about my Mom.
  • Parades unearth historical highlights
    Maybe there will be a parade coming up on our agenda? In the “old days” there was usually a marshal of the parade, mounted on a horse, that led all civic and “Decoration Day” parades.  Here are two of them as shown in the accompanying photographs. 
  • If you’ve ever had siblings, you’re probably familiar with the concept of the “baby of the family,” the youngest sibling who always seems to get away with everything. The Clan certainly has our baby of the family, but because there are so many of us, with a 16-year gap between the oldest and the youngest, it feels like there’s more than one “baby” in our family. My oldest siblings and I agree that the younger kids, particularly the last three or four, get away with things we never would have at their age.
  • Stories enrich communities, even if they haven’t experienced devastation
    I just about broke down and cried on the streets of Oklahoma City Sunday. The near-breakdown was after mile 20 of a marathon, which has been known to make a grown man cry, but it wasn’t the physical exertion, at least not only the physical exertion, that nearly brought me to tears.
  • Centennial event highlights SV businesses
    You are of considerable age when you remember these buildings on North Broadway Avenue shown in the accompanying photos.  This is 1955 when the city of Spring Valley was celebrating its 100th anniversary.  There was a BIG parade on Monday, July 4, with umpteen entries.
  • Spring signified by weather, wearing shorts, and mud
    I always feel spring is signified by a few key things.
  • Just showing up is powerful
    The pages of our newspapers often feature community leaders, star athletes, outstanding students, political figures and accomplished business people. However, they also often feature people who just show up to help.
  • No vigilante here, but we remain vigilant about proper use of words
    Although I would never advocate defacing public property, it’s hard to get angry with the “grammar vigilante” in England who ventures out at night to correct infractions against the English language spotted in public signs. Although he holds grudges against all forms of incorrect punctuation, he spends most of his time addressing wayward apostrophes using a tool he built himself, according to the BBC, which did a story on him while protecting his anonymity.
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