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Nashwauk Minnesota History

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Excerpted from

Nashwauk - From Timber to Taconite
The Story of Nashwauk Minnesota

Compiled by the 75th Anniversary Book Committee
Published 1978 by the Eastern Itascan, Nashwauk Minnesota



Businesses

"Never fear the want of business a man who qualifies himself well for his calling never fails of employment." (Thomas Jefferson). The business face of Nashwauk has changed considerably since 1903. Buildings on Central Avenue and First Street erected in the early days have seen businesses come and go. Many of these have been flourishing businesses with their owners retiring or making room for new to come in. Some, because of hard times, went out of business, or some because of competition in other area towns simply could not compete. All have placed their notch in the history of our business world; giving way to the peril of wars, depression, fires, and as our theme dictates, timber to taconite. Remember the blacksmith shop, dray lines, bakeries, livery barns and feed store? How about the Nashwauk Chronicle or Nashwauk's taxi service? There was Stierna's Jewelry, Mattila's Hardware, Hack and Heino's, Finn Boarding House, QP Hotel, Unique and Grand Theatres, the Italian Mercantile Company, Dick's and Sella's, Riley's Sweet Shop, Gambles, Dry Cleaners, Oreland Cafe, Elanto Co-op, City Drug, Yetta's, Johnston's Chevrolet, William's Grocery, and many others too numerous to mention. Remember: the tally stick has many a notch of businesses past. Arnolds of "Happy Days" a television serial, perhaps reminds you of the Gopher Cafe or possibly some other cafe in the history of Nashwauk. Yes, these businesses of the past served us well "memories" they are with us. Business establishments today celebrate all the way from 75 years to the present:time. Automobiles, yellow pages of the telephone book, catalogue department stores do take us out of town; but Nashwauk businesses do thrive, representing the various nationalities, strength and dignity of character and pride for our town. "I have always recognized that the object of business is to make money in an honorable manner. I have endeavored to remember that the object of life is to do good." (Richard Cooper).

Sebeka Mercantile Company, Nashwauk Minnesota, 1912
Sebeka Mercantile Company in 1912. L. to R.: John Briske, Ed Aho, Roy Johnston, Jim Kresek, Sadie Lund, Oscar Johnston, Ernest Johnston Hugo Lilja.

Santo Frassini store, Nashwauk Minnesota, 1916
Santo Frassini store in 1916 At left: Mr.Frassini and Mrs. A. C. (Rose) Buccanero.

Hughes Store, Nashwauk Minnesota, early 1900's
An early picture of the Hughes Store building on First Street. Shows James Hughes and son, Henry.

Depetro Hotel and Livery Barn, Nashwauk Minnesota
DePetro Establishment shows the hotel and livery barn. Their slogan was "Sleigh for hire day or night all good drivers, prices right."

Nick (Dewey) Fragnito and Mae Palmer operated a business in the former Aimonetti building (next to the Municipal Liquor Store) in the 1930's.
Nick (Dewey) Fragnito and Mae Palmer operated a business in the former Aimonetti building (next to the Municipal Liquor Store) in the 1930s.

Micheletti's store, Nashwauk Minnesota
Micheletti's store located behind First National Bank on Second Street. Second girl is Gertrude Micheletti and in back is her mother, Theresa Micheletti.

The Philip Crea Grocery and Confectionery Store, Nashwauk Minnesota
The Philip Crea Grocery and Confectionery Store. L. to R.: Gene Crea, Mr. Crea and Mrs. Crea.

Dick's and Sella s Grocery Store in Nashwauk Minnesota, 1924
Dick's and Sella s Grocery Store in 1924. Behind counter: Louis Sella, Clifford Dicks, Joe Codute, delivery man; Mary DeMarco, clerk; others unidentified.

The Zauhar Grocery in Nashwauk Minnesota in the 1920's
The Zauhar Grocery in 1920s. L. to R.: Steve Stimac, butcher; John Zauhar, owner, and a salesman in doorway.

Mattila Hardware in Nashwauk Minnesota in the 1930's
Mattila Hardware in 1930s. L. to R.: George DeGuiseppi, clerk; Arvid Mattila, owner; other unidentified.

Elanto Co-op, Nashwauk Minnesota
Elanto Co-op employees in late 1930s. L. to R.: Joe Simone, Elmer Kettunen, Anna Sumi, Brynolf Kukkonen, Lauri Koskela, butcher; Ann Botanich, Philip Pascuzzi, Arvid Salo, manager; Ellen Kari, Erma Laakso, customer at left; Mrs. Arnie Pickering and Theresa Papatola Wesanto, cashier.

Tydol Station located at 1st Street and Pearson Avenue, 1933
Tydol Station located at 1st Street and Pearson Avenue, 1933 Edwin (Finn) Latvala and Joe Codute.

Harry Corwin Sr. in 1952 with his popcorn wagon.
Harry Corwin Sr. in 1952 with his popcorn wagon. He ran the business for 10 years.

The 0llila Hotel in Nashwauk Minnesota
The 0llila Hotel was built in 1909 by Charles 0llila. Before that he conducted a saloon in a building across the street. He was married to Ali Sophia Pahnila and they had one son, Reino. Mr. 0llila died in 1909. Mrs. 0llila married John P. Lanto in 1910. The Lantos operated the hotel until it was sold in 1950 to the Howard Maryland family. A group of local men had the hotel for a short time before Mr. and Mrs. Otto Ylonen acquired the building. The hotel was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Phil Clark in December, 1977. The Clarks are in the process of completely remodeling the building into apartments. The name has been changed to the 0llila Manor.

Latvala Union '76 Station and GTC Auto Parts at rear of building.
Latvala Union '76 Station and GTC Auto Parts at rear of building.

Matosich Laundromat and Car Wash located on First Street in Nashwauk Minnesota
Matosich Laundromat and Car Wash located on First Street.

Nashwauk Hardware has been in existence since 1903
Nashwauk Hardware has been in existence since 1903

Rich's Clothing, located in the old Hughes Store building on First Street opened for business on June 25. 1977.
Rich's Clothing, located in the old Hughes Store building on First Street opened for business on June 25. 1977.

Stadium Lanes Bowling Alley, Nashwauk Minnesota, opened August 18, 1961.
Stadium Lanes Bowling Alley opened August 18, 1961.

Nashwauk Federal Credit Union moved into its present building on First Street in 1969.
Nashwauk Federal Credit Union moved into its present building on First Street in 1969. Arnold Yuhala is manager of the Credit Union.

SuperAmerica Station located on the lower east end of Central Avenue first opened in 1970.
SuperAmerica Station located on the lower east end of Central Avenue first opened in 1970.

GI Club (American Legion) in Nashwauk Minnesota
GI Club (American Legion) first opened in 1946 in the basement of  the Ollila Hotel. The Club moved to its present site (former Mattila Hardware) in July, 1975. Cathryn's Coffee Shop is shown at right further up the street.

Williams Lumber, Nashwauk Minnesota, 1970's
Marvin Stalboerger, manager, is shown in front of Williams Lumber. The business was purchased from John Zardo in 1973.

Stepan's Grocery Store on First Street is owned by Joe and Dolly Stephan who acquired the business November 1, 1951.
Stepan's Grocery Store on First Street is owned by Joe and Dolly Stephan who acquired the business November 1, 1951.


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