In a column that ran a while ago about old neighborhood grocery stores in the area, Andy’s Grocery in south Moorhead was mentioned.
In response, Art Diercks, Moorhead, writes Neighbors, “I am a member of the army of delivery boys Andy had over many years. My time was 1946 to 1948.
“Andy always gave his customers service. He took orders over the phone. He was friendly to all. He cashed $5 checks from Concordia College students. His working hours were 7 a.m. to 7 pm. What a guy!
“Most summers, in July, when business was slow, Andy and his family would go on a two-week vacation, and Rod Steehley and I would run Andy’s Grocery.
“One of Andy’s best customers was the famous Concordia football coach Jake Christiansen, who had a large family. But he did not have a car. So he was a perfect customer for Andy and his delivery service.
“My experience with Jake was on a late Christmas Eve. I delivered seven cartons of groceries to him and he gave me a 50 cent tip!”
The previous column about Andy’s Grocery also brought an email from Paul Matson, Henderson, Nev., who says it “brought back memories about growing up in Moorhead in the 1950s.
“I think we just called that store Andy’s Store then,” he says.
“I lived on Fifth Street South and my grandmother, Lillie Berg, lived at 524 Sixth St. S. I think it’s blocked off now, but in those days you could walk from the back of her house directly through to Seventh Street to get to Andy’s.
“My father, L. Milo Matson, ran a retail fur store in Moorhead for many years. It operated under his name: L. Milo Matson, Furrier. He also did repairs, alterations and fur cleaning, and he had a cold storage facility for off-season storage of furs.
“He started it in the mid-1930s. It first operated out of the back of Neubarth’s Jewelry in the 400 block of Center Avenue, then moved to the 600 block on the north side of Center Avenue across from Wallworks and next to the Blue Bird Cafe. The store closed when he died in 1962.
“Thanks for the memories,” Paul adds.
Well, thanks really goes to Paul and to all of you who send your memories, as did Fred Quam, Fargo, who wrote,
“The store mentioned in your column, on 11th Avenue and 11th Street in Fargo in earlier years, was the Roosevelt Grocery Store.
“Our family lived at 1014 11th Ave., east of the store. That would have been in the late ‘20s or early ‘30s. We later moved north to the 1100 block on 11th Street, but purchased our groceries at the Roosevelt store.
“Also there was a store located on the corner of 12th Avenue and North University,” Fred says. “I don’t recall the name, but it may have been something relating to North Dakota State University.
“To enter this store, you had to go up several steps. However, in the late ‘20s or early ‘30s, the store was lowered to ground level and moved several lots to the south. It also had living quarters on the second floor.
“Some time after the move it was called Temple’s Grocery Store.
“After several years of serving his customers there, Mr. Temple and his landlord could not agree on rental terms, so he opted out of this location, purchased a home across the street and moved his store there, almost directly across from his previous location.
“After a short period of time a new tenant moved into Mr. Temple’s old location. Then it was called Tideman’s Grocery Store. So we ended up with stores almost right across the street from each other.
“Many of the NDSU students purchased items from both stores,” Fred says.
Speaking of those old grocery stores, Deb Frederickson, Fargo, writes that she well remembers Melting’s neighborhood grocery, which was mentioned in that earlier column.
“We grew up in the neighborhood (915 10th St. S.) so it was a popular neighborhood store.
“It was located directly north of St. Anthony’s Church; at the time 10th Street South was a two-way street.
“I seem to recall the Meltings had a son who also worked there.
“My mom,” Deb says, “would send me there to purchase things from time to time.”
Questions for you
Joan (Tandsater) Peterson, Fargo, asks if anyone remembers the 7th Avenue Grocery at 1022 Seventh Ave. S. in Fargo.
“It was owned by my great-aunt- and -uncle, Helga and Einar Hovland,” Joan writes. “It was opened in 1939 and they retired in 1955.
“The store was in the front and they lived in the back.
“The building is still there and is now apartments,” Joan says.
And here’s another grocery store question for you.
Harriet Holler, Fargo, writes, “In 1953, there was a store east of the Crystal Ballroom and next to Walton’s Garage in Fargo. It was either a Red Owl or a Piggly Wiggly. I can’t remember which it was.”
Neighbors, can you help Harriet out on this?
One of the popular items sold in stores was Mr. Bubble, the bubble bath made and distributed by the Gold Seal Co., which was founded by the late Harold Schafer, the North Dakota man who has been mentioned here in the past.
In response to one column about this, Don Aird, Fenton, Mo., writes, “My dad’s brother’s family stayed with us one Christmas.
“I didn’t have much money, so I bought really simple things for Christmas presents.
“For Uncle Maurie, I got some Mr. Bubble.
“He didn’t say anything,” Don wrote, “but later that year my aunt told me he loved Mr. Bubble and after he got it from me he took a bubble bath every night.”
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