Winona had: Normal School, commercial college, mom and pop grocery stores,
Railway stations, streetcars, horse ‘n’ buggies, so much more!
Pioneer Tractor, Winona Plow Company, Philharmonic Hall
Municipal Band, pretty parks and guys who liked to play ball.
Winona had: breweries ‘n’ bakeries, home delivered ice,
Princess Wenonah, formerly Landon Fountain
Oh! She is pretty nice!
We had the High Wagon Bridge, the levee too
on the banks of the mighty Mississipp
deep and mysterious, but carefree youth
in summer, may be found taking a “dip!”
At the turn of the century, circa 1898, a public library was erected
Winona Daily Republican became Winona Republican Herald
yes, that was the name selected.
Today,we have the Winona Post and Winona Daily News
library, too, to brief us on past and current events
and even pick up some clues!
Winona had: Choate’s, Hot Fish Shop, Jones & Kroeger, Bailey & Bailey, too; Behren’s, Bay State, Knitting Mills, Woolworth’s ‘n’ Kresge’s and many a store sold shoes!
We had Ford Hopkins, Goltz, Ted Maier Drug to keep us feeling fine
two are gone, one remains; Goltz stood the test of time
Yes, we teemed with promise on the yesteryear, long ago
when Winona was young; lumber barons arrived, then workers
eager for employment, ‘midst virgin timber their bodies grew lithe and limber.
Winona’s been “home” to many descents: Poles, Germans, Scandinavians, too; yet, immigrants came
Men of faith, women and children
‘neath blankets of pink and blue.
In the days when Winona was young, my, you are aging gracefully!
Can’t believe you are over 160!
So let’s send up a cheer to you, beautiful Winona!
You look great to me!