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  Wednesday November 26th, 2014    

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In the days when Winona was young (04/28/2013)
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!

Maxine Aldinger

 

 

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