New laundry maked its mark

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, April 23, 2011

Wrapping up our look at Austin’s industry from 76 years ago this week with segment from “Progressive Austin” booklet published by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1935.

“MacLaren’s New Austin Laundry, although practically a new institution, have by their excellent service and quality work won a flattering share of the laundry business in this territory.

The Dicken’s Greenhouses, situated on the East Side, by their excellent service and reasonable prices enjoy a good business in the local territory.

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The R. H. Gray Body Co., Custom builders of trucks, cab and bodies is one of the industries that Austin is proud of. Besides the above line of work, they have recently added a line of Custom Built refrigerators for stores and markets, which only have to be seen to be appreciated.

The Jefferson Transportation Company operates a fleet of 8 busses daily through Austin. Austin is the junction point for the Twin Cities (via Rochester and also Owatonna), making direct connections with busses of their own line from Kansas City, St. Joseph, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Decorah. Busses to the Twin Cities via Owatonna now run straight through without transferring. They operate a fleet of passenger Buicks as utility cars.

In addition they operate 2 busses daily each way from Austin to Albert Lea, and Austin to Rochester.

The Kinsman Greenhouses, famous for their roses and potted plants take 125,000 square feet to cover their houses. It takes from 15 to 25 employees to meet the needs of their many customers, covering many states as well as their local business. They are specializing in potted plants and a car load order is not an unusual experience.”

Tuesday: Spring Card Party with lunch and prizes, noon. Reserve a table of bridge or 500 at the HHH office, 507-433-4243.

Tuesday: Science and ASD at the Hormel Historic Home, 6 p.m. Cost $10. Register with Community Education at 460-1704.

Coming Soon

Monday, May 2: Royal Wedding Champagne Brunch fund raiser, noon. Call the HHH office at 507-433-4243 for details.

Saturday, May 14: Cooking Tips and Trends, details to be announced, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 17: “God’s Angry Man: The Incredible Journey of Priv. Joe Haan” by author Wayne Quist, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.. Free program celebrating Minnesota’s Greatest Generation offered by the Austin Public Library, Mower County Historical Society and HHH. Please RSVP to HHH office at 507-433-4243.