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March 5, 2010 - Karin Elton
C. Paul Martin, a retired Marshall doctor, recently brought in to the Independent newsroom a yellowed copy of the Minneapolis Tribune from Dec. 10, 1961. He said his wife came across it at home.
Almost an entire page in the “Women’s section” of the paper was devoted to the fashionable women of Marshall. Above the fold is a sketch of downtown Marshall including Gag’s Drugstore, State Bank, and Ekberg’s.
Five swanky Marshall women are depicted in sketches strewn across the page — “Mrs. Frank (Betty) Jewett, Mrs. Richard (Bubbles) O’Connell, Jr., Mrs. Charles (Dorothy) McGuiggan, Mrs. Rose Thorburn and Madame Smith.” In addition to the sketches, the Marshall women have head shots and brief bios.
Meriting a full-length photograph and story is “Mrs. Kathleen Catlin.” Under the headline “Chicago fashion leader comes home to fashion-conscious Marshall, Minn.,” the story starts out “Mrs. Kathleen Catlin, who retired this year as fashion director of Marshall Field and Co. in Chicago, is ‘back home’ in Marshall.”
The story notes that Marshall is a city of a little more than 7,000 people and quotes Catlin as saying “It combines the best of the city and the suburban ways of life.”
Catlin mentioned Marshall’s “little theater, choral group, art classes and concert series.”
And Marshall has some fashionable dressers, she said. “I believe that per capita, Marshall has as many well-dressed, well-groomed women as any city I have visited. Except, perhaps, San Francisco, where it is my impression that the average is unusually high.”
The story said Catlin spent 30 years in the fashion industry starting with writing a fashion column for the Portland (Ore.) Spectator and ending with 19 years at Field’s, making 28 trips to Europe. She saw that “Field’s was the first store in the country to show the short evening dress, a 1946 Dior model....” In 1960 Catlin was cited as “one of Chicago’s nine most dynamic women.”
Catlin and her husband, Glenn, a lawyer, were born in Cottonwood and she said she had always wanted to come back to the area someday.
In the lower right hand corner of the page under the title “conversation piece,” are four sundry tidbits about Minnesotans. One is about Mrs. Maurice Salisbury of Los Altos, Calif., formerly of Minneapolis, and her two “acting sons.” One was Peter Graves, who “is in his first legit role with Dana Andrews in ‘The Captains and the Kings,’ a production that may play Minneapolis in ‘62. (Ruth Aurness Salisbury’s other son is big Jim Arness, TV’s top cowpoke.)”
Arness was in the popular television show, “Gunsmoke,” which ran from 1955 to 1975 and Graves was in the “Mission: Impossible” TV series as well as movies including “Airplane!” (He played the pervy pilot.)
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