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Sharing Garvin’s history

A ‘museum’ was set up in Garvin this weekend to celebrate the town’s 125th anniversary

June 27, 2011
By Deb Gau , Marshall Independent

GARVIN - A lot of remembering was being done this weekend in Garvin. It was only natural, with 125 years of history to celebrate. Both an all-school reunion and a temporary town museum were part of the festivities, and the draw was strong for a lot of people.

On Saturday morning, the Auxiliary Hall in Garvin was bustling with people. A steady flow of visitors perused scrapbooks full of photographs and newspaper clippings, Garvin School memorabilia, and even displays of artifacts like part of the altar from Hoiland Church.

Goldie Wilking, who headed up the organization efforts for the temporary museum, said she was glad to see the turnout. Within the first couple hours of opening, she said, "It's never been empty."

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Helen Town and Nancy Kuk stopped to look at one of the Garvin history displays during the town’s 125th anniversary celebrations Saturday. Displays included a set of vintage plates from the Peterson and Webb store, which used to be part of Garvin’s downtown.

A lot of the items on display were brought by community members, and more were still coming in as the morning went on. Harvey Wendland and Gini Swift brought in a decorative "little brown jug" from the Peterson and Webb general store, and Fran Carlson brought in newspaper photos of a railway accident from Garvin's past. "I saw they didn't have anything on it yet," Carlson said, so he went home for the clippings. Carlson said he couldn't recall the exact date of the crash, but he remembered witnessing the aftermath.

Carlson had plenty of good memories of growing up in Garvin, too, including attending the town's school. Being part of a close group of friends was a positive experience, he said.

"Even when you went on to school in Tracy, all the Garvin kids stayed friends," he said.

Carol Radtke was one of the festival-goers Saturday who were looking forward to the Garvin School reunion. Growing up around Garvin was a great experience, she said.

"Everyone knew everyone," Radtke said. The sense of community made it a good place to be a kid. After going to Wednesday night movies projected on the side of the Garvin elevator, the place to stop was Courtney Morgan's cafe.

"He loved kids," Radtke said. "He would get you an ice cream cone for a penny, and it would be like more than you could ever eat."

Even with a store of good memories, some longtime residents reflected that Garvin probably won't go back to being the bustling town it was when they were younger.

"People want to live here," Wendland said, but it's not easy to do a lot of development.

However, the sense of community is still alive in Garvin, residents said.



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