The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 8, 1966 · Page 12
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 12

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 8, 1966
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-Jm nutter «t tM MMeftlea at Alton*. Sow* i Nov. i. IM>. un4«* Act of COntrtM of Marsh *. in» { L JJttjySSLi 16 * VOL 101 N ° 93 I fltoper Setf JWoinesi DEC. 8, 1966 SECOND SECTIOh The Story Behind Growth Of Swanson Stores, Inc. Back at the turn of the century a young man by the name of P. M. Swanson arrived in America from his native Sweden and settled in northern Minnesota. He named his new settlement Thorhult - after his hometown in Sweden. Those were rough days, and there were no nearby places where provisions could be obtained. Mr. Swanson had a team of oxen, a wagon and one hundred dollars. She he went to the nearest town, bought salt, sugar, flour and other staples, and headed back to his log cabin. Thus it was that P. M. Swanson became a groceryman. He sold that first load of groceries from his log cabin, bought more, and continued to do buiness until he finally opened a general store. That first Swanson store handled everything from rope to groceries - maintaining a level of variety for his customers. On March 17, 1909, Al Swanson, the president of Swanson's chain, was born in Thorhult. Young Al helped his father In the store, gaining his first ex- perience in the business. When Al was nine years old, the family moved to Larrabee, Iowa where the father had purchased a larger grocery store. Following the death of P. M. Swanson in 1926, seventeen year old Al and his brother went to work in the store. The following year, Al hit on an idea. Residents of the Larrabee area today remember young Al Swanson peddling groceries to the farmer, instead of waiting for the farmer to come to him. He operated the store in Larrabee for sometime, and later went to Meriden where he operated a grocery store in an old bank building. About this time, Al married Armena Lundgren of Des Moines and settled in Meriden. One day Al told his wife he was going to Cherokee on business. When' he returned he announced, "I've sold the building and we're moving to Cherokee." Thus, in 1934, the Swansons settled in the town which was to become the home office for their present operation. A son, Robert, was born to the Swansons on July 3, 1936. Today, Bob Swanson is a vice- president in the organization. The business continued to grow. People found Swanson's a friendly and economical store in which to trade, and each month Al found that the building was not large enough. Later in 1936, Al built a new larger store and moved into it on the same day his daughter Marilyn was born. Opportunity knocked again - this time in Sheldon, so Al opened a store there in July of 1940. This was the first branch for the firm. Today, Swanson's Stores, Inc. have 13 stores in Iowa and Minnesota and employ nearly 400 people. Iowa stores are in Sheldon, Cherokee, Atlantic, Harlan, Storm Lake, LeMars, Estlier- ville, Spencer, Fort Dodge and Algona. In Minnesota, Swanson Stores are found in New Ulm, Worthington and Windom. The Algona Swanson Store is the newest, 'with it's Grand Opening being held Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. THE UPPER DES MOINES invites you to send In your own local news Items. Congratulation and Wishes ON YOUR NEW STORE IN ALGONA The New 12,800 Sq- Ft. Swcmson's Store at 14 E. Nebraska St. IT HAS BEEN OUR PRIVILEGE AND PLEASURE TO HAVE BEEN SELECTED GENERAL CONTRACTOR FOR THIS FINE NEW ALGONA STORE. Backed By 97 Years Experience in the Building Business, Cowan's Offer a Complete Building Service Including Ready-Mix Concrete, Concrete Block, Sewer Tile, Masonry Supplies, Structural Steel-Reinforcing, All Types Lumber, Millwork, Roofing, Gilt Edge Paints, Etc. WHY NOT LET US HELP YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT BUILDING? COWAN CORP. No. Lantry St. Tel, 295-4266 Algona Swanson Store Grand Opening The new Swanson Super Market In Algona, newest of the 13 stores In the organization located in Iowa and Minnesota, will observe its grand opening this week in Algona, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The organization's home office is in Cherokee. The contract for construction of the new store was let to Cowan Corp. of Algona. The property is owned by Jess Riddle, former Algona man, who makes his home in Claremont, Calif. There are 12,800 square feet of floor space in the Algona store. Jerry Benson, manager of the store, explained Swanson Store Employs 22 People Here The new Swanson Store in Algona is currently employing 22 area residents in addition to the management. Employed in the general grocery department are Bernie Miller, RonBriggs, Mary Harms, Ruth Bergstrom, Nancy Leigh, Joyce Schoby, Henriette Briggs, Bob Bestenlehner, Karl Morz, Gary Lamuth, Bill Deal, Jim Muller, Jack Dahlhausor, Dan Owens, Mark Prleskorn, Jeanne Grotty and Debbie Laws. Gladys Jergenson and Madelia Walker are in the produce department. Working in the meat department are Bob Watson, Marleen Harr and Steve Hutchison. that the store was designed with extra-wide aisles, a new overhead heating and air-conditioning system, a complete lighting system and piped-in music. Store hours are 8 a. in. to 8:30 p. m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a, m. to 10 p. m. Fridays, and 8 a. m. to 8:30 p. m. Saturdays. The store will be closed Sundays. Bud Norviel is the area supervisor for Swanson's, Ray McAfee is the manager of the meat department, and Ray Kelly is assistant manager of the store. The management extends an invitation to the public to attend their Grand Opening. Management Personnel Management at the new Swanson Store in Algona include! (left to right) Jerry Benson, store manager, Bud Norviel, area supervisor, Ray McAfee, meat department manager, and Ray Kelly, assistant store manager. The store is celebrating its Grand Opening Thursday, Friday and Saturday. AS me new store looked under wrustruction • NOW you can see it in its completed state I Congratulations and welcome to Swanson's Stores, Inc. on your beautiful new Algona store. We're sure you'll enjoy the friendly* progressive atmosphere of Algona and Kossuth County. The Security State Bank 1 E. State With office in luVerne, Iowa MEMBER F.D.I.C.

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