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50”'s emigrants found romance, jobs, home, and business ownership Right on Lake Street

50”'s emigrants found romance, jobs, home, and business ownership Right on Lake Street

By Carol Blair as told to Chris Oien Carol and her husband were involved with Soderberg”'s Floral at 3305 E. Lake St. for almost 50 years, and owned it for 30 of them. She remembers how they got started there and what it was like. To see the full interview, go to www.youtube.com/visitlakestreet My name is Carol Blair, my husband is Lyle Eugene Blair, sometimes call him Gene. My husband started working at Soderberg”'s in 1957, and we got married in 1959. He graduated from high school in 1956 from Huntley, Minnesota. He stayed on the farm and helped his dad, and got a chauffeur”'s license so he could take grain or cattle to market. He worked for one year and came up in the fall of 1957 to go to North Central Bible College. He was looking for work for about a week, and they had a bulletin board at the school where they listed job opportunities. So his roommate came in and said, could I have a ride to Soderberg”'s Floral, they”'re looking for a driver. Both of them ended up going in and talking to the Soderbergs. After a little discussion, the Soderbergs told them, one of you guys come back, we don”'t care which one. On the way back to the school, they discussed the situation that my husband had a car and his roommate didn”'t, and he had a chauffeur”'s license, so it fell to my husband to start working there. (more…)

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