Armour 'A way of life'

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Once, it was the largest building in Minnesota. Now it's gone. But for 60 years, everything about the Armour and Co.
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Dad use to work in Newport, I still can remember the gut wrenching stench as you got near the river. I always also got a kick of the name of the road ...Farewell... quite appropriate I thought for the millions of livestock that ended up there. Not hard to believe that Minnesota taxes was part of the down fall of a huge company.
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When my Grandmother came from Serbia in 1920 whe got a job at Armour's. She worked 10 hour days 6 days a week to provide for her and her son my dad. In the process she bought 2 homes.

Since: Jul 08

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Grandmaster G wrote:
Dad use to work in Newport, I still can remember the gut wrenching stench as you got near the river. I always also got a kick of the name of the road ...Farewell... quite appropriate I thought for the millions of livestock that ended up there. Not hard to believe that Minnesota taxes was part of the down fall of a huge company.
I remember delivering tires there when I was a young guy. I was driving on Malden street, and thought to myself, "this is how Karl Malden's nose got like that?"
Freedom

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Minnesotans keep electing tax and spend liberals and wonder why there is never enough money. Get a clue.
Sometimes Im Clueless

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drew15 wrote:
This is pointless nostalgia; certainly not news and not worthy of the front page. If a company were to open a new slaughter plant in town, that would be news. Hey, some new jobs in a terrible economic environment. How many other businesses have closed in the past 30 years? What of their culture?
It's history. Where we are going and where we have been as a society. Under your logic, remembering the Titanic sinking, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, John F Kennedy, The moon landing, 9/11, the eventual passing of the last WWII vet wouldnt deserve space in this newspaper.
I, for one, get more and more interested as I get older. Especially history of my own time. Keep it up Pioneer Press.

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drew15 wrote:
Labratt:
"Besides, it's Sunday."
Umm, does that give license for incompetence? Every day is a news day. The local media, be it print or televised, is horrible. I wonder why they flounder finacially?
Good point, but alot of effort goes into the marketing of news programs, and what we see is the outcome of this effort. How else do you explain the overwhelming emphasis on sports? I am sorry, but I believe you are overestimating the intellegence of the average reader.
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drew15 wrote:
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"I am sorry, but I believe you are overestimating the intellegence of the average reader."
Perhaps, but I am the eternal optimist. I just want a good local newspaper (again). Is that so much to ask?
For a paper that's been around since about 1850, I'd say they're doing a pretty dam good job. If you don't like it go buy the enemy paper. They need people.

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Bullshitake wrote:
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It's easy to feel that way if you didn't grow up while it was still happening. I live(d) on the East side most of my life. West side early on. And I remember "The Stinky Bridge". We always knew Aunt Kathy's was only 3 minutes away once we hit "The Stinky Bridge"
Most people who have lived in St Paul can name some one in their family that had worked a the meat packing plants. I know of 3 off hand in my family.
It is Minnesota history. A history that has helped shape Minnesota. You can not just dismiss it.
I grew up in so st paul , about 80% had something to do with the stockyards, most retired from armours or swifts, after you have lived there you dont smell it, kinda weird. I still have friends involved in the cattle industry, some work in hampton and sioux falls ,
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Sometimes Im Clueless wrote:
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It's history. Where we are going and where we have been as a society. Under your logic, remembering the Titanic sinking, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, John F Kennedy, The moon landing, 9/11, the eventual passing of the last WWII vet wouldnt deserve space in this newspaper.
I, for one, get more and more interested as I get older. Especially history of my own time. Keep it up Pioneer Press.
totally agree... it's not "news" but i don't mind. It's interesting history and there's no problem with revisiting it onw and then. for those who don't want to revisit history, i'll assume they'll be at work on christmas day and thanksgiving since those two holiday commemorate two very important times for this nation and the world.
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Going through that town now is as depressing as listening to our Gov. who grew up there.

Since: May 09

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I'm glad newspapers have more than news. Sports, features, opinion, classifieds. This particular story will be part of a series on vanished businesses in the Twin Cities and that's good: it helps us remember whence we came.
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Growing up a boy in Saint Paul in the 1940s, I recall the occasional stench blowing over the city from the south and truck loads of bellowing cattle being driven down Grand Avenue to their fate. I'm happy I was never taken on a tour of the plant.
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drew15 wrote:
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What perspective? I think I made my point pretty clear. This is a non-story filling up column space that could be better spent on "real" news. Lord knows, there is enough of that going on to more than occupy the space of some of this glance in the mirror nostalgic tripe. Yes, they have to sell papers, but it seems the very thing they do shoots them in the foot. NEWS; not feel good garbage., that's what I want to read...and what I'll pay for.
Turn on CNN if you want Constent Negative News, ya loser! And I am sure you didn't "pay for" a newspaper...you read it online. dumba$$
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the stock yards were part of my heritage both my grandparents and my father and many of our neighbors were employed by both packing houses they worked hard to make a better life for themselves and their family's so it was a nice story to read on a nice sunday which happens to be fathers day
P.S miss you DAD
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I bought a house in South St Paul about a year ago and have loved the close knit community feel and sense of history that is present in the neighborhoods. Id encourage first time home buyers who appreciate beautiful old homes and a unique community feel to check out all that South St Paul has to offer, Im sure that youll agree that it is a wonderful area to live.
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This is a great story! I knew some of the history not all of it. Imagine kids today taking a field trip to see cows slaughtered. Amazing.
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This is an interesting story. It is good to learn something new every day.

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drew15 wrote:
Labratt:
"Besides, it's Sunday."
Umm, does that give license for incompetence? Every day is a news day. The local media, be it print or televised, is horrible. I wonder why they flounder finacially?
you need to get laid buddy, chill out
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I loved this article -- just wish it had been longer! I lived in SSP and all of my family was involved with the 'yards' in one way or another. Some of my uncles owned bars on Concord Street, other uncles (and aunts) worked at either Swift or Armours, and my grandfather owned a meat market. My first real summer job was in the Stockyards Exchange Building. If it hadn't been for the stockyards, I wouldn't have had the wonderful childhood that I had. Go suck an egg, Drew15.
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I remember my dad taking my brother and me behind the old Armour's plant in the late 70's to go fishing. I didn't much care for fishing, but I loved looking at the old Armour plant. It was so big, so old, and so unique. It was like stepping into a different world. It was the world of my grandparents who moved from North Dakota in their youth to work in the packing plants. They were part of something big and I think they knew it. They built a family. They built a community. They built a nation. Makes me wonder what WE are building today? Of course, that's probably a stupid question. It's not about "we" these days but "ME". Instead of marvelling at plants that put people to work, built communities and families, we marvel at those "ME toys" like I-pods and Blackberrys. It's really too bad the Armour plant is gone. It would remind us of how great WE were at building families, communities, and a great nation.

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