Covers the early history of a major form of local entertainment that began in 1870 and lasted half a century. The author credits the BECHS archives for its “wealth of source material, particularly two collections of original programs and photo brochures, as well as its newspaper resources.”
Continues the history in words and photos, as one local company changes and expands through the years to 1980.
Follows a local company over 100 years though its inventions and manufacturing history with three successive owners.
Scherer’s family were among the many who immigrated to this area from Germany in the early 1860’s, and his father, G.W. Scherer Sr., published the only local German-language newspaper in the late 1880’s. G.W. Jr. and Jeanne Kress continue with the history of several early Mankato newspapers to the mid-1950’s.
The authors continue their recollections--in words and photographs--of Mankato area people and places now long gone (see the January 1977 newsletter).
Kress continues her exploration in words and photographs of this historic landmark currently in jeopardy.
(Note: It still stands as part of the area’s recreational trail today.)
Quotes from several Mankato newspapers spice up this interesting history (and possible future) of one of the county’s most famous landmarks.
A Minnesota State Fair Board project, begun in 1976, named five county farms of historical importance. Kress traces the beginnings of these farms from earliest settlement to date.
Burns details the life and accomplishments of this world-famous “violinist, writer, teacher, lecturer and patron of the arts,” who brought so much to the “musical life of Blue Earth County in the early 20th century.”
Local Scottish settlers brought their national game with them from Scotland and curling is a sport that continues to draw enthusiasts of all ages.