Historians 2000-2009

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  • Author: Roberta Warnke
    Issue Date: Winter 2000

    The author recounts stories told to her by her grandmother about herself and her family’s experiences on the Minnesota Valley frontier, creating a vivid picture of pioneer life.

  • Author: Tyler Crogg
    Issue Date: Spring 2000

    Crogg states that the article’s purpose “is to place Le Sueur’s expedition within the shifting design of French North American policy.” The reader learns that he was a trader and military man responsible for maintaining peace between Indian nations, a founding father of the Louisiana colony and he worked at Fort L’Huillier from 1700-1702

  • Author: Shirley Grundmeier
    Issue Date: Summer 2000

    Nostalgic look at the oldest county fair in Minnesota (1859) with lots of detail (both amusing and amazing) and its hopes for a long future.

  • Author: Shirley Grundmeier
    Issue Date: Fall 2000

    Highlights the parochial and private high schools, both past and present, giving their history, philosophy and advantages.

  • Author: Shirley Grundmeier
    Issue Date: Winter 2001

    The final installment of the series surveying the town’s secondary schools that focuses on their strengths and differences.

  • Author: Rachel Kuehl
    Issue Date: Spring 2001

    Complete story of the venerable store from its beginnings in 1868 to its demise in the 1990s. A paper written in 1922 details the wonders of Brett’s four floors of fine merchandise and shopper comforts. The article ends with possible plans for re-use of the building at the present.

  • Author: Matt Helen
    Issue Date: Summer 2001

    Traces the Scottish winter sport of curling, brought to America by immigrants and first played in Minnesota in 1956. Each year, the fast-growing sport had up to 200 curlers in Mapleton alone. Ever 10 years, Scottish teams come here to curl.

  • Author: James Lundgren
    Issue Date: Fall 2001

    Surveys highlights of the Society’s first century, giving valuable information about its mission, activities, and challenges in collecting and sharing the history of Blue Earth County.

  • Issue Date: Winter 2002

    Extensive history of the Rapidan Dam area, from 1854 to 1939, big in the days of the Winnebago Indians, continuing through flour and grist mills to water power and the present hydroelectric plant.

  • Author: Winston Grundmeier
    Issue Date: Spring 2002

    Traces the history of the oldest existing cemetery in the Mankato area and the early pioneers who settled South Bend Township. Explores the growth of the cemetery and those who were connected to it over the years.

  • Issue Date: Summer 2002

    The Mankato Weekly Record of July 5, 1859, offered this extensive survey of county settlement from 1852-1859. Many persons and topics of various communities are covered, giving a wealth of information and interest to today’s writers and researchers.

  • Author: Inella Burns
    Issue Date: Fall 2002

    2002 was the year of the Mankato Area Sesquicentennial Celebration, honoring the early settlers, and the vitality of today’s Mankato area with many special events. Eagle Lake celebrates the 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 2002, and Mapleton, Amboy, and Rapidan will celebrate in 2003 and 2004.  

  • Author: Jeanne De Mars
    Issue Date: Winter 2003

    Detailed account of the tribe’s tenure in the county from 1855-1863, including its forced relocation to various areas by the U.S. Government. Continues with troubles dealing with the Winnebago Agency and Congress and the tribe’s final relocation to Nebraska in spite of repealed treaties.

  • Author: Winston Grundmeier
    Issue Date: Spring 2003

    The article, based on short features that appeared in the Mankato Free Press in 1934, details how several local business and professional men began their careers. It also focuses on a few women who achieved local fame in various fields during the first half of the 20th century.

  • Author: Gordon Herbst
    Issue Date: Summer 2003

    Traces the history of the gardens from 1976 to present, emphasizing the role played by the Twilight Garden Club in its care and appearance. Herbst gives a fine analysis of “not only the how but the why of garden creation,” quoting extensively from recent Horticulture issues.

  • Author: Emmet Smith
    Issue Date: Fall 2003

    A brief biography of the architect from the remarkable escape from Indiana at the age of three (in 1862) through his career of designing “half the buildings in Mankato.” Smith, the great-nephew of Schippel’s niece, based his article on family lore, local interviews, and archival sources, tracing many area buildings from 1890 to 1916.

  • Author: Michael Scullin
    Issue Date: Winter 2004

    Sometime between 1000 and 1100 AD a group of people settled along the Minnesota River downstream from present town of Cambria and remained there until about 1300 AD This article gives an overview of the archaeology research done, in 1974 and 1975, at two sites in the Cambria area which these peoples occupied. 

  • Author: Shirley Grundmeier
    Issue Date: Spring 2004

    Members of the Andrews family began their professional musical careers in 1876 as the Andrews Swiss Bell Ringers and in 1884 became the Andrews Family Opera Company, The Opera Company continued performing until 1901. Their travels took them from Philadelphia to Albequerque. After the grou pdisbanded, some of the family continued their individual professional careers into the 1930s and 40s.

  • Author: Inella Burns
    Issue Date: Summer 2004

    Gives the history of several well known resorts in Madison Lake including Point Pleasaant, Prospect Park, Fair Point and Coponaning

  • Author: Julie Schrader
    Issue Date: Fall 2004

    The story of the "ghost" in the Yaeger schoolhouse in 1897.

  • Author: E. Winston Grundmeier
    Issue Date: Winter 2005

    The first Lebanese immigrants to the Mankato area arrived in 1890, they continue to arrive to this day. Like most immigrants they came to escape the severe economics hardships the encountered in the homeland. They went on to establish their home and many successful business in the area.

  • Author: Jack Madsen
    Issue Date: Spring 2005

    There are 178 Century Farms in Blue Earth County. This article focuses on the Madsen, Tronvold, Barsch, Strobel and Will farms. It includes a brief history and photographs of each of these farms. It also includes a complete listing of all of the families in Blue Earth County whose farms have been designed Century Farms.

  • Author: Bernadette Wilson
    Issue Date: Summer 2005

    The Blue Earth County Diner’s Club has been visiting restranuts around the county. The author was given us an overview, some history and pictures of some of the restaurants the club has already visited and includes information on others that they have not yet had a chance to visit or which no longer exist.

  • Author: Melodie Andrews
    Issue Date: Fall 2005

    Blue Earth County women have been serving with the military since the Civil War. During that time many women have served. This article deals with our Civil War veteran as well as some women who served in both the First and Second World Wars.

  • Author: E. Winston Grundmeier
    Issue Date: Winter 2006

    The immigrants from Greece left a homeland that, thought free of oppression, was hardly wealthy and could not support a large population. The first Greek family arrived here in 1856 but the majority arrived in the early 1900s. While many of these family simply pass through, others made significant contributions to the growth of Mankato over the years.

  • Author: Beth Zimmer
    Issue Date: Spring 2006

    Explains some of the motivators behind New Englanders immigration from the places their ancestors had lived for generations and the migration routes that they took to get to what is now Minnesota. R. D. Hubbard was one of these adventurers who took a zigzag path to arrive in Mankato in 1870.

  • Author: John Rezmerski
    Issue Date: Summer 2006

    This article deals with literary writers, writings and activities that fit this standard: More or less connected to Blue Earth County.

  • Author: Anna Larson
    Issue Date: Fall 2006

    An overview of the life and career of A. A. Anderson, a photoengraver and commerical painting whose work tells a story of the people, places and landscape in and around Mankato.

  • Author: Sara Upahdyay
    Issue Date: Winter 2007

    Details the research process used to solve the mystery of the Sumner Hill wall.

  • Author: Grace Keir
    Issue Date: Spring 2007

    Articles of clothing and accessories provide insight into when and where people lived, their occupation, how they spent their leisure time, their social status and what organizations they belonged to. Examples include a wedding cape from 1893, a dance dress from 1925, quilts from the 1890s and 1900s, a shawl worn by a member of the Jewett family in 1865.

  • Author: Jane Tarjeson
    Issue Date: Summer 2007

    Account is made of the many mills which have existed in Blue Earth County, the largest of which are described in detail of construction materials, dimensions, period of operation, type of mill (wind, steam and water). and use of the mill (saw, cane and grist). The fate of all these mills is presented.

  • Author: Win Grundmeier
    Issue Date: Fall 2007

    Geologic, cultural and economic history of Indian Creek area. Description of changes in natural features as the process of development affects a wildlife habitat. Flooding effects on land use and the process of land reclamation by dike building. Preservation of habitat by forming Rasmussen Woods Nature Area and Indian Lake Conservation Area.

  • Author: Jane Engh
    Issue Date: Winter 2008

    History of South Bend community is traced from its origin in 1853, through the arrival of the Welsh settlers, growth to a thriving town which rivalled Mankato, and decline. Origins of Minneopa Park are traced, as well as its development.

  • Author: Grace Keir
    Issue Date: Spring 2008

    Use of photographs and clothing details to identify persons, their lives and times, during the period 1850 to 1900. The various types of photographic methods used from 1838 to 1900 are discussed. Clothing styles are important in dating photographs, especially with women’s and girls’ clothing which changed more than men’s and boys’.

  • Author: Jane Tarjeson
    Issue Date: Summer 2008

    Description is provided on the structure of the wooden grain elevators which once dotted the prairie landscape at towns along the railroads of Blue Earth County. The process of unloading, shelling and storing corn and small grain at the elevator, as well as shipment by rail from the elevator is explained. History is related for each elevator in the County as well as the fate of the elevator, often destruction by fire.

  • Author: Steven Ulmen
    Issue Date: Fall 2008

    Early settlements, associations of individuals, were formed by families or extended families, colonies from the Old Country, or along railroads and rivers. Settlement in Blue Earth County began in 1855 and blossomed through the 1860s. Origins, flourishing and decline to oblivion of a number of such communities is described.

  • Author: Grace Keir
    Issue Date: Winter 2009

    Dating photographs in the early 120tyh century may depend more on clothing and subject appearance.  Amateur photography began in 1888 with the Eastman Kodak.  Photographs on postcards began in 1898 and e3volved over several changes though 1930.  Importance of clothing styles for men, women and children is traced through the period.

  • Author: Grace Webb
    Issue Date: Spring 2009

    Born in Ireland in 1844, Sarah emigrated with her family to America.  She was educated through college level in Wisconsin, supported by her father and brother.  During the Civil War she took time to organize the Soldiers Aid Society.  Sarah found her education to be threatened by straitened financial circumstances, but u87ltimately succeeded.  Moving to Blue earth County, she married a prosperous widower.  Sarah embarked on projects involving missions and women’s rights.  She ran for election as Blue Earth County School Superintendent, and won by a fair margin—the first woman to be elected to any office in the county.  Her duties included visiting al 137 schools in the region, welfare of the students and maintenance of the facilities.  Sarah, a life-long Democrat, lost two succeeding elections for superintendent to her Republican opponent.

  • Author: Henry W. Quade
    Issue Date: Summer 2009

    Spurred by meat rationing during World War II, the public turned to eating fresh-water carp, some of which came from Eagle Lake. Contractor Armin Kleinschmidt, native of Mankato, and German-born engineer, Ed Bouda, teamed to form Land of Lakes Canning Company for processing carp as part of Mankato’s effort to feed our troops and the hungry refugees of Europe. Continental Can Company, which had a plant in Mankato, planned much of the processing. Kleinschmidt worked with the Smaller War Plants Corporation, supported by the State Conservation Department, to patent his process. The U. S. Army and Navy became interested and by June 1945 Kleinschmidt had a pilot plant operating. By October the dale of $101,000 in stock was announced. Four million pounds of carp would be harvested. Leonard A. Ford, Head of Science Department at Mankato State Teachers College, became plant chemist. Ford worked out a number of technical problems in the canning process. Price competition forced the industry into bankruptcy in the 1950s.

  • Author: Jack Madsen
    Issue Date: Fall 2009

    In by-gone years fall harvest began in July. Farmers depended on someone who owned a threshing machine powered by a huge tractor, such as a Case. While waiting on the availability of the threshing machine, the Farmer had to cut, dry and stack his grain.  Plow horses pulled the grain binder which would cut and bundle the grain with twine.  Hand labor did the shocking, piling bundles (six or eight) together for drying. Thence, the shocks were hauled home to be stacked. On harvest day, the threshing machine and tractor were carefully positioned and the process begun. The grain was poured into a truck or wagon and the straw was blown into a stack, perhaps in the barn.  The combine replaced all of the above operations into one, but it ended an era.