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    • Portrait of James George, Oronoco, Minnesota

    • 1860 - 1882
    • James George was born in 1819 in New York state. In 1942, he married Rhoda Pierce. He lived for a time in Ohio where he was elected to Register of Deeds for Butler County (Ohio). James George served in the military during the Mexican War. He...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from James George to his children from near Jamestown, Kentucky

    • 1862-01-13
    • This letter is unsigned, but presumed to have been written by James George. It is dated eighteen sixty one, but James George's unit was not in this area until January of eighteen sixty two. This letter was written from camp in near Jamestown,...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from James George to his children, location unknown

    • 1862-01-21
    • James George wrote this letter from camp. The previous Sunday, they were attacked by rebel forces, but were able to drive them away. The rebel force left about two thoudsand mules and horses and other equipment worth about a half a million...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from James George to his children, from near Nashville, Tennessee

    • 1862-03-18
    • James Greorge wrote this letter from camp near Nashville, Tennessee. He has heard reports that the rebels destroyed parts of the railroad between the camp and Louisville. His unit will be marching south the next day. He does not feel that they...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from James George to his children from Columbia, Tennessee

    • 1862-04-01
    • James George wrote this letter while in camp near Columbia, Tennessee. He expects to go south again in a few days and join a force of about 170,000 men. He talks about his prospects for a promotion. Ned is scolded for using bad language.
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from Jacob Dieter to his wife and children from Osage City, Kansas

    • 1864-01-10
    • Jacob Dieter wrote this letter from Osage City, Kansas. He had two boils on his face. Mail has been slo9w coming from home but he believes that it is due to the heavy snows in Illinois and Wisconsin. New Years day it was twenty-two degrees below...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from Jacob Dieter to his wife and children from Osage City, Kansas

    • 1864-01-17
    • Jacob Dieter wrote this letter from Osage City, Kansas. He is doing well and expects to earn some more money if they stay in the same place. It is warmer and the snow is almost all gone. The rings that he sent home cost one dollar and fifteen...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from Jacob Dieter to his wife and children from Osage City, Kansas

    • 1864-01-21
    • Jacob Dieter wrote this letter from Osage City, Kansas. He is well and hopes they are all doing fine. He has already sent ten dollars home this month and expects to send another three dollars as soon as he gets paid. He earned one dollar...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from Jacob Dieter to his wife and children from Warrensburg, Missouri

    • 1864-03-06
    • Jacob Dieter wrote this letter from Warrensburg, Missouri. He has earned twenty-eight dollars working out, but does not know if he will get more work. He tells Martha that Parks Penharlow is in the hospital, so the rumors that she had heard that...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from Jacob Dieter to his wife and children from Independence, Missouri

    • 1864-05-15
    • Jacob Dieter wrote this letter from Independence, Missouri. His health is still good. He has newspapers from Saint Louis giving accounts of General Grant driving Lee towards Richmond. Jacob thinks the war will soon be over. He plans to buy Mary...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Letter from Varnum Hadley to Martha Dieter

    • 1864-06-15
    • Varnum Hadley wrote this letter to inform Martha Dieter of the fate of her husband. Jacob Dieter was last seen about twenty miles from the railroad. A list of all the wounded and missing from Company F is included.
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Minnesota Power dam, Lanesboro, Minnesota

    • 1875
    • Bird's-eye view taken from Church Hill of Lanesboro power dam built over the Root River in 1868. It was constructed on a foundation of solid stone and anchored at each side by rock bluffs. Houses and various village buildings are seen on north...
    • Fillmore County Historical Society
    • South side of Main Street, Cambria, Minnesota

    • 1880?
    • Dirt street with businesses, horses and buggy, and people. Sign outside of building says, "Eating House and Saloon." Note on back of photo says, "Cambria--South side Main St. Building on far left was a hotel--which was burned." Second note...
    • Blue Earth County Historical Society
    • Miner's dining room (view one), Soudan, Minnesota

    • 1884 - 1890
    • Dining room of Elisha J. Morcom, the first mine superintendent of the Soudan Mine. Shows table and dresser and an exterior door of the house.
    • Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    • Miner's kitchen and stove, Soudan, Minnesota

    • 1884 - 1890
    • Kitchen of Elisha J. Morcom, the first mine superintendent of the Soudan Mine. Shows the stove and a portion of the dining room in the background.
    • Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    • Miner's living room (view one), Soudan, Minnesota

    • 1884 - 1890
    • Living room of Elisha J. Morcom, the first mine superintendent of the Soudan Mine. Shows rocking chairs and stove for heating the house. There may be a bed in the lower right corner of the room.
    • Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    • Miner's living room (view two), Soudan, Minnesota

    • 1884 - 1890
    • Living room of Elisha J. Morcom, the first mine superintendent of the Soudan Mine. Shows rocking chairs and stove for heating the house and an unidentified room in the background.
    • Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    • Original Anoka-Champlin bridge, Anoka, Minnesota

    • 1884 - 1929
    • First bridge over the Mississippi River that connected Anoka and Champlin, MN. The original bridge was constructed in 1884 and stood until 1929 when the current Anoka-Champlin bridge was completed.
    • Anoka County Historical Society
    • Whittier School, Princeton, Minnesota

    • 1885
    • The Whittier School was built in 1867 and was one of the first schools in Princeton. Raleigh Herdliska built a home on the corner of this lot after the school was torn down.
    • Mille Lacs County Historical Society
    • Whittier School, Princeton, Minnesota

    • 1885
    • The Whittier School was built in 1867 and was one of the first schools in Princeton. Raleigh Herdliska built a home on the corner of this lot after the school was torn down.
    • Mille Lacs County Historical Society
    • Main Street, Princeton, Minnesota

    • 1887
    • Early photo of Princeton Main Street with the Caley Hardware (with fancy awning) on left. Bakery is on right foreground with the American House Hotel (later became Commerical Hotel) on right rear.
    • Mille Lacs County Historical Society
    • Two men, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Two men posing for photo. They are both sitting in wooden chairs. They are sitting in front of a Smith Premiere desk. There is a framed sign in the backround that reads: John T. Otos ABSTRACTS. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from...
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Train Depot Spicer, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Train Depot in Spicer, MN. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from 1906-1927. He was known as the Prohibition Sheriff. Images in this collection were taken by Peter Bonde from 1890-1910.
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Man posing for photo, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Unidentified man in baseball uniform. He is posing like a pitcher. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from 1906-1927. He was known as the Prohibition Sheriff. Images in this collection were taken by Peter Bonde from 1890-1910.
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Sidewalk, Willmar, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Walkway across Benson Ave. and 4th St. in Willmar, MN. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from 1906-1927. He was known as the Prohibition Sheriff. Images in this collection were taken by Peter Bonde from 1890-1910.
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Peter Bonde with a friend, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Two men standing on a road by the lake. The man on the right is Peter Bonde. The road they are on was known at the time as the dump road and it was located by the radio station in Willmar, MN. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from...
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Photo of large family gathering, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Photo of large family gathering. They are standing in front of a house. Everyone is dressed up. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from 1906-1927. He was known as the Prohibition Sheriff. Images in this collection were taken by Peter Bonde...
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Albert Sperry and three men, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Four men sitting in what looks to be an office. Albert Sperry is sitting on the far left. There is a framed sign sitting in the backround that reads: Northwestern Fire and Marine Insurance Co. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from...
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Group portrait sitting in the grass, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Four men standing. Seven women, three children and a man sitting in the grass. The four men standing have four women sitting in front of them. The man that is sitting is in front of the four women with a hat. The three other women and the children...
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Kids playing outside, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Kids playing outside. Two are on a sled. There are clothes hanging from a line above them. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from 1906-1927. He was known as the Prohibition Sheriff. Images in this collection were taken by Peter Bonde from...
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Four men standing, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Four men standing. Three are next to each other and the other is on the left side smiling at them. There are two white sheets hanging in the backround. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from 1906-1927. He was known as the Prohibition...
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society
    • Mathilda Bonde Gilman and a friend, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

    • 1890 - 1910
    • Two women sitting in a chair. Mathilda Bonde Gilman is the woman sitting in the seat of the chair. The other woman is sitting on the arm of the chair with her arm around Mathilda. Peter Bonde was sheriff in Kandiyohi County from 1906-1927. He was...
    • Kandiyohi County Historical Society

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