Hibbing Historical Society

Hibbing Historical Society The Hibbing Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and an affiliate of the St. Louis County Historical Society. Our physical building is currently closed in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The Hibbing Historical Society is a non-profit historical site and museum, which also operates a small research facility.
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Hibbing Historical Society and Museum 400 East 23rd Street, Hibbing MN (Lower level of the Memorial Building) Open year-round from 10am - 2 pm (Tuesday-Friday), or anytime by appointment (218)263-8522

We are making global history.  As a historical society, it’s important that we help future generations understand these ...
04/18/2020
Hibbing Historical Society

We are making global history. As a historical society, it’s important that we help future generations understand these unprecedented times. We are asking YOU to help us create a community archive that will record and preserve these stories.
How can I help?

We are asking you to submit any materials that you feel represent your experience, and/or your community's experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes how businesses, schools, health care facilities, government agencies, and other organizations (social, political, religious, etc.) are affected. We’re also asking for records of individuals' thoughts and reactions to the pandemic, routines for school children at home, day-to-day quarantine routines, and life for essential service workers.

Some examples of items you might contribute include:

• Statements or journal entries documenting personal reactions to this time

• Photos from your neighborhood, grocery stores, or other places that have changed during this time

• Signage indicating closures or changes at restaurants, playgrounds, grocery stores, etc.

• Social media posts (video/photo)

• Recordings of events shared online during social distancing practices

• Materials from your place of business or worship explaining the move to online services

• Distance learning schedules or other daily routines

• Measures your business or organization has taken during this time

This list is NOT exclusive. If you think it’s important, it likely is. Please visit our website if you have more questions. www.hibbinghistory.org

Because these items are already archived by other organizations, we are not collecting newspaper articles or any materials from people or businesses outside of the Hibbing area. We are also not able to accept any physical artifacts at this time. If you have a physical artifact that you feel would be appropriate for this collection, please save it for inclusion at a later date.

Submissions may be in the form of digital photographs, text files, PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, or video files, and can be emailed to: [email protected]

If you are located outside the Hibbing area, please consider submitting your materials to the Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Community Archive Project:
https://lib.d.umn.edu/kathryn-martin-library/news/covid19-archive-project

Or the Saint Louis County Historical Society:
https://www.thehistorypeople.org/single-post/2020/04/13/Preserving-COVID-19-Experiences-Photos-and-Archives-for-Future-Generations

An interesting article on "outlaw baseball" and the Mesaba League, featuring some info on Hibbing's Colts.https://www.ho...
04/14/2020
When the Black Sox played on the Range | Hometown Focus | Explore Virginia, MN

An interesting article on "outlaw baseball" and the Mesaba League, featuring some info on Hibbing's Colts.

https://www.hometownfocus.us/articles/when-the-black-sox-played-on-the-range/?fbclid=IwAR2b5kixicL-fJiQx4LWHGDlEgRYx8hKfSiQBSp1ONQBfGDI2dJMIHG6z8g

In 1922, local baseball enthusiasts tried to revive the defunct Duluth White Sox, which had not fielded a professional team since 1916. A team representing the Zenith City was assembled to play in the

Hibbing Daily Tribune
04/13/2020
Hibbing Daily Tribune

Hibbing Daily Tribune

Life in Hibbing 100 years ago was busy and also probably stressful.

Today's featured online resource comes from our Locations collection.  We have added several new photographs, maps, and ...
04/10/2020
Poole (Pool) | Hibbing Historical Society

Today's featured online resource comes from our Locations collection. We have added several new photographs, maps, and documents to our database on Poole (Pool) Location! Do you have any materials to add?
https://hibbinghistory.org/mining_location/poole/

An outgrowth of two smaller locations, Finn and French, Poole Location was one of the largest Mesabi Range locations. The Poole mine, named after J.D. Poole, first shipped ore in 1895 and by 1919 had shipped 16,347,691 tons. In 1941, the mine made it’s last shipment and was listed as “exhausted....

Today's featured online resource is the Underground Mine Mapping project done by the MN DNR. Over 3,000 maps were scanne...
04/08/2020
Underground Mine Mapping -- Maps

Today's featured online resource is the Underground Mine Mapping project done by the MN DNR. Over 3,000 maps were scanned and are available for viewing at the site below, as well as the 3D models created using the maps. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/underground/maps.html

DNR RESPONSE TO COVID-19: For details on adjustments to DNR services, visit this webpage. For information on the state’s response, visit the Department of Health website.

Virginia Area Historical Society
04/03/2020

Virginia Area Historical Society

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O for Oliver Iron Mining Company! The OIM was once the largest mining company in Minnesota and operated over 100 mines on the Mesabi and Vermilion ranges. These items (an ID tag, a tape measure, and a miner’s helmet) are in a mining display in our tourist cabin. Read more about Oliver here:
https://www.mnopedia.org/group/oliver-iron-mining-company

04/01/2020
www.mnhs.org

Today's online resource is courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society! Northern Lights is a series of interactive eBooks featuring the stories of Minnesota's past. A great resource for anyone interested in the history of our state.

https://www.mnhs.org/nl/#/en/

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03/27/2020

Memorial Building Drafted; Air Corps students trained in Ore Capital during WWII

Nonprofit organizations employ more than 385,000 people, or 13 percent of Minnesota's workforce. And many are having to ...
03/26/2020
Minnesota nonprofits brace for a challenging fundraising year

Nonprofit organizations employ more than 385,000 people, or 13 percent of Minnesota's workforce. And many are having to cancel fundraisers they rely on.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/03/20/minnesota-nonprofits-brace-for-a-challenging-fundraising-year?fbclid=IwAR3re-jRL7eGp8goRtqz9IKs9Xiz-4L0MJQ6SPW3VD1wo8hyLYyg7WfXULg

Nonprofits employ 13 percent of Minnesota's workforce. The coronavirus outbreak is forcing many to cancel the fundraisers they rely on.

Today's online resource: "Picturing Minnesota - Photographs from the Farm Security Administration."  Additional Library ...
03/25/2020

Today's online resource: "Picturing Minnesota - Photographs from the Farm Security Administration." Additional Library of Congress Images can be found by clicking the link in the album description.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/HibbingHistoricalSociety/photos/?tab=album&album_id=758365727524771

Photographs from the Farm Security Administration; 1936-1943
Credits: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection.
More Hibbing images from the Library of Congress can be located here: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=hibbing

Ranger Chevrolet Buick GMC
03/20/2020

Ranger Chevrolet Buick GMC

Archive Photo Day! 70+ years in Hibbing and counting. Thank you to the Iron Range community for your continued support.

**Come check out our NEW medium duty trucks like the ones in the photo!**

We've got a very special announcement!   Today's featured online resource is.... the long awaited Aubin panoramas!  Thes...
03/20/2020
Contributor: Hibbing Historical Society - Minnesota Reflections Search Results

We've got a very special announcement! Today's featured online resource is.... the long awaited Aubin panoramas! These 203 images from our collection are now officially available for viewing on the Minnesota Digital Library site: Minnesota Reflections. We have been working to get these cleaned, scanned and cataloged for over 2 years! So jump in, and be sure to come back and tell us your favorite :)

https://reflections.mndigital.org/?f%5Bcollection_name_ssi%5D%5B%5D=Hibbing+Historical+Society

Stay connected with the latest news from the Minnesota Digital Library by subscribing to email updates on the Minitex News platform.

Sneak peak of what's coming 🙊....https://news.minitex.umn.edu/news/minnesota-digital-library/new-contributing-organizati...
03/19/2020
New Contributing Organization to Minnesota Reflections: Hibbing Historical Society | Minitex News

Sneak peak of what's coming 🙊....https://news.minitex.umn.edu/news/minnesota-digital-library/new-contributing-organization-minnesota-reflections-hibbing

The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to introduce our 197th contributing partner: the Hibbing Historical Society! The Hibbing Historical Society has shared 203 images of life on Minnesota's Iron Range via their unique Aubin Photographic Studio collection.

Laying of the cornerstones, by the Hibbing Masons, at the new Post Office (top) and Park (Glass) School (bottom) - Augus...
03/18/2020

Laying of the cornerstones, by the Hibbing Masons, at the new Post Office (top) and Park (Glass) School (bottom) - August 17, 1935. Thank you to Marty Gensler for bringing these images in on behalf of Mesaba Lodge #255 to be scanned last year. Check out today's earlier post for more information on the Glass School and the cornerstone.

03/18/2020

Today's featured online collection: The Glass (Park) School

The Glass School was built in 1935, and the cornerstone laid by the Masons on August 17, 1935, at 2:00pm. In early 2018, the building was demolished by the City of Hibbing, and a copper box was found inside the cornerstone. The box was opened by members of the City of Hibbing, Hibbing Historical Society, Masonic Lodge, and Hibbing Parks Department on January 30, 2018, at 10:30 am.

A link to images of individual items found in the box, as well as pictures and information about the school, can be found here:
https://hibbinghistory.org/mining_location/hibbing-park-glass-school-time-capsule/

A video of the opening can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw2p4TwVkF8

Images of the school before demolition (taken by Mike Hukka) can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/HibbingHistoricalSociety/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3489090184452298

Images of the Glass (Park) School taken by Mike Hukka on 1/29/2018 before demolition.
03/18/2020

Images of the Glass (Park) School taken by Mike Hukka on 1/29/2018 before demolition.

Images of the Glass (Park) School taken by Mike Hukka on 1/29/2018 before demolition.

03/17/2020
OIMC - Hibbing Historical Society

As we posted last week, the Hibbing Historical Society museum and office will remain closed until further notice. During this time, we will be featuring some of our online resources that you can check out. First up, the Oliver Iron Mining Company collection. These images were donated between 1978 and 1982, and highlight the time period of the town moving as well as insurance record images of houses in North Hibbing. http://hibbinghistory.com/oimc/thumbnails.php?album=1

Hello everyone,We have been informed that effective at midnight tonight (March 13, 2020), the Hibbing Memorial Building ...
03/13/2020

Hello everyone,
We have been informed that effective at midnight tonight (March 13, 2020), the Hibbing Memorial Building will be closed in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Hibbing Historical Society will be CLOSED until further notice. We are setting up remote access to the phone and email, so we can stay on top of things during this time.

03/12/2020

Hibbing Historical Society events calendar 📆

POSTPONED (MAY 1st:) Annual Spring Fundraiser at the historic Androy Hotel. New date TBD

JUNE 11th: Burger Bash
Palmer’s will graciously host our Fourth Annual Burger Basket fundraiser. Tickets will be available from board members and at the museum prior to the event. They will also be available at the door. Takeout will be available. Join us for an evening of good food, camaraderie and raffles.

AUGUST 5th: Hibbing’s 127th Birthday Party
Organizers, Joe and Mary Keyes, pull out all the stops for this annual August event.

OCTOBER 24th: Fall Membership Meeting and Luncheon
Held in the Dining Room of the Memorial Building, this event will include the unveiling of a new display featuring Hibbing in the 1920’s and the beginning of its big move.

DECEMBER 11th: Christmas Tea and Open House
This is a great opportunity for members and the public to view the museum in all of its holiday splendor!

We had a great event on Saturday! Over 100 people enjoyed visiting our museum, a great pot luck lunch, and viewing vinta...
03/03/2020

We had a great event on Saturday! Over 100 people enjoyed visiting our museum, a great pot luck lunch, and viewing vintage footage of our town. If you missed the movie, we do have some DVD copies for sale. Only $10 :)

This Saturday!
02/25/2020

This Saturday!

Reserve your spot!
2nd Annual Movie Matinee/Pot Luck Event
February 29, 2020 at 12:00pm at the Hibbing Memorial Building
Pot Luck lunch at 12 Noon in the downstairs dining room with the movie starting at 1 in the Little Theater
The movie will be about an hour long, and will feature the following subjects:
1. Logging in Minnesota. This particular footage is really quite amazing!!
2. Parades in North and South Hibbing, along 3rd Avenue and then Howard Street.
3. Men and women’s drum and bugle corps.
4. St. Louis County Fair
5. Bennet Park Zoo, Greenhouse, and other buildings
6. 40th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration (1933)
7. Mining operations on the edge of North Hibbing
8. Winter sports, including ski jumping (1927)
If you plan to attend, please contact Michael Hukka via Facebook messenger or give him a call and leave a message at 651-717-8366.
Please leave the following information to reserve your spot: the names of those in your party, and if you will be attending the Pot Luck or just the movie.

Thanks to Pam Angen and Paul Aubin for allowing the Historical Society to obtain these Hibbing historical treasures! The photos are some of the scenes you will see in this movie. We will accept free will donations to digitize more movies for the future until we run out of material to digitize.

We are excited to announce we are now accepting online memberships!  Visit our new website and become a member of the hi...
02/12/2020
Memberships | Hibbing Historical Society

We are excited to announce we are now accepting online memberships! Visit our new website and become a member of the historical society by filling out a simple form and paying via credit card or Paypal! https://hibbinghistory.org/memberships/

Anyone can become a member by paying the annual membership dues via PayPal – even if you do not have a PayPal account. Just complete the form below and hit submit. You will be directed to PayPal where you can either enter your credit card information or your PayPal account information.

Reserve your spot!2nd Annual Movie Matinee/Pot Luck EventFebruary 29, 2020 at 12:00pm at the Hibbing Memorial BuildingPo...
02/12/2020

Reserve your spot!
2nd Annual Movie Matinee/Pot Luck Event
February 29, 2020 at 12:00pm at the Hibbing Memorial Building
Pot Luck lunch at 12 Noon in the downstairs dining room with the movie starting at 1 in the Little Theater
The movie will be about an hour long, and will feature the following subjects:
1. Logging in Minnesota. This particular footage is really quite amazing!!
2. Parades in North and South Hibbing, along 3rd Avenue and then Howard Street.
3. Men and women’s drum and bugle corps.
4. St. Louis County Fair
5. Bennet Park Zoo, Greenhouse, and other buildings
6. 40th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration (1933)
7. Mining operations on the edge of North Hibbing
8. Winter sports, including ski jumping (1927)
If you plan to attend, please contact Michael Hukka via Facebook messenger or give him a call and leave a message at 651-717-8366.
Please leave the following information to reserve your spot: the names of those in your party, and if you will be attending the Pot Luck or just the movie.

Thanks to Pam Angen and Paul Aubin for allowing the Historical Society to obtain these Hibbing historical treasures! The photos are some of the scenes you will see in this movie. We will accept free will donations to digitize more movies for the future until we run out of material to digitize.

The Hibbing Historical Society will be working with the Hibbing Daily Tribune to create a very special annual addition!
02/12/2020
Hibbing Daily Tribune

The Hibbing Historical Society will be working with the Hibbing Daily Tribune to create a very special annual addition!

We want to hear from YOU. This year, the staff at the Hibbing Daily Tribune is dedicating their special annual edition to YOUR memories, YOUR stories and YOUR photos. Themed “A walk down memory lane,” our special insert will be all about honoring YOUR favorite moments that happened right here in Hibbing.

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Had the wonderful opportunity to interview a veteran in Socorro, N.M., where I currently publish a newspaper. The veteran, Charles Zimmerly, served with the US Navy in Vietnam. He handed me this photo and said, "I know you lived in Hibbing, Minn. Here's a picture of a man I served with in Vietnam named Arnold Makela. Thought you might like to see it and share with your Hibbing, Minnesota, friends.
Isabella impersonating Frank Hibbing.
Back in my youth, my parents rented a HUGE house (in disrepair) ANSLEY ROAD, when they moved to Hibbing, Minnesota. Loved wandering those passages. However, at the time, we were told that a murder had occurred nearby, and I never got the full story, until the internet came along, and I was able to track down the person who had lived in the house before we moved in. He just wrote me--- Gene, I had forgotten about that. I believe the guys name was Bucher and he had a nice ranch style house across the street from the Cobb Cook School on thirty first street. Gosh I think I was twelve at the time and would explore the iron ore dump across from the house with my dog Tuffy. The dump was still active and still had train tracks. I remember walking those tracks and being overcome by a powerful stench one day and sat had to sit down to recover. That weekend our property was overrun by search parties looking for this guy Bucher who was to be a witness in an upcoming gambling trial. They turned their attention to the dumps a cross the street and within hours discovered his body in a puddle within feet of the tracks where I was overcome by the stench. There were dog foot prints and signs that a dog had rolled in the body. The day before my dog had come home covered in something and smelling horrible. My Dad caught ahold of him, hosed him down, them scrubbed him down in a wash tub. Obviously the Dog was Tuffy. Chet Nasath, the police Chief was living with us at the time as his house had burnt down and he was actively investigating the scene. He told us that it was a murder, that his throat had been cut and that he had a gun shot wound under his arm. The next day the coroner declared it to be a suicide. I went back up on the dumps the next day and located the spot where the body was found. You could see the impression of the body lying face down in the watery flat. I remembered the perfect imprint of his belt buckle. There were dog tracks all around the body. There were tire tracks as well which I traced to the access road that rose from the back of the dumps in Blue Valley, near the swimming hole. My mother had seen headlights on the top of the dumps that night and the next morning one of the park residents, a Korean War combat veteran, reported hearing a gun shot that night. Dale C Jones
I am looking for any relatives of the Webb family. I am Leonard Webb's daughter and would be interested in locating other cousins. Please contact me through FB. Linda Webb-Albright.
Hibbing Trivia & Lore is supporting the Historical Society with a fundraiser!
Do you have any photos on the Leetonia location outside of Hibbing and the Morton school?
I have been digging into Hibbing this week - part of which included the Historical Society... love your town and the Historical Society and I've just adored getting to know the folks who work and volunteer there! Such rich area history and wonderful people!
Wondering if there was a fire in Hibbing sometime between 1910 - 1920 that could have destroyed marriage license informatio? I can't find what I'm looking for on the Minnesota Official Marriage system on-line https://www.moms.mn.gov/ Do you have other suggestions where I might search. Thanks in advance for your help.
Is there someone on this site willing to do an obituary look up from 1944?
Should post about the Hardware store in Brooklyn ran by the Skalsky family. ☺️ I grew up in that house. Was in our family until it was torn down in 2012. Was a hardware store, plumbing, the basement had an auto shop, upper floors were rooming for fellow miners like my grandfather Clement Skalsky was, as well as his and family’s living quarters all in one big house! On 13th ave east next to Fraboni’s. They did church school there as well. Was basically a place to come do everything in the Brooklyn neighborhood back then. Proud to say I grew up with a family that was historically important to this town in a house that was too. The day it was torn down my grandma and I sat watching it come down together, sadder than ever. It was a true legacy.