Hugo Historical Commission

Hugo Historical Commission The Hugo Historical Commission is dedicated to connecting the community to its past through historical preservation and education.

05/22/2019

The Hugo Historical Commission is investigating the possibility of posting family tree data of the original Hugo families on this page. If you would like to participate please contact me by Facebook Messenger. We are looking for digital files.
Thanks,
Scott Cregan

05/17/2019
Seniors-Get your tickets now!
05/07/2019

Seniors-Get your tickets now!

History of the Railroad in Hugo
05/03/2019

History of the Railroad in Hugo

Stop down to city hall and check out the railroad display.
04/20/2019

Stop down to city hall and check out the railroad display.

The Hugo Historical Commission was recently gifted artifacts from Fr. Fortin's (St. Johns Catholic Church) time as a Cha...
04/04/2019

The Hugo Historical Commission was recently gifted artifacts from Fr. Fortin's (St. Johns Catholic Church) time as a Chaplin in the Army. The items were donated by Greg Burmeister, Commander of the Hugo Legion.

Come find out about The Boys in Company B
04/02/2019

Come find out about The Boys in Company B

03/08/2019
The Hopkins Schoolhouse is up FOR LEASE!Have you ever dreamed of opening up a small business in a historic building? Now...
02/06/2019

The Hopkins Schoolhouse is up FOR LEASE!

Have you ever dreamed of opening up a small business in a historic building? Now is your chance! Partner with the City of Hugo to help revitalize this local landmark.

If you have any questions or would link to submit a business proposal, please contact Michele Lindau at [email protected] or Olivia Schiffman at [email protected]

11/16/2018

Does anyone know about the Pioneer Club that existed in Hugo back in the 1970s and 80s? It was first Louies, then Sams, then Guiseppis, and then the Pioneer Club. It was located where the US Bank now stands. Any information would be appreciated, especially photos. Thanks.

Our mystery photo is of a group of young girls playing on the sidewalk. If you have any information pertaining to this p...
11/16/2018

Our mystery photo is of a group of young girls playing on the sidewalk. If you have any information pertaining to this photo, please comment below.

Interested in being involved with the Hopkins Schoolhouse preservation project? You're in luck! We're still looking for ...
08/20/2018

Interested in being involved with the Hopkins Schoolhouse preservation project? You're in luck! We're still looking for Hugo residents to join our committee.

If you're passionate about local history and the preservation of one of our city landmarks, we want to hear from you.

Please send a letter of interest describing why you would be a good fit for this committee to City Clerk Michele Lindau, at [email protected] or to Hugo City Hall, 14669 Fitzgerald Ave. N., Hugo, MN 55038.

As our committee to discuss the future of the Hopkins Schoolhouse gears up for its first meeting, we're exploring a vari...
08/15/2018
MCHS at 70: Excelsior School, District 12

As our committee to discuss the future of the Hopkins Schoolhouse gears up for its first meeting, we're exploring a variety of options for its use.

Check out this article about what Excelsior did with its old schoolhouse!

It’s time for another edition of MCHS at 70! This month, we’re looking at the one-room school house and its life before it became part of a museum. District No. 12 school organized in …

The City is forming a committee to consider the future of the Hopkins Schoolhouse located at 5970 170th Street.  If you ...
07/13/2018

The City is forming a committee to consider the future of the Hopkins Schoolhouse located at 5970 170th Street. If you would like to be a part of this committee, please submit a letter of interest by Friday, July 27th. Letters can be sent to City Clerk Michele Lindau at Hugo City Hall, 14669 Fitzgerald Ave. N., Hugo, MN 55038, or emailed to [email protected].

Here is a claim for a wolf bounty filed with the Town of Oneka in 1903.  Not sure what the price was.  This is one of se...
06/21/2018

Here is a claim for a wolf bounty filed with the Town of Oneka in 1903. Not sure what the price was. This is one of several documents from John Granger that were loaned to the City to scan. If you have old documents, the Historical Commission would appreciate copying them. Drop them off at City Hall, and they will be returned to you when finished!

When you're at Hugo Good Neighbor Days this weekend, be sure to check out the History Display at City Hall put on by Hug...
06/07/2018

When you're at Hugo Good Neighbor Days this weekend, be sure to check out the History Display at City Hall put on by Hugo's Historical Commission!

Louise Marier poses for a photo with her three children on their farm.
05/31/2018

Louise Marier poses for a photo with her three children on their farm.

An undated photo of Lena Perrault Granger posing for a photo.
05/10/2018

An undated photo of Lena Perrault Granger posing for a photo.

Help us fill in the blanks of this group of Hugo friends! Back: Jerry Brisson, ____, ____, Albert Ethier, Irene O’conn...
05/03/2018

Help us fill in the blanks of this group of Hugo friends!

Back: Jerry Brisson, ____, ____, Albert Ethier, Irene O’connor Ethier, ____, ____
Front: Patrick Granger, ____

Flora Peloquin (age 15) sits on the front steps of the Withrow farm with Helen Peloquin (1 yr and 8mo.) in 1919.
04/26/2018

Flora Peloquin (age 15) sits on the front steps of the Withrow farm with Helen Peloquin (1 yr and 8mo.) in 1919.

Hugo population only 6,343? Our cities population has skyrocketed within the last decade, and with it has brought many n...
04/19/2018

Hugo population only 6,343? Our cities population has skyrocketed within the last decade, and with it has brought many new opportunities and development. Even as our population continues to reach upward, it’s important to remember the history of the land and our community.

Can you identify this serviceman? Please comment below and help us compile a more complete database. — Even more recen...
04/11/2018

Can you identify this serviceman? Please comment below and help us compile a more complete database. — Even more recent photographs count as history. If you have any photos of Hugo you’d like to share with us please message them to us via facebook, or email us at [email protected].

This is a lovely winter photo of Hugo in the Winter of 2003.  Looks very similar to the Spring of 2018!
04/05/2018

This is a lovely winter photo of Hugo in the Winter of 2003. Looks very similar to the Spring of 2018!

Pre-construction stages of Waters Edge community in 2003.  Sure looks different now!
03/28/2018

Pre-construction stages of Waters Edge community in 2003. Sure looks different now!

These kiddos stand for a photo on a back road of Hugo. Are they patiently waiting for spring to come too? Our records on...
03/22/2018

These kiddos stand for a photo on a back road of Hugo. Are they patiently waiting for spring to come too?

Our records only have the name of Mary Gallivan, the girl standing in back. The other two children are unidentified. If they look familiar or if you know their names, please help us make our database more complete and comment below.

Have you gotten a chance to fill out our brief poll and comment form about the Hopkins Schoolhouse?If you haven't we wou...
03/15/2018
A Brief History of Hugo's One Room Schoolhouse

Have you gotten a chance to fill out our brief poll and comment form about the Hopkins Schoolhouse?

If you haven't we would greatly appreciate you taking a minute or two to let us know your thoughts and opinion regarding the historic structure.

Thank you to those who have already taken the time to give us their input.

The Hopkins Schoolhouse, located off of 170th St N. and Highway 61, was constructed in 1928 and served as an “ungraded Elementary school" for children who lived on nearby farms.  Classes were taught to grades 1-8 until the mid 1940s, and grades 1-6 until the school closed in the spri...

This photo was taken around the turn of the 20th century, and  captures the entire congregation of St. John’s Catholic...
03/14/2018

This photo was taken around the turn of the 20th century, and captures the entire congregation of St. John’s Catholic Church outside the original church building.

What are some of your memories of St. Johns?

This photo shows a group of firefighters and their spouses at the annual Hugo Firefighter party in January 1969… but t...
03/12/2018

This photo shows a group of firefighters and their spouses at the annual Hugo Firefighter party in January 1969… but the jury's out on where it was taken. Church basement? VFW?

If you recognize where this photo was taken please comment below.

Happy Friday! It may still be a little chilly, but the sun's out and spring is on its way. This photo is undated and was...
03/09/2018

Happy Friday! It may still be a little chilly, but the sun's out and spring is on its way.

This photo is undated and was taken on the lawn of St. John’s church. All names are written on the back.

Can you identify this enthusiastic “over the hill gang” of city council members? We recognize Irene Leroux (second f...
03/08/2018

Can you identify this enthusiastic “over the hill gang” of city council members? We recognize Irene Leroux (second from left) and Howard Schletty (far right) — comment below if you can help us fill in the blanks.

Fire has taken its toll on many a historic Hugo business. In 1957, a fire destroyed the District #44 Hugo School (Grades...
03/07/2018

Fire has taken its toll on many a historic Hugo business. In 1957, a fire destroyed the District #44 Hugo School (Grades 1-8) that sat near St. John the Baptist Church. The incident was attributed to a coal burning furnace fire that started in the basement.

Photo undated.

Have you taken a minute to fill out our survey and add a quick comment about your thoughts on the Hopkins schoolhouse? T...
03/06/2018
A Brief History of Hugo's One Room Schoolhouse

Have you taken a minute to fill out our survey and add a quick comment about your thoughts on the Hopkins schoolhouse?

This poll will help the Commission when they present to Council Members at the next meeting, March 19th. Thanks for you input!

The Hopkins Schoolhouse, located off of 170th St N. and Highway 61, was constructed in 1928 and served as an “ungraded Elementary school" for children who lived on nearby farms.  Classes were taught to grades 1-8 until the mid 1940s, and grades 1-6 until the school closed in the spri...

HOPKINS SCHOOLHOUSE UPDATE:Are you interested in the future of the old Hopkins school, located off of Highway 61 and 170...
02/27/2018
A Brief History of Hugo's One Room Schoolhouse

HOPKINS SCHOOLHOUSE UPDATE:

Are you interested in the future of the old Hopkins school, located off of Highway 61 and 170th St N.?

Please help us out by completing a brief poll on what you would like to see done with the building in the future. Alongside the poll we have a space for comments, ideas, or thoughts on what route the city should take.

Thanks for your input, and spread the word!

The Hopkins Schoolhouse, located off of 170th St N. and Highway 61, was constructed in 1928 and served as an “ungraded Elementary school" for children who lived on nearby farms.  Classes were taught to grades 1-8 until the mid 1940s, and grades 1-6 until the school closed in the spri...

This good pup poses for a photo with his two boys - undated. If you know the names of the dog (or his two boys) please c...
02/26/2018

This good pup poses for a photo with his two boys - undated.

If you know the names of the dog (or his two boys) please comment below!

Happy Friday! Make sure to check out the fish fry tonight in the basement of St. Johns church from 5 - 8pm. This photo s...
02/23/2018

Happy Friday! Make sure to check out the fish fry tonight in the basement of St. Johns church from 5 - 8pm.

This photo shows the alter in the original church before it burned down in 1947. Mass at St. John's was delivered in both French and English until 1941.

This photo was taken on Archie Peltier’s military leave during WWII. Ida Peltier stands on the right, with Lee Perraul...
02/22/2018

This photo was taken on Archie Peltier’s military leave during WWII. Ida Peltier stands on the right, with Lee Perrault and Jerry Peltier.

Undated photo of a mischievous looking Ignatius Mingo posing for a photo at age 7.
02/21/2018

Undated photo of a mischievous looking Ignatius Mingo posing for a photo at age 7.

This group of Hugo business men posed for a photo at a building groundbreaking near Egg Lake...  but which building was ...
02/20/2018

This group of Hugo business men posed for a photo at a building groundbreaking near Egg Lake... but which building was it? If you have any information pertaining to this photo, please comment below!

Pictured (left to right): Jos. N Lamotte, Eugene J. Letourneau, Henry A. Warner, Unknown, Cyril Lacasse, Mark G. Houle, Maurice I. Gessner, Uknown.

02/16/2018
Duck And Cover (1951) Bert The Turtle

Bert the Turtle was an animated Civil Defense PSA with a catchy tune that taught students how to "duck and cover" in case of a nuclear explosion.

The usefulness of ducking and covering of course depended entirely on how close to ground zero you were located. Many historians today agree that the purpose of the video was not to teach nuclear safety tactics, but to promote fear of communism and the Soviet Union in children.

Make sure to stop by our display in the lobby of City Hall: Monday - Friday, 8 - 4:30pm.

Duck and Cover staring Bert the Turtle is a 1951 Civil Defense Film Written by Raymond J. Mauer and directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions and made ...

Hugo couple Phil and Margaret (Gilbertson) Mingo on their wedding day, July 3, 1941
02/15/2018

Hugo couple Phil and Margaret (Gilbertson) Mingo on their wedding day, July 3, 1941

Happy Valentine's Day, in remembrance of Hugo sweethearts Clarence and Mamye Vail who were married for 83 years. The cou...
02/14/2018

Happy Valentine's Day, in remembrance of Hugo sweethearts Clarence and Mamye Vail who were married for 83 years.

The couple met when Mamye was in eighth grade. The two eventually dropped out of White Bear Lake High School to get married, Clarence was 18 and Mamye was 16, on February 17, 1925.

When asked by the Pioneer Press in 2007 what advise Clarence would give to young couples on having a happy marriage he replied, "Just do what she wants you to do."

Albert Ethier was Hugo's barber for decades. He started his business in a side room of the pool hall, and eventually wor...
02/13/2018

Albert Ethier was Hugo's barber for decades. He started his business in a side room of the pool hall, and eventually worked his way to having his own building. This is a photo of his barber shop in the spring of 1938.

In hopes of warmer days ahead, today's #mysteryphotomonday is of three unknown kiddos basking in the sunshine. Comment b...
02/12/2018

In hopes of warmer days ahead, today's #mysteryphotomonday is of three unknown kiddos basking in the sunshine.

Comment below if you recognize, or know any of their names.

02/09/2018
Groucho Marx: Civil Defense PSA (1953)

During the years of the Civil Defense program, even celebrities got in on advocating for the safety concerns of the American Public. Funny man Groucho Marx delivers one of the most serious performances of his life in this 1953 radio PSA.

Make sure to come check out our display in the lobby of city hall: open Monday - Friday, 8 - 4:30pm

The legendary Groucho Marx chipped in for civil defense in this radio PSA from 1953.

It's the last weekend of the St. Paul winter carnival! Check out this newspaper article of the lovely ladies of Forest L...
02/08/2018

It's the last weekend of the St. Paul winter carnival! Check out this newspaper article of the lovely ladies of Forest Lake in the competition for Queen before you head down for the festivities.

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