Osceola Historical Society

Osceola Historical Society The Osceola Historical Society strives to preserve the past in an effort to educate those in the future The Osceola Historical Society (OHS) was organized in 1985.
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In its 26 years of existence the OHS has accomplished much, participated in and instigated many projects toward the preservation of the past. A sizeable bequest by Emily Olson, one of the founding members, allowed the Society to purchase the Andrew Jackson Clark House at 408 River Street. Now referred to as the Emily Olson house, it headquarters the OHS. Throughout its years the OHS has worked with downtown businesses to encourage restoration of their storefronts, purchased a microfilm reader housed at the public library and purchased the historic Soo Line Depot. The organization offers history-oriented programs at its monthly meetings. Board meetings are held the third Monday of the month at the Emily Olson House. General membership meetings are held at the Osceola Medical Center quarterly or as announced in newsletter.

Mission: To preserve the past in an effort to educate those in the future

Operating as usual

1962 Osceola High School Home Coming Court.
09/26/2020

1962 Osceola High School Home Coming Court.

Monday night a group of us learned the proper method to clean and edge old tombstones at Mount Hope Cemetery.  First thi...
08/29/2020

Monday night a group of us learned the proper method to clean and edge old tombstones at Mount Hope Cemetery. First thing to remember. "DO NO HARM" be careful in the tools that you use. Only use wooden or plastic scrapers, have lots of water handy and keep the stone wet while working on it, ensure the stone is stable, secure, level and that all sections are attached to each other. Do no harm. Do not use ice cold water on warm stones, let the sun warm the water to prevent damage. Do not clean if there is a chance of frost. Never use household cleaners, bleach, metal tools, scouring pads, wire brushes, power tools, pressure washers or nyalox brushes. Always use the gentlest means possible to clean the stones. If you notice the stone is flaking away--stop. Do no harm, is the most important rule. When edging a flush to the ground marker, that is being encroached on with grass and dirt, dig out sod and dirt about 3 inches away from the stone and 1 inch below the stone. Sweep the stone clean. Remove the sod and leave the area free of debris. This will make the mowing job easier.
Isn't it amazing what a little elbow grease can do, this portion of the stone took about 15 minutes to clean. (More work to do on it) There are stone cleaners that can be used, what was used here is a product called D/2 mixed with equal parts water. If interested I have more information on how to do this and the organization that can help. Called the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps.

Trinity Lutheran Church 1979 missing several names here, anyone able to identify the kids here?
08/28/2020

Trinity Lutheran Church 1979 missing several names here, anyone able to identify the kids here?

1976 May 16th Confirmation Class Trinity Lutheran ChurchPastor Tabbert, Kay Canopy, Todd Mortenson, Brian Will, Ricky Sc...
08/28/2020

1976 May 16th Confirmation Class Trinity Lutheran Church
Pastor Tabbert, Kay Canopy, Todd Mortenson, Brian Will, Ricky Schmidt, Heidi Albrecht, Kevin Rogers,
Jennie Brown, Susan Redlich, Julie Pettis, Kathy Schmidt, Roxie Bents, Diane Peterson, Dori Viau, Don Stocker, Karen Thompson, Shari McKenzie, Renee Renspe, Kevin Elfers and Janelle Elmblad
Missing two names: The boy standing next to Kevin Rogers--back row and the girl in the center third one in, between Susan Redlich and Julie Petis. Can anyone help me identify them?

Couple more steamboat pictures of boats built in or around Osceola, WI. The Cleon and the G. B Knapp and The Gracie Kent...
08/27/2020

Couple more steamboat pictures of boats built in or around Osceola, WI. The Cleon and the G. B Knapp and The Gracie Kent.

Helen Mar, Osceola, Wisconsin built steam boat.
08/22/2020

Helen Mar, Osceola, Wisconsin built steam boat.

Ran across some old pictures of Steam Boat's that were built at Osceola today. This one is the Germania.
08/22/2020

Ran across some old pictures of Steam Boat's that were built at Osceola today. This one is the Germania.

Early Osceola Basketball Team
08/16/2020

Early Osceola Basketball Team

05/27/2020

Happy Birthday Wisconsin
Wisconsin enters the Union
May 29, 1848 - In this week 172 years ago, Wisconsin became the 30th state to enter the Union. On March 13, the people of the territory voted on the new constitution (which replaced a failed attempt in 1846), and it was approved by a vote of 16,799 to 6,384. A bill admitting Wisconsin to the Union was passed on May 9 and approved by the president on the 29th.

Polk County Again
03/28/2020

Polk County Again

This is fitting on the day that would have been opening day of our most history laden sport, baseball. A beautiful photo from a Polk County Again follower. A pre 1916 town baseball team from the Osceola/Farmington area. I have also posted the labeling from the back of the photo which includes names like Oakey, surely a familiar name to those from Osceola. The photo came with an inquiry from the submitter, I hope some of you may be able to help: "I have a picture of a ball team from Osceola or Farmington that I would like to know more about. It has my grandfather, Ewald Wurst in it from before 1916."

Thinking about all the people from the area that worked for Champion/Bellanca Aircraft. Hope you enjoy a sampling of som...
03/27/2020

Thinking about all the people from the area that worked for Champion/Bellanca Aircraft. Hope you enjoy a sampling of some of the pictures the Osceola Historical Society has in their archives.

Current events will be history tomorrow.
03/21/2020

Current events will be history tomorrow.

This is the Public Health Emergency Declaration the Osceola Village Board unanimously passed tonight. In a nutshell it makes sure that we as a village are eligible for any resources that may come available as this all goes on. I want to say a huge thank you to the staff in our municipal building. Ben Krumenauer, Fran Duncanson, Jen Roytek and Jen Giller provide us with amazing calm, knowledgeable leadership that helps to keep this town running.

As long as there are no games to watch, thought I would share some old Osceola sports teams. 1908 Osceola Football, 1916...
03/21/2020

As long as there are no games to watch, thought I would share some old Osceola sports teams. 1908 Osceola Football, 1916 Boys Basketball, 1959 Osceola Wrestling and 1976 Boys Track. Enjoy.

Another picture of the parade going south, this one looks like it was late 1950's early 1960's believe that is Dwight Ki...
03/20/2020

Another picture of the parade going south, this one looks like it was late 1950's early 1960's believe that is Dwight Kinney leading the band.

Remember when Ford's and Fordson's were sold at the Zorn Auto building?
03/20/2020

Remember when Ford's and Fordson's were sold at the Zorn Auto building?

Is this the old Standard station where Noah Insurance building is now? or which station is it any one know?
03/20/2020

Is this the old Standard station where Noah Insurance building is now? or which station is it any one know?

How many people do you recognize? Looks like a kiddie parade on main street, from the cars, the 1950's, but it is going ...
03/20/2020

How many people do you recognize? Looks like a kiddie parade on main street, from the cars, the 1950's, but it is going south, don't remember a parade going south. Do others?

April General Meeting Cancelled
03/18/2020

April General Meeting Cancelled

Carol Howard, ‘the face of Hooley’s in Stillwater, dies at 88
02/04/2020
Carol Howard, ‘the face of Hooley’s in Stillwater, dies at 88

Carol Howard, ‘the face of Hooley’s in Stillwater, dies at 88

Carol Howard, the longtime cashier at Hooley’s Supermarket in downtown Stillwater, taught hundreds of young employees the importance of good customer service. Howard greeted every customer by name,…

Thanks, Julie Ness for this article.  I still have the lilac bushes you gave me,  but I used them for landscaping and ma...
01/17/2020
The Truth About Lilac Bushes

Thanks, Julie Ness for this article. I still have the lilac bushes you gave me, but I used them for landscaping and marking the boundary between me and my neighbor (who also loves lilacs). joycetesch

Ever wonder why you see lilac bushes around old farmhouses?

01/09/2020
Engelwood Ski Area, Osceola WI

Engelwood Ski Area, Osceola WI

Engelwood Ski Area outside of Osceola, Wisconsin operated from the 1950s to the late 60's, and now is part of the Standing Cedars Land Conservancy. With expa...

Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society
01/02/2020

Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society

Someone asked one of our members about a church building moved to south of Eureka in the past At the time, Russ Hanson, suggested maybe it was the original Eureka Baptist church, but he wasn't sure. However, in the Brenholt Park scrapbook recently passed on to SELHS, there is a note from 1976 from James Nelson that says the original Cushing Lutheran log church located in the cemetery was moved to 2 mile south and a mile east of Eureka and used as a granary. Now if only we could remember who asked about this!! The note is attached

Wm. Carson Strand (left) and Robert Wm. Gleason (but the names might be reversed?). -- jpl
12/17/2019

Wm. Carson Strand (left) and Robert Wm. Gleason (but the names might be reversed?). -- jpl

Bench Street . . . looking south . . . about 1920. Reportedly, the boys in the foreground are Wm. Carson Strand (left) and Robert Wm. Gleason (but the names might be reversed?). -- jpl

Is this history in the making?    or.   history being relived?    Great to see Pete & Dianne Kammerud!  Good Luck & Best...
12/17/2019

Is this history in the making? or. history being relived?
Great to see Pete & Dianne Kammerud!
Good Luck & Best Wishes!

Have you all heard the news???

The iconic Pizza Cellar is making an appearance again!!!

Colin 'Dan' Hastings is getting ready to bring back pizza with a little help from the original owners, Pete and Diane Kammerud.

It's going to be a true area for all Chieftains and Osceolians to come and hang out.

'I just want a place where families can connect before or after sporting events. A true family hangout spot, talking about the games and eating great pizza.' 'We are going to create a montage of memorabilia from past to present athletes and the sports they played'

Today there was a little sampling of the pizza.

Jim Dubrow from The Looking Glass said, "That crust was amazing. I would pay extra for that!"

The Pizza Cellar plans a soft opening on December 28th from 6-9pm and an OPEN for good date on January 3rd.

****they are looking for any Chieftain and Brave memorabilia to either be donated or to be displayed for a time being (items can be given back at owners request)

Please contact Colin Hastings or Bob Brace at Red Bird for details.

"A History of Farmington" books will be for sale tomorrow at the Emily Olson House 408 River St, Osceola from 10 am to 1...
12/13/2019

"A History of Farmington" books will be for sale tomorrow at the Emily Olson House 408 River St, Osceola from 10 am to 12:01 pm or you can pick up a copy at the Osceola Sun, Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or order from Amazon. Makes a great Christmas present.

2019 Annual Meeting (Pot Luck) held at the Discovery Center 12.2.19.......Great Food!  Wonderful Conversation! New OHS 2...
12/03/2019

2019 Annual Meeting (Pot Luck) held at the Discovery Center 12.2.19.......Great Food! Wonderful Conversation!
New OHS 2020 Board was elected:
Pat Kytola--President
Becky Meyer--Vice President
Sue Feske--Secretary
Mike Addy--Treasurer

Members at Large:
Idella Staab
Cindy Thorman
Joyce Tesch

Now that Thanksgiving weekend is almost to an end and all the Happy Homemakers can relax. I thought I would share a pict...
12/01/2019

Now that Thanksgiving weekend is almost to an end and all the Happy Homemakers can relax. I thought I would share a picture of the 1952 Happy Homemakers of Osceola with you. They went on a field to trip to Stillwater Mn, where they visited the WSHB radio station and learned more about that town.

Book sale / signing happening now @BillsAceHardware
11/30/2019

Book sale / signing happening now @BillsAceHardware

Dresser, Wisconsin advertising from 1919 Polk County book
11/16/2019

Dresser, Wisconsin advertising from 1919 Polk County book

Wisconsin Historical Society
11/13/2019
Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin Historical Society

Did you know Wisconsin is home to at least 414 local affiliates to the Wisconsin Historical Society? Many are looking for members and volunteers to curate the past. Please contact your local historical society if you are interested.

“One of the commonalities across the state for all nonprofits, it’s not specific to history-related organizations, is that there’s a real emphasis on recruiting, engaging and attracting new board members,” Janet Seymour, Interim Director of Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society, said. “It is certainly a key conversation that local history organizations are having.”

Osceola Officers
11/11/2019

Osceola Officers

The Village Crew has put out additional stop signs making the intersection of Chieftain Street and 4th Avenue a 4-way stop. This would be on the north side of the Discovery Center, near Subway. Please spread the word! 🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑

11/06/2019
Taylors Falls Historical Society

Taylors Falls Historical Society

The Taylors Falls Historical Society is hosting a program on Thursday, Nov. 7 in the TF Memorial Community Center (old train depot). Program begins at 7 pm, but visitors are welcome to come at 6:30 for coffee and treats (which will also be served after the program). Annual business meeting precedes program. Program features Kevin Iverson of Nat'l Park Service talking about the Kensington Runestone - which has a Taylors Falls connection! Free admission.

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408 River Street
Osceola, WI
54020

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Do you have any idea what this is? I found it at my mom's house. It's about 16" square and very heavy. The gear on the back side operates like a lazy susan. Any info you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks!
I LOVE the Dresser Library! Thank you!
What happened to the historic sign on the side of the old courthouse ?
Thanks Doc! Getting ready for Polk County Rockin' Family Triathlon.