Osceola Historical Society

Osceola Historical Society The Osceola Historical Society strives to preserve the past in an effort to educate those in the future
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The Osceola Historical Society (OHS) was organized in 1985. 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

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.

Minnesota State Archives
11/06/2019

Minnesota State Archives

Chisago county was established in 1851, and this civil register of actions (listed on the front as being a "civil callander of cases") started shortly after that, in 1852. At one point it was evidently physically sealed shut, but has since been unsealed (the information inside is public). Shown here is the cover and the first case in the volume, from 1852. This and more records from Chisago County District Court can be used in the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota Historical Society; see what we have by searching our library catalog: https://mnpals-mhs.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?sortby=rank&vid=01MNPALS_MHS:MHS

Description from the catalog record: "The territorial court's register of actions for civil cases, pp. 1-[30]; the title page calls it "Civil Callander of Cases." The entry for each case gives the parties' names and a chronological list of documents filed, court orders issued, costs adjudged, and other actions by the court or the disputing parties."

Link to item: https://mnpals-mhs.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/fulldisplay?docid=alma990017120390104294&context=L&vid=01MNPALS_MHS:MHS&search_scope=MyInstitution&tab=LibraryCatalog&lang=en

November Newsletter
11/02/2019

November Newsletter

10/24/2019
10/08/2019

THANK YOU to Rose Swanson and Ann Steffen!

Rose Swanson and Ann Steffen, both who were privileged to have taught in rural schools presented an interactive presentation hosted by The Osceola Historical Society. Ann at the Little Red School in East Farmington and Rose who taught at Cedar Lake School.
Many attended and shared this excellent Program.

Rural School Teachers
10/08/2019

Rural School Teachers

Rose Swanson and Ann Steffen

Osceola FHA trip to Wisconsin Dells (Date unknown).  There are 4 girls in the back row not named. If you know who they a...
10/01/2019

Osceola FHA trip to Wisconsin Dells (Date unknown). There are 4 girls in the back row not named. If you know who they are please let us know.

Taylors Falls Historical Society
10/01/2019

Taylors Falls Historical Society

The 2019 fall issue of "Life & Times in Taylors Falls" has been delivered. Will be in tomorrow's mail. Includes a short article on Chillicoot Pass. Do you remember where that is? Also a compilation of short stories about Mr. Moberg.

Polk County Again
08/30/2019

Polk County Again

Ceremonies for the new Osceola bridge opening in September of 1954. The bridge had a price tag of $460,000. It replaced the bridge that had been in use since the late 19th Century. That bridge sat just to the right of this bridge when looking at the photo. Much of it fell to the water when workers first started dismantling it.

08/26/2019
Polk County Wisconsin Genealogical Society

Polk County Wisconsin Genealogical Society

Had an email question to our genealogy society about local history. Did a community of black folks live near Eureka in the early 1900s?
Well, not a community but two former slaves, James and Virginia Connors. In my years of reading old newspapers and talking to folks I found that James had opened a blacksmith shop in Wolf Creek about the 1890s. The early 1900 censuses had the couple living on a farm in Eureka township. The "Diary of a Minister" from the Methodist churches in Wolf Creek, Cushing and Eureka mentions their funerals in 1911 or so as I recall. He was born in the 1840s in Alabama and she about the same time in Tennessee and both spent their first 20 years as slaves, marrying in 1864 when they were freed by union soldiers.
Laverne Larson told me a story, about James and his Dad. The story as I remember: Dad was about 8 years old and saw a black man, N____ JIm (what he was called in those days), pulling into the yard with horse and buggy. He was scared seeing a black man, and so ran into the barn and climbed into the oats bin and closed the cover over him. Lavern's grandfather, Hans, told Jim to put his horse in the barn and give him some oats -- possibly Jim was there to do some blacksmith work. Jim opened the oats bin where the boy was hiding and Lavern said his grandpa said it was hard to know who yelled the loudest in fright. (I think I got the story right if not the right Larsons involved).
I believe the Connors are buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery south of Eureka on Hwy 87, although they may not have a stone. I can't remember if Laverne told me that or maybe from some research by Rose Vezina Braatz, or ??, but the story was that James had done a lot of work and help for some woman in St Croix Falls and she thought he should have a stone--but I never found that. Maybe the Pleasant Hill cemetery has records to show?
Another notice was in the 1890s in the St Croix Falls newspaper where James Connor was arrested for threatening some children who were plaguing him on mainstreet. I can imagine some kids trailing a black man and being difficult. I never heard of the outcome. Connor was in court a few other times trying to collect debts owed him for blacksmith work.
When Virginia died, the minister preached the sermon at the Eureka Methodist Church (just south of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery). He said in his diary, his preaching wasn't good enough for James, who gave his own one on how from slavery they had made a life in Wisconsin, and on how Virginia had made it through that to an old age ( 70s). It would have been fascinating to hear his story first hand. (this note from Russ Hanson, volunteer at the Polk County Wisconsin Genealogical Society)

Osceola Area Chamber & Mainstreet Program
08/20/2019

Osceola Area Chamber & Mainstreet Program

The TV show, American Pickers, is coming to Wisconsin this October and they are looking for leads throughout the state. They are specifically looking for interesting people with interesting items...and lots of them! Please share with those who might be interested. Contact 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or [email protected] if interested.

06/29/2019
Digitizing Historic Records with the CZUR ET16 Plus

Digitizing Historic Records with the CZUR ET16 Plus

The Sterling, Eureka and Laketown HIstorical Society embarked on a project to photograph 150 years of records from several local townships. This project will...

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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.