Taylors Falls Historical Society

Taylors Falls Historical Society Consider joining the Taylors Falls Historical Society. For membership information, call 651-329-0985 today. Visit the Historic 1855 Folsom House and the 1852 Town House School while you're in Taylors Falls!
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Open Memorial Day Weekend through September, Fridays-Sundays, and holidays from 1pm to 4:30pm. General Information: Adults $5.00, 6-17 yrs $1.00. Children under 6 get in free. Members of the Minnesota Historical Society and the Taylors Falls Historical Society get in free. Pre-arranged group tours (10 or more guests) available at other times." Owned by the Minnesota Historical Society and operated by the Taylors Falls Historical Society. Also, stop in to see the Visitor Center which is located just down the hill from the Folsom House in the lower level of the community center (the old train depot - 312 Government Street, Taylors Falls, MN 55084). The Visitor Center is open Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. No entrance fee. Lower level of the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center.

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Comic Taylors Falls postcard . . . postmarked in 1942 but probably introduced in the mid to late 1930s. -- jpl
09/28/2020

Comic Taylors Falls postcard . . . postmarked in 1942 but probably introduced in the mid to late 1930s. -- jpl

In July 2017 and again in April 2019, I posted this undated (ca. 1910-'15?) and unidentified postcard photo. In April 20...
09/21/2020

In July 2017 and again in April 2019, I posted this undated (ca. 1910-'15?) and unidentified postcard photo. In April 2019, some comments to my post suggested that members of the Fredeen family were pictured. Recently, however, I was approached by a local resident and her mother who have the same postcard photo.
They identified the reclining male in the lower right as their grandfather and father, Oscar Amandus Lundgren (10/26/1896–2/11/1972), and the young male sitting on the mule as Oscar's younger brother, Clarence (Joel Alrik Clarence) Lundgren (5/19/1903–1/31/1985). The third male remains unidentified.
Oscar and Clarence were two of the seven children of John and Emma Lundgren of the Jericho area – and neighbors of the August and Amanda Blomquist family who originally owned this postcard image. – jpl

Taylors Falls school bus drivers and their buses for the 1951-1952 school year.This early-1952 photograph was taken in f...
09/17/2020

Taylors Falls school bus drivers and their buses for the 1951-1952 school year.

This early-1952 photograph was taken in front of the then-new school on West Street by an unknown photographer for use in the 1952 TFHS year book but was not used. Incidentally, the year book that year was known as The Dedicator. The Kingsbury School on Basil Street was closed when the new school on West Street opened in January 1952. In that era in Taylors Falls, each school bus driver purchased and continued to own the bus he drove.

The drivers and their buses are, from left to right:
1) C. Willard Nygren and his 1940 Ford with a Superior body,
2) Edwin C. "Ed" Cedergren and his 1939 International with a Hicks body,
3) Arthur Cedergren and his 1951 Ford with a Bluebird body,
4) Donald Johnson and his 1946 Chevrolet with a Superior body,
5) Arthur Swanson and his 1948 Ford with a Superior body.

Originally posted in 2016. -- jpl

1936 view of the Taylors Falls Public School (grades 1-12) on Basil Street. The 1978 Angel Hill Apartments building at 2...
09/13/2020

1936 view of the Taylors Falls Public School (grades 1-12) on Basil Street. The 1978 Angel Hill Apartments building at 242 Basil Street presently sits on this school site. The children shown would now (in 2020) be in their 90s.
Minnesota Historical Society photo.

A dealer in architectural antiques has purchased from another dealer an art deco-style backbar, which (reportedly and no...
09/10/2020

A dealer in architectural antiques has purchased from another dealer an art deco-style backbar, which (reportedly and not confirmed) came from Taylors Falls (at an unknown time). No other info is known. Does anyone recognize it? -- jpl

150 years old. Peter Trump's 1870 "Cave Saloon" building at 349 Government Street in downtown Taylors Falls is now 150 y...
09/05/2020

150 years old. Peter Trump's 1870 "Cave Saloon" building at 349 Government Street in downtown Taylors Falls is now 150 years old. That "Cave Saloon" building stands on the southwest corner of Government and First Streets and was built in August, September and October 1870. It was built by Peter Trump but on land then owned by the Schottmuller family. The "Cave Saloon" (in the building's lowest level) was operated by Peter Trump from November 1870 to May 1877. It was then closed for two years. Morund/Morant Schon subsequently operated the "Cave Saloon" from April 1879 to May 1880. Peter Trump (c.1841-1887) was a native of Stark County, Ohio and a Civil War veteran. He was married and had four children. His 1870 building presently serves, in part, for bed and breakfast purposes, in conjunction with the 1884 Taylors Falls Jail building next door south. The accompanying photograph was taken in July 1879, when the saloon was operated by Mr. Schon. Using some imagination, one can read the Cave Saloon sign mounted on the balcony railing. -- jpl

Fern and Curtis B. Anderson in their Red Owl Agency grocery store during Taylors Falls' first Wannigan Days celebration ...
09/01/2020

Fern and Curtis B. Anderson in their Red Owl Agency grocery store during Taylors Falls' first Wannigan Days celebration in August 1958. Their store was in the 1903 Hans Thoen building that now houses Schoony's Malt Shop & Pizzeria. -- jpl

120TH ANNIVERSARY.  On Thursday, August 23, 1900, the rich dude Charles E. Lewis of Minneapolis (and after whom Lewis, W...
08/24/2020

120TH ANNIVERSARY. On Thursday, August 23, 1900, the rich dude Charles E. Lewis of Minneapolis (and after whom Lewis, Wis. is named) was the first person to drive an automobile into Taylors Falls. Perhaps that newfangled idea should have been "nipped in the bud." Just five months earlier, in March 1900, Mr. Lewis bought the former Oscar Knapp "trout pond" at Clam Falls. In 1903 he built what became the famous Seven Pines Lodge. Reportedly, he "built" nearby Lewis, Wis. by establishing a bank, creamery, hotel, general store, and a church -- and he had several houses built, too. President Calvin Coolidge and wife stayed at Seven Pines. Here is an image of Charles E. Lewis (1858-1932). --jpl

Robert R. Anderson building under construction on September 23, 1987. Presently houses "Tangled Up in Blue." I sure miss...
08/22/2020

Robert R. Anderson building under construction on September 23, 1987. Presently houses "Tangled Up in Blue." I sure miss the Andersons' fudge! -- jpl (425 Bench St.; post-1995 address)

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07/31/2020

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The mill pond about 1915.The mill pond was in use for skating for nearly a century, from sometime in the 1850s until it ...
07/22/2020

The mill pond about 1915.

The mill pond was in use for skating for nearly a century, from sometime in the 1850s until it was mostly filled in by the Village of Taylors Falls in 1952. It is worth noting that by 1940 the mill pond skating rink had lighting, a warming house and there often was music, too!

The mill pond, via the mill creek, served the waterwheel of the 1852 grist mill (far out of view) down near the riverbank to the southeast. The grist mill was altered in 1867 to also card wool. During the era of World War I, the mill was "electrified" and the enclosed waterwheel was subsequently removed. The mill was operated into the 1930s and was torn down sometime in the mid 1940s.

In 1878 the mill pond became an "official" public skating rink when an organization of interested citizens was formed to manage its affairs by collecting financial donations, improving the mill pond's small dam, removing brush and grass, clearing away snow (via a "volunteer broom brigade"), and by having a "Break Neck" committee to maintain order on the rink. – jpl

Taylors Falls Journal – Friday, December 13, 1878: "Get out your skates. . . . The skating rink is crowded every night, and proves to be just what was wanted for both young and old folks. The nights have been warm, light and favorable for the amusement."

Late 1920s photo of the old mill pond near the intersection of Bench and River Streets.  This was long, long before the ...
07/17/2020

Late 1920s photo of the old mill pond near the intersection of Bench and River Streets. This was long, long before the Catholic church (and present rectory), Riverfront Apartments and either of the two Pines Motels appeared. The pond was mostly filled-in in 1952, leaving just the creek. Note the railroad track in the extreme lower left. -- jpl

Postcard view of camping in the Minnesota Interstate State Park's lower park in Taylors Falls in the 1920s. -- jpl
07/07/2020

Postcard view of camping in the Minnesota Interstate State Park's lower park in Taylors Falls in the 1920s. -- jpl

The accompanying image of the Taylors Falls High School's boys basketball team of 1922-23 is shared from David Anderson'...
06/25/2020

The accompanying image of the Taylors Falls High School's boys basketball team of 1922-23 is shared from David Anderson's post of today in the Old Chisago County Minnesota facebook group. – jpl

In March 1923, the Taylors Falls High School boys basketball team played in the state tournament at Hamline. The TF team (in new red and black uniforms) lost to Bloomington by one point (25-24), after two overtime periods. As a result, the TF team won a small, silver-plated loving cup for "good conduct and appearance." That loving cup (shown on top of the basketball) was still around in the 1960s but eventually disappeared.
The school colors of blue and white, as well as the name "Bluejays," were not adopted until 1940.
The coach of the pictured 1922-23 team, Taylors Falls Public School Superintendent Walter B. Juhnke (1896-1985), is in the middle of the back row. – jpl (BTW, the local school board had refused to purchase new basketball uniforms to replace the old and badly worn ones so many of the TF businessmen went together and purchased new uniforms in time for the tournament.)

March 20, 1948 photograph by Ronald V. Nixon of the 328 facing south on the last (fifth) turntable in the Taylors Falls ...
06/21/2020

March 20, 1948 photograph by Ronald V. Nixon of the 328 facing south on the last (fifth) turntable in the Taylors Falls railroad yard near the river dike. Image from the Iron Horse Central Museum collection. – jpl

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06/16/2020

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Postcard view looking west up First Street in 1908. It is likely that many of the pedestrians were railroad excursionist...
06/14/2020

Postcard view looking west up First Street in 1908. It is likely that many of the pedestrians were railroad excursionists.
At the extreme left is the Hotel Cocheco, which was a hotel that at various other times had five other names and was torn down in 1936. Just beyond the Hotel Cocheco are the two 1880 Caspar Hauser buildings, which were torn down in 1962 (east one) and 1967 (west one).
In the center background and behind the First Street railroad trestle is the 1870 Peter Trump building, which still stands and is part of a bed and breakfast establishment. Mostly hidden from view next door south (left) of the Trump building is the 1884 Taylors Falls Jail, which also still stands and is part of a bed and breakfast establishment.
The large white building at right is the 1851 Chisago House/Dalles House hotel building (which had other names) that was torn down in 1956. At the extreme right is a portion of the still-existing 1903 Otto Agrell building that in 1908 housed in part Martin A. Tangen's drug store. – jpl

Circa 1901 photograph of four Taylors Falls young people. The original oval image is very small, measuring just 1-1/4" x...
06/04/2020

Circa 1901 photograph of four Taylors Falls young people. The original oval image is very small, measuring just 1-1/4" x 1-3/4". The occasion for taking the photograph is unknown.

The four young people, moving clockwise from the top, are: Robert W. Agrell (about 15), Florence A. "Flora" Agrell (about 18), William Henry Sargent (about 19), and Maud M. Mullen (about 17, later Mrs. Sanford J. Carlgren).

Much could be written about each of these young people but the focus of this post is on Miss Flora Agrell (on the right). Flora and her brother Robert were among the six children of Otto Agrell who was a Swedish immigrant saloonkeeper in Taylors Falls. Otto's wife, Helen (Christopherson), was an immigrant from Oslo, Norway.

Flora (1883-1945), as a young adult, worked as a nurse for many years and did not marry until 1926 at age 43. She was the first wife of Fred. W. Schmid who was of Swiss ancestry and was a salesman of bakery products. Flora and Fred Schmid resided mainly at St. Cloud, Minnesota but were frequent visitors back to Taylors Falls. They had no children. In the 1930s, Flora and Fred built and sold several river cottages a short distance north of Taylors Falls.

During the Spanish Influenza epidemic of World War I, Flora (then about 35) was the Village-paid nurse who cared for my maternal grandfather, the only member of my mother's family to catch that flu. My mother's family was always grateful to Flora for her excellent care that helped my grandfather (and others) recover. - Jack P. Liljenberg

05/28/2020

The new photo is of a group of ladies taken in front of the 1851 Chicago House/Dalles House building. Then called the Northlanding, or the Green Feather Cafe. Ca. 1932. The lady on the left is listed as Leona Carlson (Harold's sister), and the middle ladies is Named Wilma Dahlquist. Does anyone recognize the other ladies, or can give information about Leona and Wilma? Thank you for your help! --Fay Candy

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05/28/2020

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65 years ago – marching east down First Street on Memorial Day (May 30) 1955. This was during Taylors Falls' traditional...
05/23/2020

65 years ago – marching east down First Street on Memorial Day (May 30) 1955. This was during Taylors Falls' traditional Memorial Day march to the interstate bridge, from which a wreath or other tribute is dropped into the river in honor of our nation's maritime dead (our armed forces personnel who have been lost or buried at sea).
On Memorial Day 1955, the present/fifth/1955 bridge (which was opened December 29, 1955) was not yet completed. Therefore, the parade was marching to the fourth/1911 bridge that was a short distance downstream and is not visible off to the right.
At left are three buildings that then stood on the north side of First Street. The first two buildings from the left then comprised the Nelson's Garage & Tire Shop complex. The two-story building originally was the 1903 Oswald Hoffman livery stable, and the one-story building adjacent to it was built as an auto repair garage and probably dated from the early 1920s. Those two buildings were demolished in August 1956 to make way for the 1956 Standard Oil Company gas station building that was torn down in 2014. The third building (with the light-colored sign on the roof) was the former King Tut Inn restaurant building that was built in 1923. It housed Christenson's Café during the tourist season of 1955 and subsequently stood unused for a few years until it was demolished in April 1958. -- jpl

TFHS classes of 1950 and 1948 -- from Shelley (Dale) Museus: "I thought I would post a couple photos I found. First phot...
05/21/2020

TFHS classes of 1950 and 1948 -- from Shelley (Dale) Museus: "I thought I would post a couple photos I found. First photo [graduates with caps] is the Class of 1950. My Mom Margaret (Olson) Dale is bottom row 1st on the left, right next to Charlotte (Robinson) Herberg, Ferol Bartley is in row 2, 4th from the left. The next picture is the class of 1948. My Dad's class, Cecil Dale is in the top row 1st on the right. Both classes are from Taylors Falls. I thought someone else may enjoy seeing these."

05/21/2020

Sad news: Margaret "Maggie" Olmschenk of Hugo, former Taylors Falls postmaster (for 16 years; 1983-1999), passed away this week of CNS lymphoma, at the age of 83. Her husband, Ralph (who passed in 1991), is buried in the Franconia Cemetery. -- jpl

1953 photo of the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center, which has now been in use for community functions for 70 year...
05/18/2020

1953 photo of the Taylors Falls Memorial Community Center, which has now been in use for community functions for 70 years. The building was built in 1902 and served as the fourth and last building used as a railroad station in Taylors Falls. Local railroad service was discontinued in 1948, and in 1949 a multi-year project was started to convert the building into a community center. The first meetings were held in the converted though unfinished building in early 1950. In 1953, the building was formally dedicated in remembrance of five local servicemen lost in World War II: John Gordon Folsom (Marines), Chester Garfield Marmon (Navy), Kenneth Falk Tesch (Army), Roger Richard Turner (Air Corps), and John Nelson Tuvey (Army). -- jpl

The 2020 spring issue of Life & Times in Taylors Falls has been sent to the printer. Lead article is about football team...
05/16/2020

The 2020 spring issue of Life & Times in Taylors Falls has been sent to the printer. Lead article is about football teams. It celebrates the mighty, mighty Bluejays.

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05/11/2020

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Attached is a snapshot (photographer unknown) of a truck accident in downtown Taylors Falls on Thursday, August 15, 1946...
05/11/2020

Attached is a snapshot (photographer unknown) of a truck accident in downtown Taylors Falls on Thursday, August 15, 1946. The snapshot looks to the southwest. The truck was driven by Kenneth Rivard, then 32. Riding with Kenneth was Richard "Dick" Bartley, then 18.

Kenneth and Dick had been out to the Taylors Falls Airport ("Rivard's Airport") southwest of town to get hay off the airport's runways and were to return to "Rivard's farm" north of town. Coming back through the park on Hwy. 8 and nearing downtown, Kenneth realized the truck's brakes had gone out so he told Dick to jump out, which Dick did. Then Kenneth jumped out.

The then-driver-less truck hit some of the large chunks of trap rock that used to ring the traffic island in the main intersection in downtown Taylors Falls. The truck also took down the flag pole on the island. The broken flag pole is quite visible in the snapshot. The mangled truck cab is behind the stop sign. (Remember when stop signs were yellow, not red?)

At right in the snapshot, a truck not involved in the accident is being loaded with hay bales dumped from Kenneth's truck. In the foreground is Albert Bartley – the man with the broom – who was Dick's father and the local barber. Dick was not hurt but Kenneth received leg injuries so he spent a couple of weeks at St. John's Hospital in St. Paul.

Snapshot courtesy of Clayton Rivard, a nephew of Kenneth Rivard. – jpl

August  1958 . . . first Taylors Falls Wannigan Days . . . 8-year-old Randy  Schwegman as a contestant in the Huck Finn ...
05/05/2020

August 1958 . . . first Taylors Falls Wannigan Days . . . 8-year-old Randy Schwegman as a contestant in the Huck Finn contest. (Bill Dial won that contest.) -- jpl

June 1915 – Mrs. Sarah B. (Anderson) Fredeen (then 88) demonstrating the use of her spinning wheel during a local (Taylo...
05/02/2020

June 1915 – Mrs. Sarah B. (Anderson) Fredeen (then 88) demonstrating the use of her spinning wheel during a local (Taylors Falls) celebration. Sarah (1827-1920) was the widow of Daniel F. Fredeen.
Sarah and Daniel Fredeen had six children:
a) Andrew Edward "Ed" – married Ella A. Soderlind
b) Johanna M. – married the Rev. Adolph F. Tornell
c) Peter Franklin "Frank" – married Louise Stenberg
d) Mathilda C. – died at seven months
e) Amanda E. – married Leslie W. Marston
f) Charlotte B. "Lottie" – married Anton F. Swenson.

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04/23/2020

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1856 view First Street looking toward Wisconsin.
04/23/2020

1856 view First Street looking toward Wisconsin.

Unknown woman in the 1880s.  S.C. Sargent, photographer.  - jpl
04/21/2020

Unknown woman in the 1880s. S.C. Sargent, photographer. - jpl

Postcard mailed in April 1912.  Happy Easter!
04/11/2020

Postcard mailed in April 1912. Happy Easter!

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I thought I would post a couple photos I found. First photo is the Class of 1950. My Mom Margaret (Olson) Dale is bottom row 1st on the left, right next to Charlotte (Robinson) Herberg, Ferol Bartley is in row 2, 4th from the left. The next picture is the class of 1948. My Dad's class, Cecil Dale is in the top row 1st on the right. Both classes are from Taylors Falls. I thought someone else may enjoy seeing these.
Will always be home no matter where I am.
Earlier Post Partially solved: On his 1 Jul 1863 Civil War Draft record, his occupation is listed as: Photographist
I have been working on the 1860 US Census for Taylors Falls and I have added Edward A Beach 30, born in New York. His occupation is listed as a Caguerian Ast or Oaguerian Ast. Searching google, I do not find a description of any kind. Any chance you might know the correct spelling of and what this occupation is? Maybe a carpenter's assistant? Listed with Edward is his wife, Mary 25 and daughter Estella 6 months old.
I placed this MNHS photo on the Old Stillwater Mn FB page and a question was asked if this building still exists. Wondering if anyone knows? Thanks in advance
I am curious if you have photos of the railroad presence at the North end of town. There was a turntable, engine house, rail yard etc. just West of the dam. Here is a photo of a locomotive on the turn table the site is now a circular pond. Any photos, maps or information is appreciated. Thanks!
First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taylors Falls, MN. 1960. Can anyone identify the others?
First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. 1940. I do not have a complete photo of the whole crowd. I identified the people I know in this photo. Can anyone identify the others?
Some readers should still recall the Carl "Park" and Anna Peterson concession stands on the west side of the upper parking lot in the Minnesota Interstate State Park. Carl was often referred to as "Park" Peterson in order to differentiate him from the several other Carl and Charles Petersons in Taylors Falls and nearby areas. Carl "Park" Peterson (1863-1942) was born in Denmark to Swedish parents. He came to the U.S.A. and directly to Taylors Falls in early 1881, shortly before his 18th birthday. For many years he worked in logging camps. In 1889-90, he helped build Nevers Dam, which until 1955 stood several miles upstream from the local 1905-06 hydroelectric dam upon which Carl also worked. In 1885, Carl married Miss Ella/Ellen Hendrickson (1862-1891), a Swedish immigrant. Ella bore Carl four children but died of consumption at about 28 years. In 1908, Carl married Miss Anna Carlson (1876-1961), another Swedish immigrant, who bore Carl three more children: three sons. When Carl died in 1942, Anna and four of his seven children survived him: two sons from each marriage. In 1895, an auction was held to sell many of the buildings that then stood within the boundaries of the new Minnesota Interstate State Park. Carl, then a widower, bought a house in what we now call the lower park. That was the circa-1858 James A. Woolley family home that stood on lot 1 of Block 127 in the 1867 "School Land Addition" to Taylors Falls. Carl had the Woolley house moved to about where is now the park sticker stand on the west side of the upper park's parking lot. Twenty years later, in 1915, Carl and second wife Anna built a concession stand on one side of their house (the former Woolley house). Ten years later, in 1925, they built another concession stand on the other side of their house. The story was that Carl and Anna argued too much to both work in one stand, but it was just good business to expand their enterprise. Carl and Anna also often had summer guests stay in their home. One of those guests was an artist of regional note, Dewey Albinson, who in the 1930s spent several summers in Taylors Falls. After Carl died in 1942, Anna continued to rent out rooms and (with help) operate one of the concession stands. She did so until shortly before her passing in 1961. Delbert Longnecker and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin (Frances) Weller subsequently owned and operated Anna's concession stand and rented out rooms in the Woolley/Peterson house. In late-1968 the park purchased the Woolley/Peterson house, which was demolished and burned on Monday evening, April 28, 1969. Attached is an undated (circa-1940?) photograph of Anna and Carl "Park" Peterson in front of their home and concession stands. The view looks to the southwest. This photo appeared in the 1980 issue of The Dalles Visitor, courtesy of Mrs. Everett (Bernice) Peterson, daughter-in-law of Carl and Anna. – Jack P. Liljenberg
A reminder of why the expression 'logjam' is useful
Can anyone tell me about this little old house on the east side of Folsom Street between 1st and Walnut Streets?
Blast From The Past....LLoyd And Leland Rivard Along With Don & Dick Bartley.. Suzy Bartley, Kevin Rivard, Todd Rivard, Mary Palmer Rivard, Lisa Rivard