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  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    August 29, 2017
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on October 15, 1926:   Minnesota’s highway department the first of this week completed the task of oiling and resurfacing with gravel the two-mile stretch of trunk highway No. 6, between the Kniss avenue paving and state road No. 8 north of this city. Oil was heated and put on under pressure by an especially designed machine, and the oil was…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    April 17, 2017
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on Jan. 29, 1926:   COUNTY SKI TOURNAMENT SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 12TH   Between Thirty and Forty coasters to Take Active Part in Highly Thrilling Sport   Plans now being made provide for a Rock county Ski tournament to be held at the Norton hill east of Luverne, on Friday, February 12th. It is expected that this will be one of the biggest out-of-door…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    November 07, 2016
    This is to continue my article from last week:   ORGANIZATION OF ROCK COUNTY   On the 17th day of October, 1870, this board held its first meeting at the house of H. A. Gregory. Daniel Wilmott was chosen chairman, and P. J. Kniss, clerk pro tem. The first work of the board was to call an election to be held in November, 1870. They divided the county into three election precincts or commissioners…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    October 31, 2016
    The following was found in an atlas dated 1886:   ORGANIZATION OF ROCK COUNTY   Prior to its organization Rock County was attached to Jackson for civil and judicial purposes, and when, in the winter of 1869-70, the Legislature passed the enabling act, there was but comparatively little talk or agitation of the question. However, after the passage of the bill, in July or August, 1870, the Governor…
  • October 17, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 20, 1896:   The Northwestern long distance telephone line with headquarters in Skauge’s drug store, is completed as far west as Salem. All important towns along this route will be supplied with instruments. Last week the work of stringing the wires from Minneapolis to Fargo, N. D., was finished and as soon as the instruments are placed…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    October 11, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 4, 1896:   STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR 1896   The Total Acreage of Various Farm Products, the Number of Horses, Cattle, Sheep and Hogs, and Other Facts of Interest—Some Comparisons With the Statistics for 1895   The agricultural statement of Rock county for the year 1896, prepared by the county auditor from the statistics gathered by the…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    October 03, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on February 13, 1925:   M. W. CHUNN TAKES ISSUE WITH REPRESENTATIVE JACOBSON   Contends That Measure Prohibiting Sunday Movies, Sponsored by Him, is “Foolish and Vicious.”   To the Editor of Rock County Herald: Many of the friends of Representative J. N. Jacobson will be disappointed in him when they learn that he is one of the sponsors of a bill…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    September 26, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on November 27, 1896:   Hills Creamery The Hills creamery made a very satisfactory record during the month of October. The Crescent says: “The board of directors of the Hills Creamery association met Monday of last week. After allowing bills for expenses during the month of October, they found they could allow the patrons 16 cents net for their…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    September 12, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on January 9, 1925.   HAWES & SON WILL CONDUCT BIG REORGANIZATION SALE   Ten-Day Bargain Sale to Start Next Wednesday. Preparatory to Re-arrangement of Departments.   In preparation for the reorganization of Hawes & Son’s department store, necessitated by the closing out of the shoe and clothing departments and the death of Chas. O. Hawes,…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    September 05, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on January 9, 1925.   CONSOLIDATION OF HARDWICK BANKS FOUND BENEFICIAL   Results Attained Following Merge Held to Justify Elimination of Double Overhead Expense.   In proof of the assertion that nothing is to be gained commercially or economically by too many institutions of a similar nature in a restricted field of endeavor, officers of the…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    August 29, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 26, 1924:   SHUT-DOWN AT POWER PLANT TODAY AND TONIGHT   No Electric Lights Or Power Will be Furnished for 24 Hours – Water and heat as Usual   Luverne will be without electric lights and power all of today, all of tonight and a part of tomorrow, according to announcement made Wednesday by Superintendent George DeLate. The shut-down is…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    August 23, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on December 19, 1924:   C.E. OLDER, PIONEER, PAYS TRIBUTE TO C.O. HAWES   Recalls That He Was the Last of Several Young Men Who Went to His School in 1871-72.   “It is with profound regret and sorrow that I hear of the death of C. O. Hawes, who had been a personal friend for more than half a century.” C. E Older, formerly of Luverne and a pioneer…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    August 16, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 18, 1924:   ROCK COUNTY AS IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO   The ill-fated year 1873 began with the most violent storm in the history of the state from the time of the first settlement to the present date. For three days beginning January 7th, the blizzard raged, extending over the whole northwest. Seventy human lives were lost in the storm in…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    August 08, 2016
    In November 1867, Mr. Hawes brought with him John Lietze and family who were to maintain a stopping place, or half-way place, as it was called on the mail route. Although both the Estey and Lietze families spent the winter of 1867-68 on the Rock river within ten miles of each other, neither knew of the presence of the other, each family believing itself to be the only one in Rock county. At…
  • By Betty Mann, President, Rock County Historical Society
    July 19, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 18, 1924:   Continued from last week:   ROCK COUNTY AS IT WAS FIFTY ODD YEARS AGO   During the Autumn of 1866, Nathan C Estey and James Johnson, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, visited the county for the purpose of selecting claims on the un-surveyed lands for themselves and for Mr. Estey’s younger brothers, also having a few goods to barter with the…
  • By Betty Mann, Rock County Historical Society President
    July 11, 2016
    The following appeared in the Rock County Herald on July 18, 1924:   ROCK COUNTY AS IT WAS FIFTY ODD YEARS AGO   Being a Paper on Pioneer Life as Read by Representative J.N. Jacobson at Hills Old Settler’s Re-Union   Permanent settlement began in the southwest corner of the county in 1876. A few years before that time, trappers had operated in the county, visiting streams for the taking of pelts…
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