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Earliest Glenwood Photographs

In 1853, Isaac Stevens conducted an expedition for the Northern Pacific Railway. He wrote the following in his journal and the attached sketch has survived:

Sketch of White Bear Lake (Minnewaska) from 1853.

Sketch of White Bear Lake (Minnewaska) from 1853.

June 22. – My party broke camp about 6 a.m.  The first obstruction we met in our journey today occurred about three and a half miles from camp, which, our guides inform us, is a branch of Crow river.  One more swift, narrow, but deep stream occurs before reaching White Bear lake, offering some impediment to our progress.  By the application of personal force this difficulty was overcome without lightening the loads or even doubling teams.  We arrived at White Bear lake about nine an a half miles from this morning’s camp, at 10 ¼ a.m.
Leaving Lightning lake the country seems to change its character and is no longer a flat undiversified surface, with occasionally a gentle undulation scarcely attracting attention.  It has gradually changed to a heavy rolling prairie which, before approaching White Bear lake, becomes broken up into hills, valleys, and basins, varying from thirty to fifty feet in depth.  Boulders and stone, from the size of pebbles to paving stones, are very numerous.  Our route today appears to be gradually ascending, at a probable rate of from eight to ten feet per mile. 
White Bear lake, (see accompanying sketch,) upon or near which most of the parties of the survey are encamped, lies in sight of our trail, about two miles distant to the south.  It is a beautiful sheet of water, bordered with timber, about fourteen miles long and two miles wide, with high, swelling banks running back a mile or so, and rising to the height of about one hundred and fifty feet.

In 1869, executives from the Northern Pacific Railway embarked on an survey to examine possible routes for the railroad. They returned with these images of 3-year-old Glenwood:

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Glenwood 1869

1869 Survey team with Glenwood in the background.

1869 Survey team with Glenwood in the background.

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The Babies Hatched!

006For the past several weeks, we have been watching a pair of Killdeer and their nest with 4 eggs. The speckled eggs matched the stones on the ground almost exactly. The nest is hard to spot, even when you know where to look.

Brent placed a flag out near the nest and we have warned visitors to stay clear of the area.

The parents make such a commotion when anyone gets near the nest. They flop on the 005ground and squeak, acting like they are wounded in an attempt to draw the predator (in this case – me) toward them and away from the nest.

Today, after opening the outside buildings for visitors, Brent announced that the babies had hatched, so I ran out to snap a picture.

The little birds lay perfectly still in the nest. They never moved or made a sound while their parents made a racket, trying to draw me away. I quickly left them alone.



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Even Earlier Glenwood photos

Trenham ZA - LabelsThis image of Glenwood was found in the box with the Trenham photos. As I was researching the other images, I assumed this one was also from 1876. I was feeling pretty smart and able to identify the buildings. But, board member David Lent had sharper eyes than anyone else and pointed out that in this picture, the Fremad building had no porch!

He was absolutley right, so we blew the image up and examined it closely. Not only did the Fremad store have no porch, but the Fountain House was still standing! We didn’t believe that any images of the Fountain House existed! That hotel burnt down in February of 1875, so this picture had to be from at least 1874.

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A similar view from 1876.

We can see the Lathrop office under construction and several sod buildings in use. The sod buildings are barely visible in the Trenham photos as they are falling down from disuse.

In all the early pictures, it is striking to me how few trees there are. There were a few wooded patches near the lake and on the bluffs, but early Glenwood was nearly completely void of trees.

Excitement about dating this image led me on a search to find earlier images of Glenwood. Tune in next week to see the very earliest photos I can find.

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Peacock’s House

Trenham Y - LabelsThis week’s photo is “Residence of Joseph Peacock” from 1876, and it is the final photograph in the Trenham Collection. Joseph Peacock was the County Sheriff. According to the G.C. Torguson in the Historical Survey, the house was located on lot 3, block 27 – the south side of 1st Ave SW between Franklin

The site in 2015

The site in 2015

and 1st Streets. (About where the Minnewaska Meats parking lot is located in 2014.) He used his residence as his office and many interesting municipal cases were heard and settled in his home.  2015_01_18_006Trenham Y

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Night Games

Hometown baseball on a lighted field dates back to 1949 in Glenwood!  The James E. Barsness Field was built across from the City Beach where the Pope County Museum and Totem Pole now stand.  It included bermed grandstand seating and a concession stand.  Games were played on the lighted field until 1959.

We are researching the ball field and need photos to help illuminate this piece of history.  Do you have photos in your scrapbooks of the field?  May we scan them?  We’d especially like to find game-time photos.  Stop by the Pope County Museum Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 5.  We’ll be glad to hear your stories of baseball under the lights on the James E. Barsness Field.

Stadium lights moved from Barsness Baseball Field to GHS Athletic Field, August 1963.

Stadium lights moved from Barsness Baseball Field to GHS Athletic Field, August 1963.

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A.C. Lathrop’s House

Trenham X - LabelsThe next photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is the “Rev. A.C. Lathrop Residence”. It stood kitty-corner from where Phil Stumpf’s office is today.

According to James C. Whittemore in 1940, “This house belonged to Reverend A.C. Lathrop and was located on lot 1 of block 9 on the original plat of Glenwood. Hans Schey later owned the property. Pictured is Reverend Lathrop.”Trenham X

The tax records and most of the photograph labels indicate that this is indeed the home of Alfred C. Lathrop, located on the northwest corner of the intersection of 1st Avenue and 1st Street NE.

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