School House 1876

Trenham D - Labels The next photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is the “Second Schoolhouse”. According to J.G. Whittemore in 1940, Professor Thacker is the man in the photo. Another label noted that it was built on bonds for $4,000 by J. Hildon in 1873. The Glenwood graded school was built in 1874 and stood on lot 6 of block 33 until it was torn down in 1910. That is the corner of First Street and Third Avenue SE where the ECFE / Minnewaska Preschool stands today.

School House site in 2015.

School House site in 2015.

A later photograph of the second school.

A later photograph of the second school. Note the addition.

The first school in Glenwood was organized in 1867, in 1868 the first building was constructed just to the east of where the Sacred Hart Rectory stands today. It burned in 1873 and was replaced by the building in this photo. High School classes were first offered here in 1877. By 1899 the community needed a larger school and a combination grade and high school building was constructed where the condominiums at Central Square now stand. (That building burned in 1935 and the current Central Square building with the auditorium was constructed in 1936.) The High School (the part that was raised in 1992) was built in 1916. The construction of the auditorium in 1936 connected the high school with the grade school.

New Schoolhouse (1910) where ECFE building now stand.

New Schoolhouse (1910) where ECFE building now stands.

But I digress…When the second school (the one in the pictures and the actual subject of this blog) was torn down in 1910, it was replaced with a larger school on the same site. This on had 5 classrooms and a gymnasium. Children in grades 1-6 from the south side of town attended class in this building, while children from the north side attended school in the main complex on the north side until the 1936 building was completed. From 1936 until the new elementary school was built in 1964, all students 1-12 attended class in the main school which is now Central Square.

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Emerson and Tollefson’s Store

Trenham M - LabelsThis week’s photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is the “Emerson & Tollefson’s Store.” It is was located on the south west corner of Franklin Street and 1st Avenue SW. American Solutions for Business has an office there today in the old Larson Furniture Building.

According to J.G. Whittemore in 1940, the men in the photo are: N.W. Scott, Andrew Emerson and Mr. Tollefson.

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The second school is in the background.

An article in the March 11, 1876 Pope County Press has this to say about the store: “Emmerson & Tollefson are a new firm in the general merchandise trade, and their business is reported to be rapidly increasing. It is their first mercantile adventure.They are both excellent men and have the wish of the Advertiser for success.”

The same site in 2015. Once Larson's Home Furnishings. Now American Solutions for Business.

The same site in 2015. Once Larson’s Home Furnishings. Now American Solutions for Business.

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Rue Drugstore

Trenham L - LabelsThis week’s photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is the “Residence of H.N. Rue and Drug Store” It was located where Eagle Bank plaza is today.

The sign on the building reads: “Drugs Patent Medicines Yankee Notions.”

Newspaper ad from 1876

Newspaper ad from 1876

According the J.G. Whittemore, this is the George Rue & Family Home located on lot 1 block 23. It was also a grocery and patent medicine store. Pictured are H.N. Rue, N.W. Scott, Joseph Peacock and the children Rosie and Bessie Rue.

There is an article about this building in the April 3, 1924 Glenwood Herald. Page 1. In the article. several old timers share recollections of the hotel attached to the back to the log cabin. By the time this photo was taken in 1876, it was no longer used as a hotel.

According to the book “100 Years of Greatness,” this was the third building constructed in Glenwood. It was torn down in 1883 to make room for the Minton hotel which stood on this site from 1883 – 1970.

Minton Hotel

Minton Hotel

The Rues also owned the land to the south – the building is just visible to the left of the log cabin. In another photo, the word “HOTEL” is clearly written on the top of that two storey building.

It is possible that both buildings were used as hotels at various times. It IS known that George Rue and/or his son Henry N. operated a hotel in Glenwood known as “The Soliders Home” in honor of the many sons of George Rue who served in the Civil War.

The site of Rue's Drugstore  in 2015.

The site of Rue’s Drugstore in 2015.

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Bartke Hall

Trenham K - LabelsThis week’s photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is the “Residence of D. Bartke and Drug Store.” Located where Palmer Creations (the former Glacial Printing) is today.

According to J.G. Whittemore in 1940, “Daniel Bartke built this building in 1866. He conducted a drug store out of the first

The site of Bartke Hall as it appears in 2015.

The site of Bartke Hall as it appears in 2015.

story and the upper story was used as a public hall. It was changed to the Glenwood Hotel in 1879. Martin Ward purchased the building in the 1885 and it became known as the Ward Hotel or Glenwood House. Pictured in the front of the building are Mr. and Mrs. Bartke, their daughter and a school teacher – Miss Mary Whitcomb.”

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Newspaper ad from 1876

The sign over the door reads, “DRUGSTORE.” It was also used as a billiards hall and a dance hall.

According to the WPA papers, Daniel Bartke came to Glenwood in 1866 and invested a considerable amount of money in Glenwood properties. He build this 36 x 40 foot two story building to house his drugstore on the lower level and a public hall on the upper floor. At one time it was used as a school room.

It was sold to Robert Stanley in 1879. In 1882 an ad for the Glenwood Hotel claimed it was “recently refitted & improved” and had a large barn attached.

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Glenwood Hotel

Mr. Martin Ward bought the building in the 1885 and it was often known as Ward’s Hotel.

There is some debate as to who built it, as George and Henry Rue owned the land in 1870. By 1876, the land was owned by Daniel Bartke. Unlike today, in the 1860s and 1870s in Glenwood, it was not uncommon for people to build on land they did not yet own. 2011.3636.6

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Stensing and Peterson Hardware Store

Trenham J - LabelsThis week’s photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is the “Peterson and Stensing Hardware Store”. It was located where Mecco 7 is today – the former Ben Franklin building.

According to J.G. Whittmore in an 1940 interview, this is Stinson (Stensing) and Peterson’s Hardware store and was located on Lot 5 block 24. Later is was used for Rigg Brothers and Webster Hardware Store. Pictured L-R: Mr. Peterson, George Thompson and Mr. Stinson (Stensing).

The hardware store site in 2015.

The hardware store site in 2015.

Newspaper as from 1876

Newspaper ad from 1876

This building was located on the southeast corner of Minnesota Avenue and Franklin Street – facing Franklin Street. In the Pope County centinnial book “100 Years of Greatness,” this building is listed as being the very first one constructed in Glenwood. It started as the “Kinney and Lathrop store building”, used by Sam Johnston for a general store until purchased by the Wollan Brothers., who formed the “Fremad Association” (Fremad means “forward”). According to the Wollan family files, it was purchased in 1872 by Michael and Casper Wollan, but they moved to a new location in 1874 as the Fremad Association expanded.

According to the tax records, Wollan Brothers purchased the north part of the lot between 1872 and 1874 and the Fremad Association bought the south part in 1875. So the Wollans owned the land, and probably the building, but the business was run by Peterson and Stensing in 1876.Trenham J

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N.W. Scott House

Trenham I - LabelsThis week’s photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is the “N.W. Scott Residence and the Printing Office.” N.W. Scott was the publisher & editor of the Pope County Press from 1874-1884.

The house was located on the North side of 1st Ave SW between Franklin and 1st Street. Where Someplace Safe office / back of Tom’s Food Pride is located today.

The houses's location as it is in 2015. Tom's Foodpride occupies the space today.

The houses’s location as it is in 2015. Tom’s Foodpride occupies the space today.

The building was moved to lot 8 and used as the north wing of the Frank Eddy residence. It later became part of the Glenwood Funeral Home. Frank Eddy was clerk of the district court in Pope County from 1884-1894 and in 1894, Eddy was elected as the first United States Representative from Minnesota who was a native of the state.

Trenham IMr. & Mrs. Scott and their daughters are in the photo.

The Pope County Press was published from 1874 to at least 1885. Chas. G. Parke took over for N.W. Scott in March of 1884. It was an avowed Repbulican newspaper.

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Durkee Hotel

Durkee Hotel 1876

Durkee Hotel 1876

This week’s photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is the “Durkee Hotel.” Located where Phil Stumpfs office is today – behind Palmer Creations (the former Glacial Printing office).

According to J.G. Whittemore in 1940, “Mr. Durkee’s Hotel located on Lot 6 Block 19. Built by Kirk J. Kinney in 1966, it was used for offices and a store. Upper rooms housed County Commissioner’s offices and all business was transacted there from 1866-1872. Pictured are George Thompson, Joseph Peacock, Mr. Stanley, Mrs. Durkee and Mr. Durkee.” 

What the site looks like in 2015.

What the site looks like in 2015.

A note on another copy of the photo claims it was built in 1870 by Judge Lathrop. 

I find it interesting that this was likely the actual “second courthouse” used for early commissioner meetings. Since Mr. Whittemore’s recollections are the only evidence I have at this point, I am not ready to assert that as fact. But, this large building is a likely candidate, since the building we call the “second courthouse” was probably not built until the mid 1870s.

Regardless of when it was built, it probably did not become a hotel until shortly before the Trenham Hphoto was taken. The need for hotel accommodations in Glenwood was critical in 1876 because the Fountain House Hotel, which stood where Glenwood City Hall is today, burned to the ground in February of 1875. According to an article originally published in March 11, 1876 edition of the Pope County Press, “P. & O. Schjerden run the Glenwood Hotel and are doing as well as could be expected in a contracted and uncomfortable building.” The newspaper also featured an ad for the “Glenwood House by P. & O. Schjerden A New Hotel just opened opposite the Post Office. (Where the Nelson, Kuhn & Nordmeyer Law offices are today.) Good Beds, and Good Accommodations for both man and beast. Board by the day or week at reasonable rates.” No mention was made of any other hotel or accommodations in town.

So, our assumption is that the building in this photo was converted into a hotel at some time between March and August of 1876. The sign on the roof clearly reads “Hotel”.

002It may not have remained a hotel for very long. There is an ad in the July 12, 1879 Pope County Press, for the Durkee Hotel, but it may not have been at the same location. The ad mentions a sign “Five Balls” on the corner of Green & Franklin Streets (where the Village Inn is Located today). It is not entirely clear if that is the location of the hotel – or just the sign.

A bit about D.M. Durkey. In 1866, he laid out a townsite on the Northeast side of Westport Lake. It was never developed into a community, but Mr. Durkee ran a trading post and rooming house there for many years as it was along the Red River Ox Cart Trail.

SIDE NOTE: Researching the businesses that were here in 1876 is extremely challenging because the March 11 edition of the Pope County Press is the ONLY local newspaper we have from 1876. We have microfilmed copies of the Glenwood Eagle from 1871-1874, then nothing until that single copy from 1876, one full year from May 1877-1878, then a single copy from July of 1879, then nothing until 1882. That is 8 years with only one year and 2 single newspaper editions! We know newspapers were published in those times, but as far as we know, no copies survived. Most of what we know is based on tax records and notes based on the memories of early residents.

 

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