Dr. Whittemore’s House

Trenham O - LabelsThis photograph shows the “Residence of Dr. Whittemore” from 1876. The home was built in 1870 on lots 6 & 7 of block 35 – where Ridgewood Villa is today.

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Site of the Whittemore house today – Ridgewood Villa.

According to J.G. Whittemore in 1940: Dr. Whittemore is on the porch, Gooch is in the Kitchen doorway and Mrs. Whittemore and one of the girls are standing in the window. Behind the small fence in the background is Glenwood’s first cemetery.

Dr. James Gooch Whittemore was born in Main, lost his parents as a young boy, came west and studied medicine with Dr. Potts in Castle Rock, MN, then enlisted in the 8th Minnesota Regiment in the Civil War. His regiment was sent to fight in the 1862 Dakota War. In 1865, he was made 2nd Lieutenant of the 118th US Colored Infantry. He came to Pope County in 1865, taking a homestead in Grove Lake Township and practiced medicine. In 1872, he turned the farm over to his brother-in-law and moved to the village of Glenwood.

Dr. Whittemore

Dr. Whittemore

In Glenwood, he practiced medicine, owned a store carrying general merchandise and drugs, owned the bank, represented the area in the State Legislature and State Sentate, and was very influential in securing the building of the Little Fall & Dakota Railroad through Pope County, serving as the Railroad’s first president.  Sadly, Dr. Whittemore died of heart failure at the age of 44, in 1882, just as the railroad was reaching Pope County. Trenham o

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Stanley’s Horse Shoe Shop

Trenham N - LabelsThis week’s photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is “Stanley’s Shop.”.

James Stanley had a backsmith shop at the southwest corner of Minnesota Avenue and 1st Street SE. (Lot 1 block 24) Ogdahl, Wangsness & Associates have their office on that corner today.

The site of Stanley's Shop  today (2015).

The site of Stanley’s Shop today (2015).

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Newspaper ad from March 1876.

A note in the April 17, 1872 issue of the Glenwood Eagle mentions that the village needs a new blacksmith because Stanley is defunt. I am not sure when Mr. Stanley ended his business. In 1876 he still owned the land, and it is still his name above the door. The March 11, 1876 Pope County Press carried an ad for R. Farquhar – a blacksmith “At Stanley’s old stand – Glenwood, Minnesota.”
According to J.G. Whittemore in 1940, the men in the picture are: L-R: James Stanley, Robert Farquher, Joseph Peacock and Michel Rue.
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Glenwood History Book Available for Preorder

The Pope County Historical Society is taking pre-orders for: “Through the Tourists’ Eyes: Glenwood Minnesota” a photographic history of Glenwood. Written and compiled by Todd Gylsen, the book shows the history of Glenwood over the past 150 years through the eyes of the tourist.

Order your copy before June 1st and receive a discount. The book will retail for $40 +tax, but before June 1, the price will be $35 +tax. Contact the Pope County Museum, or stop by the Pope County Museum booth at the Pope County Expo on April 11th for more information.

Nearly 150 years ago, Alfred Lathrop and Kirk Kinney laid out the town site of Glenwood, Minnesota. In the intervening years, Glenwood has grown into a vibrant community.

This hard cover, coffee table book by Todd Gylsen will approach Glenwood history from a unique angle, this book seeks to illustrate the history of Glenwood as seen by tourists.

Looking at Glenwood through the tourist’s eye allows Gylsen to examine the changes in transportation, amenities, businesses, and scenic areas of Glenwood over time. These changes had profound impact on local residents as well as tourists. Glenwood continues to change—and to attract visitors.

It is fascinating to ponder what changes will occur in the next 150 years.

Click  the Flyer to download a printable order form.

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Fremad Building

Trenham U - LabelsThis week’s photo in the series of Glenwood Photographs taken in 1876 by N.J. Trenham, is the “Wollan Bros. Store / Fremad Building.” It shows the main Fremad Association building and a few other buildings on the west side of South Franklin street. The third building in the line has “HOTEL” written on the front. That building is most likely the Glenwood House run by P. & O. Schjerden. Unfortunately, there is no individual shot of that building in the collection. According to J.G. Whittemore, the people in the photo are Sam Johnson (sp), Mike Wollan and Casper Wollan. In the upstairs window is Mrs. Casper Wollan.

The Fremad building in 2015.

The Fremad building in 2015.

(Samuel Johnstone’s is often written with the e on the end in the tax records.)

Newspaper ad for the Fremad Association - 1876.

Newspaper ad for the Fremad Association – 1876.

There is extensive information on the Wollan family and the Fremad Association available at the Pope County Museum.

The Fremad Association was located on the corner of Franklin and Green (1st Ave) streets SW. Lot 10 of Block 23 of the original plat of Glenwood. In 1893 this building was moved to the west and a larger building was constructed. The new building was also wooden, but with a brick facade.

Fremad Association Store built in 1893

Fremad Association Store built in 1893. Note the original building moved to the west to make room for the new one.

The 1893 building still stands today – with its second brick fascade, but may not be standing much longer as it has gone into tax forfiture. This building, and the attached bank building (now Nelson, Kuhn & Nordmeyer law office) are on the National Registry of historic places. Pope County State Bank (now Eagle Bank) was a spin off of the Fremad Association. The history of the organizations links the buildings together. They are also physically linked together, as the stairs to the upper floor of the bank building are actually INSIDE the Fremad building.

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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.

The sign by the door appears to advertise Axle Grease. Trenham M

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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