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  1. Gals at the Dixie

    March 27, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

    Old hangouts trigger many good memories.  One such place was “The Dixie” in Park Rapids.

    This photo taken in 1957 or 1958 will take you back to those times when a friend said “I’ll meet you at the Dixie.”  No street address was needed.

    These gals are-

    Top Row: Karen Walsh Manners, Judy McDowell Thisius

    Middle Row: Lois Rider Nordman (upper), Pat Crowell Safratowich (lower), Bette Bishop DeWandler, Louise Laine Robinson (upper), Karen Schaupp Sorenson (lower)

    Kneeling: Nona Johnson Gieser

    Many thanks to Lois Nordman for sharing this photo.

    Thank you for reading this blog over the past three years, your comments are appreciated, those comments spark conversation and through those conversations you help keep the rich history of our area alive.


  2. Akeley Mill

    March 21, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

    This is an old photo that is at the museum.  It was taken in 1899.  This is the Akeley Sawmill this particular photo is the pre saw or slab mill of the Red River Logging Company.  The mill had the world’s first double edge band saw, at least that is what it says on the back of the photo.

  3. Old Jail Next to the Courthouse

    March 13, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

    The old County Jail that was right next to the old Courthouse ( which is now the museum).   The Law Enforcement Center occupies that space now. This photo was taken from 3rd Street out in front of the old jail looking west.


                         This photo was taken  looking east.

    This photo was scanned last Summer it is from Lois Nordman. The jail is in the background.  This photo was taken looking North.

    The museum is looking for funds to renovate a room in the basement that will house a jail cell that was in the town of Park Rapids in the 1900’s.  We are not certain if it is a city jail cell or a county jail cell.  We are also looking for volunteers to work on this project.  If you are interested please leave a message at the museum 732 5237 and the Chairman of the Law Enforcement Room Committee will be in touch with you.

  4. First Settlers of the First Prairie

    March 6, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

    These are recollections of “Aunt Fanny”  Frances A. Glass she was born November 28, 1856.  She married Elmer Wright in Iowa and was twenty -two years old when she and Elmer came to the 1st Shell Prairie.

    She wrote these recollections about 1879 and 1880 in 1935.

    Seeking a home was the cause of the settlement of 1st Prairie, many of us came from N. Iowa and S. Minnesota

    We came on the covered wagon trail, reaching Verndale May 1879.  A party composed of S. Jones, Dan Witters, T.Tinklepaugh, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Wright and John Claflin guided by Wm. Kindred reached the 1st  Shell Prairie May 9, 1879.

    We found four families on the prairie who had arrived a few days before, Harry Vail, Jesse Campton on Sec 28 T 139-R 34 W and Mr. Pelkey and Mr. Gotcha on T 139 R 33.

    On May 10 , we were joined by R.J.Rex, M.S.Wagner, R. Hare and Geo. Rex.  All from Iowa.  One of our joys was to have a free donation of good hay for our horses from a logging co who had not logged as they expected.

    After getting some hay for our horses we were ready to go and select our claims, Wm. Kindred was our guide.  Sec 22 T 139 R 34 was chosen by R.J.Rex, M.S.Wagner, John Claflin and E.A. Wright, Dan Witter Sec. 20, SE 1/4 T 139 R 34, R. Hare, NW 1/4 Sec 28, S. Jones, NE 1/4 Sec 32.  After selecting our claims we — one day to help Jas. Campton raise a house for his family.  At this time there were no buildings on the prairie.  Wm. Kindred had a claim in Wadena County, he had a house raised but no roof, our party helped make shakes and soon had it covered, many of the settlers shared the hospitality of its roof.

    Our party returned to Verndale, it was a real task as a trail had to be blazed for future use of the trail as we had used in coming could not be used after the frost had gone.  During the summer and fall of 1879 many came and selected their claims then returned in 1880.  We of 1879 and early 1880 were the real pioneers. 1st Prairie was the metropolis of what is now known as Hubbard County (Then Cass County)

    Late in July we went to find work in the harvest fields.  We were not a rich class of pioneers that came in 79, but financially very poor.  At that time our Government was not furnishing relief so we had to work.  We returned late in September with a long winter to prepare for.  With H.B. Morrison Logging Co. of Motley operating that fall and winter many of the settlers found a chance to work which was a great blessing.

    The population of the 1st Prairie ranged around 47 during the winter of 1878-80.  2nd Prairie had no settlers during the winter of 1879.

    Yes, The Indians had a trail across our Prairie, they caused us no trouble, they furnished us with some game and buckskin mocksins.

    The history of the new settlement would be incomplete without a  few claimjumpers.  We too had a few of that unloved class.

    Did we have a hard time?  No we were just 56 years younger than at this time. (She wrote this in 1935)   It was new to us so we had a good time and established our new home.

    Families remaining on the Prairie during the winter of 1879-80 were N. Bement, S.J. Boorum, L.D.Lewis, Ed Tripp, Miles Sanford, John Claflin,E.A.Wright, H. Vail, Ira and Saul Benham and James Campton.

    In 1880 many settlers came.  A sawmill was established by B.A. Mantor.  A Trading Post by J. Howard.  Among our settlers were many Veterans of the Civil War, they were granted some special favors.  As most of them drew pensions, we had some money in circulation..  The town of Verndale was especially kind to the settlers of the 1st Shell Prairie.

    Frances Wright died October 30, 1944 at the home of her sister in law Mrs. John Hinds in Park Rapids.


    As a side note I will mention that the town of Hubbard was originally known as Mantor, apparently named after B.A. Mantor.


  5. The Old Andersen Grocery

    March 1, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

    I have two old photos that were taken in 1973,  they are marked “The Old Anderson corrected to Andersen Grocery”.  I think this building was located on the north side of Hwy 34.   Who remembers this building?  Was it located where State Farm  has an office now?  Or was it where the apartments are now or did it become part of the small park that is located next to the highway?


  6. The Welcome Inn

    February 19, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

    My information about the Welcome Inn was that it was a Bar and Grill located on West Hwy 34.   It was an former Red Owl Store and a Culligan Store.  If you know who owned it and what years please leave a comment.

    2014 : Was it located where the apartments are across from Burger King ?  I think those apartments are called Rivershore or Riverside Apartments now ?


  7. Gas Station returns to Gas Station

    February 13, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

    Thanks for all the comments last week about the Café.  If you happen to have any old photos of this business please contact the museum!

    Years ago it was a Gas Station and it was owned by Pop Stone.  I am not sure if it was called the North Star then or not perhaps one of my readers would know?

    Then it was called Dairy Sweet and was owned by Pat and Marilyn Donahue in the 1970’s.  They also have mini golf.

    In the 1990’s it became Chili Peppers and was owned by Cathy and Tom Hilko  or the Naders.  Maybe both?

    It is a gas station again.  Located at the confluence of Highway 71 and Main.  This photo was taken sometime after the Cenex opened…and I am not certain what year that was?

  8. Who remembers this Cafe?

    February 7, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

    Perhaps someone out there recalls this café ?  The information I have with this photo is that it is at the corner of Main and Hwy 71.  Could this be where the Cenex is now?

  9. Haberer’s Garage

    January 31, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director


    Recently we talked about the old Apco Station at the intersection of Third Street and Highway 71.

    Due west of the Apco Station was Haberer’s Garage.  You can see the reflection of the post office in the window.

    If you have any information about either of these old business establishments please leave a comment.  Thanks!



  10. Fieldman’s

    January 23, 2014 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

    Across from the old High School there used to be a store called Fieldman’s.  It was right next to the Apco Station on the corner.  It was also torn down to make way for the State Bank Building.  Fieldmans sold Army Navy Surplus items and Osh Kosh work and casual wear. The building in the background with the green roof is the Armory.