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This Date in Central Minnesota History

This Date in Central Minnesota History

Doris Inman and her dog in 1950 (Stearns History Museum)
Doris Inman and her dog in 1950 (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud Humane Society Was Formed – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

ST. CLOUD - August 27th, 1893 – The St. Cloud Humane Society was formed “for the prevention of cruelty to human beings and dumb animals.”

Around the year 1890, there was concern in St. Cloud about the

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Photo courtesy of Stearns History Museum
Photo courtesy of Stearns History Museum
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The College Of St. Benedict Began – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

ST. JOSEPH – August 25th, 1913College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph begins fall of 1913. Pauline Mischow was the first college girl to arrive on August 25th.

In June of 1857, four Benedictine si

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Jefferson Highway route through Minnesota
Jefferson Highway route through Minnesota
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Jefferson Highway Officials Visit St. Cloud – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

ST. CLOUD - July 25th, 1916 – Officials of the Jefferson Highway Association arrive in St. Cloud.

The turn of the century marked the development of automobiles as the most reliable means of transportation. Thus

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Clemens Gardens Named – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

ST. CLOUD – July 20th, 1989 – Clemens Gardens named for Viriginia Rose Clemens.

When a plot of land came up for sale across the street from the home of Bill and Virginia Clemens, they purchased and donated the land to the City of St. Cloud Park Department. July 20, 1989 is the date of the approved m

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John Wilson (Stearns History Museum)
John Wilson (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud’s Middle Town Started – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Here’s what happened on this date in Central Minnesota History…

July 19th, 1853 – John L. Wilson, the “Father of St. Cloud”, purchased a section of land in central Minnesota for $100. This is where Middle Town (St. Cloud) would develop.

The first

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A 1923 photo of the Great Northern Car Shop workers (Stearns History Museum)
A 1923 photo of the Great Northern Car Shop workers (Stearns History Museum)
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The Waite Park Railroad Shop Opened – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

WAITE PARK - June 1st, 1891 – Waite Park Car Shops opened

St. Cloud was a railway hub in the late 1800s. The city proved one of most important railway centers in the state with tracks spanning from Canada to the Pacific. The Minnesotan

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Myron Hall (Photo by Stearns History Museum)
Myron Hall (Photo by Stearns History Museum)
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Photojournalist Myron Hall was born – On ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

ST. CLOUD - May 30, 1911 – Celebrating the life of Myron Hall

Myron Hall, whose 100th year birthday would be celebrated today, chronicled events for more than 40 years as the Times’ only photojournalist and proved an influential figure in the history of Central Minnesota.

Myron Hall was born in St. Cl

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Photo courtesy the Myron Hall Collection, Stearns History Museum
Photo courtesy the Myron Hall Collection, Stearns History Museum
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First Triplets Born At St. Cloud Hospital – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

ST. CLOUD - May 25th, 1953 – First Triplets born at the St. Cloud Hospital

The first triplets were born at the St. Cloud Hospital since it opened in its current location arrived on May 25th, 1953. The three boys,

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1908 photo of students and teacher from School District 89 in Millwood Township (Photo Courtesy of Stearns History Museum)
1908 photo of students and teacher from School District 89 in Millwood Township (Photo Courtesy of Stearns History Museum)
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One Room Schoolhouses Closed – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

UNDATED - May 24th, 1967 – Consolidation of one-room schoolhouses

One room school houses are an image the majority of Minnesotans are familiar with. Either visiting one on a field trip or actually having attended a similar school, the image is a fond one of our Minnesotan roots. For the single

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1927 photo of Charles Lindbergh (Stearns History Museum)
1927 photo of Charles Lindbergh (Stearns History Museum)
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Charles Lindbergh Flies Across The Atlantic Ocean – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Lindbergh made his name in a small single engine plane with five sandwiches and a quarter of water. The twenty-five year old Charles A. Lindbergh’s historic non-stop flight from New York to Paris may have taken thirty-three hours, yet his fame is still recognized today.

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1964 photo of Francis Xavier Pierz (Stearns History Museum)
1964 photo of Francis Xavier Pierz (Stearns History Museum)
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Benedictine Monks Arrive In St. Cloud – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

After a tedious journey by steamboat down the Ohio and up the Mississippi, the fathers arrived in St. Cloud on May 20, 1856, one hundred and fifty five years ago today. This arrival inaugurated one of the more fascinating chapters in the religious history of St. Cloud.

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Minnesota Becomes A State – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

UNDATED - May 11th, 1858 – Minnesota becomes a state

This great state that we live in came into existence on this date 153 years ago! First, Minnesota became a territory of the United States in 1849, then it was officially welcomed as the 32nd U.S. state on May

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