Central Minnesota author and historian, Bill Morgan, will discuss his new book “Earth, Wood, Stone: Central Minnesota Lives and Landmarks” at The Charles A. Weyerhaueser Memorial Museum on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. The book is Volume II of a series and covers various aspects of the history of central Minnesota. Among the Morrison County stories featured in the book are Amos and Charles Berry of the First Minnesota Regiment, Vernon Pick, the William W. Warren and MacDougall site and the orphan train. A retired St. Cloud State University professor and long time advocate for the value of our cultural heritage, Bill will share his enthusiasm for local history through his gifted storytelling and talented writing. Books cost $19.95 and will be available for purchase at the museum.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Morrison County Historical Society (320/632-4007).
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Printing Plate for 1936 Condition Map of Minnesota Trunk Highways, Minnesota Department of Highways
The 1930s may have been a time of economic crisis but that did not stop all progress, including the improvement of roads. This 1936 printing plate for a Condition Map of Minnesota Trunk Highways, published by the State of Minnesota, Department of Highways, in St. Paul, Minnesota, shows that most major road surfaces throughout the state had been markedly improved during the previous decades. Instigated by popular demand and the pressure of the newly formed highway lobby, which was initially funded by bicycle manufacturers, the good roads movement led to the passing of federal and state legislation and the improvement of road networks, including those in Morrison County. According to the printing plate, Morrison County’s major roads in 1936 were either paved or bituminous. Both Highway 371 and the portion of Highway 10 from Royalton to Little Falls were paved. Highway 10 from Little Falls through Randall and Cushing was bituminous. State Highway 27, the main route running east-west across the center of the county, was also bituminous.
The printing plate was donated by the family of Mary (Johannes) Fietek (1921-1984). Mary was born in Culdrum Township on October 15, 1921, to Erich and Anna Johannes. She married Clement Fietek on October 15, 1940, and had five children – Clarence, Leon, Gregory, Anna and JoAnn. Mary worked as an inspector for Munsingwear Manufacturing of Little Falls for twenty years. One of Mary’s hobbies was apparently printmaking, which came as a surprise to her children who found the printing plate and a marking stamp set while cleaning out a closet in the family home.
For more information on the history of Minnesota roads, Minnesota Department of Transportation Library or call 651-366-3791 (toll free 800-657-3774).
Printing Plate for 1936 Condition Map of Minnesota Trunk Highways (Legend), Minnesota Department of Highways
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Mary Warner, MCHS museum manager, speaking at The Gathering in Royalton. Royalton American Legion in Royalton, Minnesota. August 5, 2012.
A great time was had by all who attended The Gathering in Royalton on Sunday, August 5, 2012, at the Royalton American Legion in Royalton, Minnesota. Sponsored by the City of Royalton, the Morrison County Genealogy Society and the Morrison County Historical Society, the event celebrated community and family history with great music, informative exhibits and lots of history. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success.
Enjoying the exhibits at The Gathering in Royalton. Royalton American Legion in Royalton, Minnesota. August 5, 2012.
Dancing to music at The Gathering in Royalton. Royalton American Legion in Royalton, Minnesota. August 5, 2012.
Punky Benusa of Bowlus, Minnesota, sharing stories of Prohibition at The Gathering in Royalton. Royalton American Legion in Royalton, Minnesota. August 5, 2012.
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