Category: Historical Record

Lovely little 100-year-old church

The St. John’s Anglican Church in Wadena celebrates its centennial this fall, with its longtime house of worship still in use. Some changes have been made, of course, but the church retains its charm...

One Hundred Years of Logging

More than 100 years ago, when the railroad began its exploration of branch lines around tracts of forest, “a party of lumbermen from Chicago,” writes Harold Fenske in his book Riverlore, “stood on the...

Letters from 1919

Ruth Erickson of Quill Lake brought in some letters written by her father, Emil Gilbertson, when he was with the American army stationed in the deep south. He later came up to the Quill...

Spirit wrestlers tame the Prairies

In the late 19th century, Canada needed to expand its population and the West needed to be opened to agriculture. Clifford Sifton, Minister of the Interior, saw the solution in a group of Doukhobors,...

Johnson Brothers Elevator

By the late Matt Daviduk Approximately 10 miles north and one mile west of Margo, on the correction line road, stands a weatherbeaten old farm elevator known as the Johnson Brothers Elevator. A sentinel...