Mark your Calendars!

May 10:
Oakland Cemetery Work Day; 8:00 a.m.

May 10: MCHA Minnesota City Day Planning at Archives;140 Mill Street, Mn. City; 9:30 a.m.

May 17: Minnesota City Day, 162nd Anniversary of Founding (See Page 1, 2 and 4)

May 22: Minnesota City Community Readers; 115 Iowa Street, Minnesota City School Building; 6:30 p.m.; Selection: Shakespeare’s Hamlet

May 22: Open Book Shelf; 6:30-8:00 p.m.; Minnesota City School Building, 115 Iowa Street

“Go Green!”
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Sat., May 17, 2014 Minnesota City Day Focuses on Food, Family History and Founders’ Contributions : Waffles, Quilts, Genealogy, Railroads, and Founders’ Photos

GBDRF (Garvin Brook Disaster Relief Fund) has again organized the food event for Minnesota City Day with their sponsorship, together with the Minnesota City First Responders, of the Dad’s Belgian Waffle Breakfast. The breakfast will again be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church Hall from 8:30-11:30. Tickets can be purchased from anyone on the GBDRF Board, Mn. City First Responders, or at the door the day of the event. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for age 4-12, and 3 and under are free. First Responders, existing in Minnesota City from around the mid 1980s, according to Kelvin Penrod, includes individuals who receive extensive pre-service training with 160 hours of training for certification. These individuals respond to emergencies of all kinds—health, accident, fire and others. First responders are often associated with Fire Departments, as is the case in Minnesota City, but operate independently in villages without fire departments, as is the case in Stockton.

(left) One section of the Minnesota City Heritage Quilt.
The women of St. Paul’s Parish Quilting Group will display their quilts in the church hall during the Waffle Breakfast. The quilts will be for sale. According to Riverway student interviews in 2002, notable Minnesota City quilters are Clare Denzer, Judith Hohensee and Jackie Denzer. When Judy Hohensee’s mother, Irene Merchlewitz, died this past spring, her quilting at St. Paul’s was listed as one of her pastimes. These women have quilted from thirty five to fifty five years. The women told students that they enjoyed visiting with each other while quilting, giving quilts to the poor, to persons who have had fires or floods, seeing the finished quilts, and the
anticipation of not knowing what the quilts will look like when completed. The women enjoy working with the material, the beauty of the quilts and the time with friends. MCHA remains impressed with the Heritage Quilt constructed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Minnesota City. This quilt will be displayed on May 17, and squares will again be available for persons to submit portraits or handwork representing their own homes for use in a second Heritage Quilt. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 – See Minnesota City Day

MCHA Extends Gratitude to St. Paul’s Parish for use of the Hall and for participation in the Minnesota City Day events. Thank you!

Minnesota City Day (continued from page 2)

Andrea Church, Genealogy Researcher, will be at The Archives from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to assist persons in their own heritage pursuits. Researchers are invited to bring their own laptops. WiFi and some laptops will be available. Andrea, with the help of her father, Roger, and other family members has researched the Church family history from its origins in the USA. Andrea has presented research materials and search skills at previous MCHA events.

A visit to The Archives, 140 Mill
will provide the opportunity
to view the original photos of a number of the First Founders of
Minnesota City, members of the Western Farm and Village
MCHA thanks Bob Bambenek, president of the Old
Settlers Association, Opal Fitch and Vic Gardner, Pickwick Mill
Association personnel, for making this showing possible. The mill is
administered as an historic site by Pickwick Mill Inc., a privately
funded, non-profit organization.

The Archives will be open for viewing materials and for researching
from materials available. Research results related to some of the
original Western Farm and Village settlers will be available.

Don Evanson, following in the footsteps of Erik Brom and his father
Leo, has recently spearheaded a group of railroad aficionados in
research and experience of the Winona and Southwestern
Railroad. He has been in discussion with some of the landowners of the abandoned R.O.W. of the
Winona & Southwestern in Bear Creek Valley, and secured some of the permission necessary to hike
the R.O.W. which is about a one and a half mile hike from the end of P and M Drive in the valley up to Skunk Hollow Road east of Altura. The Bear Creek Quarry was just east of Skunk Hollow Road.
The interest group has viewed the R.O.W. location down through the lower valley, including Rupprecht’s Valley that Bear Creek ties into, and was the location of the RR’s “Piedmont Station.” Persons interested in their findings are invited to join in this conversation with Don Evanson at the school building at 9:30 through 11:00 on Minnesota City Day.