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This March we are putting the spot light on Anna Gobble Slingerland. Anna is well known in Dodge County for her ground breaking law suit against her husband Tunis Slingerland Sr. in...

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    Thank you for nominating the Dodge County Historical Society Board Members for the ALSA Ice Bucket Challenge! We acc this in honor of Dorothy Haukom and all...

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2014

Come on out for a fun evening and support the Dodge County Historical Society! November 6th, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm at the Kasson Event Center. Tickets are $20.00 in...

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2014

Ever wondered what it would be like to go to school in a one room school house? Well here is your chance to find out! You’re invited to two hours of school in the One Room...

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March is Women’s History Month

This March we are putting the spot light on Anna Gobble Slingerland.

Anna is well known in Dodge County for her ground breaking law suit against her husband Tunis Slingerland Sr. in 1910.  It is said that this may be the first time a woman won a suit like this in Minnesota.

Anna came to Kasson on the train from Claremont to teach school in Dodge County.  She lived in the same boarding house in Mantorville that Tunis, a widower, either also lived or took his meals in the same boarding house.  Tunis, 67, and Anna, 23, eventually met and had an affair during which she became pregnant.  Upon learning this Tunis took Anna to visit his attorney in Winona where she was asked to sign papers in order for them to marry and in her flustered state blindly signed what was presented to her.  They married in 1890 and had five children together.  Later in life Anna found out the papers she signed entitled Tunis to “dower rights” of $5,000.  She took him to court and during the process they still lived together since their youngest child was merely five at the time.  After Anna’s victory Tunis only lived for four more years.  Upon his death Tunis left an estate worth over one million dollars.  Anna received $385,886.35 and the other five heirs received $154,345.64 each.

Unfortunately all we know about Anna’s life is what we can ascertain  from the court transcripts, the files at the Historical Society mention nothing of her death.  Anna’s father John Gobbles is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in the Slingerland lots located in Mantorville.  What ever happened to Anna after the trial? Did she stay in the area or move on?  If you have any information on Anna’s life we would greatly appreciate it if you share it with us.

 

Interested in reading more about the law suit? The Dodge County Historical Society had the law suit transcript reprinted and  is available for purchase at the museum.

Fall is in Full Swing!

And that means cold season is not far behind! Check out this poster we found in our school house collection for more details on how to catch a cold:

 

In 1951 Disney and Kleenex partnered to make an educational short film showing how to avoid catching a cold. The common man is home with a common cold, and his alter ego (common sense) tells him of the mistakes he made leading to him getting the cold and the careless things that he had done helping to spread the cold to other people.  The promotional poster in our collection is just one of six different versions.  To  learn how to stay healthy this cold season click here to watch the ten minute short film.

Here are some more film posters on how to catch, spread and cure a cold:

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The Red Cross in Dodge County During World War I

In July of 1917 Dodge County officially formed a chapter for the American Red Cross.  However, the work for Red Cross and the war effort had begun earlier that year when the first of Dodge County men went into the service at Fort Snelling.  By the time those men left Minnesota for training in New Mexico they were supplied with an abundance of war comforts prepared by the women of Dodge County who would later make up the work force for the Red Cross.  With the help of E. L. Sanford, director of the Dodge County chapter, the women of Dodge County were able to pass every quota the Red Cross had for Dodge County.  By the end of the war in 1918 Dodge County had raised forty thousand dollars and supplied soldiers and relief efforts with over twenty thousand articles of clothing, bedding, bandages, etc.

Historic artwork of a Red Cross nurse flanked by members of all of the lines of the military

The work of the Dodge County chapter was carried out through five branches under each of which was one or more auxiliaries.  The branches took care of the detail of the work, looked after raising the quotas of both work and money and left the chapter officials to look after the management of every factor of the chapter.  Each branch of the Dodge County chapter of the Red Cross helped out the war effort tremendously.  Branches were at Claremont, Hayfield, Kasson, Mantorville, and West Concord.

In Mantorville, the branch exceeded every allotment of goods or money quota assigned to it during the war.  At one Mantorville fundraiser an egg was sold and resold until it had brought in over sixty dollars.  The Kasson branch dealt almost exclusively with aiding in the equipment of the Mayo Brothers’ Base Hospital at Rochester.  In addition to helping supply the base hospital with bandages and other items, the Kasson branch also helped supply clothing for refugees and war sufferers in France.  The West Concord branch was home to the first Junior Red Cross organization in Dodge County.  Every teacher and pupil in the school took part in various project to help the effort.  Some of these projects include the making of garments, knitting, the gathering of clothing for refuges and the saving of fruit pits.

One project that many Red Cross chapters across America took part in during World War I was the making of Red Cross Signature Quilts.  For a one dollar donation, your name was embroidered on to a quilt.  Here at the Historical Society we have a quilt that was made by the Concord Farmers Club in 1918 on display and also pictured below (donated by Marilyn Miller of West Concord, MN).

During a visit to the Dodge County Historical Society Museum author Erica Vetsch saw our Red Cross Quilt and was inspired not only to write a book, but to make a quilt of her own.  With the help of her sister-in-law, Linda Amrose, Erica made a Red Cross Signature quilt with the names of over three hundred Dodge County World War I Veterans embroidered on it.  This quilt can also be seen on display in our museum.  A Bride Sews with Love in Needles California by Erica Vetsch is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and many other book retailers.

Source for Dodge County information: A History of Dodge County, Minnesota in the World War 1917 – 1919, a Chronicle of the Activities of Soldiers, Sailors, Officials and Citizens.

Ice Bucket Challenge for ALSA

 

 

Thank you for nominating the Dodge County Historical Society Board Members for the ALSA Ice Bucket Challenge! We acc this in honor of Dorothy Haukom and all those suffering from ALS.

 

Diane Berge, Barb Gilliland, Larry Dobson, Greg Nelson, Phil Haukom, Scott French and Friend Accepted the challenge.

 

They have nominated Scott Rose candidate for Dodge County sheriff, Dave Erickson and Steve Grey Dodge County Commissioners, Jim Jenson Dodge County Sheriff, Steve Johnson candidate for Kasson Mayor, the Class of 1970 Hayfield Vikings, and Phil Haukom’s brothers, Mark and Dave, and his nephew Lanny.

 

Please go to http://www.alsa.org for more information on ALS or to donate money towards finding a cure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Benefit for Dodge County Historical Society

Come on out for a fun evening and support the Dodge County Historical Society!

November 6th, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm at the Kasson Event Center.

Tickets are $20.00 in advanced or $25.00 at the door.

You can purchase tickets through any of our lovely board members or the Dodge County Historical Society’s Museum.  You can also send a check to the Dodge County Historical Society and we will happily send you some tickets.

Can’t wait to see you there!

The Painting Staring At You As You Walk In

While walking into our museum have you ever noticed and wondered about that painting we have hanging on the opposite wall?

IMG_0280His name is Alonzo Jay Edgerton.  And while you may think that he is displayed solely for his very fashionable beard, he was also a very important citizen of Dodge County.  General Edgerton was a United States Senator and a Pioneer of Dodge county.

Alonzo Jay Edgerton arrived in Mantorville in 1855,  with his wife, of five years, Sarah Curtis.  He practiced law for 23 years here in Dodge County, except for when he served his country.  In 1862 he entered the army as Captain of Company B, 10th Minnesota Infantry and was promoted to Colonel two years later.  In the summer of 1865 he was promoted to Breveted Brigader-General in the district of Louisiana.

“…He was not only cool and courageous in the hour of danger, but very popular with the soldiers under him…”

– Pg 405 of The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Minnesota Volume, 1879

 

Shortly after arriving in Dodge County, General Edgerton was elected Prosecuting Attorney, where he served for one term.  He was also elected to the state senate in 1858 and again in 1876.

In 1871  General Edgerton was appointed as the first Minnesota Railroad Commissioner for four years.  While in this post he was described as the “people’s commissioner, gaurding with the utmost faithfulness their interests, without doing injustice to the railroad corporations” (Pg 405, The United States Biographical Dictionary).  In the spring of 1878 he moved to Kasson, where he still practiced law.

“His dignified presence, and his easy and conciliatory manners, combined with great earnestness and sincerity, strongly and favorably impress a jury; hence his success as an attorney-at-law”

– Pg 405, The United States Biographical Dictionary

 

General Edgerton later moved to South Dakota where he served as Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court of Dakota for four years and resided there until his death in 1896.

He was also a Knight Templar among the Masons and held offices in both the Grand Chapter and the Grand Lodge.

Now that you know a little more about General Edgerton we hope that you will stop by the museum and meet him in person!

The Fair Was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped set up and man the Log Cabin during the fair this past week.  You all did a wonderful job!

Also thank you to all of you who stopped by.  We appreciate your support and hope that you enjoyed the objects we had on display!

Who look forward to seeing you here at the museum sometime in the near future.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

The Dodge County Historical Society

One Room School House Sessions

Ever wondered what it would be like to go to school in a one room school house?

Well here is your chance to find out! You’re invited to two hours of school in the One Room School House during Stagecoach Days!

You can sign up for one of our sessions taking place on June 28th from 9-11 am or June 29th from 11 am – 1 pm*

Children in grades 1-3 are welcome.

Please call us or Mary Ann at  635-5508 or e-mail us at dchs@kmtel.com and we will save you a desk!

We Have a limit of 15 Students each day, so please sign up soon.

Hope to see you there!

 

Donations are welcome.

 

*Since this session takes place during the lunch hour please make sure that your child is fed beforehand. Thank you!