Spinning Wheels on display

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Spinning Wheels on display

Negaard Sigrid Spinning Wheel

Our lifestyle today doesn’t include much spinning

Lives today and in years past were busy lives and very creative, but in totally different ways. The Pioneer days had many tasks that were not easy tasks. They made most of their clothes after making cloth. Today if clothes are made there is an array of fabric to choose from in many fabric department of various stores.

Even the washing of clothes has changed drastically from days gone by where you used a scrub board and had another tub of rinse water and now you throw the clothes into a washing machine that washes the clothes, rinses and spins the water out of the clothes.

The modern conveniences have changed that make tasks so much easier, but women still enjoy some of the same hobbies and fun activities.

Stop in at the Wadena County Historical Society where you can see our collection of spinning wheels that are on display in either our Parlor, Country Store, or Needle Nook Room.

Historical Photos

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Kresian photo 

Kresian photo
- Ernest Kresian on left and his brother Charlie on the right.
behind: Baehr Clothing, Recreation Parlor and City Meat Market
On the wagon it reads: City Dray Line Phone 43.
Jefferson St Wadena 

WADENA IN 1878
- A picture of Jefferson Street looking South.


farming 

FARMING
- Farming in the old days.
fire department 

WADENA FIRE DEPT – 1880


Oylen baseball team 

OYLEN BASEBALL TEAM – 1914
- Left to Right: Hollis GOodall, Carl Perkins, Joe Granby, Harry Johnston, Charley Worling, Anton Granby, Carl Berg, Ray Bacon, Thorvald Granby
Oylen baseball 1914 

OYLEN BASEBALL TEAM – 1914
- Back Row left to right: Joe Granby, Harry Johnston, Ray Bacon, Fred Berg, Charles Worling
Front Row: Carl Perkins, Thorvold Granby, Anton Granby, Hollis Goodall


Wadena grade school 

BACK IN TIME – WADENA GRADE SCHOOL
- This is a post card which is owned by the Wadena County Historical Society of a grade school picture in Wadena. If anyone can help identify the students and/or teacher, please contact the Wadena County Historical Society.
Peterson Biddick Co 

PETERSON BIDDICK COMPANY


w.w.2- roll of honor 

ROLL OF HONOR MILITARY DISPLAY BY COURT HOUSE
- This was taken in 1945 when the American Legion Wadena Post #171 dedicated this to the World War 2 veterans of Wadena county.
50th Anniversary 

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH- 1930
- In the back row from left to right: Allie Hartman, Ethel Bluhm, Margie Peterson, Dorothy Anderson, Lulu Davis, Ruth Saunders, Bernice Boss, Laura Johnson.In the front row from left to right: Mrs. Kale, Oddie Chermak, Mrs. Adolph Anderson, Hilda Nutting, Myrabell Zosel, Mrs. Russell Spink, Phyllis Davis
Mrs. Kale and Mrs. Spink lived a short time in Wadena.


1915-1920 church 

Methodist Church- 1915-1920
- This picture is in the basement of the Methodist Church when basketball hoops were on the east and west sides of the basement.
radar squadron control 

739TH RADAR SQUADRON HELICOPTER


Mayor of Wadena 

Mayor Henry Ebner of Wadena
Mr. Ebnor Frank 

Photo of Frank Ebner


Chief Flatmouth 

Photo of Chief Flatmouth
- He actually gave land to Wadena
Chief Flatmouth 2 

Another photo of the famous Chief Flatmouth


street parade 

Wadena street scene
- Wadena Street Scene in the early 60′s. In the back ground note Rex McDonald’s Studio which is still in operation in 2009. The Wadena Cafe and and Vollie’s Ladies Apparel have been out of business for many years.
Methodist church 

First Methodist Episcopal Church – 1880

739th air base 

739th Wadena Air Base – 1950′s
Chief Wadena 

Chief Wadena in the center

Verndale train depot 

Verndale Depot and train
Verndale depot 

Verndale Depot – 1880
next to the building is a baggage cart

Egleston_JewelryStore 

John L. Egleston Jewelry Store
- Optometric Office about 1915 located at 105 Jefferson Street South —The site of Time Jewelry in 2009.
Oscar Lundberg on left, Rudolph Pafferath on right. Oscar and Rudolph were employees.
Mr. Egleston opened the store around 1904.
Picture donated by Jessie Egleston Allison of Homeland, California
GreatNorthern_Track 

Great Northern is laying track north of Wadena
this photo was taken in 1890.

Merickel men photo 

Merickel men photo
- Left to Right rear:
Fred C. Merickel Born 1879, Died 5/11/1911
William S. Merickel Born 5/22/1879, Died 9/16/1941
John W. Merickel Born 9/26/1872, Died ?
Front Left to Right:
Watson Delano Born 3/2/1859, Died 2/3/1934
George A. Merickel Born 2/6/1882. Died ?.
Arthur Jesse. Born 2/30/1863, Died. 10/25/1946