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1st Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of the First Lutheran Church building in Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. The building is surrounded with mature deciduous trees; also seen are electric lines and a pole; residential houses are on either side of the church, and a sign at the curb that says "School" [something]. The church building has a bell tower that is mostly obscured by the trees. Date from postmark: Oct 23, 1936; mailed from Clear Lake, Wisconsin; postage stamp is missing. Printed on EKKP paper (used 1904-1950). Message: Addressed to Mrs. H.C. Luer [Hattie Hanson Luer], 710 No 18th Ave East, Duluth, Minn. "Dear Folks - we had a nice trip down. Got here about 12-30. Had a nice dinner and left almost right away for church. Then went to the farm after the funeral [of Thomas Severson, Dena and Gudnie's father]. Had supper and visited for awhile. Then came back to Dena's [Dena Severson Hanna]. She tells every body I am here for the winter. Gudnie [Gudnie Severson Hanson]." Post script: "This is Dena's church and where I will be going. Clear Lake Wisconsin Box 91."

Aerial view, Village of Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard showing Clear Lake, Wisconsin, probably from a hill. Title supplied by cataloger. Date from postmark: Nov 5, 1909; mailed from Clear Lake Wisconsin; green 1¢ Franklin stamp. The postcard is addressed to Mrs. Nellie St. Clair, Donaldson, Wisconsin, from Mrs. C.E. Gale, Clear Lake Wisconsin; there is no message. On the front Mrs. Gale identified several places, including the Einor Hardware Store, Aunt Estere['s house], and the Hazen House.

Street scene, Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of the main business street in Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, in the 1930s. Date from postmark: Nov 18 1942; mailed from Cle[ar] Lake Wisconsin; green 1¢ "Industry Agriculture for Defense" Lady Liberty stamp. Message: Addressed to Miss Julia Northup, 81 High St., Wakefield R.I. "Clear Lake Wisconsin David & Julia, Alma & I are here for Thanksgiving. Back after we have Thanksgiving. Dr. & Mrs. Rist."

Hotel, Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of the Ward House hotel in Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Several men and women are standing on the veranda of the 2½ floor wooden building. The original photograph is from the early 1900s; this reprint is from 1950 or after. Printed on Kodak Paper (used 1950- ). Unused.

Creamery picture on postcard with poem, Clear Lake, Wisconsin

A postcard with a small real-photo of the creamery in Clear Lake, Wisconsin. The creamery building is surrounded with wagons and horses either delivering or picking up. Verse on front of postcard: The rose is red, the violet's blue, this town's a hummer, let me hear from you. Date from postmark: Jan 26, 1912; mailed in Clear Lake Wis; green 1¢ Franklin stamp. Message: Addressed to Miss Blanche Squier, Kilkenny, Minn. R.F.D. Clear Lake, Wisconsin Jan. 26th 1912. Dear Blanche, Received your card and sorry to hear Mrs. Steidley passed away. If I went to Kilkenny now wold [sic] find a good many changes, well such is life. Mamma went to Rochester last wek [sic] and nothing can be done for her. Drs said her life was just a matter of time now. Poor mamma, guess there is nothing more to do but to take good care of her. Mamma & Julie are coming home by way of Faribault. They will visit there now a while. This week has been a lovely wek [sic]. Its swell out today. Maggie is going to leave U.[?] in March to make their home in Havre, Mont. They have taken a homestead. Harold is now a big man. Good bye, Amelia. Is Frank Judd married yet?"

Main Street, Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of the main business street of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Shown are six automobiles and one horse-drawn buggy, electric lines and poles, a street light hanging over the middle of the street, a dirt street, and a water tower. Businesses include: the Clear Lake Post Office, Anderson Electric Co., a garage with gasoline pump, a drug store (music & drugs, soda, candies, cigars), the Bank of Clear Lake, possibly a millinery shop, and a store with a sign upstairs for the Freemasons or Masons (A.F.& A.M., Ancient Free and Accepted Masons). Date from postmark: Sep 18, 1928; mailed from Clear Lake Wisconsin; carmine-red 2¢ Washington stamp. Message: Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Hahn, 539½ 4th Ave., West Bend, Wisconsin "Clear Lake. How is you? We are all fine. Going to Minnesota and will be back Friday So you can come and see us. From your Brudder and wife." On the side: "Art Hahn."

Pea company, Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of several men standing next to their horse-drawn wagons loaded with peas for the canning factory at Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Date from postmark: Jul 22 1915; mailed from Clear Lake Wis; green 1¢ Washington stamp (design A140). Message: Addressed to Miss Gwen Hayburn, Milwaukee Wisconsin, 785 Racine St. "Dear Gwen- Its been such a long time since I heard from you.

Main St., Clear Lake Wisconsin [graphic].

Real-photo postcard with image of the business district of Clear Lake, in Polk County, Wisconsin. The prominent building on the street is a drugstore, with a large Tom Keene Cigars sign on the side. Text stamped on verso: Bannister, Photographer. Printed on Kruxo paper (this stamp box design used 1908-1910). Unused.

Pea cannery, Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of the pea cannery in Clear Lake, Wisconsin. Printed on NOKO paper (used 1907-1929). Date based on postmark and message: Jan 4 1918; mailed from Downing [Wis]; stamp has been removed. Message: Addressed to Mrs. E. Hanson, Oconto, Nebra. "Jan. 4, 1918, Dear Grandma, We received your package the day after Christmas. Thank you for it. Mamma would of wrote sooner but was looking for a letter. Love to all, Ada."

Street scene in Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of downtown Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. Businesses that can be seen include the Inter-State Lumber Company, a bar with a sign for Hamms beer, a farm implement company with a sign for Allis Chalmers, and a building with a Penzoil sign and a Texaco sign. Text printed on verso: All Rights Reserved, A. Pearson Co., Inc., Minneapolis, Minn. Date from postmark: Nov 29, 1948; mailed from Clear Lake Wisconsin; green 1¢ Washington stamp (design A276). Message: Addressed to Marcella Karel, Omaha, Nebr., "Clear Lake, Wisc., Dear Marcella, Monday noon. We're on our way to Iowa. Had a swell time. Hope everything is ok with u. We're arriving some time Tues. by car. It is sorta sleeting to-day. Hope the weather stays nice. Love, Mother."

Clear Lake, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of five people in a rowboat on Clear Lake in Polk County, Wisconsin. Text stamped on verso: Bannister, Photographer. Printed on Azo paper with all four triangles pointing up (used 1904-1918). Unused.

Polk County, Wisconsin. Treasurer. Tax rolls, 1859-1995.

  • US ARC Polk Series 4
  • collection
  • 1859-1995

Real and personal property rolls showing assessed valuation of property, taxes levied against property, and taxes paid. Holdings are not complete. Beginning in 1945, records are retained only for every fifth year.
The pre-1945 tax rolls are available only on microfilm.

Polk County (Wis.). Treasurer