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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."

30th Infantry of Hudson, Wisconsin, veterans of the Civil War, 1901 (from Pioneer Press newspaper, November 12, 1967)

Picture submitted to paper by herman Norden, Baldwin, Wisconsin. From left top row, Thomas Porter, John L. Hamilton, Ezra Healey, John Burnett, Belden Eaton, Gilbert Thurston, Asaph Dailey, Moses Goodnoe, John C. Jones, James W. Dean; bottom row, William J. Egbert, Ephriam W. Dawley, Edward W. Day, Everett Wadsworth, Daniel J. Dill, W. P. Marshall, Nejamin F. Briggs, and William S. Ensign.

4th of July at John Till's, New Richmond, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of a group of eight men, two women, one child, and a dog standing outside of a house. The house has a banner that reads "4th of July at John Till's" and the porch American flags decorate the house and one of the women holds a flag. Most of the men's faces are blacked out due to shade. Printed on Azo paper with all four triangles pointing up (used between 1904 and 1918); Till moved to New Richmond in 1908. Unused.

6th Street School fire, Hudson, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of the fire at the Sixth St. School in Hudson, Wisconsin, on February 18, 1917. Title handwritten on verso, possibly by the donor (Willis H. Miller). Printed on Azo paper with two triangles pointing up and two down (used 1910-1930). Unused.

A. D. Andrews. Papers, 1861-1883.

  • US ARC River Falls SC 357
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  • 1861-1883

Papers of a River Falls, Wis., medical doctor concerning his Civil War service as a surgeon with the 6th Wisconsin Volunteers and his later appointments as examining surgeon for pensions and as regent of state normal schools, and his election as a state senator; including his official documents and letters.

A history of Clifton Hollow, circa 1972.

  • US ARC River Falls SC 157
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  • circa 1972

A history of Clifton Hollow, a settlement in northwestern Pierce County, Wisconsin, 1849-1898, written by Mrs. Wheelock who was born there; mentioning lumber and grist mills, a lime kiln, and a school, church, and Templar's lodge.
Included is the 16-page original and a later 5-page revision which includes some additional information.

A pageant of fairs, 1969.

  • US ARC River Falls SC 396
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  • 1969

A script prepared by Mrs. McKenney for a pageant presented at the 1969 Polk County, Wis., Fair; depicting the history of fairs, particularly the Polk County Fair first held in 1861, and describing the educational and entertainment features which included exhibits, horse racing, baseball, carnivals, and food stands. ?b Suggestions are given for floats to be prepared by area 4-H clubs which illustrate aspects of the history.

A. Rosenberger letter, 1883.

  • US ARC River Falls SC 118
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  • 1883

Letter, September 22, 1883, to John Downer, River Falls, Wisconsin, from A. Rosenberger, superintendent of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, schools, listing the subjects of examinations required for teaching certification.

A short history of the Walker farm, 1975.

  • US ARC River Falls SC 244
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  • 1975

Essay by Walker, a Wisconsin State University-River Falls student, describing the development of his family's farm located adjacent to River Falls; including information on the stone quarry operated on the farm, on commercial growing of cabbage, potatoes, and cucumbers, and on eventual division of the property for home lots and other uses.

Aaron Dahlberg biography, undated.

  • US ARC River Falls SC 148
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  • undated.

Biographical information on Aaron Dahlberg, a Swedish immigrant to Trade Lake, Wisconsin, and information on the history of the Northwest Wisconsin Electric Company which developed from several small electric companies that he operated.

Abbie S. Leavitt. Papers, 1859-1866.

  • US ARC River Falls SC 57
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  • 1859-1866

Teacher contracts, 1859-1863, between Abbie S. Leavitt and various school districts in the Town of Clifton, Pierce County, Wisconsin; teacher's certificates for the same period; the marriage certificate of Miss Leavitt and George W. Cairns, 1866; and ephemera.

Abner Morse papers, 1876-1877.

  • US ARC River Falls SC 374
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  • 1876-1877

Incoming correspondence to Abner Morse, lawyer, newspaperman, and prominent citizen of River Falls, Wis., mainly concerning Republican politics and his campaign for probate judge in 1877 in Pierce County. Also included are a few letters pertaining to business and biographical information.

Addie Gwyneth Ludwig genealogies, undated.

  • US ARC River Falls SC 189
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  • undated

Genealogical charts of the ancestry of Addie Ludwig, Ottumwa, Iowa, whose maternal ancestors lived in Pierce County, Wisconsin; including mention of the surnames Caster/Custer, McBride, Hanvelt, and Pierce.

Adoptive Families of Western Wisconsin records, 1976-1993.

  • US ARC River Falls Mss EZ
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  • 1976-1993

Records of the Adoptive Families of Western Wisconsin consisting of newsletters, brochures, chapter information, and by-laws. Also included are financial records, grants, meeting minutes, and the treasurer's report. Records are also included documenting the organization's name change from OURS of Western Wisconsin to Adoptive Families of Western Wisconsin in 1986.

Aerial view looking South, New Richmond, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image showing the city of New Richmond, Wisconsin, looking toward the southwest. The post office and opera house are labeled. Text stamped on verso: Bannister, Photographer. Date from postmark: Jul 2[1], 1909; mailed from New Richmond, Wisconsin; green 1¢ Franklin stamp. Message: Addressed to Mr. G.A. ???, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, Co. A 10th Batt. "We are going out to ???? to ??? ???. I have her looking for a 'nasty' card to pay you and Mr. B- back but I haven't been able to find one. We are having a fairly good time. Had a card from Jess ??? ???. You get busy and write a letter when you get home and tell up everything. Sara."

Aerial view of city on postcard with poem, Elmwood, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with an image from an overlook showing Elmwood, Wisconsin. Rhyme printed on recto: This town is first rate the scenery's great, And I'm certainly feeling fine, So I won't take you to task but just simply ask Why don't you drop me a line?" Date from postmark: May 29, 191-; mailed from Elmwood, Wisconsin; green 1¢ Washington stamp. Message: Addressed to Miss Florence Gehring, Juneau, Dodge Co., Wisconsin

Aerial view of El Paso, Pierce County, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with aerial view of El Paso, Pierce County, Wisconsin, showing commercial buildings, houses, barns, and outbuildings. Text printed on verso: All Rights Reserved, A. Pearson Co., Inc., Minneapolis, Minn. Date from postmark (1915) and message (Jan. 1, 1915). Message: Addressed to Miss Ada Nickelson, Henning, Minn., "Beldenville Wisconsin, Jan. 1st, 1915. Am home, and may be here another month, two weeks any way. Had a quiet and cold Christmas. Thanks for your Christmas card. An inland village our nearest town shown on other side. A Happy New Year, A. W. H."

Aerial view of Milltown, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with aerial view of Milltown, Wisconsin, and surrounding farm land. Date from postmark: Aug 5 1940; mailed from Cumberland, Wisconsin; green 1¢ Horace Mann stamp (Scott 869). Message: Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. F. Adamek, Algonquin, Ill. "Dear Friends, Best regards from Milltown and Cumberland, Wisconsin from Anthonia Stuchlik."

Aerial view, Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin

Picture postcard with aerial image of the city of Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, with a lake in the background. Publisher: Danielson Drug Co., [Amery, Wisconsin]; printer: United Art Publishing Co., New York City. Date from postmark and message: Jan 6 & 7, 1908; mailed from Clayton, Wisconsin; green 1¢ Franklin stamp. Message: Addressed to Miss Selma Olson, City Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn., 2nd floor. "Clayton, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 1908. Dear Selma, How are you on he New Year. I am going to the city again next Thurs. I will be down some time before long to see you. I have had a nice time but no sleigh rides, we don't ge any snow up here, its too bad. I hope Mrs. Seburg and you are both better. With love, Helena."

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