1896-97 Directory including Sauk Rapids and Waite Park
1901 including Sauk Rapids and Waite Park
We here in Minnesota have an invaluable website called Minnesota Reflections, where historic books and newspapers and photographs are posted online. It's where the Pierz Journal is most available to us, as well as searchable subjects that might pop into your head. Try it sometime. The fun is when you start looking for one thing and get into something entirely off track--like the city directories.
In the first few pages, there are lists of amenities the town offers. There's a statement of how many names they've included, calculating a "multiple of three, the one in most general use in other cities"--so since there were 2,820 names listed in 1892, they estimated there were really over 8,400 residents.
And just so you can actually answer that Trivial Pursuit question: In 1892, there were 17 churches and 18 "secret societies" in St Cloud, Minnesota.
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