Lately, I've been purposely working less (it's hard to say "retire"), and using some of those spare hours volunteering at the Stearns History Museum in St Cloud. This is all Larry's fault ☺. When you click the link, you'll see on the right side: "Research Center Online Catalog, Click Here" (Ok, click there, too). If you type something into the search box, say SAND, you'll get a list of photo descriptions, but only a few photos are actually attached. This drives me crazy--over 500,000 photos in the collection? Someone needs to devote herself to scanning. And that, my friends, is ME. I've done about 260 of em so far, starting with the "other" towns by choice (not St Cloud). So, Albany and Avon folders called "General", "Businesses" and "Families" are done, and Belgrade is started. It's fascinating! One's curiosity gets involved:
One of the long-ago businesses in Belgrade was a general & dry goods store owned by T J Anderson (See the Wilmar Tribune of May 28, 1895). If the top left corner ad was T J s, then he was a moralist as well as a store owner. Belgrade News is in the next column.
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Something else I learned from the Wilmar newspaper: the plethora of towns they reported on, like Arctander, Burbank, Sven, Ringville, Roseland, Salem, Colfax. Some might still be towns that I just never heard of, right?