Le Sueur County, Minnesota

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Fred Barnard
Source: New Ulm Weekly Review, May 25, 1881. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

Fred. Barnard, a boy of 13 years, arrived at LeSueur last Friday, having come alone all the way from Downham, England, to join his uncle. Did the Uncle request pay for the boy's dinner?

C. M. Cosgrove
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) November 17, 1915; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Former Secretary of State Fair Board of Minnesota Experiments.

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 9.-C. M. Cosgrove, of Le Sueur, Minn., former secretary of the State Fair Board, visited the South St. Paul market in quest of cattle to be used in converting into beef a large quantity of peas which unfavorable weather during the growing season prevented from maturing properly for canning.

He will experiment on the cattle by feeding them the peas together with corn, which in his locality was soft and immature because of the damp cold weather during the Summer.

Samuel Dennet
Source: Boston Journal (Boston, MA) Tuesday, February 4, 1879; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Samuel Dennet, now in his 82d year, lives in Cordova, Minn., on the pension reluctantly granted him by the Government, was born in Saco and followed the sea from his boyhood, was impressed into the British service and released, was afterward taken by the Crescent and carried into Halifax and thence to Melville Island, and there he found his brother, Eben Frost Dennet, subsequently killed by pirates in the West Indies, from another vessel. Was then placed on board the Irresistible, and from thence to Dartmoor, and has written a record of his treatment; and after his release, no provision being made for the return of the prisoners, he was kindly brought home by the ship Concord of Saco, Capt. Storer, Wm. Coffin, mate, helping work the vessel to New York at one shilling per month. [Saco, York County, Maine]

Mr. Hotchkins
Source: The Goodhue Volunteer (Red Wing, MN) April 23, 1862; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
MAPLE SUGAR. - We learn that Mr. Hotchkins, whose sugar grove is about two miles beyond Cleveland, LeSueur county, a few days ago made 500 lbs. of sugar out of one nights run of 900 trees. This is the best "run" we have heard of. Although the season thus far has been poor, there have been a few unusually good sugar-making days. - St. Peter Statesman.

Annie Dickie Olesen
Source: Independence Daily Register (KS) July 13, 1922; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


by Roy Gibbons.
CLOQUET, Minn., July 13.-The Democratic nominee for United States senator from Minnesota cooks the best ham and cabbage I have ever tasted. To make election certain all she has to do is to invite the voters to dinner.

That's the kind of a woman Mrs. Anna Dickie Olesen is. And up her they say she's as good a politician as she is a cook.

She is. She keeps house, does the family washing herself, goes to market, darns her husband's socks, and makes her town clothes and the clothes of her 15-year-old daughter, Mary Winifred.

Her husband is Peter Olesen, superintendent of the Cloquet schools. She met him when he came to her door as a book agent-and she says she loved him at first sight.

Mrs. Olesen was born in a log cabin on a farm at Cordova, Minn. She is 37 and tiny; she weighs 100 pounds. Her hair is brown and her eyes gray. Poverty and sorrow have left their print in her face, which even her cheery smile doesn't hide.

"Half my heart lies in the cemetery where my first born is buried she said.

"My jewels are my little daughter and my husband. It is to help them and others like them-for we are all of one big family-that I want to go to the Senate.

The Olesens live in a five-room half of a double house, upstairs.

"We pay $30 a month," she said. "Rents are terrible up here!"

She meant it too. She said her girlhood's chief fear was that the mortgage on the farm would be foreclosed. Everything that the Olesens have now was bought with money saved penny by penny. In her campaign she spent less than $500, and it was saved out of the household money.

Mrs. Olesen says she has three vices-lemon pop, chewing gum and tea.

"When I get to Washington," she says, "most likely I'll be a social failure. I simply detest playing cards, though I've no objection to them. And 10 o'clock is the latest I like to be up."

Mrs. Olesen went to high school and had one year of university work, but she says most of her education came from studying the Bible. She carries it on her campaign tours.

Mrs. Olesen came into prominence during the war by lecturing before Minnesota women's organizations. She has been vice president of the Minnesota Federation of Women's clubs and was a delegate to the Democratic national convention at San Francisco in 1920.

"Women ought to vote with their consciences-they don't need their own political party," she says "Some day we shall have a woman president."

Mrs. H. M. Price
Source: The Winnipeg Tribune (Manitoba, Canada) Feb. 1, 1912; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman.
Remains of Mrs. H. M. Price of Minnesota Found to Be Petrified.
Minneapolis, Jan. 30. - When the body of Mrs. H. M. Price, who died at Greenland, Minn., in 1894, was exhumed a few days ago it was found to have been turned into stone. The body is completely petrified. It was exhumed by order of the woman's son, C. V. Price, of Bennettville, Minn., who will have it buried in a grave beside that of his father in the cemetery at Bennettville. Mr. Price came to St. Paul with his strange burden to transfer to the Northern Pacific.

G. W. Sibert
Source: Twice-a-Week Plain Dealer (Cresco, IA) Dec. 1, 1896 - mkk
E. L. Sibert was showing some corn grown by his father, G. W. Sibert, at Greenland, Minn. The variety is a yellow dent, each ear carrying from 20 to 32 rows. G. W. Sibert commenced selecting the seed some 20 years ago from that which was largest and first ripened, by which means he has improved it size and at the same time made it some weeks earlier than at the start.

Timothy Varney
Source: The Oregon Mist (St. Helens, OR) January 27, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Timothy Varney, who lives three miles east of Le Sueur, Minn., and keeps about two hundred hens, has been greatly troubled, as have most people who keep hens by the persistent desire manifested by the fowls to set in season and out, on eggs, stones, door-knobs, or anything else that comes handy, but he has got hold of a plan now which he has quietly tried this season with perfect success, and which he warrants will cure the worst Light Brahama cluck that ever vexed the heart of man, of all desire to set, and all in less than three hours.

The cure consists of a cheap watch, with a loud and clear tick to it, inclosed in a case that is white and shaped like an egg. When a hen manifests a desire to set out of season he gently places the bogus egg under her sheltering breast and the egg does the rest. It ticks cheerfully away and soon the hen begins to show signs of uneasiness and stirs the noisy egg around with her bill, thinking, perhaps, that it is already time for it to hatch and there is a chick in it wanting to get out. She grows more and more nervous as the noise keeps up, and soon jumps off the nest and runs around a while to cool off but returns again to her self-imposed duty. It gets worse with her, and she wiggled about and cackles, ruffles her feathers and looks wild, until at last with a frenzied squawk, she abandons the nest for good and all. That incubator fever is broken up completely. Mr. Varney finds use for half a dozen of these noisy eggs and claims that they paid for their cost over and over again during the past year by keeping the hens in the business of laying and not permitting them to waste time in useless incubating - Agriculturist.

A. G. Zellmer
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 10, 1932, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.

Reports from over the southern part of the state this fall reveal that there has been general success in bagging wild geese. A.G. Zellmer of near Elysian shot two geese of the breed known as snow geese and averaging five pounds each. The flock was flying overhead when Zellmer shot down the two birds with a 20-gauge shotgun and No. 6 shot. Earl Morshching shot two wild geese on the farm of his father L.B. Marshching a short distance north of Elysian.
Transcribers Note: The two names are spelled different, don't know which is right.

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