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County Information

Created 1855

Named for Joseph Renville, son of a French father and Indian mother, who worked as a trader and interpreter

Renville County was the site of several hostile engagements in the Sioux Uprising of 1862.

County Seat



Bandon Township
Beaver Falls Township
Birch Cooley Township
Bird Island Township
Boon Lake Township
Brookfield Township
Cairo Township
Camp Township
Crooks Township
Emmet Township
Ericson Township
Flora Township
Hawk Creek Township
Hector Township

Henryville Township
Kingman Township
Martinsburg Township
Melville Township
Norfolk Township
Osceola Township
Palmyra Township
Preston Lake Township
Sacred Heart Township
Troy Township
Wang Township
Wellington Township
Winfield Township

Bird Island
Buffalo Lake
Redwood Falls (part)
Sacred Heart

Online Data
Biography Index
Births Cemeteries
Church Histories / Records
Families / Coat of Arms
Newspaper Data
Obituaries/Death Notice
Sioux Uprising Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:

November 2018

History/Township plats directory: Brookfield, Buffalo done, working on others

Bios:  J. P. Patton, Mary B. Renville, Nathan D. White, Nils L.Monson, Anton Christanson, George Forsyth, Diedrich Wichmann, Frank Stasson, Olaf Nelson, Henry Halverson, Christian P. Lund, John E. Foss, Otto W. Kiecker, Frank A. Kretsch, Henry Kuester, Ferdinand Lenz, William S. Pierce, John P. Nestande

News-Community: 4th July

Military News:  Company H Roster, Company H news


October 15, 2018

Obit/Death Notice: Sern Ellingson, M. J. Matzdorf

News/Accident:  Ole Anderson

Bios:  Henry Ahrens, L. T. Grady, Henry Hipple, Lee J. Halvor, Peter A. Mattson, George H. Megquier


September 2, 2018

Community News:  Misc.,

Added Church: Sacred Heart Our Savior's Opdal Lutheran Church Baptisms

Death Notice/ Obits:  Daniel Hoit, Ahrens child, Oscar Eugene Abrahamson, Fredericka Wilhelmina (Wichmann) Hanneman

Crime:  Geo. H. Megquier

News-Weather:  Severe hail storm, Nicholson

Relocation:  J. M. Bowler, John King, J. S. Bowler, Marion Boyer, Calvin boyer, Johnson, Miss Dora J. Caleff

Political News:  Judge Little, Capt. A. A. Brown, J. C. Rudolph

Misc. News:  Cruel Joke

Bio's:  Helen Mar (Paddock) Carrothers Tarble

Community News:  27 emigrants arriving, Beaver Falls Lyceum officers.

Uprising Survivors Stories: The following stories were written by William Cox who was kind enough to give me permission to add them to G.T. Boelter Family, Buce/Carrigan, Diedrich Family, Carrothers Family, Kochendorfer Family, Thomas A. Robertson.


August 2018

BIO'S:  John McDonough Freeman, Hans Hanson, George F. Gage, Frank Murray, Peter Gerardy, Rev. Nils Giere, F. L. Hammerstrand, Louis Hanson, E. O. Lyders, Edwin Nordstrom, William C. White, D. D. Williams,

VISIT-RELOCATION:  Doyle, Fish, Lund team


July 9, 2018

BIO'S:  Herman B. Cole, Edgar L. Colby, Henry Fehr, Richard T. Daly, Edward Bregel, Bregel Brothers, Carl O. Brecke, Jonas Brandjord, Isaac Bogema, Ole P. Hoimyr, Frank H. Hopkins


June 11, 2018

BIO'S:  Charles B. Marlowe, John E. Menz, E. J. Butler, Benjamin Jason Butler, John Henry Bush, August Burgstahler, John H. Rice, William S. Ruona, Angus V. Rieke, Isaac W. Rovainen, James Wood, Herman F. Bruss, Perry August Bruggen, John Brunner, James Brown, Edward H. Brown, Brevig, O. L., William Bregel








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