Stearns County, Minnesota

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County Information
Founded February 20, 1855
Named for Charles Thomas Stearns
County Seat: Saint Cloud

The area that is currently defined as Stearns County was once occupied by several indigenous tribes, such as the Sioux (Dakota), Chippewa (Ojibwe) and Winnebago (Ho-chunk). The first large immigration was of German Catholics in the 1850s. Early arrivals also came from eastern states.

Originally, the county was to be named Stevens County to honor Governor Isaac Ingalls Stevens who conducted an area expedition in 1853. However, due to a clerical error, the county was named after Charles Thomas Stearns who was a member of the Territorial Council.

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Cities and Towns
Albany, Avon, Belgrade, Brooten (part), Clearwater (part), Cold Spring, Eden Valley (part),
Elrosa, Freeport, Greenwald, Holdingford, Kimball, Lake Henry, Meire Grove, Melrose,
New Munich, Paynesville, Pleasant Lake, Richmond, Rockville, Roscoe, Sartell (part),
Sauk Centre, Spring Hill, St. Anthony, St. Cloud (part), St. Joseph, St. Martin,
St. Rosa, St. Stephen, Waite Park

Albany, Ashley, Avon, Brockway, Collegeville, Crow Lake, Crow River, Eden Lake, Fair Haven,
Farming, Getty, Grove, Holding, Krain, Lake George, Lake Henry, Le Sauk, Luxemburg, Lynden,
Maine Prairie, Melrose, Millwood, Munson, North Fork, Oak, Paynesville, Raymond, Rockville,
Sauk Centre, Spring Hill, St. Augusta, St. Joseph, St. Martin, St. Wendel, Wakefield, Zion Township

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BIOS: Henry Block, H. P. Bennett, C. J. Boobar, S. F. Brown, Benjamin Barrett, H. C. Barrett, L. S. Bennett
MILITARY: Soldiers - Frank Pangburn
MARRIAGES: Marriage Licenses 1867, Marriage Licenses March, June and October of 1869
MILITARY: Soldiers - Laurence E. Heiden submitted by Robin Line
OBITS: August Weber, Dr. E. V. Campbell - submitted by Robin Line

JUNE 2018
BIOS: Henry Z. Mitchell, Lovinus Abell, William Cooper, A. Farnsworth, George T. Cambell, S. A. Clifford, Silas Cossairt, E. H. Atwood, Samuel Cossairt, Joseph Eaton, Wheeler French, W. F. Fish, Alpheus Maservey, Peter Morry, James Colgrove, Benjamin Grinols, Richard Vandervort, J. A. Upham, Samuel Young, Joseph Young, A. S. Greely, Peter Viehauser
PEOPLE: Asa Libbey, William E. Lee
OFFICIALS: News - submitted by Robin Line-Jacob Weber
CHURCHES: History of Crow River Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, contributed by Sue Jensen
CHURCHES: 1910 Catholic Church History by Townships Albany, Arban, Avon, Belgrade, Brockway, Cold Spring, Collegeville, Eden Valley

MARCH 2018
WILLS: Inheritance Taxes-Alstrom, Barbian, Borgerding, Garding, Goetten, McClure, Pendergast, Untersander, Weber, Weirens
NEWS-CRIME: Mathew Lemm
NEWS-FIRE: San Orton's Barn, 1881-J. E. Hayward

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