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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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Albany, Avon, Belgrade, Brooten (part), Clearwater (part), Cold Spring, Eden Valley (part),
Elrosa, Freeport, Greenwald, Holdingford, Kimball, Lake Henry, Meire Grove, Melrose,
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Farming, Getty, Grove, Holding, Krain, Lake George, Lake Henry, Le Sauk, Luxemburg, Lynden,
Maine Prairie, Melrose, Millwood, Munson, North Fork, Oak, Paynesville, Raymond, Rockville,
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Website Updates

DECEMBER 2017
DIRECTORIES: Gazetteer and Business Directory
MILITARY: Soldiers - Montie Kelley, Ewart G. Nelson, Henry Lantz
MILITARY: WWI Casualties - George Stalboerger, Gillman Johnson
OFFICIALS: Roster - 1878 County Officials
OFFICIALS: News - Charles Hendricks, Isaac Beckwith
Submitted by Robin Line:
COURT: Joseph Heminger
FAMILIES: Haehn Reunion
MARRIAGES: Auer-Zimmerman
NEWS-BUSINESS: H. Z. Mitchell
NEWS-CRIME: Perry murders Wetherby
NEWS-ILLNESS/INJURY: Frank Randall, Math Schwintek
OBITS: Edward Zeibrath, John Anderson, Joseph Ludwig, Josiah Lambert, Mr. Foster, O. A. Gilman, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Guinn, Addie Marvin, Mrs. John Malesch, J. C. Munro
WILLS/PROBATE NOTICES: Anna Docken

JUNE 2017
CHURCHES: Records - First communion Name Listing 1960 St Boniface contributed by Karen Seeman
Submitted by Robin Line:
OBITS: B. Rosenberg, Xaiver Iten
SCHOOLS: G. Oppen, 1867-St Cloud Academy
MARRIAGES: Coombs-O'Leary

MARCH 2017
BIOS: George Chirhart
WILLS/PROBATE NOTICES: Ambrose Freeman
NEWS-CRIME: W. H. Weary
PEOPLE: J. J. Salfinger (2), John Cooper, Scott Hill
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1869 Harriet E. Bishop, 1870 A Maine Prairie Woman

NOVEMBER 2016
OBITS: Lewis Baker
OBITS: Mrs. George Brackett submitted by Robin Line
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1885-New Bank, submitted by Robin Line

SEPTEMBER 2016
OBITS: Bert Olds, William Empting, contributed by Kim Torp
HISTORY: Histories of Eden Lake, Lynden and Paynesville
BIOS: Thomas C. Partridge, D. A. Perkins, Taman Parcher, A. C. Powers, A. F. Perkins, Daniel F. Perkins, Michael L. Patten, Daniel Spaulding, George Spaulding, Thomas Straw, Alexander Spaulding, David Spaulding, Willard Spaulding, Thomas O. Spaulding, Roger W. Stanley, David B. Stanley, Truman L. Stickney, John Schafer, Abraham Shoemaker, John G. Smith, Stephen Sias, S. C. Strout, Frank Smith, A Swisher
The following news articles submitted by Robin Line:
OBITS: Col. Van Ness Billings
PEOPLE: W. T. Collins, Anthony Faucett
SCHOOL: St. Cloud Academy - E. V. Campbell
NEWS-BUSINESS: A. E. Brandt, E. C. Smith
NEWS-CRIME: Thomas R. Corooran, Jim Welsh, Tim O'Leary
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1867 Hunting Party, Swedish Collection
NEWS-INJURY: Lohrer Boy
NEWS-VISIT/RELOCATE: Mr. Ellenbecker
NEWS-WEATHER: 1867-Sleighing Weather

JULY 2016
HISTORY: History of Fair Haven
BIOS: John P. Guptill, N. I. Greely, Michael Goodner, David Goodner, John Goodspeed, Benjamin Grinols, William Heywood, D. A. Hoyt, James M. Kimball, John C. Dolan, F. M. Kimball, Edwin Kidder

JANUARY 2016
NATURALIZATIONS: Thanks to Jan Grant, Several hundred Naturalization Records have been added!
OBITS: Contributed by J. Alberti - Edmund Vogt
OBITS: Contributed by Jim Dezotell - Muriel Gerber
OBITS: Otto Horner, Albert Closson
PEOPLE: Shaw-vosh-kong, Joseph Fadden, N. G. Weyrens
BIOS: Harry G. Young, John Zapp

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