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A brief history of Yellow Medicine County
Prior to 1849, Yellow Medicine County, was under federal jurisdiction and was officially known as a part of Wisconsin Territory. At this time the territory was mostly inhabited by the Chippewa Tribe to the north and Dakota Tribe to the south. In 1849, Yellow Medicine became part of Minnesota Territory and was a part of Dakota and Wabasha counties. According to the treaties of 1850, when tribes of the Sioux surrendered title to their lands in Minnesota, a tract of land ten miles wide on each side of the Minnesota River was reserved as Dakota Territory. In 1852, Dr. Thomas Williamson, a medical missionary with the Presbyterian Church, established the Pejuhatazizi Mission. "Pejuhatazizi" is a Dakota name meaning "Yellow Medicine", the name of a plant used by the Dakota for medicinal purposes and where the county name originates.The government established the Upper Sioux Agency in 1854 in what is now Sioux Agency Township. During the Sioux Uprising of 1862, the Agency, missions, and several white settlements were destroyed and as a result of the uprising the Dakota lands were declared forfeit. Consequently, white settlement began again in 1865. At this time Yellow Medicine was a part of Redwood County, MN. The early settlers were largely Scandinavian and German with smaller concentrations of English, Irish, Czech, and Bohemian.
Yellow Medicine County was created by a legislative act on March 6, 1871. A board of three commissioners met on January 1, 1872 in Yellow Medicine City, which became the first county seat. In the spring of 1874, Granite Falls became the county seat and the first courthouse, containing a court room and three small offices, was completed on the site of the present jail. In 1888, this building was replaced with a two story stone structure which still acts as the court house today on Ninth Avenue in Granite Falls. Twenty-one townships and ten communities were established in the new county between 1871 and 1890. The communities include Granite Falls, Canby, Clarkfield, Wood Lake, Echo, Hanley Falls, Porter, Hazel Run, St. Leo, and Burr. A Dakota settlement of about 150 people is located three miles south of Granite Falls. Each community is authentic and has its own rich history to portray to their visitors.
(Source: http://www.co.ym.mn.gov/ )
Upper Sioux Community
To read The Upper Sioux Community's full history, please follow this link: Upper Sioux Community Pezihutazizi Oyate History
Contact Information: 5722 Travers Lane, PO Box 147, Granite Falls, MN 56241 Phone: 320-564-3853
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Founded March 6, 1871
Parent County: Redwood
Seat: Granite Falls
Largest city: Granite Falls
*Former and current townships and cities are included in this list
BIOS: L. W. Olson, John Purington, F. Robson, Lorenzo Satchwell, Daniel Smith, Henry T. Sowl, O. J. Swan, H. N. Tibbils
BIOS: A. H. Cook, R. B. Cooley, S. A. Hall, J. F. Hannah
HISTORY: Wood Lake
BIOS: G. Halvorson, Ole Heimark, Lewis E. Larsen, Timan Lee, N. J. Nelson, Ole Olson, Theodore Stoltenberg
HISTORY: Lisbon Township
BIOS: D. W. Sherman, E. H. Sorlien, Andrew Steele, James Walker, S. M. Yearly
OBITS: Ludwig Gunderson, Myrtle Haugen, T. R. "Ray" Mauland
BIOS: George S. Johnson, Peter Kelehan, J. F. Langmaid, George L. Letts, B. H. Monroe, J. Q. Parke
CRIME NEWS: Mrs. John Purvis
BIOS: A. Buffum, Scott Bundy, Lewis Dibble, Joseph Doncaster, A.O. Dotseth, T.C. Ellingson, Joseph Falkingham, Halvor Gullikson, John Kise, Osmend Knutson, I. Kolhei, O. L. Lovsner, M. T. Myhre, Robias Reishus, Reier Swendson
HISTORY: Minnesota Falls Township, Normania Township
HISTORY: Otis Township and Granite Falls (many pioneers, early settlers, and businesses named)
NEWS- LOCAL HAPPENINGS: October 3, 1935 (Tyro, Omro-Tyro, Hazel Run township, Hazel Run)- many names!
CHURCH NEWS: parishes of St. Leo and Canby 1901-Rev. A. Rinke and Rev. Rand, Rev. E. E. Findsley 1901
NEWS- LOCAL HAPPENINGS: O. S. Reishus 1895, New land owners 1902 (many names)
NEWS-VISIT/TRAVEL/RELOCATION: W. W. Dunning, Jacob Klossner Jr., John Parker, N. P. Rodnas
NEWS- BUSINESS: Drying plant and Elevator Company (1956)
NEWS- LOCAL HAPPENINGS: 1935 Clarkfield Advocate (and surrounding areas)
PHOTOS- Spring Creek Church confirmation class mid-1930's
NEWS- CLUBS & LODGES: American Legion Auxiliary
NEWS- POLITICAL:1935 Clarkfield Commissioner election
NEWS-VISIT/TRAVEL/RELOCATION: Henry Kammeyer family
OBITS/DEATH NOTICES:Gregory Brandt, Bennie O. Dyrdahl, Grace Foss, Selmer Foss, Amanda Gullickson, Ragna Gunderson, Melvina Haaland, Myrtle Haaland, Louise Hagren, Elsie Hoffman, Melvin Halvorson, Lewis Rysdahl, Mathilda Rysdahl, Wayne Tongen, Amanda Varpness, Esther Willander
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