News: Eidsvold – Historical Events (1880 – 1933)


Surnames: Bratz, Jerard, Fahlgren, Luck, Nye, Hudson, Hoyme, Granskou, Barber, Ruscher, Warner, Barrett, Boardman, Foster, Anderson, Craig, Wood, Haas, Flunker

----Source: Clark County Stories Book

1880: The railroad came through Eidsvold.

Nov. 18, 1890: EIDSVOLD EPITOME - "Hallo- Hallo" the telephone line between this place and Thorp has been completed.

Jan. 28, 1899: Fire destroyed the Nye, Lusk and Hudson mill at Eidsvold. The fire was caused by the explosion of a large lamp in the boiler room at about two o'clock Thursday morning. The loss being about $15,000. Flames soon spread all over the mill and efforts to extinguish the fire were of no avail. The loss is partially covered by insurance. The mill will be rebuilt as the company has plenty of timber adjoining the mill and over one million feet of logs on hand in the mill yard at the present time that were not damaged by the fire.

Feb. 25, 1899: The C.M. & St. P. Road will build their road to Stanley in the spring.

Mar. 11, 1899: Active operations have begun at Eidsvold by Nye, Lusk and Hudson in the erection of their new saw mill.

Mar. 18, 1899: Nye, Lusk and Hudson are doing much to advertise lands in the towns of Worden and Reseburg.

May 13, 1899: Nye, Lusk and Hudson's new mill at Eidsvold is being started this week, and will soon be running at full blast. It is a modern mill in every respect and will be of much benefit to the whole community. The mill is fitted with 10-inch band saws and an edger of the newest kind. The mill is equipped throughout with the finest machinery for making the finest kind of lumber. The main part of the mill is 40 x 100—the same size as the one destroyed by fire recently.

Jul 28 1900: On Sunday the new church erected in Eidsvold will celebrate with appropriate ceremonies. The Rev. Hoyme, president of the U.L.C. will be in charge with Rev. Granskou. A special train will run from Eau Claire and will reach Stanley at 9:40 so that all who have no other means of conveyance can go by train for the small sum of fifteen cents.

Sept. 1, 1900: Prof. Barber is teaching the Eidsvold School.

July 5, 1902 : Rural route No. 2 with Alonzo Ruscher as carrier was started from the Stanley post office on Tuesday. This route lies all within Clark County and takes in Eidsvold.

Sept. 13, 1902: The Northwestern Lumber Company has brought down the last of their timber on the Eau Claire river. The raw material will be exhausted as far as the Eau Claire River is concerned and further supplies must come by rail. This was the last year for the log drive on the North Fork of the Eau Claire River through Eidsvold.

Jan. 14, 1905: The Hotel DeBaxter at Eidsvold is running to the full extent of its capacity.

March 29, 1905: The Eidsvold people are rejoicing to think that they are to have a new post office.

July 15, 1905: The patrons of R.F.D. No. 3 will be pleased to learn that the Town Board of the Town of Thorp will finish the road from Martelo Warner's to the city limits, assuring them of receiving their mail, this is the east-west road north of Eidsvold.

Nov. 17, 1906: Irvin Boardman has purchased the Barrett Bros. General Store at Eidsvold and the Barretts have moved to Thorp.

Dec. 20, 1906: As a result of a meeting of farmers held at Hans Anderson's on December 17, a cheese factory will be erected by Wm Ferro, at Christianson's corner one mile west of Eidsvold in the near future.

May 2, 1907: Jerome Foster, who resides near Eidsvold, was a caller here on Thursday last. Mr. Foster is 77 years of age and as a Civil War veteran will profit by the recent Act of Congress passed to ex-soldiers over 75 years of age the sum of $20.00 per month. Mr. Foster draws but $12.00 now.

May 23, 1908: The only merchant in Eidsvold will close out his stock of merchandise starting Monday. The building he occupies leaks so badly that he finds it impossible to continue in that location.

June 20, 1908: Ervin Boardman, the Eidsvold merchant who has been selling out his merchandise at cost, has changed his mind about moving west and will remain here. He purchased the George Eaton property and will continue in the mercantile business at that place.

July 18, 1908: Ervin Boardman has closed a deal for the Eaton place in Eidsvold. Mr. Boardman will now finish the store building he started some time ago.

Oct. 30, 1908: Wm Soderberg has gone into camp north of here where he will put in logs for the Chippewa S. & B. Company.

Nov. 14, 1908: A new Presbyterian Church at Eidsvold is one of the probabilities in the near future. Members of Rev. Amy's congregation at that place took action regarding the matter.

Dec. 12, 1908: The passenger trains now stop on Tuesday and Fridays at Eidsvold to pick up cream.

June 8, 1911: Erve Boardman has purchased a new International motor buggy and the way Erve gets around in it is not slow.

Sept. 14, 1911: A1 Craig is preparing to move the town hall on to its new foundation.

Oct. 19, 1911: When Eidsvold opened its eyes on Friday morning she found the river had overflowed its banks, and had floated shingle bolts, logs, hay, corn, pumpkins and all kinds of driftwood down the river. Part of the dam and some of the fences were washed out.

April 26, 1912: A wreck on the railroad at Eidsvold occurred at an early hour on Friday last, sixteen box and flat cars being piled up. The track was cleared about ten o'clock the same evening by two wrecking outfits. Most of the cars were loaded with coal.

July 20, 1912: E.J. Wood, broom maker of Eidsvold, turns out eighteen brooms a day with his hand machinery, and finds it difficult to keep up with his orders.

Dec. 10, 1914: All things come to them who wait and so Eidsvold has a depot after thirty years gf waiting. Of course, it's rather small but we're thankful for small favors.

Dec. 17, 1914: Eidsvold—now that we have such a nice depot, Mr. Meyers ships his cheese from here.

July 15, 1915: A1 Craig from Thorp has the job of raising the old school house and put¬ting a wall under it.

March 3, 1916: Lodge No. 466 Mystic Workers of Eidsvold will give a grand masked ball at Story's Hall, March 3, with music by Fasers Orchestra.

Oct. 20, 1933: Hester Ann Jerard, who could boast 1 of the largest family of direct descendants of any person in the Stanley country, died Thursday at her home on Second Avenue, at the age of 89 years. Surviving are one daughter, fourteen grandchildren, fifty great-grandchildren, and fourteen great, great-grandchildren. She and her late husband came to the Stanley country in 1882 and settled on a farm southwest of Eidsvold which is now known as the Wagner farm. She moved to Stanley in 1914, where she had since resided. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon from the Methodist Church, Rev. Floyd Fahlgren officiating with interment in the Eidsvold cemetery.

Nov. 30, 1933: Walter Bratz has sold his cheese factory and store to Charles Flunker of Colby and they have taken possession. Miss Vilus Haas and Raymond Gadke are still employed there.

Hilda and James Clark
P. O. Box 32
Maple Plain, Minnesota 55359




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