Food and the War

Today I am continuing to highlight some of the new resources available online that highlight the Northfield experience during World War I. In the last post, I shared some aerial photographs from France kept in a scrapbook by Irwin Smith, who served in the Intelligence Division “over there” during the war. Closer to home, the households of the Northfield area were also heavily involved in wartime activities. Since Rice County is a very agricultural area, many local citizens were encouraged to contribute to the production and...

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1900 Rice County Plat Maps

We recently added a copy of the 1900 Rice County plat map book to the Northfield History Collaborative, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love maps! A plat map shows the divisions of a piece of land in a township, city, and rural areas. It features natural and civic landmarks, like rivers and schools, but it also shows the borders of each piece of land, whether it is a small lot in the village or a large farm in the countryside. And it identifies the name of the owner of the land, as well. This book includes maps of each of the...

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