The St. Olaf Victory Viking Yearbook

In the spring of 1919, St. Olaf College published an annual yearbook commemorating the classes of 1919, 1920, 1921, and the Freshmen. It was a special year for St. Olaf students, since many of them in these classes had participated in World War I service at home, on military bases, and in Europe. For this reason, the yearbook was dedicated to those who served in the cause of world freedom. They called it the Victory Viking. Hints of war service appear on many of the pages within this yearbook. Illustrations of tanks and ships appear below...

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Service and Sacrifice

Two of the major themes we are exploring at the Northfield Historical Society for our centennial commemoration of World War I are service and sacrifice, both at home and abroad. While going through some of the individual soldier records in the Rice County War Records Commission collection at the Rice County Historical Society (2 file cabinets full!) I have already found a few examples of both service and sacrifice from Northfield-area citizens. Miss Delphine Carpenter is one of the few women included in the files. She was from Northfield and...

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Company D from Northfield

Even though the Great War had been raging in Europe since 1914, in 1916 most Northfielders were more interested in what was going on at the border with Mexico. Why? Because their friends and relatives were serving in Company D of the 2nd Infantry Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard. After Mexican leader Pancho Villa started raiding in Texas and New Mexico, President Wilson called National Guard units into federal service to guard the border, and Northfield’s Company D was officially mobilized. The mobilization point for...

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Rice County War Records Commission

One of the reasons we chose to focus our digitization efforts on World War I materials this year is the fact that there is a massive collection of documents from the Rice County War Records Commission at the Rice County Historical Society. But they have never been digitized, so our ability to share the information contained within is limited. I am pleased to say that I have recently begun the long process of scanning one of the most important documents in that collection – a massive bound ledger with two-sided pages dedicated to...

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More City of Northfield birth records

Just thought I’d share news about the latest addition to the Northfield History Collaborative – a book of birth records from 1908-1912. Unlike the previous ledger-style book I posted about last time, this book devotes a single page to each new baby. If your ancestors were born in the city of Northfield during this time, check it out! You can search for the name of the baby (if the baby was actually named here, that is), by the names of the parents, and by the names of the attending physicians. If you have any personal stories or...

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City of Northfield Birth + Death Register

New on the Northfield History Collaborative – the City of Northfield’s register of births and deaths from 1883 through 1907! Back in the day, city officials recorded all the vital information about a person who was born or died in the City on one line of a two-page spread in a large bound book. The births are listed first by year, followed by the deaths. The Northfield Historical Society is carefully preserving the original volume that spans the years 1883 through 1907, and we recently digitized and transcribed it so that the...

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