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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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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Northfield’s Veterans

Throughout Northfield’s history, its citizens have consistently heeded the call to serve in our nation’s military branches. Many of the town’s early citizens were Civil War veterans, including bank hero Joseph Lee Heywood, and area military service has continued through today. The Northfield History Collaborative preserves documents and images detailing the service of its citizens. In honor of Veterans’ Day today, here is a selection of some of our favorite military and veterans’ documents: Images: John...

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