Featuring over 210 historical photographs, Images of America: Northern Pine County guides readers on an exciting journey into the past as it explores the successes and sorrows as well as the joys and trials of the people of northern Pine County, Minnesota. Each chapter examines a unique aspect of their daily lives. Readers meet loggers and settlers from the county’s earliest days, catch a glimpse of many towns and villages, and encounter a variety of industries, businesses, schools, and churches that shaped the area’s economic and social landscapes. Life was not easy for the people who called northern Pine County home. On September 1, 1894, and again on October 12, 1918, forest fires devastated portions of the county, killing hundreds, destroying thousands of acres, and leaving countless residents homeless. While photographs cannot capture the heartache of fire victims, they do provide a window into northern Pine County’s rich history and help tell the fascinating stories of its residents.
About the Author
Earl “Jim” Foster and Amy Troolin are both historians and genealogists with deep family roots in Pine County. Jim collects historical photographs, and Amy is a freelance writer. They are both active in local historical organizations.
Table of Contents
1 The Earliest Days 9
2 Northern Pine County's Towns 25
3 Building an Economy 35
4 Opportunities for Entrepreneurs 51
5 Educating the Children 65
6 Keeping the Faith 77
7 A Test of Character 85
8 Life in Northern Pine County 97
9 Citizens and Families 117