Extraordinary and Everyday Events What past events were the talk of the neighborhood?
The women pictured here include
Anna Cole Theopold, daughter of prominent town founder and mayor Gordon
Cole. All the women in this group were likely members of the the Ladies
Literary Club (later the Monday Club). The club was organized in 1878
to enhance the selective memberships knowledge of literature,
art, and history. One meeting, held at the home of Miss Theopold
(Annas sister-in-law) in 1902, was described in meeting minutes:
The house was beautifully decorated with
dutch tulips, steins and white candles and the hostess received in Holland
costume, a true dutch supper served at half past six."
No matter what
the era was, sleighs were filled to capacity with family, friends
and neighbors when it came time for a ride.
Main Street, 1870. Carte-de-visite by A.F. Burnham.
Photo by Robert E. Russell, 1938.
Both images courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.