Advertisement for the Red River Valley Farm Crops and Stock Show in downtown Crookston, February 11, 1918.

Poster advertising the Red River Valley Farm Crops and Stock Show

Advertisement for the Red River Valley Farm Crops and Stock Show in downtown Crookston, February 11, 1918.

Black and white photograph of students during a NWSA shop class, 1910.

Boys’ shop class at NWSA

Students during a NWSA shop class, 1910. Boys learned blacksmithing, scale weighing, and welding skills in the class.

Black and white photograph of swathing equipment and grain being swathed by a team of four horses during the fall harvest, 1910.

Swathing grain

Swathing equipment and grain being swathed by a team of four horses during the fall harvest, 1910.

Black and white photograph of teams of horses with equipment and drivers in front of a barn, 1910.

Horses and wagons in front of a barn

Teams of horses with equipment and drivers in front of a barn, 1910.

Crops and soils parade on NWSA campus

Livestock walk through the mall area of the NWSA campus during the crops and soils parade, 1910.

Black and white postcard picturing the dedication of Stephens Hall, with James J. Hill, in 1908.

Stephens Hall dedication ceremony with James J. Hill

Postcard picturing the dedication of Stephens Hall, with James J. Hill, in 1908.

Origins of the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA), 1905–1940

By the late 1890s, bonanza farming had stopped bringing good incomes to large landowners. Immigrants who arrived in northwestern Minnesota learned quickly that the Red River Valley soil was some of the richest in the state. An experiment station was started in 1895 that led to the founding of a boarding high school to train young people to work on farms as farmers and homemakers.

Color image of Henry Jobe and Harold Thorson at a special demonstration about slow-moving vehicle signs for farm implements and tractors, 1967.

Henry Jobe and Harold Thorson with highway patrol officer

Henry Jobe and Harold Thorson at a special demonstration about slow-moving vehicle signs for farm implements and tractors, 1967.

Color image of Bruno Jurchen with his “Old Faithful” squeezebox, 1967.

Bruno Jurchen with his “Old Faithful” squeezebox

Bruno Jurchen with his “Old Faithful” squeezebox, 1967.

Cover of a pamphlet about the Farm Bureau women’s programs, 1966.

Farm Bureau women’s programs pamphlet cover

Cover of a pamphlet about the Farm Bureau women’s programs, 1966.

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