Pillsbury Lincoln Mill after it was destroyed by fire

Pillsbury Lincoln Mill after it was destroyed by fire

View of Anoka's Pillsbury Lincoln Mill after it was destroyed by fire, c.1884, reprint.

Lincoln Mill, Anoka

In 1880, two Minneapolis businessmen built the Lincoln Flouring Mill in Anoka, Minnesota. The Lincoln Mill became one the largest country flour mills in the state, surviving until 1939 in spite of catastrophes like the Anoka fire of 1884.

Oliver Kelley house, restored

Oliver Kelley house, restored

Oliver Kelley house, restored, 1979.

Oliver Kelley home marker, Sherburne County

Oliver Kelley home marker, Sherburne County

Oliver Kelley home marker, Sherburne County, 1937. Photograph by Everett E. Edwards.

Oliver H. Kelley

Oliver H. Kelley

Oliver H. Kelley, c.1900.

National Grange founders button

National Grange founders button

Fabric button commemorating the founders of the National Grange, including Minnesota farmer Oliver H. Kelley, created 1875–1899.

First farmhouse, Oliver Kelley farm, Sherburne County

First farmhouse, Oliver Kelley farm, Sherburne County

First farmhouse, Oliver Kelley farm, Sherburne County, c.1865.

Temperance Baldwin Lane Kelley (Mrs. Oliver H. Kelley)

Temperance Baldwin Lane Kelley (Mrs. Oliver H. Kelley)

Temperance Baldwin Lane Kelley (Mrs. Oliver H. Kelley), c.1860.

Oliver H. Kelley

Oliver H. Kelley

Oliver H. Kelley, c.1875.

MN90: Home of the Grange

When Oliver Kelley began farming in Minnesota during the mid-1850s, he was frustrated by the low status of farmers and the isolation of rural life. So along with six others, he started an organization called the Grange, which as MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel explains, changed agrarian life in America by bringing farmers together to socialize and advocate for themselves. Includes an interview with Bob Quist of Oliver Kelley Farm.

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