Swany White Flour Mill

Before burning to the ground in 2011, the Swany White Flour Mill was the last remaining 19th century mill in use in Minnesota. Located in Freeport, the mill produced white flour, mixes, and other grain products for more than a century. It was a local landmark and was a frequent stop for people interested in the history of milling and bread baking.

Webb Publishing Company, special equipment that assembles and binds telephone directories.

Webb Publishing Company, special equipment that assembles and binds telephone directories.

Webb Publishing Company, special equipment that assembles and binds telephone directories, 1937.

Ogden Gunderson reading The Farmer.

Ogden Gunderson reading The Farmer.

Ogden Gunderson reading The Farmer, c.1922.

The Farmer (Webb Company)

Founded in 1882, the Farmer grew from a small publication produced by Edward A. Webb and his wife to a large magazine with a circulation of over 175,000. For over one hundred years, it was published by the Webb Company in St. Paul.

Ronning road planer prototype

Ronning road planer prototype

Ronning road planer prototype, undated.

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (side)

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (side)

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (side) patented by Andrean and Adolph Ronning of Minneapolis in 1915. Manufactured by the American Harvester Company, also of Minneapolis.

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (front)

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (front)

Ronning Ensilage Harvester (front) patented by Andrean and Adolph Ronning of Minneapolis in 1915. Manufactured by the American Harvester Company, also of Minneapolis.

Ronning Ensilage Harvester

Patented in 1915, the ensilage harvester improved on standard practices for harvesting and storing crops, and streamlined farm work. Its basic design, largely unmodified, is still used by agricultural implement companies worldwide.

Farmers' Institute at Badger, Minnesota

Farmers' Institute at Badger, Minnesota

Farmers' Institute at Badger, Minnesota, in Roseau County, June 9, 1904.

Oren C. Gregg, superintendent of the Farmers' Institute

Oren C. Gregg, superintendent of the Farmers' Institute

Oren C. Gregg, superintendent of the Farmers' Institute, and Lyon County auditor for ten years, c.1905. Photograph by James A. Brush.

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