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.

National Farm Bureau certificate recognizing the West Polk County Farm Bureau’s 719 members, 1963.

Certificate presented to West Polk County Farm Bureau

National Farm Bureau certificate recognizing the West Polk County Farm Bureau’s 719 members, 1963.

Black and white photograph of a Farm Bureau men in fashion show, 1962.

Farm Bureau men in fashion show

Attendees of the 1962 annual meeting perform a fashion show. Pictured are (from left to right): Gerhard Ross, unknown, Charlie Sylvester, Alton Arness (kneeling), Armin Ross, Allen Dragseth, Chet Morken, Marlin Knutson, Elmer Bredlie.

Black and white photograph of a Farm Bureau workshop, 1960.

Third annual Ninth District Farm Bureau Women’s workshop

Third annual Ninth District Farm Bureau Women’s workshop at the Winter Shows, 1960. First row: Mrs. Daby, Strickler, Jobe, Thorsen. Second row: Mrs. Pyle, Mattson, Thureen, Hanson, Jurchen, Wm. Strickler, Geddes, Peterson. Third row: Mrs. Dragseth, Theo, Thureen. Fourth row: Mrs. Gorter, Wallin, W. Ross, Thorsen.

Black and white photograph of Lois Fankhanel teaching a class at a workshop for Farm Bureau women, 1960.

Farm Bureau workshop

Lois Fankhanel teaching a class at a workshop for Farm Bureau women, 1960.

Black and white photograph of a Farm Bureau cake contest, 1960, with Mrs. Milford Peterson (seated) as judge.

Farm Bureau cake contest

Farm Bureau cake contest, 1960, with Mrs. Milford Peterson (seated) as judge.

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