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Noiseless Automatic Sewing Machine designed by by the Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company in London, England. The treadle and gears run smoothly on this chain stitch sewing machine. The machine is mounted on a wooden table with an iron base, a foot treadle, and three drawers.

Wilcox and Gibbs Sewing Machine

Noiseless Automatic Sewing Machine designed by by the Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company in London, England in 1871. Used by the Frederick Spangenberg family.

Image depicting the 1876 Chaska brick Wendelin and Julianna Grimm house, showing 1924 Grimm alfalfa marker in foreground, 2004.

1876 Chaska brick Wendelin and Julianna Grimm house, showing 1924 Grimm alfalfa marker in foreground

Image depicting the 1876 Chaska brick Wendelin and Julianna Grimm house, showing 1924 Grimm alfalfa marker in foreground, 2004.

A.B. Lyman transports Grimm alfalfa seeds from his farm, Alfalfadale, near Chanhassen.  Circa 1902-1910.

A.B. Lyman transports Grimm alfalfa seeds from his farm, Alfalfadale, near Chanhassen

A.B. Lyman transports Grimm alfalfa seeds from his farm, Alfalfadale, near Chanhassen, c.1902–1910.

Wendelin and Julianna Grimm. Mr. Grimm  is the originator of Grimm's Alfalfa. Circa 1870.

Wendelin and Julianna Grimm. Mr. Grimm is the originator of Grimm's Alfalfa

Wendelin and Julianna Grimm. Mr. Grimm is the originator of Grimm's Alfalfa, c.1870.

Grimm, Wendelin (1818–1890) and "Grimm Alfalfa"

Wendelin Grimm was born October 18, 1818 in Kulsheim, Baden, Germany, to Valentine and Marie (Adelmann) Grimm. He grew up in a farm rich area of southern Germany, learning important crops and farming practices. In 1845, Grimm married Julianna Segner (born June 15, 1821) of Steinback, Baden, Germany. The Grimms chances to own a farm were limited by the land inheritance practices of the time. Farming and crop prices were under pressure, and their future in Germany looked grim. With a growing family to support, sons Frank and Joseph and daughter Ottilia, Wendelin and Julianna looked to America for their family's future.

The 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.

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