City of Hanover petition for incorporation, 2004.

City of Hanover petition for incorporation

First page of the original petition for town incorporation signed by local residents in September 1891. Photographed by Mary Coons, 2004. Used courtesy of the City of Hanover.

Founding of Hanover

In 1891, homesteaders in Hanover realized their dream of officially incorporating their farming community. It had been thirty-six years since Jacob Vollbrecht, a German immigrant, first arrived by canoe from St. Anthony Falls (later Minneapolis) after coming to the area from New Orleans. Jacob staked his land claim in Minnesota Territory and made the area his home. He and his brother William, who followed in the next year, are credited with founding the village of Vollbrecht Mills, later renamed Hanover.

Color image of a light post as part of décor in gift shop in old city hall, November 2016.

Crookston light post in city hall

Light post as part of décor in gift shop in old city hall, November 2016.

Color image of a jail cell in Crookston city hall, November 2016.

Jail cell in Crookston city hall

Jail cell in Crookston city hall, November 2016.

Color image of City hall at corner, looking north on Broadway, Crookston, October 2016.

Broadway looking north, Crookston

City hall at corner, looking north on Broadway, Crookston, October 2016.

Black and white photograph of Broadway in Crookston, ca. 1950s.

Broadway in Crookston

Broadway in Crookston, ca. 1950s.

Log showing court activities in city hall, September 11, 1909.

Log showing court activities in city hall in Crookston

Log showing court activities in city hall, September 11, 1909.

Log of court activities in the city hall building, October 3, 1905.

Log of court activities in the city hall building

Log of court activities in the city hall building, October 3, 1905.

Log of court activities in the city hall building, October 3, 1905.

Log of court activities in the Crookston city hall building

Log of court activities in the city hall building, October 3, 1905.

Color image of a badge worn by Fire Chief Tom Morris at the Firemen’s Convention held at Crookston city hall, 1901.

Badge worn by Fire Chief Tom Morris

Badge worn by Fire Chief Tom Morris at the Firemen’s Convention held at Crookston city hall, 1901.

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