Black and white photograph of a toboggan slide built at the NSWA by students, December 13, 1916. Printed in the school’s 1916 yearbook.

Toboggan slide built by students

Toboggan slide built at the NSWA by students, December 13, 1916. Printed in the school’s 1916 yearbook.

Front cover of sheet music for the NWSA class of 1912’s “Song of Farwell,” written by N. E. Schwartz.

Class of 1912 “Song of Farewell” sheet music

Front cover of sheet music for the NWSA class of 1912’s “Song of Farwell,” written by N. E. Schwartz.

Black and white photograph of students during a NWSA shop class, 1910.

Boys’ shop class at NWSA

Students during a NWSA shop class, 1910. Boys learned blacksmithing, scale weighing, and welding skills in the class.

Black and white photograph of teams of horses with equipment and drivers in front of a barn, 1910.

Horses and wagons in front of a barn

Teams of horses with equipment and drivers in front of a barn, 1910.

Crops and soils parade on NWSA campus

Livestock walk through the mall area of the NWSA campus during the crops and soils parade, 1910.

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.

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.

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