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.

Black and white photograph of Irene Wachter Jobe, Jean Strickler, and Mrs. Robert Wurdan, 1959.

Irene Wachter Jobe, Jean Strickler, and Mrs. Robert Wurdan

Irene Wachter Jobe, Jean Strickler, and Mrs. Robert Wurdan, 1959.

Postcard depicting the assembly grounds of the Farmers’ Bureau camp at Lake Koronis near Paynesville, Minnesota, ca. 1950s.

1950s postcard of Farm Bureau camp site

Postcard depicting the assembly grounds of the Farmers’ Bureau camp at Lake Koronis near Paynesville, Minnesota, ca. 1950s.

Black and white photograph of the NWSA’s camp for farmers’ wives, hosted by the Farm Bureau on the NWSA campus, June 7–9, 1949.

Women’s Camp at Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA)

The NWSA’s camp for farmers’ wives, hosted by the Farm Bureau on the NWSA campus, June 7–9, 1949.

Black and white photograph of Gabriel Renville at Carlisle School, 1879.

Gabriel Renville at Carlisle School

Gabriel Renville at Carlisle School, 1879. Retrieved from Ancestry.com.

Black and white photograph of a class livestock judging, University of Minnesota, College of Agriculture, St. Paul, ca. 1910.

Class livestock judging, University of Minnesota, College of Agriculture

Class livestock judging, University of Minnesota, College of Agriculture, St. Paul, ca. 1910.

Black and white photograph of a class in corn judging, University of Minnesota, College of Agriculture, St. Paul, ca. 1910.

Class in corn judging, University of Minnesota, College of Agriculture

Class in corn judging, University of Minnesota, College of Agriculture, St. Paul, ca. 1910.

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