Images of America:
Sauk Rapids and Benton County

 

"Sauk Rapids and Benton County" by Ron ZurekSauk Rapids and Benton County tells the rich and interesting history of one of the oldest counties in the state of Minnesota.  Benton County was named for Thomas Hart Benton, long time Senator from Missouri, for his efforts in securing the passage of the Homestead Act that helped early settlers, their families, and their descendants live and prosper in this region.  Sauk Rapids, one of the five original townships created in Benton County in 1858, was named for the rapids of the Mississippi River near downtown.  For several years the village was the northernmost point of steamboat navigation on the Mississippi for passengers coming up from the Twin Cities.

Featuring nearly 200 vintage photographs, Sauk Rapids and Benton County takes the reader on a historic tour of the remarkable past, from the Indian settlements of the Ojibwe, to the Great Northern Railroad, to the Sauk Rapids Cyclone of 1886, to the Benton County ancestors, and to their present-day descendants with their businesses, industries, and daily activities.  Author Ronald Christopher Zurek tells the story of how these events changed the course of history for these central Minnesota communities.

Ronald Christopher Zurek is the Benton County Coordinator for the MNGenWeb/USGenWeb Project and has developed a Web site for individuals with a genealogical or other interest in this region.  Many resources for researching family history can be found on the Web site.  He too has deep family roots to Benton County.  Ron's great-grandfather, Edmund Mark Zawacki, homesteaded in Gilmanton Township and worked for the Government in charge of wood lots.  Sauk Rapids and Benton County takes you on a one hundred year journey from a primitive wilderness of the 1850s to a modern community of the 1950s.

Images of America: Sauk Rapids and Benton County by Ronald Christopher Zurek, ISBN 0-7385-1960-X, 128 pages.  Arcadia Publishing, 3047 N. Lincoln Ave., Suite 410, Chicago, IL 60657.  You may order direct from Arcadia Publishing using the link above.

The following list of surnames are mentioned in the book,
"Sauk Rapids and Benton County" by Ronald Christopher Zurek,
published by Arcadia Publishing, 2002, ISBN 073851960X

Surname Page(s)

Agather 80
Albright 18 78
Allen 116
Anderson 81 123
Arensberger 78 84 107
Avery 63
Axtell 92
Axtelle 120
Balder 39
Baron 75
Barthelemy 43 120
Barto 28
Baskfield 81 120
Batcheler 80
Becker 43
Bell 48
Benedict 74 113
Benner 66
Benson 48
Benton 7
Berge 47
Bergguist 45
Bergland 124
Bible 81
Bickford 123
Bielejeski 81
Blaske 45
Bolagek 83
Bolinski 48
Brennan 34
Brenny 120
Broding 43
Brogel 123
Bronder 50 51 53 56
Buckley 81
Buckman 28
Bukowski 39 88
Burns 45
Burski 66
Buttweiler 120
Callahan 64 67 120
Campbell 45 81 120
Carlisle 123
Carpenter 107
Case 60
Cedarstrom 45
Chase 92
Cheeley 120
Chmielewski 79
Christl 125
Clark 43
Clifton 45
Cooper 28
Cota 117
Crathy 43
Cunningham 123
Czarnetski 49
Cziok 74
Daggett 41
Davis 25 122
Dedic 81 120
DeLair 48
Demaires 81
Demeule 8
Denton 41
Deppa 78
Diedrich 123
Doheny 72
Driscoll 8
Dzuik 43 83 92 120
Elletson 120
Ellis 36
Enstrom 68
Esselman 84
Farrington 54
Fautsch 123
Finney 121
Flint 36
Foley 69 72 89 112
Forquette 71
Forsberg 71
Freeman 81
Frende 83 120
Friesleben 42
Fromelt 125
Frost 50 51 52
Gamroth 81 122
Garneault 122
Gelle 50
Gerber 48
Getchel 41
Gifford 48 88
Gilbert 121
Gilman 44
Gordon 90
Gorecki 81
Grady 123
Graham 41
Gratzek 38
Grausnick 121 122
Greene 125
Grunnewald 45
Haas 111
Hagguist 45
Hall 72
Hammonds 41
Healy 120
Heinzel 48 73 123 124
Hennen 73
Henry 19
Hill 7 16
Hohn 48
Homan 109 117 124
Hoskins 45
Howe 67 81 120
Hoyt 72
Hunck 60
Hunt 120
Jahn 73 88
Jansen 66 80
Jochern 67
Jochum 62
Joesting 8
Johnson 65 84
Jurek 81
Kampa 39 92
Kasner 72 120 121 122 134
Keefe 92
Keller 45
Kinkel 123
Kipka 52
Kitowski 126
Kitzmiller 50 53
Klahn 109
Klein 65
Kline 124
Kmiecik 57
Koprek 88
Kornovich 120
Kosloske 78 84 97
Kotsmith 8 17 60 61 65 92
Kremer 42
Kroska 120
Kurr 67 70 75
Kuszma 50
Kutzorick 84
Kutzurik 38
Landowski 92
Landre 31
Larson 45
Latterell 43 54 83 92 111 120 121 122 123
Leas 67
Leffingwell 69
Leonard 76
Lewandowski 20
Lewis 68
Lezer 38 71
Lindblom 119
Lindt 124
Linn 43
Lloyd 19 64 67 120
Lockwood 121 122
Lord 120
Lyerly 124
Malek 81
Mansfield 67
Markowski 50 55 56 57
Matson 81
Mayman 41
McElroy 76
McGregor 40
McGuire 43 81 92
McKenzie 114
McNabb 123
McNeal 60
McNeeley 36
McNulty 43 123
Merriman 28
Miller 43 62 88 124
Misho 33 96
Morrison 76
Moulzolf 81
Murfit 120
Murphy 43 60 92 120
Murray 18 43 71 92 120
Mushel 81 120 121 122 123
Neils 91 93
Neron 73
Niesen 76
Nolden 74
Odegard 43
O'Donnell 65
O'Konek 64
Olson 48 88
Orcutt 43 45
O'Rourke 67 83 92
Orzchowski 81
Parent 68 114
Patock 52
Patterson 34
Pelton 45
Perkins 121
Peterman 43
Pierz 37
Plombon 81 120
Popilek 92
Potter 45
Proctor 121
Przborowski 124
Quade 115
Raymond 77
Reedstrom 74
Rice 40 114
Richards 41
Riley 43 92
Rockwell 41
Rodgers 58
Rogeschske 38
Roth 124
Russell 66 113
Sartell 45 78 90
Schendzielos 37
Scherbert 67 70 109 124
Schibonski 46
Schindler 37
Schlough 78 80 84 107
Schmidt 32
Schueber 26
Schuler 25
Scott 88
Seabury 28
Searle 111
Selander 48
Selke 123
Senn 41
Sheldon 124
Skaien 122
Sleizer 45
Smart 114
Smith 71 121 122
Soder 48
Sparrow 41
Sraga 57
St. Cyr 31
Stahonius 92
Stanton 8
Stauffenecker 75
Steinbach 73
Stibal 120
Stimler 120
Strand 121 122
Thayer 91 93 109
Thomas 92
Tischbirek 120
Tofting 74
Towne 123
Troyer 36
Van Etten 26
Vanderkove 92
Vandersluis 74
Varner 114
Villard 8
Voerding 37
von Brandt 46
Walker 84
Walstedt 40
Walter 120
Walters 71 120
Wasilowski 46
White 74
Wickman 73
Wilkes 114
Wilson 34 89
Winkelman 58
Wippich 39
Wisniewski 120 121 122
Wood 8
Woods 93
Wruck 120
Youngberg 48
Youso 18
Zawacki 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Zing 26
Zurek 54 55 56 57 58


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