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Jackson County MN genealogy website!
Jackson County is located in southwest Minnesota and borders Iowa.

Jackson Airport summer evening

Jackson Airport, evening sunset, July 2014

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Welcome to the Jackson Co MN genealogy website! ------PLEASE READ!
My name is Randy Wendel (meet Randy), Rootsweb volunteer coordinator and webmaster for Jackson County, MN since May 2007, and lifetime member of the Jackson Co Hist. Society. I volunteer my time on behalf of Rootsweb to keep these pages updated. The Jackson County Historical Society does not have a website but is fully aware of this one which I maintain for Rootsweb and the GenWeb project. My goal is to keep this website regularly updated with Jackson Co genealogy and Jackson Co Historical Society information. I'm always interested in contributions to post on this website so please pass along any photos, person or family history/genealogy related items! Also note I live 150-miles from Jackson County (Bloomington MN) and the distance keeps me from regular on-site research activities or volunteer work at the historical society/museum. Therefore, the least I can do in any volunteer-capacity on a regular basis is maintain this web site.
Click here to email me with questions, submissions, etc.

AUGUST 2014 activities...

Late July brought us to Jackson once again. With fewer close relatives (i.e. Grandparents) living around Jackson and Lakefield, visiting relatives now means those who are out a bit further on the family tree branches. They are still family and as luck has it, we are able to spend time with them and still enjoy some common activities even if it means just visiting. It's always nice to walk away enlightened after being able to spend time with family...no matter how far out that family may be in the generations.

We spent some time over the course of a few days at the Jackson County Fair and enjoyed it. I was quite pleased at the crowds since a few previous fairs seemed to display fewer visitors attending. I and my wife had planned to take in a country music concert that Friday evening but a hard 1-inch rain the previous night changed the events taking place in front of the grandstand, and the concert was moved out to another area of the inside field which meant no grandstand seating. My wife can't stand for long periods of time without some discomfort, and I wasn't in the best of moods to do the same, and by the time we were at the fair to find this out, it was too late to fetch our lawn chairs.

We stayed in our popup camper at the KOA in Jackson. We always enjoy out time there and visiting with owners Frank and Melinda. The campground was quite full, and most of the spots are close together so when your camping neighbors have a dog, and are not vigilant in cleaning up after the dog does it's business, you need to watch where you walk even within the confines of your own "camping space." Not to mention the dog barking at 8am when you're on vacation and trying to enjoy a little extra time to sleep in as it were. I wish there were a way to put all the dog-campers on one side of the campgrounds, and they can bark and do their business all amongst each other and their dog-loving owners. I like dogs, but some stress-free peace and quiet is one reason I like to camp.

We enjoyed our usual rounds of visiting the sites including a trip to Okoboji which happened to be the afternoon it rained, so we didn't stroll around the amusement park much. We went in to a few stores, had a nutty bar, some lunch across the street, and we were out of there. We made a quick trip to Worthington to visit my aunt which was fulfilling as always. Otherwise we hung out around Jackson...spent a lot of "down time" just driving around neighborhoods, and contemplating (again) the idea that it may be nice to move their in retirement...in 13 years. Plenty of time to think about it.

Jackson County area residents...can you help?
If you are within a short drive of the Jackson Co Historical Society and Museum, and have a little time you could spare, they could sure use your help! Why not consider dedicating 1 day out of the year (or just a Saturday morning?) to give back to your community and help preserve some history. Among any immediate items they need assistance with, there are MANY photos which need to be scanned so a digital file can be used to backup photos and documents and stored more safely. Imagine all paper-based items that would be lost if a fire or tornado destroyed them. Scanning items to digital format for safe keeping is important. Contact Mike 507-662-5505 and tell him you'd like to come in and lend a hand with something...he'll be very glad you did, and so will you!

Jackson...origin of the name
Jackson County (24 counties in the United States are named Jackson County), established on May 23, 1857, was named after Henry Jackson, the first merchant in St. Paul and a member of the first territorial legislature. You will find Jackson County in the Southwest corner of Minnesota (43.6750 N, 95.1567 W). The county seat is Jackson. The historical society is located in Lakefield.

Henry Jackson was born in Abingdon, VA, in 1811. He acquired only a limited education as a youth, but ultimately became a good penman and accountant through diligent self-study. Of a somewhat roving nature, he went off to serve as an orderly sergeant in the Texas "Patriot War" of 1836-7, then returned to Buffalo, NY, where he married Angelina Bivins (1814 NY) in 1838. Soon after, they emigrated to Green Bay, WI, then to Galena, IL. When his business failed in 1842, the family moved to St. Paul, where they rented a cabin from Pierre Parrant where the family lived temporarily. Jackson purchased 3 acres of land from Benjamin Gervais which was located in the area later bounded by Jackson, Robert, Bench, and 3rd Streets, which was then a high bank overlooking the lower levee. On this property, he built a log or pole cabin, and opened a small stock of goods suitable for the Indian trade. He soon did a prosperous business, and shortly thereafter became a community leader.

During his residence in St. Paul, he held several important offices. In 1843, he was appointed the first Justice of the Peace in St. Paul. In 1846, he was appointed as the first Postmaster, and in 1847, he was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly. He was later a member of the first Territorial Legislature of Minnesota, and was a member of the first St. Paul Town Council. In 1853, he and his family moved to Mankato, MN, where he played a role in founding the city. He died in 1857. Jackson Street in St. Paul, Mankato, and Jackson County, MN, were named for him. His real estate holdings were valued at $8,000 in 1850. He and Angeline had at least one child: William C. (1847 MN).



Jackson Co Fair 2014 Official web page, click here.

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Apr 12: add STRUBE link (family photos)
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Feb 1: added KLARNER bio info to headstone photo
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Feb 11: upload 5th grade class photo, Jackson, 1935 to photographs page
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Jan 13: add add'l names to surnames' page Jan 13: add missing name referencing headstone photo