Jackson County MN genealogy website!
Jackson County is located in southwest Minnesota and borders Iowa.
Breakfast at the Legion
Lakefield MN, SummerFest 2013
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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.
FEBRUARY 2014 activities...
It's a Saturday and I'm sitting at the computer realizing it's February, so the first thing I do (or try to do) is change the photo at the top of the page. I'm not sure who really notices anyway, but I'm guessing from time to time, someone does. If nothing else, the occasional visitor of whom wouldn't necessarily know I try to change it each month anyway. Either way, I guess you could assume as long as there is a new photo each month, I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth, and the webpage isn't being completely ignored. Since it is winter, and it's my week to stay home since I'm on call, I'm trying hard to get some photos uploaded which are more than long overdue.
I was quite pleased to hear from a descendant of Simon and Margaretha Klarner of whom I have a gravesite photo posted from Good Shepard Cemetery in Jackson. Their G-G-Granddaughter, Donna Spooner, lives in Canada and was quite excited to see the photos I took some years ago. Nice to know it was worth my while as much as it was to have a family member enjoy it. This is really one of the reasons I've enjoyed this website, inasmuch as I've been lacking in some uploading of other photos.
January was a very cold month here in Minnesota. Funny how each year we say we're sick of winter by the end of January, only to have a few more months of it to endure. Even a few years ago when we had a seasonal total of only 22 inches and temps usually stayed in the 20's, we still complained. I guess we're just supposed to. Last year, it still snowed the first week of May, and we went from 70 degrees to no more than 50 degrees in the fall just like that, and then winter seemed to just come out of nowhere. I'm ready for spring. Veggie garden planting, working in the garage, to name a few.
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).
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
SummerFest 2014 June 18-22. Theme: (to be determined)
SummerFest Facebook page, click here
Jackson Co Fair 2014 Official web page, click here.
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