This circa 1900 photograph of Kenyon is about 35 years after the Civil War but reflects several types of buildings that may have been in Kenyon in that era. The wagons and carriages were the transportation of the times and reflect the days of our settlers as they went to town to conduct their business.
Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
Settlers like L.A. Felt, Chris & Sever Halvorson, L.N Bye, N. Hollenbeck found their way to Kenyon as others such as J.H. Day, Addison & E.B. Hilton, James Browley & Iver Peterson to mention a few.
Minnesota is the edge of the frontier at this time.
The land was claimed and the village platted. James H Day, James M Ledue and two others by the names of Howe & Hilton were involved.
Warren Packard, Charles A. Jones, Knute Torsen, Eben B. Hilton, John Byers, James Patterson & John Crowley are just a few of the many that arrived in 1856.
James H. Day was siad to have built the first place of residence in June.
Another source states L.A. Felt built the first house & that Mr. Cope built the second which was a log cabin.
Another residence was built for the Goodfellow's which became the first store.
Another source states A General Store was erected and and conducted by Crowley & Baker in 1857. Baker could be Barker or Barker could be Baker It is seen both ways.
James Day also erected a residence that became the Kenyon House.
1857 brought even more settlers such as John Peterson, Anthony Chapman Jr., Samuel Barker, Henry F. Day, Fillman Day, Oley Erickson, Bejamin D. Bullis, Charles E. Abbott, Henry G. Church, Truman McNull and many others.
In March the 1st hotel was erected by Stephen Bullis.
It was at this time that a steam saw mill was erected.
Lydia Gross died and was the first known death in Kenyon.
The first birth of Kenyon was this year also, a boy to Mr. & Mrs. W.B. Burnham.
The post office as was established and conducted out of the Barker & Crowley General Store. The name Barker & Crowley has been seen reversed. Barker conducted the post office. The mail was serviced by the second star route of the Red Wing, Kenyon Stage.
The post office was said to have then been located in the residence of Wm. Clapp.
The first school was conducted by W.S. Bill in the Winter of 1857 and 1858
W.S. Bill also led the first known religious service was held.
The first marriage was Freeman Collamore to Mary Bullis in January.
Wanamingo took time to ceebrate 4th of July that year as well.
The township was also organized in 1858.
D.F. Harley & W.F. Clapp were the first constables in town.
Minnesota becomes the 32nd State in May of 1858
The population in 1860 was 181 citizens.
The Civil War Years
A Call To Arms is sent through out Goodhue County to raise a company of men. The Boys From Kenyon answered the call. They make there way to Red Wing and joined in with the 1st company being formed as well as other future companies. The Goodhue Volunteers soon to become Co. F of the First Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry. Once at Fort Snelling, the call is changed from 90 days to 3 years. Some men come back home not being able to leave their homes for so long a time, but would join in other future regiments that are called to be made.
A public burial ground was established The lots were sised for the average faming and the plots were sold for $2.00.
It was said that Timothy Bullis, Simon Elcock and George Goodfellow helped in defending the settlers during the Indian Uprising.
During the Dakota Conflict, after the Indian attack on New Ulm in August, Companies of Civilian Soldiers were formed to protect the towns across the lands of Minnesota. On August 24,1862 a company of this type was organized in Goodhue County. The Goodhue County Rangers There were 36 men in this company. It was to act as a Home Guard for the area and served until September 22, 1862. It served as the southern defense of the frontier. Some of these companies saw action in the Indain War of 1862 and did have casualties. One other company in Red Wing was The Red Wing Cavalry and in Hasting was The Hasting Rangers.
By the end of the Civil War, it was said that only the White store, Stiles Blacksmith and the old log school were the only business places left in town. It was also siad that after the Great Rebelion was over, Kenyons growth was slow.
This page was last updated on: March 17, 2012
The following is a time line that starts with the first settlement and runs through the Civil War years. Certainly there is more than is mentioned here. The purpose of this is to give a person a view of what life was like in the years preceding and during the Civil War and to learn a bit about the people in the area.
All of this information is from documented accounts. Sources and credits are found on my Source page.
E-Mail me, if you have documented history of Kenyon, or of a person in this time period from Pine Island of the Civil War Era, that you would like to share. I am always adding to this site.
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Goodhue County in the Civil War
What could you get for your money in Wanamingo in those days?
One Dozen Eggs- 7 Cents, One Dozen Candles- 15 cents, Edds Shirt- 75 cents, Towels- 10 cents, Drawers- 75 cents, Slippers- 50 cents, Dressing Gowns- $1.47, Pillow Cases 12 1/2 cents, Shoes $2.50, Socks- 20 cents and Postage was 10 cents a letter.
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Minnesota's First County Historical Society est. 1869
Kenyon was represented in both the eastern & western theaters of the Civil Wa. In the eastern with The Goodhue Volunteers, Co. F of the 1st Regiment. The 1st Regiment was the only Minnesota regiment to fight in the eastern theater of the war in the Army of the Potomac, In the western theater where most of Minnesota's men were, There were men in the Indian uprising with such regiments as the Third Minnesota as well as others.