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We NEED Renville County School Yearbooks (Annuals)! UPDATED 3-3-2020

The Renville County Historical Society needs your help to add to the Research Library’s Yearbook Collection. The list below is the current copies we have in the Research Library. If you have yearbooks to donate please contact Nicole at the Museum director@renvillecountyhistory.com or 507.697.6147! Yearbooks and phonebooks are key pieces of preserving the history of who lived in the area and when. It is the goal of the Collections Committee to collect 3 copies of each yearbook.
If you are not ready to part with your yearbook that is ok, we have the capability to scan the yearbook and return it to you. For the past three years, we have been working on getting the yearbook collection scanned into PDFs. Visit our Facebook Page for featured yearbooks.

Yearbooks in Research Library

Bird Island – St. Mary’s: 1962-1963

Bird Island Panthers: 1956-1959, 1966

Bird Island – Lake Lillian: No Yearbooks

Buffalo Lake Lakers: 1969

Buffalo Lake – Hector: 1988-1994, 1995 (2); 1996-2000

Buffalo Lake – Hector Elementary: year unknown

Buffalo Lake – Hector – Stewart: No Yearbooks

Cedar Mountain: 1984, 2000-2003, 2016

Danube Falcons: 1951-1952, 1954-1955, 1957

Fairfax Eagles: 1917, 1923, 1956-1957, 1959, 1962, 1965 (2), 1970, 1981-1983

Franklin Atoms: 1958-1960, 1963-1966, 1969 (2), 1970, 1971 (3); 1972 (3); 1973 (2); 1974 (3); 1975 (3); 1976 (4); 1977 (2); 1978 (2); 1979 (2); 1980-1982; 1983 (2)

Gibbon – Fairfax – Winthrop: No Yearbooks

Morton Tomahawk: 1907, 1915, 1917, 1938, 1940, 1944 (2), 1946 (2), 1948, 1958 (2), 1960-1961, 1963, 1964 (2), 1966-1967, 1968 (2), 1969 (3), 1970 (2), 1971 (2), 1972 (2), 1973 (2), 1974-1979, 1980 (3), 1981, 1982 (3), 1983-1985. 1985 was the last year Morton had a graduating class.

Morton Elementary School: 1995

Olivia Crucible: 1912, 1916, 1917

Olivia High School: 1924, 1957-1959, 1962 (O-HI-AN), 1964-1965 (Wildcats continues until school is consolidated), 1967

Redwood Valley Cardinals: 1984-1985

Renville County West: No Yearbooks

Renville the Renvillon: 1950-1952, 1954, 1956-1964, 1966, 1968-1970, 1970, 1975-1976, 1977 (2), 1978-1981, 1984

Sacred Heart Viking: 1967-1972

We recently had a donation of yearbooks from Olivia, Danube and Sacred Heart. Please contact Nicole at the Museum 507-697-6147 if you can add to the collection!

Mayor H.H. Neuenburg Answers Death Angel’s Sudden Summons, Olivia Times August 28, 1919

Henry H. Neuenberg

Olivia in Mourning Over the Death of its Prominent and Beloved Citizen. Was Spanish War Veteran and Major in National Guard. Funeral Today From Home.

Henry H. Neuenburg, major of Olivia and beloved citizen is dead. The call came suddenly after an illness of only four days’ duration. The news of his death came as a terrible shock to the people of this vicinity on Tuesday morning. As a result, sorrow was depicted on the faces of the town people as they appeared on the streets and gloom spread to every home in the village. It seems so hard to realize that he, who was attending to his business affairs and mingling with other businessmen in town on Friday had been called so suddenly.

Mr. Neuenburg was taken ill on Friday from an attack of acute appendicitis. Dr. Mesker was called and alter Dr. Peterson of Minneapolis, who advised an operation. On Sunday he was taken to Minneapolis, where he underwent an operation at Fairview hospital. Here it was found that an abbess which formed on the appendix had broken and gangrene had set in. His condition left little hope for his recovery and immediately his two sons, Donald and Wilbur, were sent for and they, with Mrs. Neuenburg and of her relatives were at his bedside when he passed away at 3 o’clock Tuesday morning. The remains were brought to Olivia Tuesday evening and arrangements have been made for holding the funeral this afternoon at 1:30 from the home and 2 o’clock from the M.E. Church.

Olivia mourns today for one of its very best and most esteemed citizens, the history of whose life has been closely interwoven with the history of this village. Born in LeSueur County, Sept. 1, 1867, he came with his parents to Renville County at the age of nine years. The family settled on a farm in Beaver Falls in 1876 and here Henry remained until the age of 18, attending the public school in Renville and Redwood counties and later taking a course in a business college. In 1885 he entered the employ of Heins & McClure in their hardware store at Beaver Falls and this position he held until the death of Mr. McClure when the business closed. In 1890 he came to Olivia taking the position here as cashier of the Peoples Bank, which position he held until 1897 when he engaged in the lumber business forming a company known as H.H. Neuenburg and Co. He continued in this business until 1909, when he was appointed postmaster at Olivia. He served as postmaster for eight years and shortly after leaving the government employ he purchased the Olivia Roller Mills and was conducting this business at the time of his death.

During all the years of his residence here he concerned himself with the affairs of the village and community, filling various public offices and giving his support to the furtherance of every movement for the betterment of the community. At the time of his death, he was acting as major of the village, member of the board of education, member of the armory board, member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen lodges and stockholder of the Canning Co. and other local enterprises.

Captain Henry H. Neuenburg
Co. H Spanish-American War

In 1898 at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he enlisted with Company H and served during the war. He remained with the company during the years since, serving as a lieutenant, as captain, and finally as major of the battalion.

On Jan. 14, 1892, he was married to Miss Ida McClure, who with two sons, Donald aged 15, and Wilbur, aged 9 survive him, another son, Vern, having died in the service of his country in the late war.

A proper estimate of the character of the deceased cannot be given in this limited space, but it should be said of him that he was ever loyal to his town and country ever true to his friends and fellow citizen, ever devoted to his home and loved ones and always worthy of the compliments paid him and the honors conferred upon him. To have known Henry Neuenburg was to admire and esteem him, for he possessed in a marked degree those qualities of heart and mind which make men admirable and lovable. He will be sadly be missed from the social and business life of Olivia, but most of all from the home where the influence of his lovable nature and kindly impulses was most felt. To the bereaved widow and sons, the sympathy of the community goes out in full measure. May they find comfort in the thought that their departed loved one has left to them as a rich legacy, an honored name and that his life was filled with deeds which merit eternal reward.

Mrs. Ann Dooley published in the Morton Enterprise December 13, 1918

Died at her home in our city, Saturday noon, December 7, 1918, Mrs. Ann Dooley, aged four score and seven years.
Ann Fallon was born in Athlone, Ireland, where she spent her childhood days coming to America at the age of seventeen. Her first home in the United States was in Boston, wherein 1851 she was married to Michael Dooley, who preceded her to the Great Beyond twenty-three years ago. After residing in Boston for two years Mr. and Mrs. Dooley began looking for better opportunities in the West and moved to Ohio and then to Wisconsin and finally in 1869 to Minnesota. In 1883 the Dooley family moved to Morton from Bird Island where they had been living. One year ago Mrs. Dooley had a severe fall from which she never fully recovered and which together with her old age was the cause of her death. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dooley, three of whom survive to mourn her loss, Mike of Morton, Patrick of Hutchinson and John of Emmetsburg, Iowa. John was unable to attend on account of illness.
Mrs. Dooley was buried Monday at the Catholic Cemetery, Rev. Fr. Condon officiating.
Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Pat Dooley and Arthur McGrath of Hutchinson, Miss Nellie and Frank Dooley of Belle Plaine, Mrs. Jos. Holden and baby of Minneapolis.

Ann Fallon Dooley


Morton High School Class of 1934

Morton High School Class of 1934

The Class of 1934 from Morton High School

Angeline Daby
Francis Macheldt
Myrtle Factor
Merle Wilson
Audella Tompkins
Lawrence Ruhland
L.S. Graves (Supt. Morton)
Miss Moran (Teacher Morton)
Charlotte Zibell
William Revier
Norbert Wolter
Maurice Ahrens
Edith Ahrens
Patricia Sullivan
Albert Hutchinson
Nora McGowan
Albatena Drury
Ray Scheffler

Editor’s Note: We are seeking assistance on correctly labeling our high school graduate photograph that would include the married names. Any other information would be helpful as well including information on the graduates (lived, married, etc.). Email director@renvillecountyhistory.com if you have information to share on this graduation class.

County Records Gone published in the Morton Enterprise on May 10, 1895

This is a photograph of what the Renville County Courthouse looked like in 1895.

Arab like, the county officials have broken camp at Beaver Falls and pitched their tents in Olivia. They claim they had no right to transact business in Beaver Falls, after the dissolving of the injunction which held them there. They noted upon the opinion of County Attorney Miller, who, no doubt, has formed his opinion from the law governing appeals, and from the fact that the county officials are required by law to keep their offices at the county seat. But where is the county seat? That question is still undecided and will remain so until the courts are done with it. No law specifically provides for the location of the county seat during a contest, and we conclude from this that it was not the intent of the law to remove the county seat until the final decision of the courts so ordered. Notwithstanding this, we do not doubt that decisions having parallel significance and conclusions by attorneys from various points of law may hold that when there is no injunction or other proceeding retaining the county seat at Beaver (Falls), the proceedings (appeal) on the original question have no retaining power from removal. However it may be, it is an unjust law to the taxpayer that allows the county records to be carted about the cunty until it is definitely decided that the place removed to will be their future abode-the county seat.
It is said that about 30 or 40 teams were employed in removing the records from Beaver to Olivia and that all Olivia took a holiday.

Editor’s Note: I checked the May 10 and 17 Renville County Union newspapers and there was no mention of this event. We are missing May 24 – June 7, 1895 Renville County Union newspapers.

BIRD ISLAND MUST WIN! DELEUDA EST OLIVIA! published in the Renville County Union newspaper on October 5, 1900.

Editor’s Note: Deleuda est Olivia translation: Olivia must be destroyed! The Renville County Union was published in Bird Island and would later on November 20, 1903, would be named the Bird Island Union.

To the People of Renville County:
That our friends in all parts of the county may understand our conduct in the latest development of the county seat contest, we make the following statement:
We believe and for weeks past have believed that Olivia’s petition will not stand the test of the law. On the 21st day of September, we applied to Judge Powers for a temporary injunction to prevent action on the Olivia petition. The Judge refused to grant the injunction but issued an order requiring the Commissioners to show cause on the 24th of September, why the injunction should not be issued. At the same time, he admitted that the complaint on which we applied for an injunction stated a cause of action, therefore his refusal to issue the injunction cannot count against our position. We refused to serve the order to show cause; for the reason that even after the hearing on this order the Judge might again refuse the injunction. We knew that if he did so the commissioners would then in all probability refuse to listen to our objections and would proceed to act on the Olivia petition. Of course, we could appeal, but before the appeal could be decided the county seat would be moved to Olvia. As our only object in attempting to secure the injunction was precautionary, we then dropped the matter and decided to rely entirely upon the sense of fairness and judgment of the Board.
We, therefore, appeared before the Board on the 24th and asked them to refuse to act on the Olivia petition until the several questions of law were decided and for the following reasons:
FIRST. We offered to step into the county’s shoes and bear all the expense of the contest.
SECOND. If the Board should refuse to act, Olivia could commence mandamus proceedings which would stop all action on the petition until the law questions could be decided by the Supreme Court, while if we commences an injunction proceeding on notice, ti might not stop such action on the petition, and in case the courts should afterward hold against Olivia on any of these questions of law the county would have to bear the heavy expense of a special election all for nothing.
THIRD. If the Board should refuse to act they would be treating Olivia the same as they did Bird Island by obliging her to prove the validity of her petition in the courts as they required Bird Island to do.
But a majority of the Board refused to listen to ur arguments, although the attorney general in a written opinion expressed doubt as to the validity of the Olivia petition.
The Board by a majority vote has called an election on the Olivia petition to be held on October 25.
In view of the above facts, Bird Island must either lie down and allow the county seat to be moved to Olivia on what we regard as illegal proceedings, or we must take such steps as the law allows to protect our rights.
We have determined to pursue the latter course. We shall do our utmost to prevent Olivia from receiving the required 55 percent of votes to be cast at the proposed election, and if she does succeed in carrying the election we will contest the election in the courts.
We, therefore, appeal to all who wish this matter settled according to law to stand by us in our attempt to carry out the above program.
WE gain remind the people of the county that our “Court House” still stands in imposing grandeur on one of the finest blocks of land in Renville County and in the beautiful village at the head of navigation, the far-famed deed to which block and building is still held by the county auditor.
Dated October 2nd, 1900.
Bird Island Co. Seat Committee

This building was originally built to be the Renville County Courthouse as referred to above. It served as a school for a few years and then we destroyed by fire.

Bird Island Turned Down…Supreme Court of Minnesota Decides Her Petition an Illegal One… Published in the Olivia Times on August 2, 1900.

The Supreme Court, by its decision on the 2nd of August, 1900, has turned the Bird Island petition down, holding in its decision that the Board of County Commissioners had no jurisdiction to act upon the said petition at the meeting which was called the 23rd of August, 1899, at which time, the Board of Commissioners decided that they had no jurisdiction to act upon the said petition at that time. The Supreme Court sustained them in that action.

Bird Island is no longer in the field as a contestant for county seat honors, the only fight now, is between Beaver Falls and Olivia, and all those who desire removal should support Olivia, as it is the only place to which the county seat can be removed from Beaver Falls.

The news of the court’s decision was received last Thursday and to say that the people of Olivia were jubilant, is, of course, putting it very mildly. For over twenty years the time-worn question of removing the county seat from its present location at Beaver Falls, to either Bird Island or Olivia, has been before the people of the county, but a stubborn resistance on both sides and much lawin’, has left the matter unsettled all these years much to the inconvenience and discomfort of those living any great distance from the county seat. The farmers and residents of other towns have all along asserted that the county seat must be moved toa more central point in the county, and have signified their willingness to support the contesting town securing a legal petition. Bird Island’s petition has been declared illegal by the highest court in Minnesota, which ends county seat matters as far as that place is concerned.

The 2nd Courthouse Built in Beaver Falls completed May 1900 for $2000.

Editor’s Note: You can buy a copy of The Renville County Courthouse Story via our website. We continue to research and learn every day!

1986 Laker Graduates Buffalo Lake High School

Buffalo Lake, Minnesota High School Yearbook 1986
Baumgarten, Mona Lynn
Burgstahler, Beth Michelle
Burgstahler, Joel Denton
Dobberstein, Jody Ann
Ewert, Merrellen Jencine
Fredrickson, Keri Jo
Glaeser, Craig Warren
Hillman, Lisa Ann
Inselman, Kelly Jean
Kadelbach, Teresa Ann
Krumrey, Bradley Kenneth
Kubesh, Kathleen Louise
Moore, Amanda Leanne
Moritz, Scott Dale
Nelson, Jeanne Marie
Radtke, Steven Ray
Radtke, Wayne Daryl
Runke, Leann Marie
Schafer, Vicki Ann
Sowder, Anthony Timothy
Stark, Lavonne Jane
Ulrich, Jeffrey Lea
Vedral, James Paul
Walter, Jared Loren
Weispfennig, Kevin Joel
Werner, Charles Arthur

Editor’s Note: If you have information on the class please contact Nicole at the Museum 507-697-6147 or email her director@renvillecountyhistory.com. We are seeking information on the graduates including spouses, parents and current locations. RCHS is seeking the donation of yearbooks from all of the Renville County towns and consolidated school districts.