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Fire Destroys Public School Building Last Wednesday Night published in the Bird Island Union March 9, 1916

Had a Good Start before Discovered–22 Below Temp Weather and Dep Snow Hampers Firemen–School to Resume Work Monday Morning. The Birds Island Public school building was totally destroyed by fire last Wednesday night. The fire was discovered by… Read More

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… Read More

Tornado published in the Bird Island Blizzard July 21, 1881

Very, fortunately, we escaped the tornado of last Friday, although one of the hardest storms that we have ever had, accompanied by rain and hail struck this place on that day at about 3 o’clock P.M., lasting about… Read More

Contract for Hemp Mill to be Let Soon

Mills at Bird Island, Hutchinson, Lake Lillian and Grove City are Already Assured In a communication dated at Washington, March 30, Secretary of Commerce, Jesse Jones, announced the defense plant corporation has authorized execution of eight contracts for… Read More

George Paul Arlt, Bird Island Union, 12-12-1918

A Soldier’s Sacrifice George Paul Arlt Dies In France A telegram from the Adjutant General received Dec. 10, conveyed to Mr. and Mrs. Christ Arlt of Hector gave the sad news that their son, Geo Paul had been… Read More

War Fund Campaign, Bird Island Union, 12-12-1918

Report by Districts We give below a synopsis of the report of Renville County’s United War Fund Campaign. G. O. Bergan, Captain Sacred Heart District, cash $6084.50, pledged $4176.25, allotment $10,224.00 subscribed $10,260.75. Dr. A. M. Erickson, Captain… Read More

Letter from Michael Young, Bird Island Union, 12-5-1918

Dear Union: I received three papers today and they made me happy to get them and to read about the news at home. I got a few some time ago. I noticed a little write-up about the Hindenburg… Read More

Letter from Howard C. Olson, Bird Island Union, 11-28-1918

Paragraphs taken from letters written Oct. 17 and 26 by Howard C. Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Olson Somewhere in France, Sat. Oct. 26, 1918 Dear Mother and Father: This is Saturday morning and am… Read More

Act of Kindness, Bird Island Union, 11-14-1918

The attached letter was received on Nov. 8th by Mr. Andrew Weber. Corporal Weber had just recovered from an attack of Spanish influenza at Camp Funston, when he notified his parents that he will soon be on his… Read More

Letter From Joseph Goeddertz, Bird Island Union, 11-7-1918

Letter From France: Joe Goeddertz Take Part in Great Drive Against Huns From Kossuth Co. Advance, How a Kossuth county boy who only six months ago was peacefully farming in Minnesota, helped chase the Huns “somewhere in France”… Read More