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The New Renville County Court House published in a Minnesota Newspaper circa July 1901

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The original architectural design of the courthouse in 1901 by Fremont D. Orff, of Minneapolis. Donated by Luther Gilbert in 1974 from a Minneapolis newspaper in September 1902.

Editor’s Note: While organizing in the Research Library I located this newspaper clipping. See below for the letter submitted by Mr. Gilbert in 1974. The letter shows how much pride we can have in our hometowns and counties.

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The completed Renville County Courthouse in 1902 at a cost of $88,000.
The Renville County Courthouse in 2016 in Olivia, Minnesota. It received a facelift in 2002.

Luther B. Gilbert
3225 Ewing Ave North
Minneapolis, MN 55422
Nov. 14, 1974
Chairman Board of County Commissions
Olivia, Minnesota 56277
Dear Sir:
Enclosed is a clipping from a Minneapolis about September 1902. It shows the Court House for Renville County about to be built, I thought it would be of interest to your Board or to a local historical society.
I am the third generation of Gilberts that lived in Glencoe, my grandfather Gideon K. Gilbert came to Glencoe in 1857. My father L.W. Gilbert was born there in 1859 and I in 1890. My grandfather owned several sections of land north of Hector which he sold at a good price for that date of $6.00 an acre. He also started a bank at Hector in early times. My father and I owned 330 acres just west of the City of Hector.
I have seen many changes in your county, all for the good.
Very truly,
Luther Gilbert