Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Center Piece Winter Newsletter









Saturday, December 7, 2013

Millerville Sportsmen Club Stock Walleye Fingerlings


The Millerville Sportsmen Club with matching funds from the Viking Sportsmen Club and a permit from the Minnesota DNR Fisheries, stocked 113 pounds of fingerlings into Lake Moses and 112 pounds into Lake Aaron.  They ran about 35 fish to a pound.  Bosek Bait of Garfield provided the fingerlings.  Club members present were Norbert Korkowski and Bob & Randy Habberts.  Other projects that the Club is involved with are: Pheasant release and feeding deer and pheasants during bad winters.  Members plant food plots for wildlife.  The Club has three certified Gun Safety Instructors that teach gun safety.  The Club pays the students fees and also gives a gun away at the completion of the course to one lucky student.  The Club  pays for portable toilets on both the Lake Moses and Lake Aaron public accesses and also pay for the night light on the Lake Aaron access.  It also helps support other area sportsmen clubs and donate to UFFDA( United Foundation for Disables Archers): donate to the Brandon-Evansville High School Trap Shooting Team which placed first in their conference and 16th at the State Tournament plus other projects.  The club meets 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Millerville Fire Hall.  We thank all who support our club.  Feel free to join us and share in our activities. 
West Douglas County Record    December 5, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Brandon Tile Manufacturing Co.


The Brandon Tile Factory was owned and operated by Oscar Newhouse from 1914 - 1945. It was located at 206 West Front Street. It was a center of attraction in town and everyone wanted to have their picture taken with the tiles. Between 4,000 and 6,000 concrete drain tile could be turned out each day. The cement used was brought in by rail and the sand came from the gravel pit at nearby Moon Lake. Some winters, if the sleighing was good, they would haul about 300 loads of sand by horse and sleigh, for use in the spring.
 
 
 
 

 
The Brandon Tile Factory was built in 1914, by Theo. Knutson of Garfield,  It was owned and operated by Oscar Newhouse, then age 21; and his brother, age 18.    The cement used was delivered by railroad at 80 cents per 100 pound sack.  The tile machine, a Monarch, made six tile per minute from six to sixteen inches in diameter.  A continuous cement mixer was used, with the factory being powered by a 20 horsepower Mogul engine.   There were three steam rooms for curing tile, each with nine tracks.  The steam boiler fired by wood or coal produced steam for the rooms which held 36  3-deck cars, on which the tile were piled while being cured.    After steaming overnight, tile were unloaded in the yard, where at times 60,000 tile were stored.  One day 22 double box loads, pulled by horses were loaded with 5 inch tile, being sold for 3 1/2 cents each.  The factory furnished 5 to 16 inch tile for County ditch, No. 22.  The Newhouse brothers also farmed and did surveying for their customers.  They operated the factory until 1946 when it was disbanded and the machinery sold. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fishing buddies showing off their catch.


John Korkowski and Corky Slack

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bitzan Sisters have Double Wedding in Millerville June 9, 1945









Collett Bitzan Kraemer, Bernadine Bitzan Schiele, Margaret Bitzan Schmidt, Phillip Schmidt,

 Vincent Schmidt and flower girl, Florence Bitzan

 



 Lorraine Linster, Frances Stariha, Irene Bitzan, Leander Stariha, Bob Bitzan

 Flower girl, Florence Bitzan


Cooks:

Back: Rose Bitzan ( Mrs. Pete), Barbara Webskowski, Hattie Meissner, Anna Turchin,

           Barb Bitzan ( Mrs. Joe)

Front: Francis Korkowski, Pauline Wagner, Alice Loeffler, Helen Otto



Waitresses:

Marion Webskowski Kelly, Evelyn Webskowski Skrove, Agatha Brozek Thoennes, Geraldine Meissner Hausman,  Odie Bitzan Roers, Rita Bitzan Karger, Irma Bitzan Foslien

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Haehn Children from Millerville MN

 
Their parents were part owners of the Haehn & Linster Store in Millerville about 1912.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hubert and Elizabeth Koep Family,

 

Millerville MN

Hubert died in 1894, about 5-6 years before this photo was taken.

Back Row L-R: Thomas(b) 7-29-1886, Peter E. (b) 9-20-1884, Joseph Peter (b) 5-6-1882
Middle Row L-R: John (b) 5-10-1885, Theodore (b) 2-23-1888, Hubert T. (b) 10-28-1890, Gertrude (b) 6-05-1889
Front Row L-R: Mathias Hubert (b) 5-16-1893, Elizabeth (Theis) (b) 1860, Mary (b) 12-20-1894
Mary Koep married Joseph Lambertz(brother to John Lambertz).  Mary is the mother of Fr. Wilfred Lambertz
 
If you have more information on this picture please let us know at the
Brandon History Center.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Center Piece Fall Newsletter







Friday, September 6, 2013

 
St. Ann's in recent years.



 
 
St. Ann's in 1841
 
 



Come join the fun and great food. 
 Spend a day of visiting with friends. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Dennis Tuel Sr. PhD, visits Brandon History Center for book signing during the Brandon Summertest.


Kenny Betterman & Dennis Tuel



 
 


Many came to visit.



Dennis Tuel & Dick DeBilzan
 

 
Will Betterman & Dennis Tuel
 
 
 
Dennis & Marsha Tuel  with  Dennis Korkowski
 
 

Hilda Betterman & Dennis Tuel
 
 

Dennis Tuel & Mae Eichelberger
 
 
 Dennis Tuel is a former student of  the
 Evansville and Brandon Schools.

Friday, August 2, 2013

New Displays at the Brandon History Center

 Leonard Schulte display of items relating to his time in the service.

 
 

This chest was just obtained from Chris Lorsung recently.

 
 
 
Ferdinand Dobmeyer was the son of George.  Ferdinand was always involved in work at the Mill.  from when he was a little boy helping with the construction.  When George passed away in 1885, Ferdinand was able to remain with the Mill, with J.C. Drexler hired as manager.  Ferdinand was only 14 years old at the time.  Mr. Drexler installed the first steam engine in 1887.  At the age of 17, Ferdinand Dobmeyer became the sole owner and manager of the Mill and remained so up to his retirement. 


Back: Mother Anna Kotschevar Dobmeyer, Justine Dobmeyer Maroney, Sister Ottona,               OSB,  nee Mary Dobmeyer, Hildegarde Dobmeyer Kolling
Front: Irma Dobmeyer Bock, Ferdinand Dobmeyer, Cordelia Dobmeyer Lorsung, Adlebert Dobmeyer, Adelaide Dobmeyer Roers and Aloysius Dobmeyer


Come in to view these new displays at the Brandon History Center on Saturday August 3rd from 9 AM - 3 PM.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Old Fort Chippewa Display


Stop in at the Brandon History Center August 3rd and check out Brad Lund's collection of items found at and near to the old Fort Chippewa.  This display will be on loan to us just for the day.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Millerville Butter Days

Butter carving contest


 Harry Carlson
 
 Roman Koep
 
 Brent Johnson
 
 Alice Thoennes
 
 Millerville Antique Fire Truck
 
 Lots of free candy
 
 Bill Suchy
 
 Millerville Sportsmen Club
 
 J. B. Tractor
 
 Wayne Rotz homemade train
 

Schaffer Machine Inc.



Kid's  pedal tractor pull
 

Games for the kids


Minnow races



Turtle races


Millerville history display

Blonde & The Bohunk 
 
Pork Chop Feed