I have been reading a couple of publications that hint at some interesting ideas.
Minnesota 13 ’s ‘Wet’ Wild Prohibition Days by Elaine Davis and “An Analysis of the Ethnic Distribution of Settlers to Sherburne County In 1880,” a master’s thesis by Banette R. Kritzky both provide some interesting information about Stearns and Sherburne Counties. These two works suggest that ethnicity and the immigrant population of the counties has a significant impact on the developing character of the county. Stearns County
Although this is not a particularly new idea, the application to
is interesting to me. Sherburne County
A large portion of the early settlers of
Sherburne County were migrants from New England and . Their Puritan work ethic had a noteworthy influence on the county. I am still working to document the full extent of their influence, but it appears that these early settlers from New York New England became the political and business leaders of the county. Understanding these leaders and their belief system is important to understanding the character of as it developed. Sherburne County