|None of these photographs have been identified.|
Details within each photo assist in dating the images
Friday, June 29, 2018
Today, June 29, we recognize National Camera Day. A day to commemorate the camera, its invention, and the photographs and images cameras create. For historians and history museums, the camera provides important evidence and resources that help document life in the past. In honor of this momentous day, we provide images from the collections of the Sherburne History Center (dated to approximately 1880) and samples of cameras (dated much later in time) that made this documentation possible.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Beauty contests have been the rage of popularity in the United States. In 1939, while the country emerged from economic doldrums, the Miss Elk River beauty contest gained the enthusiastic attention of Sherburne County. The wave of popularity continued into 1940 as Miss Margaret Spence represented the community at the Miss Minnesota contest.
The contest in Elk River presented an unusually popular spectacle. “The contest attracted to Elk River one of the largest crowds seen here for a long time,” the Sherburne County Star News reported. Ticket sales required a second and third show to entertain everyone interested in the pageant. Unfortunately, news reports failed to detail the talent portion of the contest. Yet, the reports emphasized the poise and charm of all the contestants as they presented themselves to judges.
Miss Spence went on to compete in the Miss Minnesota Pageant 1940, staged near Marshall, Minnesota. The reports do not note Miss Spence’s placement. The winner of Miss Minnesota 1940, Virginia Kepler, hailed from Minneapolis.
Business leaders sponsored the Elk River contest and covered all expenses for Miss Spence to continue in the state contest. Clearly, the merchants sponsored the program to promote Elk River and boost the local economy. An event that succeeded in bringing money and visitors into Elk River for at least one day in 1939.
Friday, June 1, 2018
National Donut Day originated by the Salvation Army in 1938. A means to recognize all of their members that served donuts to soldiers during World War One. The Salvation Army served more than donuts to soldiers. According to Wikipedia, volunteers established huts near the front lines in France to serve baked goods to U. S. troops.
National Donut Day began as a fundraising event for the Salvation Army, and remains a source of income to this day.
In honor of National Donut Day, here at the Sherburne History Center we publish this photo of Bake Anderson and his Bakery in Elk River. From a different time than the World War One volunteers; Bake Anderson provide culinary delights to a generation of Elk River.