A powerful research tool for the serious or casual visitor.
Home > General > 1900 -1939

Most viewed - 1900 -1939
Crystal Lake 192246 viewsTourists and residents come to Crystal Lake with their cars.
1930 Burnsville Census random page 2 of 245 viewsIncluded on this page are Highway 13 area:
Oxbourgh, Beitel, Hayes, Delaney, Dowdle,Christensen, Kennelly, Connelly, Casey, Lannon and Connelly.
1930 Burnsville Census random page 1 of 245 viewsFamilies shown on this page include: Fischer, Dally, Scott, Holman, Regan, Streeflane,Leonard, McNearney, Foley, Niemeyer, Belon, Worwa and Longworth.
Crystal Lake in the 1920s42 viewsOne of the oldest photos uncovered by the Burnsville Historical Society in the 1970s shows Crystal Lake on a summer day.
Burnsville farm 193241 viewsA cow and the barn at the Luke McCoy farm, Burnsville.
Farm Scene at Mike and Molly Dunn Farm41 viewsMIke and Molly Kennelly Dunn lived at the corner of Highway 13 and Cliff Road. Originally her parents Walter and Sarah Kennelly's farm and later owned by Jim and Anna and then Joe and Janette Connelly. Now the site of Millpond Apartments.
Cable Ferry Savage-Bloomington40 viewsMinnesota River

An old ferry operating during the early 1900s, which at the time the only means for crossing the Minnesota River. This ferry took visitors from the M. W. Savage mansion on the Bloomington side to the Dan Patch Farm in Savage, where the famed pacer trained with dozens of other well bred horses.
A 1900's picnic40 viewsThis was found with the O'Brien/ Connelly/Lannon/Sodomka photographs and is likely a Sunday picnic with Bill and Helen Lannon's parents, family and friends.
39 viewsAlthough located in Lakeville, Antlers Park was a popular activity for Burnsville residents.
39 viewsFourth of July picnic - Crystal Lake, Burnsville - estimated date 1896. (See identified photo for names.)
39 viewsFourth of July picnic - Crystal Lake estimated date 1896 - with names.
Rosella, John and Joe Kennelly39 viewsThe three youngest children of Walter and Rose Kennelly around 1915.
Charles Kline first rural mail carrier 198539 viewsDel Stelling, in the Savage Review remembers Charles Kline, considered the first mail carrier. He joined the postal service in 1906. In 1914 he was the first person in Savage to own an automobile.
Ice harvesting at Crystal Lake39 viewsIce Harvesting on Crystal Lake near Oscar Dolly's General Store. The process of ice harvesting looked somewhat similar to crop harvesting, with horses pulling plow-like ice cutters across frozen lakes and ponds. Before ice could be cut, snow had to be cleared from the surface. The ice was also measured to ensure that it was thick enough—anything less than eight inches would melt too quickly during transportation to far-flung locations.

By the end of the 1800s, many American households stored their perishable food in an insulated "icebox" that was usually made of wood and lined with tin or zinc. A large block of ice was stored inside to keep these early refrigerators chilly. By this point, cold had become the clear choice among food preservation methods, proving less labor-intensive and more effective at preventing spoilage. Other techniques, like salting, drying, and canning, erased any appearance of freshness and required more time to prepare. Iceboxes also presented a new way to save prepared foods—or leftovers—that previously might not have lasted beyond one meal.
1933 News the Kroohn family39 viewsDakota County Tribune - July 28, 1933.
"I dropped in at Nels Kroohn's the other day where he is operating a 500 acre ranch for the Lake Street Investment Company of Minneapolis, just off Lyndale in Byrnesville. This farm is operated exclusively by the Kroohn family and they are doing a mighty good job of it. For years they milked 50 cows, but two years ago the T B Test caught 32 of the herd and they are now milking but 40. They also keep about 100 head of hogs. The buildings, which are located back from the road, consist of a fine home for the family, and many buildings, sheds etc including a barn 40 x 100 feet. Everything about the place is modern and well kept. The Kroohn family has been managing this place for 15 years, coming to it from Golden Valley.

The 1940 Census shows:

Nels Kroohn 54
Calma Kroohn 52
Merlin Kroohm 25
Irving Kroohm 22
Mary Kroohm 18
Ellen Kroohm 15
October 4, 1912 Burnsville News38 viewsNews column from Dakota County Tribune - Mr. and Mrs. Dunn hold dance, Mrs. Joe Lawler formerly Agatha Thornton arrived from Canada to visit family and friends, a girl born to Mr. and Mrs. H. Sheridan, October 11 Grand Ball at Savage and more...
October 25, 1912 Burnsville News38 viewsPublished in the Dakota County Tribune - Herman Erler building a fine barn for P. Gallagher, Mrs. P. Nee visits brother George Hurley, Charles Williams of Minneapolis guest of his daugther Mrs. Jno Connelly, Burnsville boys will give a dance in Savage... and more...
Kitchen updates 191937 viewsThe best way to keep food fresh in the 1900s was the ice box.
Land for sale 188137 viewsA "blind" ad in the newspaper for farm property being sold in Burnsville in 1881.
The early telephone37 viewsAn example of one of the first phones made available to Burnsville farm families.
Kitchen updates 191935 viewsEven on the farm, homeowners upgraded their kitchens from wood stoves to gas or electric. 1919 Ad.
Fort Snelling 191732 viewsThis photo of men at Fort Snelling World War 1, in 1917 was included with photos from the Michael and Mary Kennelly Dunn family. We are not sure if someone in their family is in the photo.
Tractor ad 191831 viewsThis ad appeared in the Hastings Gazette, directed at farmers looking for the newest in farm equipment.
A 1920s kitchen6 viewsThe Minnesota Historical Society, May 2018 displays a typical MInnesota kitchen from the 1920s.
Girl Friends2 viewsMrs. Jos. Ferrer, Kate Gallagher, Rose Gallagher and Enid Ferrer early 1900s.
25 files on 1 page(s)