This c1865 photograph is of Lars Frenn's first home in Featherstone. As he was an early settler, this home reflects the many frame type homes that were built on the prairie as settlers settled the area here in Goodhue County.
Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
It was siad that John Spencer and Philip Storkel first settled here. They were the Messrs. Goldsmith & Coleman. They had staked their cliam to cultivate the land. Other settlers came as well such as William and George Featherstone, J. Meachem, Rev. John Watson and others. It was said that William Featherstone was the man the township would be named after.
At the home of William Feathersone, the first church service was held.
The first school was conducted in what was said to be a claim shanty. It was Mary Cox that conducted the school.
By October a meeting was called and the school board was organized.
It was said that there were 17children that were school aged.
In the winter of 1856-1857 the first school building was erected for the sum of two hundred & fifty dollars.
Mr. McMahon died of exposure . It was said he was retuning from a trip to Red Wing.
He is considered the first death of the township. It was said to have been in January
James A. Jones and Marry Libby were the
first to be married. It was said that Rev.
J.H. Hancock conducted the ceremony
The first township meetings and
elections were held.
The first constables were
W.H. Featherstone and Charles Perkins.
The first school House was built, 1858-1917
Minnesota becomes the 32nd state in 1858.
The population in 1860 was 347 ciizens.
The Civil War Years
A Call To Arms is sent through out Goodhue County to raise a company of men. The Boys from Featherstone answered the call. Some make there way to Red Wing and joined in with the 1st company being formed as well as other future companies. The Goodhue Volunteers soon to become Co. F of the First Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry. Once at Fort Snelling, the call is changed from 90 days to 3 years. Some men come back home not being able to leave their homes for so long a time, but would join in other future regiments that are called to be made.
Another church was built for the sum of One Thousand dallors, a Methidist Church.
During the Dakota Conflict, after the Indian attack on New Ulm in August, Companies of Civilian Soldiers were formed to protect the towns across the lands of Minnesota. On August 24,1862 a company of this type was organized in Goodhue County. The Goodhue County Rangers There were 36 men in this company. It was to act as a Home Guard for the area and served until September 22, 1862. It served as the southern defense of the frontier. Some of these companies saw action in the Indain War of 1862 and did have casualties. One other company in Red Wing was The Red Wing Cavalry.
This page was last updated on: March 17, 2012
The following is a time line that starts with the first settlement and runs through the Civil War years. Certainly there is more than is mentioned here. The purpose of this is to give a person a view of what life was like in the years preceding and during the Civil War and to learn a bit about the people in the area.
All of this information is from documented accounts. Sources and credits are found on my Source page.
E-Mail me, if you have documented history of Featherstone, or of a person in this time period from Pine Island of the Civil War Era, that you would like to share. I am always adding to this site.
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For more Featherstone Civil War History, to see Rosters,
Goodhue County in the Civil War
What could you get for your money in Featherstone in those days?
One Dozen Eggs- 7 Cents, One Dozen Candles- 15 cents, Edds Shirt- 75 cents, Towels- 10 cents, Drawers- 75 cents, Slippers- 50 cents, Dressing Gowns- $1.47, Pillow Cases 12 1/2 cents, Shoes $2.50, Socks- 20 cents and Postage was 10 cents a letter.
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Featherstone was represented in both the eastern & western theaters of the Civil Wa. In the eastern with The Goodhue Volunteers, Co. F of the 1st Regiment. The 1st Regiment was the only Minnesota regiment to fight in the eastern theater of the war in the Army of the Potomac, In the western theater where most of Minnesota's men were, There were men in the Indian uprising with such regiments as the Third Minnesota as well as others.
Sequenced by Lesley Nelson - Burns
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First School Built in Featherstone
Notice the boys & girls doors.