This photograph taken reflect the busy streets of Goodhue in front of the Goodhue Hotel, once known as the Goodhue House. The building was first built in 1861 of which part was a saloon. An addition was added and in 1863. It was then  opened as the Goodhue House.  Photograph c1900
Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
It was said that Francis Yerman & John Mann were the first to settle here. It was said that they both had built their cabins in the wilderness.

David Hickock, John Ingebretson, Harry Danielson, Oliver Knutson & Knute Knutson were among those that settled in 1855.

Mr. Hickock & Mr. Mann opened hotels out of their newly built resideces. It was never really said who built theirs first, but both grew to be successful.

Mrs. Francis Yergens had the first bith in the township.

John Gillis, Robert Lawler, Johnathon Melott, Cornelious Bennett, Gideon DeGroff, James McDonough, John Warren, Austin Iddings and Eleanor Cowan were just a few of the many settlers that filed claims in 1856.

So many people were in and around the area that the two hotels that had all ready been built were unable to attend everyone so a third hotel was built by Peter Easterly on his arrival to the area. The stage ran through town from Red Wing.

It was said that a Mr. J.V.H. Bailey had conducted a tavern.

The first death was said to David Hickocks wife.

The first religious service in the township was that of Rev. Jabez Brooks when he conducted the service of Mr. Hickock's wife.

Henry Trudell, Edward Morgean, Harriet Mogean, John Jarvis, Watts Sherman, John Mansur, Madeline Renville, Joseph Montour, Vital Bouiere, Mary Bouiere, Frederick LaChappelle, Augustin Trudell, Laura C. Brown, Patrick McGinnis and many others settled in this year and Goodhue had begun to grow into a town.

1n 1857, Georgette Easterly was the first known teacher to conduct shcool when the first school was opened.

The post office was esablished in 1858 and was conducted through Peter Easterly's hotel.  The office was believed in Goodhue Center at the time.  The office was said to have opened and closed four times during this period through the Civil War. Another source states he was the postmaster through 1864.

The first elections were held in in 1858 & township officers were decided.

Minnesota becomes the 32nd State in May of 1858

The population in 1860 was 272 citizens.

The Civil War Years

A building was erected by Mr. Henricks. Part of the building was used as a saloon.

A Call To Arms is sent through out  Goodhue County to raise a company of men.  

The Boys from Goodhue answered the call. Some make there way to Red Wing and joined in with the 1st company being formed as well as other joined 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.

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.

The building that  Mr. Henricks had built in 1861 that was used in part as a saloon was sold to Joseph Batlo who made additions and opened it as a hotel that was known as the Goodhue House.

In 1864, Goodhue had set aside $1,200. for the purpose of the war.
This page was last updated on: March 26, 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 Goodhue, 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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Goodhue County in the Civil War
What could you get for your money in Goodhue 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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Goodhue was represented in boththe eastern & western theaters of the Civil War, including 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, Goodhue produced more soilders for the 3rd Minnesota Regiment than they did for any of the other regiments their men enlisted in.

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