This c1880's photograph is of the Benville Mosior farm. Benville was an early sttler in Hay Creek. The log home was said to be the among the first and reflects the may that were built in the early days of Goodhue County.
Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
The first settler of Hay Creek was said to have been William Egar.
Other settlers were William Hayman, David Barton, John Hack, Simon Peterson, James B. Wakefield and others like Benville Mosier, Charlse Dahling, M. Eggleston and still others like George Steele, Henry Isensee and Gary Post.
As travelers were going in , out and through the area a hotel was needed and one was built and was conducted by one Charles Ahlers. The stage ran through out of Red Wing.
A fellow by the name of Graves taught school in a log school house that was erected.
The township was organized on July 5th, 1858. The town meetings at the time were held in the school house.
Minnesota becomes the 32nd State in May of 1858
The population in 1860 was 442 citizens.
The Civil War Years
A Call To Arms is sent through out Goodhue County to raise a company of men. The Boys from Hay Creek 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. 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 Hay Creek, 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.
Thanks for the visit Date of page February 15, 2008
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For more Hay Creek Civil War History, to see Rosters,
Goodhue County in the Civil War
What could you get for your money in Hay Creek 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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Minnesota's First County Historical Society est. 1869
Hay Creek 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.
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Sequenced by John Renfro Davis
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