This photograph is a look back in time of an early settler home that  once belonged to Mikkel Finnesgaard, one of the early settlers in Holden.
Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
Hans Ovaldson, Ole O. Oakland and Jens Ottun were among the settlers settling at the time.

More settlers like Mr. Blakke, O.J. Solberg, G.K. Norswing, Erick Anderson  Ole Olsen and others came.

Rev. Lauritz Larson was said to have given the fisrt religious servicee in a cabin.

Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Vraalstad had the first birth.

Rev. H.A. Stub conducted the service for the first marriage that was of K.K. Finseth and Bergitta Halvorson.

Erick A. Ethun was said to have been the first death in town.

Tosten Tostenson, Henry Taylor, Carry Nelson, Ole J. Solberg, Halvor Emmerson, Thomas I. Smith, Lemuel W. Pickard, Hubbard Nichols, Henry Lichte, August Petersmyer, Henry Turner and John W. Sharp were among those who settled that year.

Mr. Widmey conducted the store at about this time.

The first post office was established about this time.

The township was organized and they had their first elections.

P.N. Langemo and H.E. Vraalstad were the first constables

Minnesota becomes the 32nd state in 1858.

The population in 1860 was 633 citizens.

The Civil War Years

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

The Boys from Holden 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.

It was said that the farms  growing wheat in 1865 had an average yeild of 46 bushels per acre.
This page was last updated on: March 5, 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 Holden, 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 Holden 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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Holden 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.