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Just a Little History through the Civil War Era
It has been siad that the first claim was made by Christian Peterson in May.

It was also said that Christian Peterson's dwelling, made from brush was the first residence. He improved the dwelling and 2 years later, brought his bride to join him.

The first horses were brought to town by Mr. Peck.

The first flour mill was bult and conducted by Nichols & Ford.

A chees factory was said to have been built.
No date is found in any source as yet, but certianly in the time frame.

It was said a Lutherans conregation was formed. Organized by Norwegians.

A Methodist congregation is organized.

Minnesota becomes the 32nd State in May of 1858

The population in 1860 was 232 Citizens.

The Civil War Years

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

The Boys From Minneola answered the call. They 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 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 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 Minneola, 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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What could you get for your money in Minneola 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
I am looking for a copy of a photograph of a street scene, or building of sorts for this page of the Civil War Era 1861 -1865.

I am not sure how close to this time period can be found. 2nd choices 1865-1880 that may reflect Leon in the 1800'

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For more Minneola Civil War History, to see Rosters,
Goodhue County in the Civil War
Goodhue County in the Civil War
Minneola 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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