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1860 Yucatan Census Index

 

 


Yucatan
History

 

T103-4N, R7W

From, "The History of Houston County", Taylor Publishing, 1982 Page 55

The township which bears a "south of the border" name is approximately 43 square miles and is made up of hills and valleys.  The South Fork of the "Root river winds through the southern part in a northeasterly direction.  The Root River is not far from the northern boundary, which is so arranged as to bring the line within the valley, and it thus has an irregular outline that carries the northeastern corner 2 1/2 miles further south than the corresponding corner on the west.  It is bounded on the north by Money Creek and Houston, on the east by Houston and Sheldon, on the south by Black Hammer and on the west by Fillmore county.

The first settler in the area was Edwin Stevens in 1852 followed by Larr, Howe Comstock, McIntire, Carrier, Lynch, Adams, Gould, Colby, Kelly, Chisholm, Earl, Ellisson, Loveridge, Jacobson, Lee, Sennes, Thompson and Wilsey.

Yucatan was established as a township in 1858.  Yucatan is unique in that they have two official town halls:  the Stone School in the valley and the Oak Ridge School on the ridge.

During the mid-1800s the town meetings were held at the Dedham School and the Oak Ridge School.  Place was determined by vote at the annual meeting.  In 1901 the annual meeting was held at Carrier Hall above the Yucatan Post Office.  In March 1894 it was voted to hold the next annual meeting at the Stone School.

During the 1800s eight road districts were designated (later the number was increased) with an overseer over each, whose duty was to see that every able bodied male between ages of 21 and 50, help to maintain the roads in their district for two days out of each year or pay $1.50.

In 1872 Lawrence Lynch was hired to grade a road for $20.00 with the stipulation that he furnish 1 keg of beer for the legal voters as the next town meeting.

A special town meeting was held at the Oak Ridge School in May, 1874 for the purpose of voting for or against cattle and horses running at large, 44 votes were cast, 43 votes were cast in favor for cattle and horses running at large.  They continued to vote on this topic every year for about the next 25 years.  In 1897 it was determined by a majority vote to restrain cattle from running at large.  Then, two Pound Masters were appointed, one in the south, and the other in the north half to restrain animals that strayed.

A peddlers license was levied in 1894; for a peddler with team, $5.00; for a peddler with a horse, $4.00, and for a peddler afoot $3.00

The first voting to authorize the town to build a town hall was voted down in 1894, again in 1896 and again in 1903 it was turned down.

When the first meeting was held to organize the town, the chairman was Alonzo Adams, other officers were:  Clerk, Mr. Chapman; Treasurer, Mr. Little; Assessor, Hiram How; Justice of the Peace, E. McIntire.  Present officers are: Clerk Gifford Skree; Treasurer, Allen Orr; Supervisors, Miles Klein, Chairman; Harley Rostvold and Alvin (Jimmy) Gaustad.

The Yucatan Creamery was established in 1905 about where the old Dedham Mill was located.

The first buttermaker is unknown, a Mr. Clementson was the second, followed by Fred Solberg, who was buttermaker until the creamery closed in 1963.

Fifty years ago, in 1932, when H. O. Anderson was county agent and Marjorie Pierrize, club agent, the Yucatan ladies formed their Homemakers Club.  That Year's project was Child Development 1 with Mrs. Alfred Flatten and Mrs. Gilvert Brevig leaders.  Teere was also a Child Development II with Mrs. Bernard Orr and Mrs. Edward Flatten leaders.

The County Home and Extension groups that year sponsored a county-wide outing for the homemakers, with an attendance of 500.  Each group contributed to the program.

The present officers in the Yucatan Homemakers are:  Pat Peterson, chairman; Marilyn Hahn, co-chairman; Judy Lee, secretary-treasurer; Avis Wojohn, historian and Anna Flatten, sunshine.

In the western part of town, the River Trails Girl Scout Camp, Whispering Hills which encompasses over 400 acres, is located.

It has two supper clubs, the Yucatan Supper Club in the former Yucatan Store and Countryside, adjacent to Ferndale Golf Course.  Countryside and the golf course are along Highway 16 in the northwestern part of the township.

Submitted by Irene Orr

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    CHURCHES:  

  • Oak Ridge Lutheran            

    SCHOOLS:   

  • Dedham School

  • Stone School

  • Oak Ridge School        

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Cemeteries


Map of Yucatan, MN

Early Settler Surnames

  • Stevens

  • Larr

  • Comstock

  • McIntire

  • Carrier

  • Lynch

  • Adams

  • Gould

  • Colby - see more

  • Kelly

  • Chisholm

  • Earl

  • Ellisson

  • Loveridge

  • Jacobson

  • Lee

  • Sennes

  • Thompson

  • Wilsey

  • Adams

  • Orr

  • Rostvold

  • Gaustad

  • Klein

  • Hahn

  • Little

 

 
 

 
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