"The History of Houston County", Taylor
Publishing, 1982 - Page
valley and Freeburg Village have had drastic changes
since 1920. The village was a prosperous
community with a bank, a creamery, a shipping
association with a stockyard, a railroad depot, a post
office, two stores, two blacksmith shops, a barber
shop, three taverns, and a flour and grist mill.
first big change was the bank, it closed its doors in
1932. The Silver Start Creamery, owned by the Carl
Weir family, manufactured butter and ice
cream until about 1935, when the plant burned to the
Michelson purchased the property, rebuilt
it into a tavern, swimming pool and named it Little
trucks became more numerous, there was less
transportation of animals by railroad, and the
Shipping Association succumbed in the middle 30s.
stores, the east store, was operated by Henry
Randolph, Noels, and Julis Hanke, and the
west store, operated by John
Grafs and others until early 60's, it
"Big Flood of '46" closed the postoffice,
and the depot, of which John
Graf was the agent, also the post master.
Colsch operated the Freeburg Logging Co.,
at his farm home for several years.
Neuman purchased the old east store
property for a garage, and did repair and
tune-ups. The two blacksmith shops of Paul
Noel and Tom Welsh, both were closed due to
modern methods of repair shops.
flour and grist mill was operated by Nick
Rouster, who installed a 20 horse power
Mogel single cylinder gasoline engine because the
water wheel had been buried by floods. He also
established a saw mill, operated by the engine.
Later, Joe Graf
operated the mill a few years, then dismantled the
machinery, moved it to Caledonia, where it was known
as Graf's Mill.
Schroeder purchased the mill property,
built a feed mill on a higher elevation, sold to
Michelson, then Elmer and
Melinda Kohlmeier purchased and operated it
for a year. By this time, the portable feed
mills were more convenient for farmers.
tavern in the bank building was opened by C.
Michelson, and run by others until the
1970's. C. Michelson
established a cabinet shop in the building.
Miami was a beautiful place, with the flowing well
furnishing water for the pool. The swimming pool
was closed after the 1946 flood, as it filled with
mud. There have been many operators, but Palma
Utke and her daughter, Mary
Beth operate it now. It is one of the
cleanest establishments in southern Minnesota.
railroad was the lifeline of the valley while the
passenger trains and freight trains went
through. When the automobiles increased, the
passenger trains were removed. The few
passengers rode with the conductor in the
caboose. It cost 25 cents to ride from Freeburg
to Caledonia. The train would stop for you
wherever you were, pick you up, and proceed on.
It was always a thrill to hear the whistle and bell.
valley folk became proud owners of cars, 1912, on to
the teens and thirties, but others believed that
horses were more dependable.
has been interesting that Freeburg has felt the new
house building boom during the years.
1982 Crooked Creek Township Officers are: clerk,
Edward L. Colsch, Sr. treasurer, Wilfred Pohlman,
chairperson, Lloyd Lampert and supervisors, Marvin
Wunnecka and Forest Sauer.
by Elmer Kohlmeier.
1860 Crooked Creek Census Index
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