Category Archives: Photos

More history of the house from a previous owner, Millie Johnson

IMG_0031.JPGOn Saturday we were delighted to have Millie Johnson and her daughter Jean Churilla visit us. They were delighted to see the movie star wallpaper still on the wall next to the basement bathroom so that’s where they posed for this photo. She told us the house was moved with all the furniture in place, she packed her dishes but left 2 glasses in the cupboard, just to see what would happen. They were in the exact spot she left them. It was a painfully slow process to lift and move the house, keeping it completly level.

Millie and her husband Percy Johnson (now-deceased) owned the house from the 1950s through 1984. They moved it in 1974 from its original location near McDonald’s on Hwy 3. Millie brought over a stack of photos of the house and we had them scanned. Click to enlarge.

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The center photo above faces west, because our former neighbor’ house, the Rasmussens, is visible on the left as our house is being rolled down the hill.

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I wrote a little about the history of the house here but Millie told us that it was cut in half before they owned it. (The photos above are ones I took last summer of the other half of the house a few blocks away on Jefferson Road.)

The owners of the house had a chicken hatchery on the property when she and Percy bought it and long before that, when it was all one building, it had been an inn, called The Old Heidelberg Inn. The numbers on the doors of the upstairs bedrooms (see photos here and here) are evidently from those days

At a recent party, we were told by Northfield history buff and James Gang re-enactment member Chip DeMann that the house was at one time owned by the Ames family, owners of the Ames Mill that eventually became home to Malt-O-Meal.

I really want to find a photo of the house before it had been cut in half. I guess it’s time to make a trip to the Northfield Historical Society and maybe the Northfield News database at the Northfield Public Library.


Winter Walk 2006 photo album

Northfield’s annual Winter Walk is a huge hit. I take lots of photos of the event every year. Some of my favorites this year (click to enlarge):

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Left: the scene from the Northfield Historical Society stairs
Center: Only in Minnesota – an ice cream cone, a malt, and a warm fire at 5 above zero.
Left: Bundled-up babes – Gwen Benson with my long-time arm candy, Robbie.

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Left: a family in a horse-drawn buggy in front of the Archer House
Center: Rachel Matney and daughter in front of the horse pen
Right: My Locally Grown podcast colleague Ross Currier with psychologist Michelle Millenacker and her main squeeze, soon-to-be-ex-Mayor of Dundas, Glenn Switzer. Glenn’s Switzer’s Nursey and Landscaping had a huge display at 4th and Division.

See all 51 Winter Walk 2006 photos here.

Using geotagged photos to show the surrounding area

I’ve created a Flickr map with geotagged photos to show you some of what’s near our house here in Northfield: schools, trails, parks, businesses, downtown… all within 6 blocks or so, almost all connected by trails and sidewalks.

Just click the screenshot image and you’ll be taken to the map page where I recommend that you select the hybrid view (satellite plus street maps) and zoom all the way down to the lowest level.

Click the markers to see one or more photos taken at that location and a brief description of what’s in the photo.

Within 6 blocks of our house

The sun broke through after a rainshower late this afternoon so I grabbed my camera and my bike took photos of the schools, parks, paths, and a few stores within a 6 block radius of our house.

I plan to make a geo-map of these photos and attach descriptions of each, but for now, see the entire album here (larger photos).

Northfield links, photos

I’ve added a set of links to various Northfield websites on the lower right sidebar. I’ve taken a few thousand photos of Northfield and community activities and events over the past five years as a volunteer for Many of those photos, as well as from other citizen-contributors, can be seen in the site’s Northfield photo gallery. Here are 5 downtown Northfield photos I’ve taken this summer, plus one winter photo from a couple years ago. Click to enlarge.

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