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Recent Donations to Atwater Area Historical Society

Eloise Olson (friend of Duane Cobb, now deceased) recently donated a painting by Lorraine Johnson, based on a “dream” or “vision” Duane Cobb had before her surgery.

Marilyn Stoffers donated a  Lifetime Membership Card in the Old Settlers Assn., once belonging to William Johnson b. Aug 13, 1862, 4 days before the killing of 5 settlers in Acton Township.  William was grandfather of Loyal “Skeezix” Johnson who was married to Marilyn’s husband Rodney’s  Aunt, Elsie (Stoffers) Johnson.
The Johnson family homesteaded land 6 miles south of Atwater near the schoolhouse of Dist 75 (schoolhouse now at the Atwater Thresher’s Site).
The Kandiyohi County Old Settlers Association held an organizational meeting in 1897, at Wheeler’s Grove on Diamond Lake, more than 5000 people attended!  Membership requirements specified that only survivors of the Dakota conflict of 1862 were eligible.

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