Grant County’s Sesquicentennial -
150 Years of History!
Grant County is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023! In 1868, the state Legislature passed an act establishing Grant County and naming it after General U.S. Grant. Several attempts were made to formally organize the county, but it was not until February 28, 1873, that the Legislature passed “An act to provide for the organization of Grant County.” Following that, commissioners were elected who then appointed county officers of justices of the peace, constables, auditor, treasurer, attorney, register of deeds, sheriff, surveyor, judge of probate, coroner, and superintendent of schools. A location for a county seat was chosen, in Section 8, Township 129, Range 42, which is the site of Elbow Lake.
During 2023, The Grant County Historical Society will be having programs and other events and encourages all county organizations to recognize and celebrate this historic milestone at their events.
The GCHS newsletter has been featuring the townships. Here on our website under Grant County Townships are outline maps of each township with icons showing the early schools and the cemeteries. Each page also notes the date of organization and lists first generation settlers.
Photos – If you have pictures or stories of these early settlers or of the early schools, please send a copy either by regular mail or scan it and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can, note names of people, School District number and year of picture. This summer, we will be having an exhibit at the Museum featuring these beginnings of our county.
Carlis, Rynda. Minnesota Genealogy Society Cemetery Project – Grant County. 2003.
1914 Atlas and Farmer’s Directory of Grant County. The Farmer, St. Paul.
1931 Plat Book of Grant County. Compiled and published by Horace Dunaway. Elbow Lake, Minnesota.
Farm and Home Publishers, Ltd. Belmond, Iowa (township outline maps)
Larson, Constant. History of Douglas and Grant Counties, Minnesota, V1 and V2., B.F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1916
Illustrated Album of Biography of the Famous Valley of the Red River of the North and the Park Regions. Alden, Ogle & Company, Chicago. 1889.
Upham, Warren. Minnesota Place Names, 3rd Edition. Minnesota Historical Society Press, St. Paul, Minnesota 200