The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is The Stewartville Area by the Stewartville Area Historical Society. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images from the society’s archives and local families’ collections.
Charles Stewart, a Scotsman saddened by the death of his first wife, Margaret McNab, left his infant daughter with his paternal grandparents and headed west from his native New York to begin a new life. It was the early 1850s when Stewart arrived in the territory that was to become southeastern Minnesota. Here he saw the Root River as a potential power source for a flour mill.
He received permission to dam the river, which created Lake Florence, a longtime attraction in Stewartville, the city named in Stewart’s honor. The area Stewart settled was known for its rich, fertile soil, its abundant timber stands, its wildlife, and its natural water supply, including the river.
The authors hope the book will leave “a lasting pictorial legacy of the people, the stories, and the contributions they left behind for future generations to discover and appreciate.”
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