Nathan Ufford in Enterprise, Minnesota

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Nathan Ufford in Enterprise, Minnesota - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1953 longest' Town To Mark...
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1953 longest' Town To Mark IGOth Birthday Sunday Only Schoolhouse Still Remains in Little Enterprise ENTERPRISE, Minn. -- Tiny Enterprise, once reputed to be the "longest" town in the Minnesota- Dakota territory, will mark its centennial with a festival and special ceremonies at the schoolhouse Sunday. Located in Utica Township of Winona County, Enterprise is about four miles south of Lewiston. Founded in 1853 by Alexander Whittier, the hamlet was a stopover stopover for settlers from as far west as Mankato en route to Winona with surplus wheat. But the town began to die 10 years later when the railroad pushed its way westward from through S'tockton Valley and Lewiston, known as New Boston at time. Schoolhouse Survives Sole survivor of the settlement the schoolhouse, and the building will serve as headquarters, for 100-year observance Sunday. Doors of the school will open 1 p. m. for a four-hour display dresses, tools, photographs, old documents and articles once common in households of Enterprise. At 2:30 p. m., Joe Duane will ba narrator of the program outside the school that will include include a pageant depicting the town's early history. Pupils of the school will appear in tha pageant. When Whittier founded the in 1853, he erected the first of three inns on the site of the ent Beech home. Obed Andrew had settled on a site southwest o the town and a few months late Nate Ufford built a mill on th present site of the Every farm where he produced Ufford's Fam ily Flour. George Gates came to Enterprisi from Fremont and started thi Great Palace Store, which contin ued to operate until 1878. It wa one of the last to die among the businesses of Enterprise which once included a tavern, a Masonic Lodge, distillery, another two stores, blacksmith shop, postoffice wagon factory, lime kiln, match factory and the inn. 'Longest' Town The reputation of being the "longest" city in the Minnesota- Dakota territory stemmed from the fact that the city stretched from above the old mill dam to a s mile below the present rock crushing site. In the late '90s, a blacksmith still flourished and postal service continued until the turn of the century. Two men, Dr. William Bunsen snd William Dill, helped prolong the life of the community. Bunsen was a cousin of the German German who invented the Bunsen burner. He practiced medicine for five years in the late '70s and persons from throughout Southeastern Southeastern Minnesota among his patients. Dill was county sheriff and owned owned the farm that had been built Obed Andrews. During the 1880s, Dill promoted a number of ventures ventures ranging from raising and processing processing amber sugar cane into syrup to the manufacture of cheese. None of his ventures materialized, materialized, however, and Dill went bankrupt bankrupt in the 1990s. Indian Girl? Also prominent in the history of Enterprise is Princess Neoca, an Indian girl who may be legendary, after whom a settlement a mile west of Enterprise was named. n o AccordinT to lesend he intro t u r p o u n s a n foMh that were probably worth S60 For the plants, she also received the White Man's blessing, the "run of the town" and greetings from "Great White Father" in Washington. Washington. The settlers also warned her not to trust the British. School Private First The school was originally a private private institution taken over by the state in 1867. Pauline Ufford was the first teacher, and Mrs. Harold Every is conducting classes at the school at the present time. j ; n business Racially, Enterprise has been | dominated by Indians, the west- the ward-moving Yankees, Irish, Ger- dur j ng mans and Scandinavians | capped During the first years of the | city s existence, every family pro-1 fessed the Methodist faith, but to-!f e r i day it is of a Catholic-Protestant! ment mixture. The first Catholic mass in The the Lewiston area was said in an upper room of the Whittier-Ronan Inn in 1868. ;v; 0 j 0 b re q u j re s all of a

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  1. The Winona Republican-Herald,
  2. 03 Oct 1953, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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