In the Midst
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Article by Cokato Museum Staff
Back Row: Ed Pickruhn, Marvel Fox, Otto Preus, Joann Nelson, Layonna Nelson, Pauline Hedberg, I.W. Humola.
Front Row: Marion Loe, Alice Ryti, Gloria Nelson, Lorraine, Joan Onkka, Paul Hedberg, Clifford Hedberg
Very Front Row: Rex II
Edward Pickruhn was originally from Minneapolis, MN and then moved to Cokato after he married Mrs. Ellen Johnson of Cokato in 1927. He lived in Cokato until his death in 1947. During his time here he was involved in many different things, including, being a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star. In Cokato's First Century by Carlton Lee it states that Pickruhn served as the Master of the Cokato Lodge from 1919-1921. Pickruhn was also a custodian at the water works system and was probably most notably known for being a policeman for the Cokato Village.
Article by Mike Worcester from the Cokato Historical Society's newsletter In the Midst Of, October, 2006, Vol. 26 No. 4.
Each winter, the 3rd grade classes from Cokato Elementary visit the museum as part of their unit on local history. Part of their tour here is the viewing of a slide show that shows how this area began and developed, from the mid-1850s through about 1920. One of the slide images shows a typical grocery, or “general” store.
Article by Mike Worcester from the Cokato Historical Society's newsletter In the Midst Of, Late Fall, 1998, Vol. 18 No. 4
The smell of fresh baked goods wafted down the dirt-lined streets of Cokato for blocks around. No question about it, there is almost no more wondrous smell than that of bread just out of the oven. For almost nine decades, that smell emanated from the Cokato Bakery & Lunch Room, at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Second Street. Now, that once grand building stands on the verge of demolition. When it goes, one of the oldest downtown structures will be no more.