Article by Mike Worcester from the Cokato Historical Society's newsletter In the Midst Of, April, 20o5, Vol. 25 No. 2.
Editors note: This article is in no way intended to be a complete history of the Cokato Hospital. It is only intended to provide a general overview of this venerable institution's story.
For almost fifty years, a hospital served the people of Cokato and the surrounding townships and communities. Located at the corner of Third Street and Swanson Avenue, just east of downtown, the Cokato Hospital played a vital role by providing much needed medical services. An imposing two-story structure, the hospital was originally built sometime during the late 1880s as a private residence for the A. W. L. Almquist family. The Peter Stevenson family later resided there. The demolition of this structure, beginning in December 2003, gave countless people the opportunity to recall their memories of this place.
Article by Ted Peterson from the Cokato Historical Societies newsletter.
The first church horse barn was built sometime after the second church at Knapp. It was located in the northeast corner of the church plat or close to the Knapp Store and was demolished in the year 1910 or in the latter part of the Rev. Melin's term.
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.