Irene Bender, "Ice Harvesting." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (Winter, 1991) vol. 11 no. 1.
Interest in presenting and documenting local history was evident at the annual meeting of the Cokato Historical Society and 125 people attended a program on ice harvesting. Donnie Johnson and Milton Mattson, who harvested and delivered ice in the 30s, told many interesting stories. Slides from the photographs that Milt Mattson had taken of the complete process from cutting to stacking the cakes in the ice house served as a visual aid to explain the ice harvest. Those photographs provide a valuable resource in documenting a service that was important in the community before electric refrigeration and coolers.
Mike Worcester, "Radios Come to Cokato." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (October, 2004) vol. 24 no. 4.
The reception was fuzzy, the antenna took a while to set up, and the equipment at the telephone office caused too much interference. Despite these hurdles, in the summer of 1922, a new technological wonder was introduced to the people of the town. In 1922, radios came to Cokato.
Revised. Mike Worcester, "Lost Cokato: The Cecile Theatre." In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (Late Fall, 1996) vol. 16 no. 4.
Cokato Theatre on Millard Avenue.
Motion pictures first appeared in Cokato in 1907, when a group of men petitioned the city council for permission to use the second floor of the village hall to show movies. Shown once or twice a week, these silent movies--which usually ran about twenty minutes--thrilled local audiences.
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