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.
The original version of this excerpt first appeared in the February 2014 edition of In The Midst Of, (c), Cokato Historical Society.
Gust Akerlund photograph of Ida Sparks Clarke.
March is Women's History Month, dedicated to honoring women who have paved the way for the next generation. In response to this tribute, we would like to recognize a few of the many women of Cokato who were and are pioneers.