Article by Irene Bender from the Cokato Historical Society's newsletter In the Midst Of, Summer, 1992, Vol. 12 No. 3.
June 16 seemed to be a normal day at the Cokato Museum at four thirty. The alarm was set. That evening a storm moved through Meeker County where I live; my husband and I went to the basement for about ten minutes. After the strong wind and some hail, we went back to bed. The phone rang about one o'clock. City Clerk Peggy Carlson said some windows were
broken in the museum. My first thought was the skylight in the Akerlund Studio. She said it was not broken.
Article by Mike Worcester from the Cokato Historical Society's newsletter In the Midst Of, May, 2015, Vol. 35 No. 2.
Cokato Enterprise, May 31, 1915
It is understandable how a modern audience might be taken aback a bit by title of this article. Please realize though it is not us writing. Notice the quotation marks? This title comes from the headline of a May 13, 1915, Cokato Enterprise article.
The “giant” being referenced is Bobby (Bob) Marshall, who by the time he arrived in Cokato was a legend in the Minnesota sports community, going back to his days as a student at Minneapolis Central High School.
Mike Worcester In the Midst May, 2003 (vol 23, no 2), copywright Cokato Historical Society.
The origins of the American Legion date to the months immediately following the end of the Great War (later called World War I). In March 1919, a gathering of 1,000 veterans of that war gathered in Paris and adopted a charter and temporary constitution. This group completed its organizational efforts in St. Louis, in May 1919, making plans for a permanent home in New York. Congress granted the Legion a national charter in September 1919, a its inaugural national convention was held in Minneapolis that same month. In 2001, the Legion had over three million members spread across 16,000 local posts. Though the Legion is not the only veterans organization in America, it is by far the largest.