When you come in to vote or attend a meeting in our
Town Hall, you will see many donated pictures and
artifacts on display which depict the early history of
our immediate area.
Evidence of the first people to inhabit this land is
shown by some of the stone implements used to help
support their lifestyle of hunting and fishing. Stone
artifacts have been found in several places near some
of our lakes.
Our mystery rock, found near the center of our
township, may have been formed by the ice age
glaciers or manmade for some use by a local tribe.
The stone sits in front of the Town Hall, moved there
by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
from where it was found while building a dike for the
Canosia Wildlife Management Area in 1975.
Hanging in our front entry and on the walls of our
building we also have farm implements, railroad rails,
lumbering saws, cant hooks, measuring rods, and even
a rough-sawn white pine plank, found in the attic,
which remains from those used to build our Town
After our large white pines were cut and immigration
increased, families settled on small farms around our
area. Our collection includes many of the old bottles,
cans, crocks, and glass items which were found in old
dumps found in low spots of the old homesteads. We
also have other household and clothing items.
Recreation, which was always a part of family and
school life, is shown in our collection by a bobsled
and swim suits.
We have several sites where our Township built
schools; usually designed so the teachers could live in
the same building. They were mostly one- or tworoom
schools which usually held classes up to the
sixth grade. Many books from these schools have
been donated to our collection and are on display.
Our summer cabins, hotels, and recreation buildings
housed those able to travel here from town to seek
relief from the summer heat and enjoy this beautiful
area. We have furniture and dishes from the Auto
Club that was established in 1909 on Pike Lake.
Atlantic City was north of the Auto Club and provided
canoes, boats, swimming (with suits and changing
rooms available), roller skating, and dancing. At
Caribou Lake, Kehtelís had a store and cabins, too.
We also have pictures and signs from Annabelleís
Tavern, which was located just south of the Town
If you have something to add to our collection, please
feel free to do so.
Millicent OíConnell, Canosia Historical Society