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Osseo, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin

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This page contains information, photos and memorabilia of the Village of Osseo, located in Sumner Township in northeastern Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. Osseo, which sits at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Buffalo River, was platted in 1857 and incorporated in 1893.[1] Its businesses at the time included mills, two or three general stores, a couple drug stores, several hardware stores, a couple blacksmiths, a hotel and meat market, a cheese producer and a creamery.[1]

Osseo's public school, students and faculty, 1887[2]
Osseo, Winter 1906. Note similarities of buildings and awnings in the photo, below, of the same street in 1913.[3]
Osseo, 30 Aug 1913. This photo (click on, to enlarge) was staged by the local farm implement dealer, Albert Olson, to showcase and celebrate customer deliveries. Albert and his brother, Carl Olson, appear to be seated in the first buggy in the foreground, on the right (Carl on the left, Albert on the right, if so), and Carl's wife, Agatha "Mamie" (Gilbertson) Olson, appears to be seated alone, in a white dress, in the first buggy in the foreground, on the left. Carl and Agatha's son, Jerry, may be on the pony, in front, in the front center.

In 1917, Osseoi was described like this: "Osseo is a thriving village on the Mondovi line of the [Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis &] Omaha [Railway]. Its business section parallels the Beef River, and a dam provides a pretty artificial lake [Lake Martha] for bathing and boating. The residences are sightly and commodious…"[4] Its "principal municipal improvement" about that time was "a beautiful, modern, one-story brick building, known as Lincoln High school, [constructed in 1917 and] located in the northeastern part of the village on a sightly spot known as Lincoln Hill," which, said the village, "ranks as one of the best [schools] in the state."[4] "The old schoolhouse [was] refurnished and refitted as a village hall,"[4] and all grades, primary and secondary, were moved into the new building until 1922, when, for lack of space, "the sixth grade was moved back" to the prior building."[5] "Later more grades were moved from the high school to the old grade building, and in 1935 all the [primary] grades except the first, seventh and eighth were moved into the grade building."[5]

Lincoln School 1917-1953


Submarine float in parade on Oseeo's main street, celebrating Armistice Day, 25 Nov 1919, and the end of World War I. [6]
Reviewing stand at 1919 Osseo parade celebrating Armistice Day.[7]




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