Did you know May 30 – July 4 is the first-ever Northfield History Month? Learn more about the events here.
Every weekday this Northfield History Month, come on over to the Northfield History Collaborative to learn a little more about one of the newest additions to our online collection of materials that help tell Northfield’s history.
First up, we’re highlighting 259 photographs of Northfield-area veterans, most from World War II. This collection came to the Northfield Historical Society from the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
If you don’t read any further, please do stop and take a look at these three photographs. They came to us unidentified, and we’d love to know who they are.
Otherwise, I’ll point out for you a few of the photos that really struck me.
- This young man in the first photo, Curtis Samuels, is standing right on Bridge Square. That made quite an impact on me, as someone born several decades after World War II.
- This photo of LeRoy Pflaum is also touching, as just a young man joking around.
- Then there was this photo of Kenneth Tuma, wearing a whole lot of fire-power.
- Something that surprised me: One group of Northfield boys brought a live mascot, Dalmatian Jiggs Kump, when they went off to Camp Claibourne, Louisiana. Several tales about Jiggs and his grand adventure turn up in the scrapbooks of wartime columnist Nellie “Mom” Phillips.
Take a look through these! We didn’t acquire a whole lot of information about these servicemen and women — and no doubt some of the names are misspelled — so please comment or send us anything we should know.