Bridgewater Township, in keeping with standard practices for townships in the state, has retained records going back the first days of its existence. Among those are the volumes created by the township to record minutes. Bridgewater’s initial contribution to the Northfield-Rice County Digital History Collection (DHC) contains the carefully transcribed contents of six of its earliest books, covering 1858 through 1889.
The idea of transcribing the old records into electronic form, not just as images, but as searchable texts, was first brought forth by Geraldine Reuvers, clerk of the township from 1986 to 2002. Her idea finally reached fruition through the efforts of volunteers of the Rice County Genealogical Society, with the support and guidance of the township clerk and board. This collection is the result of her vision and the efforts of the volunteers that believed in that vision.
Please note that most items in this online collection are now housed at the Rice County Historical Society.
ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP
Bridgewater Township, County of Rice, Minnesota, was formed in 1853 by settlers who had first arrived in the area starting in 1844. Since then it has contributed land to two cities, Dundas and Northfield while retaining 38.3 square miles of primarily agricultural land within the township. It has been a strong and important partner to the cities and a consistently strong partner to the county.
For more information, contact the Clerk of Bridgewater Township at Bridgewater Township, 500 Railway St, Dundas, MN 55019, 507-645-1656, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To access the collection please contact the Rice County Historical Society at email@example.com.
Visit the township’s website at http://bridgewatertwp.org.