Sunday, February 25, 2007

Holdingford on Ebay

I was bidding on a neat photo of Main Street Holdingford from sometime between 1912-17. I didn't get it. I went for the minumim bid and it went for a lot more. Very limited funds for that kind of thing. Oh well. I hope they take good care of it.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Holdingford Baseball

Baseball has a long history in Holdingford, John Ebnet former businessman and owner of Holdingford's "Our Own Hardware' store relates about the Ebnet family's involvement in baseball.:
Baseball team had 15 Ebnet relatives
In 1948, there were eight brothers in the Ebnet family on the Holdingford amateur baseball team. Frank Ebnet, the father of the boys, was the team’s manager. There would have been a ninth brother on the team, but Nick Ebnet died at the age of 32.
Lloyd and Cyril Ebnet were also on the Holdingford team. Lloyd and Cyril were nephews of the brothers on the team.
The team played some exhibition games during the season under the lights in Albany. For two games, Holdingford added LeRoy Ebnet, Mike Ebnet, Vernon Ebnet and Art Ebnet to the roster. Holdingford got beat by Farming and then beat St. Martin.
The Ebnet brothers had a cousin, Linus Ebnet, who played in the Northern League. But Linus died after getting hit in the head during a Northern League game. This was in the days before players wore helmets. Ambrose “Lefty” Ebnet, one of the brothers, pitched for Winnipeg in the Northern League in the 1930s and 1940s.

(front row, left to right) are LeRoy Ebnet, Mike Ebnet, Vernon Ebnet and Art Ebnet; (middle row) George Ebnet, Alfred Ebnet, Cyril Ebnet, Elmer Ebnet, Leo Ebnet and Joe Ebnet; (back row) Ambrose “Lefty” Ebnet, John Ebnet, Frank Ebnet, Roman Ebnet and Lloyd Ebnet. Frank was the father of Ambrose, John, Roman, George, Alfred, Elmer, Leo and Joe. Cyril and Lloyd were Frank’s great-nephews and Mike was Frank’s brother. Vernon, LeRoy and Art were nephews of Frank’s.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Holdingford Historical Society meeting

The Holdingford Historical Society regular meetings will be the first monday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Corner pizza. The next being march 5th.
I was recently informed that St. Hedwig's Church Cemetery was much older than I had been lead to believe. On checking with the Church records the earlist burual date was Dec. 10, 1912. The Church was built starting October 1910.

Monday, February 05, 2007

February 5th Historical Society Meeting

Mr. Tim Glines, Manager of Outreach Services, for The Minnesota Historical Society braved the horribly cold weather and made it up from St. Paul for our Historical Society meeting. He provided a lot of very good and interesting information on directions a society can take. We are all excited about the next step in organizing our group. Our next meeting will be Monday March 5th at 7:oopm.We appreciate his help and encouragement.