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Historical Object

Stuart Fargo

Date: 1902 ca.

Description: Hand-painted iris flowers decorate an album page featuring four photographs of Stuart Fargo. In the top two photographs, Stuart is "nearly 5." At left, he...

Date: 1879 

Description: Bird's-eye map of Lake Mills.

Photograph

Three Sisters

Date: 1903 

Description: An informal head and shoulders portrait of Helen Farnsworth Mears (1872-1916), left, and her sisters Louise Morilla Mears Fargo (1866-1925), center, and Ma...

Photograph

Fargo Children

Date: 1905-12 

Description: The children of Frank B. and Louise Mears Fargo posing in front of a folding screen for a quarter-length portrait. They are, from left, Frank Jr., age five...

Date: 1900 

Description: Elizabeth Farnsworth Mears, seated in front of a folding screen, holding her grandson Frank Barber Fargo, age six months, on her lap. Stuart Fargo, age thr...

Date: 1901-08 

Description: A photograph of Louise Mears Fargo and her children is mounted on an album page decorated with a hand-painted wild rose. In the photograph, Louise, wearing...

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Photograph

Carnival Tent

Date: 1908-06 

Description: Crowd near the front of a side show tent with large banners.

Photograph

Bathroom

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: A wicker rocker and bentwood side chair flank the bathtub in a bathroom of the Frank Brown Fargo house. There is a hot water heater above the tub in the co...

Photograph

Lake Mills

Date: 1957 ca.

Description: An aerial view of Lake Mills.

Date: 1949 

Description: The Public Library in Lake Mills.

Historical Object

The Fargo Children

Date: 1901 ca.

Description: Five photographs are mounted on an album page which is decorated with a painting of a honeysuckle sprig. In the photograph at top left, Frank, age three, S...

Date: 1909 

Description: Men with horses and wagons gathered outside the Faville Grove Farmers' Co-Operative Cheese Factory. A poster advertising the State Fair is pasted to the wa...

Photograph

Firemen's Parade

Date: 1908-06 

Description: The Lake Mills band and fire company lead the parade during a fire company competition in their home town.

Date: 1949-04-27 

Description: Aerial photograph of Lake Mills.

Photograph

Boys with Their Dog

Date: 1905 

Description: Stuart, left, and Frank Fargo posing with their dog, Mark, in front of a folding screen. There is a calendar on the screen behind them.

Historical Object

Christmas Album Page

Date: 1899 

Description: An album page titled Christmas 1899 is decorated with watercolor painted figures. These include a sprig of mistletoe with two berries and the Fargo...

Photograph

Faville Homestead

Date: 1885 ca.

Description: The Faville home, built about 1850 on 120 acres bought from the government in 1844. As late as 1922 the home was still in the Faville family. The additions...

Photograph

Sleeping Porch

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: A photograph bearing the caption "Sleeping Porch off Mother's [Louise (Mrs. Frank) Fargo's] Room" depicts a screened porch with turned balusters and a span...

Photograph

Parade Float

Date: 1903 ca.

Description: Two unidentified boys pose in a horse-drawn carriage with a banner above it which reads: "Fargo Bros." The open carriage has an umbrella top and is decorat...

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