Union Number 1 & Log Cabin

 The mid-1960’s began an added mission of historical preservation to the Mitchell County Agricultural Society vision. Recognizing the need to provide assistance in preserving historical buildings, the Agriculture Society decided to purchase a one-room school house in 1968.  School reorganizations and consolidations resulted in many of these buildings being sold and removed from the rural landscape.  William Ehlke, a director of the rural school district in Union Township, persuaded people in his district to help the Agriculture Society purchase their school, Union No. 1.  Bidders restrained their bids and the one-room school house was purchased for $35 by the Agriculture Society. 
            Purchase of the one-room school house also began a joint partnership between the Agriculture Society and the Mitchell County Historical Society.  After the one-room school purchase was a reality, the Historical Society was formed to help provide care and control of the school during the fair.  Shortly after the school took up residence on the fair grounds, it was joined by a log house.  John Boerjan, a farmer in Mitchell township, worked with the Agricultural Society to move one of the few remaining log homes from his farm to the fair grounds.  Charge for the log house was also given to the Historical Society.

Union #1 School House

                    


Union #1 was moved to the Osage Fairgrounds in July of 1961 from Union Township. The woodshed was not moved with the building. 1946-1947 was the last year Union #1 was used as a school.

The bell tower on Union #1 was originally on Newburg #6.

The Log House

            

Owners:

  1.  Government Grant issued to Gilbert Gilbertson  -  1854
  2.  Nels Colbertson  -                about    -  1860
  3.  Christian Mortensen                          -  1869
  4.  Carl Mortensen                                  -  1875
  5.  Lars Moe                                            -  1881
  6.  Anna & Julia Moe                             -  1890
  7.  Hans K. Lane                                      - 1894
  8.  Daniel Nack                                        -  1901
  9.  August Boerjan                                  -  1920
  10.  John Boerjan                                      -  1957
  11.  Given by the Boerjans to Historical Society -  1964
  12.  Moved to Mitchell County Fair Grounds      -  1965

Residents:

  1.  Guest House until                             -  1869
  2.  Christian Mortensen                1869  -  1881
  3.  Gilbertsons Hired Help           1881  -  1891
  4.  Chas. (Karl) Miller                   1891  -  1892
  5.  Christian Christiansen                           1893
  6.  Nels Mathiesen                                      1894
  7.  Hans K. Lane                                         1901
  8.  Daniel Nack                             1906  -  1910
  9.  Peter Klein                                1917  -  1918
  10.  Henry & Emil Nack                               1919
  11.  August Boerjan                      
  12.  John Moran
  13.  Dominick Caes
  14.  Nels Larsen                                            1922
  15.  Leo Patton                                                
  16.  Herbert Gutmann                             17 years
  17.  Harvey Meyers                                       1942
  18.  Avery Halvorson                       1944  -  1947
  19.  Unoccupied Since                                   1947