People & Stories

Meet One Of Woodbury’s Early Settlers

Meet One Of Woodbury’s Early Settlers

William’s father, James, with Eliza, Margaret and Jane Middleton. Photo: Woodbury Heritage SocietyWritten by Mathias BadenWhat would Woodbury’s first European settlers think of us now? I think they would be proud of what they started. For example, let’s take one boy’s...

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Electricity Comes to Woodbury

Electricity Comes to Woodbury

On June 13, 1918, at a meeting held in a granary, sixteen farmers organized a company to bring electricity to Woodbury. They elected officers and a motion was made and carried that each member put in $50. They named themselves Woodbury Light and Power. They moved...

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Fire Due to Weather

Fire Due to Weather

Fire struck terror in the hearts of our early settlers. Lightning storms were dreaded. Usually as soon as the worst of the storm was over, the family went from window to window scanning the sky for the red glow which meant someone’s building had been hit. It was...

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A Time Capsule…

A Time Capsule…

A Time Capsule... Warren Stutzman stored a lucky 2 cent penny in the Woodbury Heritage House in approximately 1925. Warren is the father of our Board Director, Patty Stutzman-Paulus. All in the family... The Heritage House was located on the Stutzman family farm at...

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Woodbury’s First Post Office Building

Woodbury’s First Post Office Building

Woodbury’s First Post Office BuildingFor years, the tiny building that was Woodbury’s first Post Office has stood on property where Woodbury’s first residents, the McHattie brothers, settled. Current owners, Roxanne and Joe Kielbasa havegenerously offered to donate...

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Who is Cruisin’ in Style?

Who is Cruisin’ in Style?

Who is Cruisin’ in Style?Members Pat and Dick Raths are featured on the cover of Woodbury Magazine for July. Dick is a classic car buff and has been restoring these vintage automobiles since 1987. His first car was a 1955 Ford Victoria. The same model he drove around...

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Remembering Dick Bielenberg

Remembering Dick Bielenberg

Remembering Dick BielenbergAge 73, of Eagan, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. A beloved son, brother and uncle, Dick was dedicated to his family, friends and community. His open heart and generosity of spirit touched many lives. Dick grew up...

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A Glance to the Past

A Glance to the Past

A Glance to the Past“Excerpt taken from the book, Woodbury - A Past To Remember by the Woodbury Heritage Committee” submitted by Joyce Flynn, WHS Board of DirectorsLife in Woodbury, 1884 The topography of Woodbury is varied and scenic. The southwestern portion is...

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Laura’s Story

Laura Berglund is a former Afton resident who writes post-depression stories of her childhood living in rural southern Minnesota. Her husband, Harold (other than two years in the army), has spent his entire life in the St. Croix Valley/Afton area, never living more than 12 miles from his birthplace.

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Woodbury Street Name History

Woodbury Street Name History

There is a story behind many of Woodbury’s street names.  In 2007, a Woodbury Senior Girl Scout, Lisa Clinton, documented the history of the street names of Woodbury for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. 

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Burr Oak

Burr Oak

2009 saw the completion of an important long-term project for the Woodbury Heritage Society.  We installed and dedicated at City Hall a permanent exhibit detailing the history of one of Woodbury’s oldest trees (estimated to have first sprouted from an acorn around 1738!).

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