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History Break: The Rise and Tragic Demise of Edward Larrabee Baker

May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ed Baker, a young, well-educated and far-sighted entrepreneur, ranks with the most successful of Red Wing’s early founders and leaders, Sheldon, Lawther, Foot and Betcher. He was Red Wing’s mayor in 1861 when he left his thriving Main Street hardware wholesale business to fight and distinguish himself in the Civil War. Upon his return, involvement in Minnesota’s post-war economic boom, aka the King Wheat Era, enriches Baker and prompts him to make an aggressive investment. Baker masterminds construction of Diamond Mill, a new landmark on Red Wing’s riverfront and Minnesota’s most modern flour milling operation. But then, his remarkably successful life goes terribly wrong.

Join us at noon on May 18th for part Five of a six part history break series “Red Wing and Its Place in Minnesota History: Untold Stories.” With Red Wing native and award-winning author Frederick L. Johnson, in consideration of four decades of historical research on Minnesota, takes an in-depth look at significant local stories his general histories could not cover. Each topic addressed considers an event, person or trend significant in Red Wing and Goodhue County’s past, and in Minnesota history as well. As always, he relies on primary-sourced documentation and images to illuminate his talks.  

if you ae unable to join us in person. Join us on Zoom using the link below.


May 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm