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Trish Short Lewis
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  • Thief River Falls, MN
  • United States

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St. Vincent & Orleans School Buildings: QUESTION

Does anyone know who built the school buildings in St. Vincent and Orleans?  St. Vincent's was built in 1903 and Orleans in 1905, and they appear to have been built from the same plans.  They look…Continue

Tags: School, Houses, Schoolhouses, Orleans, Vincent

Started May 16, 2013

Local History Resources (Online) - Red River Valley Website
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I just wanted to let everyone know that the Red River Valley Website is once again up and running. It's a valuable resource, and I fought to keep it alive. Thanks to help from Kris Baldwin Ohmann, we…Continue

Tags: of, the, north, valley, river

Started this discussion. Last reply by EDWARD T. MONSON Jul 6, 2013.

St. Vincent Memories
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Many of you here are aware of my blog St. Vincent Memories, but I wanted to mention it here for those of you not.  It is an ongoing project of mine begun over…Continue

Tags: History, Local, St.Vincent, County, Kittson

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trish Short Lewis Mar 21, 2010.


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Trish Short Lewis replied to Fred A Wilebski's discussion Be Advised - This forum will be discontinued in several months
"Thanks for the reply - it’s great to know the images were saved!!"
Mar 27
Trish Short Lewis replied to Fred A Wilebski's discussion Be Advised - This forum will be discontinued in several months
"Fred: Will they be downloading all the photos and associated data with them to save somewhere - if not on the Facebook group, then at least a snapshot of this website's contents to save on one of the history center's computers? Speaking of…"
Mar 27
Trish Short Lewis commented on Steve Swiontek's photo

Northcote map

"Why was so much of it 'vacated'...?"
Apr 7, 2021
Steve Swiontek commented on Trish Short Lewis's status
"Ms. Lewis, Thank you for your willingness to take this web site on as well as your other social media sites.  I am not a facebook user, but I will respect your decision.  $25/month seems like an unreasonable amount of money to pay for…"
Aug 28, 2020
Trish Short Lewis commented on Trish Short Lewis's status
"I found out I can have site transferred to me if I want to administer it, but it costs even at basic level $25 a month!  That's crazy!!  It would be free on Facebook as a group which is what I suggest we go to, but I realize many…"
Aug 26, 2020
Trish Short Lewis commented on Marcy Johnson's group Churches of Kittson County
"I just got off the phone with a person named Deb that works at the Kittson County Museum.  She said that she was able, when Trinity Lutheran bought St. John's Episcopal Church in Hallock, MN, to get most (but not all) of the St. Vincent…"
Aug 19, 2019

Profile Information

Where were you born?
Emerson, Manitoba, Canada
Where do you live at present time?
Thief River Falls, MN
How did you learn about us?
Invitation sent to me. I will soon be moving back up north to Thief River Falls, MN, well outside of it 10 miles, so coming back towards home. THANK YOU for the invitation to the group!!

Some of my websites...

St. Vincent Memories (my hometown history blog)

Prairie Woman (my blog about our life in the country)

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Trish Short Lewis's Blog

Some of the Luckiest People in the World...

We were some of the luckiest people in the world, growing up where we did...and it was because a large group of people from PEI (and a few other places, too!) came and settled in Kittson County together. We are literally one big extended family, many of our families intermarrying down through the years. It was a big reason we had so much in common, and we all felt a kinship even when we didn't know the other closely upon first meeting. I never felt that way ever again, no matter where I have…


Posted on July 29, 2014 at 6:14pm

Kittson County Family Tree?????

I had an idea last night. I would dearly love to do a 'Family Tree' of Kittson County. I can't speak for your families (although I am aware of several of your families that this would apply to...), but in our family, there are several marriages into other 'original' families. What I'm talking about, is the main migration in the mid to late 1800s. Those families, especially those coming from the same area (i.e., Prince Edward Island, Ontario, etc.) commonly married into other families…


Posted on November 20, 2013 at 4:01pm — 9 Comments

Humboldt Mystery?

Minnesota Historical Society has this listed as Humboldt, Minnesota in 1907.  Natives of Humboldt tell me they've never seen a photo from Humboldt's past with this layout of the town.  I am asking members to let… Continue

Posted on October 6, 2011 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment

Satire Done Badly

Last week, I posted the response below to a badly written article about Kittson County...

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 11:00am

Comment Wall (12 comments)

At 8:23pm on February 14, 2010, Jerry Easter said…
Hi Trish, Thanks for the head's up. Your flood pics are amazing! We had a flood (and pics) just like this in Oxford County Maine in 1936. I was listening to our local garden show this morning and for some reason, The host, Paul Parent uses a guy from Mn to screen the calls. He said you guys have "feets" of snow on the ground. We have very little snow in Northern New England.
Let me get back to the grindstone....... Jerry
At 10:19pm on February 20, 2010, Glenn Browne said…
Hi Trish, Welcome to the Kittson Historian and thanks for all your photos. Your St.Vincent Memories blog is a great site and I greatly enjoy it. We are not yet a year old so we have lots to learn and much to add. I hope you enjoy your move closer to your roots. Glenn
At 11:49am on March 21, 2010, Edward Merck said…
I have posted the website on the Jerome Family history at It contains links to others. Good luck on your move. Ed
At 12:08am on October 18, 2010, Louise Coffield said…
Hi Trish--Love reading your page but it is so hard to read the red on black--really have to squint my old eyes. Or is it just my computer that is acting up and not giving me the correct color scheme? Thanks, Louise Coffield
At 8:51am on February 17, 2012, Paul Maloney said…
I was born and raised in Hallock. Ever since I was a kid, I've loved anything to do with local history. I wish there was a place like this website dedicated to Pennington county. Only place I know of is
At 9:01am on February 17, 2012, Trish Short Lewis said…

Yes, you're right about Pennington, that's about it.  I encourage you to visit my website all about not only St. Vincent, but about many other places in Kittson County, as well as Pembina, and a bit about Emerson, etc. at St. Vincent Memories...

At 9:12am on February 17, 2012, Paul Maloney said…
I love your website! I've visited it off and on for the last year or so. Have you ever had the opportunity to go inside the Walter Hill farm house?
At 9:49am on February 17, 2012, Trish Short Lewis said…

No, and I would LOVE to.  I have even tracked down the current owner and wrote her a letter asking if I might, but she never replied, sadly...

At 9:50am on February 17, 2012, Trish Short Lewis said…

Thank you for your kind words.  It always makes me happy to know people are enjoying it.  :)

At 9:25pm on February 17, 2012, Paul Maloney said…

I got a tour of the house about 5 or 6 years ago. My parents knew the owner, who I believe has passed away since then. I'll ask my parents and find out though.

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