Historic photo: H.W. Wilson Hardware, Red Wing

H.W. Wilson Hardware store in 1946. photo from the Goodhue County Historical Society collection

For the week of March 14, 2021

25 years ago, 1996

The path to a new jail and court facility for Goodhue County has met with yet another roadblock. After review of the county’s plan for demolition of buildings located in the Central High School block, the Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission said in a letter that it was not able to approve the demolition of the 1916 building. The county has 30 days to make an appeal to the council. The County Board would like approval for the demolition of all the buildings on the site before agreeing to buy the land.

The Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Goodhue Soil & Water Conservation District have begun moving into their office building in Goodhue. The new location is located across from the Goodhue Elevator’s Country Station. Agency personnel say they are ready for customers.

50 years ago, 1971

Wilson Hardware this week is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The store has been part of downtown Red Wing for 64 years, but the silver anniversary this week commemorates the time when Hubert “Bud” Gores and Howard Cook took over the store from father-in-law Harry W. Wilson. Since then the store has undergone several changes. In Wilson’s day the store was essentially farm oriented but since then the emphasis has shifted heavily toward appliance sales and color TV.

Red Wing now owns the Brooks (old Salvation Army) building Third Street. Presently, the city plans to demolish the building and install a pedestrian walkway in its place. The walkway is intended to provide easy pedestrian access to the downtown area from the planned Fourth Street parking lot between the telephone office and the Masonic Hall.

Forty-nine women of the St. John’s Hospital Auxiliary gathered at St. James Hotel for a luncheon and annual election of officers. The luncheon was a first for the organization and was met with much enthusiasm, thanks to its organizers. It is the auxiliary’s aim this year to further public relations with the hospital staff and all people of Red Wing.

100 years ago, 1921


In district court today the indictments returned by the Goodhue County grand jury against John C. Seebach and his son, Carl Seebach, charging disloyalty, were dismissed by Judge Albert Johnson on the recommendations of James E. Markham, assistant attorney general, supported by the statement of the accused that they are loyal and have always been loyal to this country and its constitution. The elder Seebach was indicted in 1918 on eight counts charging violation of the state espionage act. 

Amendments to the articles of incorporation of the Red Wing Brewing Co. adopted at a special meeting of the corporation were filed with the clerk of court on Thursday. The general nature of the corporation shall consist of manufacture and sale of pickles, vinegar, cinder, tomato catsup, and products from fruit and vegetables. They will also manufacture and sell compressed yeast or yeast of any nature, drinks and beverages. They will also engage in business of distillation and denaturation of alcohol of all kinds that can be legally sold. 


Compiled using news articles and Goodhue County History Center records.

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