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Mr. Winterquist Comes to Town

Mr. Winterquist Comes to Town

In August 1919, A.L. Winterquist was 36 and still wearing his World War I Army uniform when he arrived from duty in France to become superintendent of schools.  Ten months earlier, the 1918 Fire had destroyed or severely damaged many of the township’s one-room schools; in the spring of 1919, voters approved creation of a consolidated, independent school district.  Mr. Winterquist, a native of Sweden whose family moved to the U.S. when he was eight, not only would adapt to life in a predominantly Finnish-American culture, he would become a widely admired community leader.  He served as schools superintendent until 1945 and died in 1964.  The Winterquist Elementary School is named for him. (Esko Historical Society photo)

    

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