Frederick to be featured in program

Farm Forum

The history and future of Frederick will be discussed Saturday at the Brown County Historical Society’s annual meeting at the Dacotah Prairie Museum.

The gathering will begin with a lunch at noon. Lunch is $10 per person, and reservations may be made by calling the Dacotah Prairie Museum at 605-626-7117 no later than Thursday.

The program will begin immediately following lunch about 12:45 p.m.

Heidi Martilla-Losure, marketing director of Frederick Forward, along with representatives of the Frederick Historical Society will discuss what the town’s residents are doing to not only save information about its past but also to plan for its future.

Frederick was platted in August 1881 by the Chicago-Milwaukee Railroad as it inched farther into Brown County with its tracks, which reached Frederick on Sept. 12, 1881. By December that year, lots were available for purchase, and by January 1882, the town boasted two small shanties. By March, Frederick had its own newspaper, The Free Press. The community advertised itself to investors and possible new residents as “The Future metropolis of the Northwest — Located on the Banks of the Beautiful Maple River — The Junction of Three Railroads — A Good Opening for Businessmen in General.”

One hundred and 25 years later, those who attend Saturday’s meeting will learn “how Frederick is serving its residents today and planning for continued growth in that same optimistic style,” according to a news release.

The lunch and program are open to everyone. People need not be a historical society member to attend.

Following the program, the society will hold its annual meeting to conduct its business. Society memberships will be available to anyone.