Steele County Historical Society

A Look Back: Zamboni Boot, Steele County
In the 1920s an Owatonna businessman’s invention enhanced his family’s business and rerouted automobile history in the region. Sylvie Zamboni, son of Carlo Zamboni, and owner of the Zamboni Garage created what became known as the Zamboni boot...
A Look Back: KOBK News July-August 1917, Steele County
Steve Groening recounts the KOBK news from July-August 1917. Hot topics include World War I draft registration and Owatonna’s Company I preparing for mobilization. Automobiles also were growing in popularity. Steele County had 1,335 cars as of May 1, 1917, and increase from 980 the p…
Steele County Historical Society 31st Annual Extravaganza
Sunday afternoon was a picture perfect day, sunny, and warm like you would expect for July. That afternoon my daughter and I went to the Steele County Historical Society's 31st annual Extravaganza. What a great turnout there was. There were so many different things to look at, and the Village o…
Rare Big Four Tractor Coming to Owatonna
The Steele County Historical Society will be hosting the annual Gus' Station Car Show and Fundraiser on Saturday, July 22. Registration begins at 8AM and is $5 per vehicle. The show itself runs 8:30AM to noon with free admission. An egg bake breakfast will be served from 8:30-10:30AM...
Steele County Extravaganza is Sunday
The Steele County Historical Society will host their annual Extravaganza this Sunday, July 16. The event starts at 11:30AM, which a little later than past years. Admission is still free. Some of the new attractions this year will be a mini barn raising...
A Look Back: DeLorean DMC-12, Steele County
Now on display at the Steele County Historical Society: a DeLorean DMC-12. While it doesn’t have a flux capacitor like the car made famous by the “Back to the Future” movies, and so cannot time travel, it does feature the classic stainless steel panels, gu…
A Look Back: Hartwig Garage, Steele County
The Steele County Historical Society’s Dan Moeckly tells us about Henry “Hank” Hartwig, who owned some of Owatonna’s first auto dealerships, and this automotive mechanic’s service coat. Hartwig, a lifelong Steele County resi…
A Look Back: Dr. John McIntyre, Steele County
Longtime Owatonna doctor John McIntyre had a tumultuous early life and served on the front lines in Europe during World War I. After the war ended in 1918, he stayed in France, continuing his studies until he was discharged from the Army in 1919...

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