Early ventures in St. Joseph, Minnesota (1880-1890). About half of the student body of the academy in 1882-1883 (those in the photograph wearing medals) were prospective candidates applying for membership in the Benedictine community. Some members of this class who became sisters are identified as follows: Top row: 3. Susan (Sister Rose) Kilduff, 5. Josephine (Sister Adalberta) Gerard. Second row: 2. Margaret (Sister Eleanor) Irving. Fourth row: 1. Mary (Sister Felicitas) Knapp, 2. Margaret (Sister Ethelburga ) Farrell. Second from bottom row seated on steps: 3. Sophia (S. Ehrentrude) Wessel, 4. Mary Magdalen (S. Ursula) Hoffmann. Bottom row seated on steps: 2. Emily (Sister) Cherrier, 3. Bridget (Sister Magdalen) Walker (Saint Benedict's Monastery Archives).
The first college freshman class is shown in a classroom setting. Pictured are: (first row) Charlie Olson, Olivia Eckloff, Anna Eckloff, Dr. J. P. Uhler, E. C. Sahlstrom (Mrs. Aug. Hed), Mary Meyer (Mrs. Turitin), William J. Tilderquist, G. A. Petri.; (second row) A. Godenius[?], Solomon Eckman, Rev. A. G. Olson, Rev. C. P. Lundgren, G. S. Olson, Joseph A. Jackson; (third row) Alfred J. Holmes, A. F. Lundquist, C. O. Cassel, Bar, C. A. Ramstead, Anton W. Holmes, Adolph C Olson, C. E. Seashore, John F. Dahl, O. B. Solvanus.
The Stillwater City Directory 1882-83 includes an alphabetical list of names, addresses and occupations of residents, a classified business directory, lists of city and county officers, churches, schools, societies, streets and wards. Also contains local advertisements.