Mr. Stohrer left Maine as a young man of 21 to make his way west in 1849. On the day he left he started a diary which he continued to write in until his death in Shakopee, MN c.1906. As a carpenter, fiddler and eventually owner of a grocery store he contributed much to the built environment and fabric of daily life in Stillwater and Shakopee. His diary is in the collections of MHS and gives a remarkable depiction of everyday life and commentary of the times of his day. P.S. I have a transcription of this diary in electronic form and numerous photos and research on Stohrer.
~Pam Larson, St. Paul, MN
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