New London in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
This Historical Inclosure
This historical inclosure and all of its adornments constitute a memorial to Victor E. Lawson (1871–1960) the pioneer historian of Kandiyohi County. It has been provided by the Tribune Printing Company, Inc. publishers of the West Central Daily Tribune of Willmar thus honoring him as its' founder in addition to his role as a distinguished historian.
Victor E. Lawson came with his parents and other members of the family to New London from Paxton, Illinois where he was born...he was a young lad at the time. His father was a builder of several church structures.
He had a meager six grade education in the rural schools of that period.
When he attained the age in his twenties he showed an aptitude as a writer and also a printer, and soon became the publisher and editor of the New London Times.
In 1895 he moved to Willmar when he was called upon to be the founder of a third weekly newspaper and given the name of the Willmar Tribune. The new paper was of liberal persuasion. As a weekly paper it finally outgrew the other two papers,
In 1905 he became the author of The Pioneer History of Kandiyohi County reputed to be the most comprehensive such in the state.
Lawson besides becoming a distinguished journalist and historian also had a distinguished career in public life as well as in the area of history.
He served several terms in the Senate of the State of Minnesota and as such had also a distinguished career as one of the founders of the Farmer Labor Party in the 1920–30 period.
In Willmar he served several terms as mayor and was president several years of the school board.
Statewide he served as president of the Minnesota Historical Society and also served as president of the Minnesota Associated Press.
While in the State Senate he fathered legislation that established two state parks in this area – Sibley State Park and Monson Lake State Park.
With only a six grade country school education he educated himself by extensive reading which resulted in his personal library of several thousand volumes of literature and of historical import.
In 1945 Gustavus Adolphus College conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
In 1949 he was decorated by King Gustaf V of Sweden as a Knight of the Royal Order of
As further evidence of his interest in public service he gave leadership in the establishment of the memorial highway leading out of Willmar to the north and the acquisition of Robbins Island as a notable park under city administration.
Besides his interest in public affairs on local and state fronts he was a devoted member of his church of Lutheran faith serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bethel Lutheran in Willmar and at the time in 1926 when that congregation built its present church of cathedral design of architecture. He also served as president of the state organization of the Lutheran Brotherhood and also served for years on the board of the Augustana Book Concern.
For many terms he also served on the Board of Directors of Gustavus Adolphus College, Lutheran Educational Institution.
Erected 1978 by the Tribune Printing Company, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1978.
Location. 45° 17.832′ N, 94° 56.858′ W. Marker is in New London, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker can be reached from 3rd Avenue Southwest east Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New London MN 56273, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lundborg-Broberg State Monument (here, next to this marker); The West Lake Massacre (here, next to this marker); Origin Of Crow River Dam and Mills (approx. ¼ mile away); Early History of New London (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert lhlang Post 537, The American Legion (approx. ¼ mile away); Federal Fish Hatchery (approx. ¼ mile away); Little Crow's Camp (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New London.
Also see . . .
1. Rootsweb. Victor E. Lawson. (Submitted on December 5, 2014.)
2. West Central Tribune. Website of the newspaper mentioned in the marker text. (Submitted on December 5, 2014.)
Additional keywords. Dr. Victor Emanuel Lawson
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 519 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.