history of the Meriden Township took Hiram Drache over 50 years
to complete. Not due to lack of passion or subject matter, but rather
because he did not want to use the typical format where people write
about their families. He wanted a detailed history with substance
and a meaningful message.
had no idea where the story would end, but changing agriculture
dictated a new era for rural society. By the 1960s, instead of having
a farm service center every eight miles to accommodate horse and
wagon, thirty-five minutes (not miles) was suggested to be the ideal
enduring symbol of the Meriden Township is a country side of fertile
fields, which resulted in the township consistently being a top
producer in the county. With the help of government programs, a
core of progressive farmers in the township, and in all townships,
inadvertently caused the decline of small town U.S.A. Farming became
a commercial enterprise.
towns filled a niche when they were needed and today they live on
in nostalgia, in poetry, in stories about the "good old days,"
and in paintings about the rustic past.
is my hope that the reader will enjoy this story of my home town
and understand the part that it and other towns like it played in
the development of rural America from its primitive agriculture
to the highly sophisticated industry that it is today."
- Hiram M. Drache, Author
can think of few guests I interviewed over my thirty plus years
who inspired me as much as Dr. Hiram Drache. Enjoy this fascinating
piece of rural America and Steele County. It is a trip back in time
that you will totally enjoy and that may ultimately help you understand
our present and how we arrived here."
- Todd Hale Former Vice President
Owatonna Broadcasting Company
978-0-913163-47-4, 320 pages, 2013, 6" x 9", Hardcover,
B&W with 50+ photos and maps