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Judy Spooner: 'The new people' came in the '60s

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I've written about the early history of the Cottage Grove area, but this week, I'm jumping ahead to the time when "the new people," as longtime residents called us, moved in.


In 1900, there were about 800 residents in Cottage Grove Township. The population remained about the same, give or take a few farms, until the late 1950s when 'the new people' arrived.

Orrin Thompson, developer and prolific homebuilder, started building homes on the west side of Highway 61.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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