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What do the Mayo Clinic and the Green Giant Company have in common? Their stories begin in the same modest home in Le Sueur. Explore the home with costumed guides and hear stories of the Mayo and Cosgrove families who lived here in this home before founding the Mayo Clinic and the Green Giant Company. W. W. Mayo hand-built the Gothic-style home in 1859 and set up his first medical practice in a room upstairs. In 1863, Dr. Mayo was appointed examining surgeon for the Minnesota Civil War draft board, headquartered in Rochester. Later, Dr. Mayo and his sons founded the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

In 1874, the Cosgroves moved into the home. In 1903, Carson Nesbit Cosgrove conducted the organizational meeting and later served as the head of the Minnesota Valley Canning Company, which became the Green Giant Company in 1950. Managed by the Mayo House Interpretive Society.

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