The Library of Congress > Chronicling America > The Bemidji daily pioneer.

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities external link and the Library of Congress. Learn more

Pages Available: 8,760,709

Title:
The Bemidji daily pioneer. : (Bemidji, Minn.) 1904-1971
Place of publication:
Bemidji, Minn.
Geographic coverage:
  • Bemidji, Beltrami, Minnesota  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Publisher:
Pioneer Pub. Co.
Dates of publication:
1904-1971
Description:
  • Vol. 1, no. 239 (Jan. 30, 1904)-v. 69, no. 17 (May 10, 1971).
Frequency:
Daily (except Sunday)
Language:
  • English
Subjects:
  • Bemidji (Minn.)--Newspapers.
  • Minnesota--Bemidji.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01218730
Notes:
  • Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Available on microfilm from the Minnesota Historical Society.
LCCN:
sn 86063381
OCLC:
13870014
ISSN:
2163-4831
Preceding Titles:
Succeeding Titles:
Related Titles:
Related Links:
Holdings:
View complete holdings information
View
First Issue Last Issue

The Bemidji daily pioneer. January 30, 1904, Image 1

Browse:

Calendar View

All front pages

First Issue  |  Last Issue

The Bemidji Pioneer, The Daily Pioneer and The Bemidji Daily Pioneer

The Bemidji Pioneer began publication in 1896 in Beltrami County, one of the last “frontier” areas in Minnesota.  Because of Bemidji’s location in the northern part of the state, settlement did not begin until late in the 19th century.  Chief Bemidji and his band of Ojibwe Indians lived in the area, as did hunters, loggers, and some scattered settlers.  The township and city were named for the Ojibwe leader.  In 1888 two brothers, George Earl and Merian Ellsworth Carson, built a trading house to serve those living in the area.  Merian would later marry Bahgahmaushequay (a.k.a. Mary), Chief Bemidji’s daughter.

In March of 1896, the Bemidji Pioneer, a weekly, was established by Edward Kaiser. As with most papers of the time, it was a booster of the community; it was also Republican in political stance. On April 20, 1903, the Daily Pioneer was launched.  It changed its name to the Bemidji Daily Pioneer in 1904 and was designated “the official county and city paper.”

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer began as a six-column, four-page afternoon daily paper (except for Sundays and some holidays).  Published by the Pioneer Publishing Company, the Pioneer included city ordinances, license applications, articles of incorporation, as well as local news, business advertisements, editorials, and church news.  It also published the proceedings of the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners, county financial statements, and the proceedings of the district court. The paper covered several murder trials in great detail. 

National and international news was not ignored (one could follow the Russian-Japanese War of 1905 easily in the paper), but news and politics pertaining to northwestern Minnesota was its main focus.  Land sales were of particular interest. News from the lumber camps, including reports of hunting and logging and news of railroad accidents, fires, and drownings appeared in practically every issue.  The paper also included announcements and reviews of concerts, librarian reports, and coverage of local and high school baseball, basketball, and football teams. Occasionally, detailed accounts of University of Minnesota football games were also published.  Of particular interest is the Pioneer’s coverage of the interaction between the Ojibwe nation (particularly the Red Lake, White Earth, and Cass Lake Bands) and white residents. Ojibwe newspapers from this region including the White Earth Tomahawk, the White Earth Progress, and the Red Lake News covered similar issues from an Indian perspective.

Over the years, the Bemidji Pioneer survived a number of changes in name and management.  It exists today as the Pioneer, serving the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Cass in north-central Minnesota.

Provided by: Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN