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COMMERCIAL CLUB WAS
REORGANIZED LAST NIGHT
Much Interest Shown in Injecting
Added Energy Into Affairs of
held at the council
received from C. Miles president
of the club:
"Hibbin? Feb, 11, 1907.
To the board of directors Bemidji
Gentlemen:It is with res ret that I
hereby tender my resignation as pres
ident of the Bemidji Commercial Club
as I can not give it the time I really
would like to. Bemidji has a bright
future before it, and look to see it
ae of the best cities in the entire
Northwest, and have no doubt but
that the members of the Commercial
Club, realize that fact aDd all aim to
make it so.
Wishing you all the best of success,
C. H. MILES."
The resignation was accepted.
It was stated that the resigna
tion of George Markham as sec
retary had been tendered several
weeks ago, and that was also
The following applications for
membership in the club were re
ceived and acted upon favorably:
H. N. Douglass, E. N. P/tnch, J.
J. Anderson, George Baker, C.
L. Decker and A. G. Rutledge.
Some discussion ensued as to
what should be done relative to
reorganizing the Commercial
club, which finally resulted in
the selection of the following
board of directors:
F. S. Lycan, W. N. Bowser,
W. L. Brooks, E A. Schneider,
G. E Carson, William McCuaig
and J. J. Anderson.
A committee of three was ap
pointed to draft new by-laws,
consisting of the following: F. S.
Lycan, G. E Carson and W. L.
The following were appointed
as committee on membership: C.
Li Decker, A L. Wyler and J. C.
Remarks were made by several
of those present, which showed
the necessity of united action of
all iLterests in Bemidji for the
takh, advantage of the oppor
tunities which are offered for
making this city one of the very
best business points in the north
iulf of the state.
F. S. Lycan, proprietor of the
Markham hotel, spoke briefly of
the prosp-cts of this city, as he
saw it. He wa3 much interested
in the development of this north
country and believed that Be
midji was the hub, the key to the
situation. He believed in secur
ing a good man for secretarya
wide awake indiv dual who could
and would be active in looking up
matters of interest and benefit
to the city. He told of the suc
cess oi the commercial bodies in
i Hi" r, -i vim in i i rwMhMtilM Hmmt
MI ija-nlii JZ
the city hall last evening for the
purpose of electing a successor
to President Miles and Secretary
Markham, of the Bemidji com
mercial club, who have resigned
their respective offices, owing to
the permanent removal of the
secretary from the city and a
press of other business on the
part of the president.
When the meeting had gotten
well under way, however, it was
decided to reorganize the entire
club, and those present elected a
new board of directors, ap
pointed committees on by-laws
and membership and "got to
gether" with commendable
unity. There was an entire ab
sence of anything that savored
of factionalism, and each person
present was thoroughly imbued
with the idea that there should
be united action for the purpose
of pushing the best interests of
the city to the front and the de
velopment of "infant industries"
and inducing others to locate
E. A. Schneider presided as
chairman and A. G. Rutledge
was elected secretary of the
Grand Forks and Crookston
(with which the speaker had
bcea prominently identified) and
desired to see Bemidji business
men also organized into a strong
W. N. Bowser suggested that
the club secure comfortable and
commodious quarters, where a
person could go at any time and
talk over matters of public inter
est. Action on this suggestion
was deferred until another meet
W. L. Brooks, William Mc
Cuaig and ,G. E. Carson were ap
pointed a committee on band, to
confer with Leader Symington as
to present condition of that or
gamzation, etc, after which the
meeting adjourned until Tuesday
evening of next week.
0. M. OLSON WAS BURIED
AT NORTHOME YESTERDAY
Died Suddenly Last SaturdayWas
Convalescing from an Attack
of Typhoid Fever.
Northome, Feb. 26.(Special
to the Pioneer.)Ole M. Olson,
ex-postmaster of this place and
ex-deputy sheriff of Itasca coun
ty, who died suddenly last Sat
urday, was buried in this village
yesterday. The funeral was one
of the largest attended events of
the kind ever held here. The
business houses of the village
were closed during the hour the
services were held, and much re
spect was shown to the memory
of the dead. The body was buried
in the local cemetery.
Mr. Olson recently returned
from the hospital at Grand Ra
pids, where he had been con
fined for two months with a very
severe attack of typhoid fever.
At the beginning of the fever,
Mr. Olson was delirious,] anl it
was feared that he had lost his
reason, he was very violent, and
was rational but seldom. He
did not regain his mental equili
brium for five weeks after being
taken to the hospital, and the
fever that raged within him re
duced his body in weigh by
forty pounds, when he was su
fficiently recovered to return to
Northome, his usual strong con
stitution was broken, and he
was very week.
Last Saturday, Mr. Olson
walked to a hill near the school
house, to watch some children
who were sliding. Upon reach
ing the top of the hill, he fell to
the ground and was in great pain.
He was removed to his home
where he died at 10 o'clock last
Ole M. Olson and his family
consisting of his wife and two
children, came to Northome five
years ago, from Cass Lake. Mr.
Olson was a thrifty individual and
did well here. He was appointed
postmaster, which position he
resigned last fall. He was also
deputy sheriff of Itasca county
for a year. He was about 36
years of age, and had a large ac
quaintance throughout the north
half of the state.
Kinch Going to Vancouver.
G. Kinch, who has operated
a dray line in this city for sev
eral years past, has sold the
business to John Smart, and will
retire from active business in
Mr. Kinch will take a trip to
Vancouver, B. C, and expects to
leave for that place next Tues
day. He will be accompanied by
O D. Fort of this city, and will
look up some timber investments
out in the king's domains.
Mr. Kinch intends to make bis
home in Bemidji, however, for
some time to come, and his fam
ily will continue to live here. He
is a member of the city council,
having been one of the hold over
aldermen from the old council.
He has no intention of resigning
and brands as false the state
ment that he would quit as an
VOLUME 4. NUMBER 261 BEMIDJ1, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 27, 1907.
PRESIDENT'S OFFICE 1
A. L. LAFRANIERE SELLS
THE NORTHOME RECORD
J. B. Wilm of this City Purchases the
PaperWill Take Posses-
sion March 1.
John B. Wilm, who has for the
past six years been foreman of
the job department of the Be
midji Pioneer, has purchased the
Northome Record from A. L. La
Fran iere of Grand Rapids, and
will take possession of the paper
Mr. Hardy, who has been con
ducting the Record for Mr. La
Praniere, will sever his connec
tion with the paper and retire
from active newspaper work at
Mr. Wilm, the new owner of
the Record, is a first-class
printer, and has had much ex
perience as a newspaper man.
During his residence in Bemidji
he has made many friends, and
there is no doubt but that he will
give the people at Northome a
first-class newspaper, in every
respect. Mr. Wilm will move
his family to Northome as soon
as he can find a suitable house in
which to live.
A first-clas job printer will
succeed Mr. Wilm on the Pio
Big Travel on M. & I.
Travel on the M. & I. passen
der trains (both north and south
bound) has been heavy during
the past month, especially so for
this time of year. The train
Monday night (going north) was
crowded to the doors, in every
coach, and many were standing
in the aisles, making it almost
impossible for the conductor to
pass through and collect the
fares. The M. & I. is a boon to
Bemidji, in the matter of trans
porting people to and from this
city, much trade being secured
by local merchants from these
High School Ball Team.
The students at the Bemidji
high school have decided to put
a baseball team in the field for
the coming season, and with
that purpose in view have per
fected a baseball organization.
A meeting was held in the high
school room yesterday, at which
the matter was discussed and
plans formulated for a team.
Ralph Lycan was elected cap
tain and James Danger field
manager, and the following have
signified their intention of prac-
THE BEMIDJI D^ILY PIONE
M 1 1 mUoU
President Merrifield, of U. N. D., Thinks Bemidji
Ideal Spot for Normal School
W. R. Merrifield, president of the University o% North Dakota, and who has a wide reputation
throughout the entire northwestern states as an educator of rare ability, has written the following
letter concerning the location of the proposed new State Normal School:
THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
University, N. D.
Rev. S. E. P. White,
My Dear Mr. White:
Your letter of the 1st inst. is just received also, one by the same mail from your
county superintendent. I have written h.m somewhat at length setting iorth my views as to
the de irability ot Bemidji as a location fcr a nonral school. I consider the place iieal both
in the mattei of a central location and in the not less impo tant matter, for young people of an
impressionable age, of a beautiful and healthful physical environment. I cannot better ex-
press my appreciation of Bemidji in the latter respect than to say I made it my summer home
after a thorough investigation of the attractions of mcst of the other summer resorts of north-
ern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. My family all fell in love with the place last summer
and we anticipate the comii summer at Bemidji witi far greater pleasure than we did the last.
I know of few egions anywhere more desirable whether for a summer re&idence or for the
location ol a normal school. As I wrote Supt. Stewart, I am a great believer in the consolida-
tion of the higher educational institut ons of a state, but I believe not less strongly in the wise
policy of taking norma schools to the people. I am afraid that I do not Know personally any
member of either House of the Minnesota State Legislature nor am I personally acquainted with
Governor Johnson. I will try to obtain a list of the members of the Minnesota legislature and
if I find that any of them are known to me, I shall take pleasu in writing them urging the
locating at Bemidji of the next state normal school to be established.
ticing with the squad and try
ing for the team: Charles Gould,
Robert Richardson, Rollo Dwyer,
John McDonald, Raymond
Kreatz, George Myers, Clarenc
Shannon, Olof Homdron, Hel
mer Kruse, and possibly two or
three others will get in the game
The boys will ta& tile prelimi
nary warming up in the large
room in the basement, where the
ball can be used freely, and in
the spring play will be on the
WILL FARM HIS LAND
ON EXTENSIVE SCALE
Andrew Just, Who Purchased 400
Acres East of Turtle River,
George Ostrander and family
have moved from their claim, on
the south arm of Turtle River
lake, about four miles southwest
of the village of Turtle River, and
will live in this city for several
months to come. While Mr.
Ostrander is a resident of Be
midji, Andrew Just and family
will occupy the house on the
Mr. Just is a recent comer to
this state, having come here from
another state, last fall. He has
purchased 400 acres of land ad
joining the Ostrander place, and
intends to farm the same on the
most up-to date plans. He will
at once begin the clearing of the
land, and will raise livestock,
chickens, etc., as well as crop
bis land. It is his intention t
make his place second to no farm
in Beltrami county, within a very
few years, and he will erect
commodious buildings on his
Passengers Were Quarantined.
Dulutb, Minn., Feb. 27.An
entire carload of passengers
^n the Great Northern train
loa Cass Lake were quaran
tined nearly an hour today be
cause of the presence of a woods
man with smallpox. The con
ductor spotted the man before
the train reached Duluth, and
telegraphed ahead to the health
officers. The car was locked
before it reached che city, and no
one allowed to leave it until it
had been fumigated. The pas
sengers were also disinfected
and the woodsman taken to the
Local News on last page.
5th Februar 1907.
STATE SUNDAY SCHOOL
MEETING WELL ATTENDED
J. H. Irish of Detroit Presided Bel-
trami County Association Organ-
ized and Officers Elected.
A meeting was held last even
ing in the Methodist church,
under the auspices of the State
Sunday School association, which
was presided over by Mr. J. H.
Irish of Detroit, Minn.
Rev. Isaac Peart was elected
temporary chairman, and Rev.
T. Broomfield secretary.
Mr. Irish explained the rela
tion that the association sustains
to the Sunday schools of every
denomination in the state. He
said that it was not the purpose
of the association to organize
Sunday schools, nor to publish
Lesson Helps or Quarterlies, nor
to interfere in any way with that
which is taught by the different
denominations but to encourage
the establishment in each Sun
day school, of a cradle roll,
primary department, home de
partment, etc that the associa
tion was not "union" but '-Inter-
A permanent organization was
effected, to include every Sunday
school in the county, and to be
known as "The Beltrami Couuty
Association.'' The officers who
were elected are as follows
President, Mr. Roy Pruden
Vice-Pres., Mr. Ray Thomas
Secretary and Treasurer, Miss
Bertha Taylor Primary Super
intendent, Miss Mildred Wood
ruff Home Superintendent, Miss
Sibyl Benner Teacher training
Superintendent, Mrs. Knoke.
Had Valuable Fox Hide.
Grand Porks Herald: Oscar
Osufson of Bena, Minn., who is
running a store at that place,
brought in a fine lot of furs yes
terday to Redick & Co. Among
the list was a silver gray fox, a
very scarce animal in the north
west now. The hide is very val
uable. Mr. Osufson was form
erly a cattle buyer in Grand
Porks and is well known in this
Sheriff of Clay County Here.
Archie Whaley of Moorhead,
sheriff of Clay county, was a visi
tor in the city today.
Mr. Whaley had in custody A.
Olson, whom he had arrested in
Koochiching county, on the
charge of bastardy, preferred by
a woman living at Moorhead.
The sheriff visited the court
house and the county jiii and
Presiding Elder Here.
Rev. E. K. Cooper of Brainerd
presiding elder of the Brainerd
district of the M. E. church, is
in the city today and will preach
a sermon at the local Methodist
church this evening at 8 o'clock
which will be followed by a quar
DENIES PETITION TO OUST
Judge McClenahan Refuses to Inter-
fere With New County Officials-
Brainerd, Minn., Feb. 27.
Judge McClenahan has handed
down an order in the case of the
state ex rel Frederick Reuswig,
relator, vs. Roland McDonald,
et al, as the board of county com
missioners of Koochiching
county, respondents. The deci
sion refuses permission to file a
petitioa for an order to show
cause why the officials should
not be ousted. The reason given
was that the attorney general
had refused to take part in the
Aad A. Tone of Northome, who
was in the city today, was one of
the attorneys for the relator in
the above case. He had not
heard of the decision rendered
by Judge McClenahan, and when
informed by the Pioneer repre
sentative, stated that it was very
probable that an appeal would be
taken to the supreme court.
Master Carpenter G. N. Here.
E. A. Mills of Crookston, mas
ter carpenter of the Great North
ern for this division, was in the
city yesterday. Mr. Mills
changed the gasoline engine
used by the G. N. here and re
placed it with a better one re
cently shipped here .from the
Great Northern shops in St.
Paul, to which place the old
engine will be shipped for the
purpose of overhauling.
Mr. Mills also has charge of a
gang of men who are building a
cottage at Rosby for the section
boss on the G. N. from Parris to
that place, and also a house for
use of the employes, called by
railroad folks a "Jap house."
Mr. Mills went to Cass Lake
this noon to look after some rail
road matters at the division
Additional local matter will be found
on fourth page.
Early arrivals, consisting of Men's Suits and Over-
coats* in new spring cuts, give observing men a glimpse of
the newest fashions.
Five things, particularly characteristic of the clothes
we are congre,r
TEN CENTS PEB WEEK
other places of interest in the CHARLES KINKELE WAS
city, and said to the Pioneer, as
to his impressions of Bemidji:
"You should certainly feel!
proud of the fine county and
other buildings which you have I Teutonic Mayor of Walker Was De-
in your city. There is, I bpli^vi
no city in the state, the siz^j ot
Bemidj', that can show such
wonderful growth and metropoli
tan appearances in so short a
time since the place was start-
VICTIM OF JGKESMITHS
ceived in Dignified Gentlemen
of the Cloth.
The Riv. J. T. Brabner Smith,
pastor of the M. E. church at
Akeley, is something of a ke
smith," and the writer (who
is well acquainted with the
"dominie") scents his handiwork
in the following, wherein Charles
Kmkele, the Teutonic mayor of
Walker, was the victim:
Akeley Tribune: At Walker,
last Friday evening, two gentle
men alighted from the train and
commenced a tour of the town.
They had all the appearance of
clergymen and it wasn't long be
fore a rumor was afloat that two
Mormon elders had landed in
town. Mayor Kinkele, ever
alert to the interests of Walker
concluded that he did not want
any Moroionism in Walker,
busied himself watching their
movements. The chief of police
also got busy.
It is said there was a hurry
up meeting held at George
Crow's drug store, the purpose
of which was to give the disciples
of Brigam -Young about 10-
minutes to 'sfeidoo.' The alleged
Mormons entered the store about
this time and attended some
business and left. George said:
'That little fellow is the Method
ist preacher at Akeley, while the
other gentleman is Rev. E K.
Copper, ex chaplain of the Min
nesota state senate, and presid
ing elder of the Brainerd dis
trict of the Methodist confer
A feather would have over
balanced the genial mayor.
Band Concert Good.
The concert given at the city
hall last evening by the Bemidji
band and orchestra was attended
by a large crowd of the music
lovers of the city.
Every number that was on the
program was well rendered and
there was an appreciative recep
tion by the audience.
Thomas Symington, leader of
the band and orchestra, deserves
much praise for his painstaking
work in perfecting the work of
those who participate in these
The following was the pro
March"Arabia" H. Buck
Overture"Bridal Rose" C. Lavalle
Medley"The Climax" O'Hare
Miss Maude Olson and Miss Rose Dickinson
Duet, Two Cornets"'The Swiss Boy"
Messrs Symington and Nelson
Selection~"The Old Church Or?an".Chambers
Quartette"Scotia" H. Bound
[For Two Cornets, Alto and Baritone]
Cornet SoloFantasia Polka "Stella".. .Hall
Mr. T. Symington
Trombone Oddity"Noisy Bill" Losey
Loeal news en last page.
ating for the coming season.
FourthSatisfaction FifthBountiful Assortment
We are now showing a very nobby collection of suits at
$6. $8,$10, $15, $20, $25
Spring Coats at $10 Up
We will be pleased to have you call and make
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