VOLUME 5. NUMBER 90.
Old Settlers' Meeting.
George H. Wetsel arid Henry
Stechman of Tenstrike, respectively
president and secretary of the Bel
trami County Old Settlers' associa
tion, came down from Tenstrike
today and together with L. G.
Pendergast of this city, vice presi
dent of the association, consulted
with President Wright and Secretary
Rutledge of the Fair association
relative to holding the annual reunion
of the association in this city during
the days the fair was given.
The gentlemen held a meeting
this afternoon and decided to go
ahead with the resurrection of the
association and holding the reunion
GREAT INTEREST BEING
TAKEN IN COUNTY FAIR
Program Completed for the Two Days' Race Meet-Old
Settlers' Association Will Hold Annual Reunion
on First Day of Fair.
The preliminary arrangements for
holding the Beltrami county fair in
this city on September 26-27-28 are
about completed and the premium
list and program are nearly ready.
The premium list offers liberal
prizes in all branches of exhibits
usually shown at a fair, including
livestock, horses, swine, sheep, etc.,
fancy work, fruits, etc.
One of the features of the fair
will be a horse race meet, on Friday
and Saturday, Sept. 27 and
when the following races will be run:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27.
3:00 Trot or pace. Purse $200
2:22 Trot or pace. Purse $250
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28.
2:28 Trot or pace. Purse $250
Free-for-all, trot or pace. Purse,$300
(There will probably be a running
race each day of the fair, which will
be arranged during the meet.)
The rules of the American Trot
ting association will govern all these
races, and entries may be made by
applying to A. G. Rutledge, Secre
tary, Bemidji, Minn.
The association has a fine half
mile track, and every convenience
for horsemen is on the grounds.
As the Bemidji fair comes immed
iately after the Hibbing fair and
race meet (September 21-22-23) and
conflicts with no other meet of the
kind in the north half of the state,
I have just received a full carload of Columbus
Buggies which are offered for sale at my barn
Double or Single Surreys, two seated open
and Concord buggies,rubbertired runabouts
They can be seen at the barn. The public
is invited to call and see them
500 second st. Thomas Newb
A Special Patient
Ma.de Exclusively For The
it is certain that there will be a large
attendance of horsemen at the races,
in addition to the crowd that will
attend the fair from other walks in
It has been decided to give over
the entire first day of the fair
(Thursday, September 26) to the
Old Settlers' association of Beltrami
county, and the officers of that
organization will co-operate with the
fair management in making the
day a big success.
An effort will be made to secure
Hon. Halvor Steenerson, congress
man from this district, and several
other speakers of note to be present
on that day to address the crowd.
A ball game will be played in the
forenoon, and there will be a pro
gram of small sports, with speaking
and a running race in the afternoon.
The full program of this day will
be announced later.
The old settlers having charge of
the annual reunion will extend invi-"
tations to the pioneers of adjoining
counties to be present.
The work of preparing the grounds
of the association for the fair is
already under way. The race track
was placed in excellent conditions
last year, and local horsemen have
worked it out all summer, so that
when the time comes for the meet
during the fair the track will be
on the first day of the fair (Septem
ber zo) -wnen tne rair ^LSsXJCiaTiair
will turn over the entire day's pro
gram to old settlers, providing
speakers and sports and entertain
ment for the large crowd that will
A more complete account of the
meeting will be given in tomorrow's
A neat line of up-to-date visiting
cards can always be found at this
office. New and up-to-date type
from which to select style of print
Additional local matter will be found
on fourth page.
WILL PLAY A BASEBALL
Question of Supremacy Between Long
Prairie and St. Cloud Will Be
Verndale Sun: By the breaking
up of the ball game at Long Prairie
last Sunday in which the team of
that place and Staples were contest
ants a bitter feeling ensued between
the members of the clubs and their
friends and as a result Tuesday
morning Long Prairie issued a chal
lenge to Staples to play another
game on neutral grounds anytime
within two weeks for $1,000 a side.
The challenge allows a Minneapolis
paper to select an umpire from the
cities and suggests the St. Cloud
grounds as a good place to play the
game. However, a bid has been put
in from Verndale aud possibly the
game may be played here.
Long Prairie wants the team
made up of the same men that were
in the game Sunday and we under
stand Staples wants to confine it to
the same ninesthat played at Staples
recently. Whether Staples will
stick to this strong enough to pre
vent the game is not known, but
otherwise it looks as though it would
be a go, for Staples is known to
have plenty of supporters who will
quickly raise the$l,000 to cover the
Long Prairie wad. If played it
will be the most hotly contested
game ever played in northern Minne
The game between the two teams,
according to information received
here, has been'arranged, and will be
played on Saturday of this week.
The editor of the Pioneer tried to
arrange with Senator J. D. Jones of
Long Prairie to play the game in
Bemidji, this city to give a liberal
purse for the two teams. The mat
ter was taken up by 'phone, but
owing to the poor working of the
wires a clear understanding could
not be had, but the senator irtti
mated that the game had been
declared off on account of a pitcher
having broken his arm.
H. C. Calvert, who is in the city
and who came from the scene of
baseball contention for supremacy,
states that the game wiirbe played
at St. Cloud next Saturday, for a
The Bemidji Pioneer, Bemidji, Minn.
Gentlemen:Before leaving Bemidj
Resolutions to express in that way the apj iciation of the Conference for the many
and splendid favors we had received at the lands of the people of Bemidji, and I
especially mentioned to the committee that desired the thanks of the Conference to
be expressed to the press for their uniform jourtesies and the great benefits we had
received from the advertising and space ven in news columns, and I have been
informed that they performed their duty ii, very satisfactory manner, but I wish to
further express my personal appreciation the kindness shown by you in the space
given day by day in the reports, an| the ry full report you gave of the addresses.
I am firmly convinced that the Bemidji Bil Conference is destined to be one of the
great institutions of Northern Minnesota,* a i its influence will be more widely felt
year after year. And I congratulate? your tper on being one of the first to appre-
ciate this fact, and to use your wide mflueu i for the upbuilding of your own delight-
ful city in those things which make for rig ousness.
Yours very sincerely,
WILLARD S. WARD.
FRENCH AND SPANISH BOATS
ENGAGE M0RE0CAN BATTERY
Tangier, Morocco, Aug. 6.(Special to Pioneer.)Following an attack on a landing
force of French and Spanish sailors, in wiich seven were wounded, a French cruiser and
Spanish gunboat today bombarded the native section of Casa Blanca and surrounding villages,
which were destroyed by fire from the warship!'.
During the bombardment, large reinfojcements of tribesmen came up and many of
them were killed or wounded.
The Casa Blanca battery joined in firing on foreign warships, whereupon the guns of
the French and Spanish cruisers were opened on the battery
purse of $1,000 a/side, and that Dr.
Bemidji Is the Belt Resort.
Hal Davis passed through Crooks
ton thjs morning enroute to Bemidji,
where he will enjoy an outing for
some time. He is employed on the
Fargo Call and is taking his summer
Hal has arrived in good order,
and will be given the best there is
here, in all lines. He undoubtedly
appreciates, like others who have
lived about Crookston, that Bemidji
offers unexcelled attractions as a
IS AGAIN PROFOUNDLY
IMPRESSED IN CANADA
County Attorney Henry Funkley Encoun
ters Some Remarkable Feet, for
the Most Part, Feminine.
County Attorney Henry Funkley
has returned from a trip to Baudette
and Spooner, Winnipeg and points
in Canada near Winnipeg. Asked
as to his experiences on this second
trip to the "King's Domains," Mr.
"Yes I have just returned from
another trip through Canada, and,
as before, I am greatly impressed
with the country.
"This time I passed through a
part of the country I have never
been in before, and I was consider
ably north of the 'Banana Belt,' up
where they are erecting the big
pulp mills that are to manufacture
paper for Canadian one dollar bills.
"No matter where you go in
Canada, you will find something odd
and remarkable. What most im
pressed me on this trip was the
women* I know not of what nation
ality they were, but they had such
enormously large feet1-not
Crookston, Minn., August 5,1907.
last week I appointed a committee on
long,but ponderously wideso much
so, that it often seemed a pity that
the owner, who perchance was or
some time had- been a young lady,
was obliged to move them around.
They were coarse-skinned, these
feet, much wrinkled and with warts
on especially the toes.% No, I was
not in position to know whether
these feet were cold. It was truly
one of of the most marvelous and
lasting impressions that I have ever
had of Canada." ^^WM^^^Wi^Ws
PROSPECT BRIGHT FOR
Much Favorable Comment as to Hold
ing the Elks Convention Here
The delegates from Bemidji Lodge
No. 1052, B. P. O. E., to the state
meeting of Elks being held at Still
water, have gone to the meeting,
and all are armed with telling argu
ments and striking advertising
matter favoring Bemidji as the place
for holding the annual meeting of
The Bemidji delegates are F. S.
Lycan, J. C. Covington, A.H. Jester,
E. H. Ives and John C. Parker, "and
they will be re-inforced by a good
sized delegation of other members
of the local order and private citi
zens, all of whom will do some
strong boosting for this city.
In their efforts to get the next con
vention, the delegation at Stillwater
are backed by the whole of Bemidji,
to a man, as it is fully realized what
the state meeting of the Elks really
is and that some- three or four
thousand exceedingly "live" individ
uals will own the town for two or
three days. The antlered brethren
would find a hearty welcome here,
where is located the baby lodge of
the state. And this city is fully
capable of properly entertaining
them, as the members of Bemidji,
1052, are all hustlers of the thirty
third degree, and hospitality is a
commodity for which this city has
an enviable reputation.
It has been generally conceded
for some time past that Bemidji had
the lead for the next meeting, and it
is confidently expected that the
bunch of hustlers who have gone to
the Prison City will land the plum.
Purchased the Annex.
Earle F. DeVeling, formerly of
Thief River Falls, lias purchased the
restaurant business formerly con
ducted by Dave McMeekin, and
has taken possession of the"Annex."
Mr. DeVeling has had consider
able experience in conducting a
restaurant and will bend his best
energies,to give the patrons of the
"Annex" a first-class line of good
things to eat, the "kind that mother
used to make," served in the latest
styles of the cuisine art.
The many Bemidji friends of
Charles L. Decker, exalted ruler of
Bemidji Lodge, No. 1052, B. P. O.
E.. will learn with regret that his
aged mother was seriously injured in
a runaway at her home, Towanda,
Pa., recently, while enjoying a
ride with Mr. Decker and his wife
and little daughter.
The editor of the Pioneer today
received the following letter from
Mr. Decker, enclosing a clipping
from a Towanda paper:
"Towanda, Pa., Aug. 2,1907.
"A. G. Rutledge, Bemidji, Minn.
"Friend Doc:"I promised to
write you on my trip, but
did not think I would have to
tell you of bad news. But such
is the case, as you will see by the
enclosed clipping, taken from the
Towanda Daily Review. I expected
to leave here tonight for Stillwater,
but I will now have to give that up
and stay here for another week or
so, as I am afraid the shock will be
fatal to my mother, as she is in very
bad shape today, and her health has
been poor for many years. I am
afraid she won't survive. Well, I
hope she may regain her health, and
that I will be with you soon in Be
"With best wishes to you and all
the boys, I am
"Chas. L. Decker."
The following clipping,' taken from
the Towanda Review, tells of the
"Mrs. Ezra L. Decker sustained
the fracture of both of her arms and
was otherwise seriously injured in a
runaway accident on the Towanda
hill roads Thursday afternoon.
That she was not instantly killed is
truly a miracle.
Mrs. Decker has been a great
sufferer with rheumatism, and for a
long time has been practically help
less. Her son, Charles Decker, wife
and little daughter of Minnesota,
who have been spending a few weeks
in Towanda, arranged a pleasure
drive for Thursday, and during the
morning started out in a surrey
drawn by two horses. Mr. Decker
and his little daughter occupied the
front seat while his wife and his
mother were in the rear seat
rof** S C(
FORTY CENTS PER MONTH
MOTHER OF & 1. DECKER
WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED
While Riding With Mr. and Mrs. Decker at Towanda, Pa.,
Team Runs Away, Throwing Aged Lady Out
and Demolishing Buggy.
Need attention. It will cost you less now than after awhile.
It won't cost anything to have them examined anyway.
DR. G. M. PALMER
Formerly of Minneapolis
"They drove out in the hill district,
and shortly after one o'clock,
stopped nearthe old Bowman tavern
in Monroe township for lunch in the
shade of a tree. The party alighted
from the surrey with the exception
of Mrs. Decker who decided to
remain in her seat, it being difficult
for her to get in and out of the
surrey. The lunch had just been
spread when the horses took fright,
and with a spring started on their
mad run. Mr. Decker made an
effort to get to the animals but from
where he was it was impossible to
reach the bits. He was knocked
down by the rear wheeTof the surrey
as the team dashed away.
"Along the road down the hill
past the Gregg school house the
horses galloped at a terrific pace.
At the turn from the Gregg road
onto the Plank road,the surrey upset
turning on its end, throwing Mrs.
Decker to the ground with great
force. The horses broke loose from
the surrey and run to Martin Bowen's
where they were stopped. Charles
Mace and others living nearby hur
ried to the scene, and the injured
lady was brought to her home in
Towanda by Mr. Mace.
Dr. T. Ben Johnson was sum
moned and assisted by his father,
Dr. T. B. Johnson, made a thorough
examination of her injuries. They
found both bones in the left arm
broken above the wrist, and the
larger bone in. the right forearm
and jtwo small bones in the right
wrist also broken. Her face was
badly bruised and scratched and
she was more or less injured about
'To ride nearly two miles over a
rough road behind two frightened
horses and be thrown from a carriage
which was reduced to kindling wood,
is an experience which but few pass
through and live to tell of. That
Mrs. Decker escaped instant death,
is indeed a wonder."
Mr. Decker had intended going
direct from Towanda to Stillwater to
attend the state meeting of the Elks
and assist in boosting Bemidji in
getting the 1908 meet for this city.
Charles will be greatly missed by
the antlered bunch in the "Prison
City," as he is a fun-maker of the
best kind, and as_ a booster he has
However, the boys all sympathize
with him in his trouble.
Offio*~8ulte 9.IUe Block, Bm!d)l.lNinn.
The Pioneer has just received a la^ge shipment of
Souvenir Envelopes which advertise the beauties of fc
Bemidji. #Sf *1
They can be had at the office at 15~cents per ijt
package. -,\^4^.vJpL fkriSr X^-~J :^**%rfys$m W
Everybody should use these envelopes and help
advertise the best.town innorthern Minnesota, '-*&
Uusiness men desiring to use these can have JH
them printed with return card.
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