Looking Back

Compiled by Joan Isaacs from the files of the Deer River Newspapers.

110 Years Ago—Two large hotels will be built in Deer River. Jake Mohr has begun excavation for a $13,000 building half a block north of the Great Northern depot. W.J. Coffron, former proprietor of the Northern Hotel, is to build a hotel at cost of $10,000 on site where the Itasca Hotel burned down, known as Sullivan’s Hill. Dr. Fairall has settled in his new quarters over the Baker store. The dam at the head of Deer River, operated under charter by John Hedquist, was blown up one night last week by four charges of dynamite. It is not totally destroyed and can be repaired.

100 Years Ago—Messrs. Gruver and Hughes, who live at Blueberry Hills, have the contract for hauling children from their neighborhood to Deer River school for District #1 (Grand Rapids district) and have received a new bus. William McKinna, who has been cooking in camps in this county for over 20 years and has conducted until recently the Jesse Junction eating house, has purchased the A.W. Wright property on “Bunker Hill” consisting of a house, barn and nine acres of land.

90 Years Ago—Arthur Eide has reopened his bus line from Grand Rapids to Bigfork, Effie and Craigville. The Rathbone, Hair & Ridgeway Co. began running a night shift at the box factory in addition to the day crew. Dr. J.W. Munnell, chiropractor formerly of Cass Lake, had opened an office in the Herreid building in the quarters formerly occupied by Dr. Miners. Old Jack Pine Says: A hen is the only living creature that can sit still and produce.

80 Years Ago—Two hunters were killed in the first week of deer hunting season. Stafford King is declared re-elected to the position of State Auditor after a close race. Deaths: John Kivisaari, who for 20 years was a timber dealer in Marcell and Alder area. He was also associated with the Kivisaari, Wuotila & Hannula general store in Deer River until 1928.

70 Years Ago—President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected for a fourth term. John MacDonald, Deer River, dies while in service of his country. Billy Bowstring, Inger, is seriously wounded in Italy. Albert Fairbanks, Ball Club, wins air force medal. In the service: LaVerne Olson, Marc Adams Jr., August Erickson, William Reed, John David Christie, Russell Finner, Jack Tolmie and Carl Scharfenberg.

60 Years Ago—Game Warden Bob Greig announced this was the worst year he has seen in regards to pre-season slaughter of deer. He has worked for game department for 30 years. Ed Wilson, Ball Club, has been chosen one of the members of the Executive Council of the National Congress of American Indians. Area students at the University of Minnesota include: Robert Danielson, Gerald Dederick, Larry Hammergren, Charles Hansen and Gerald Ott from Deer River; Dale Harthan, Ball Club; Helen Knotts and Inga Rylander from Effie and Arthur Adams from Squaw Lake.

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