Looking Back

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

110 Years Ago—Deaths and Prostrations greatly increase in eastern United States as terrible heat continues. E. Inscho and John Young have installed a plant in Deer River for manufacture of cement building blocks. Political soreheads knock Village of Deer River sewer project and bond issue is defeated. Sad blow as town’s health conditions become alarming in the business district. Mr. and Mrs. Ingersoll leave Duluth on the steamer India and are enwrite to Ohio and New York state.

100 Years Ago—Work has begun in Deer River on erection of two large oil tanks for the Standard Oil Co. Mrs. W.J. Schultz said they are going into the summer resort business on Sand Lake, having many calls for accommodations by fishing parties from outside. Deer River Creamery business is growing rapidly, coming from as far east as Warba, Big Fork country and from west and south along the Mississippi for 25 miles.

90 Years Ago—A Lutheran congregation called Evangelic Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer has been organized in Deer River. Officers are Chas. Seedorf, Peter Kossow, Christ Johnson and Harry Ryan. The congregation meets at Herreid’s hall. Voters of School District #6, Deer River, pass resolution at annual meeting to authorize moving the West Oteneagen school. A resolution to build a four-room consolidated school in Jessie Lake failed 31-60.

80 Years Ago—Marcell has presented a suggestion that the school house there be moved to a new location. The new site will be located near the town hall with a full basement to be constructed. Construction of a new priest’s home by St. Mary’s Church in Deer River is progressing nicely. Biblical drama “First Commandment” will be given at the Deer River school auditorium with 80 local characters. It is professionally staged and directed by American Educational Co.

70 Years Ago—Deer River Township to discuss the matter of getting fire protection from the Village of Deer River. The people of northern Itasca County, who will get electric service after four years since their electric line was started, are feeling good because they will soon have a wait off their minds. Married: A young navy man (George Parmeter) takes a Cincinnati, Ohio girl (Margaret Strickley) as his bride.

60 Years Ago—Roy Maki is named manager at the Deer River Co-op creamery. George and Jim Licke are first place winners in the Deer River News circulation contest. Other places were won by Ronnie Schaefer, Kathy Erickson, Bobby Lane. Residents of South Street in Deer River will get water lines this summer.

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