On the Street Where You Live (Neighborhood Groceries)

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By Cecelia Wattles McKeig (from The Depot Express newsletter, Summer 2014) Neighborhood Groceries One of the memories that many of us share is that of the neighborhood grocery – the kind of place that just did not change much. A kid could ride his bike there to pick up a quart of milk for supper, or approach the owner with a note and a quarter from his mother when he was sent to pick up a pack of Lucky Strikes or Camels. Most of the time the owners were patient with us when we counted our pennies or stammered when […]

On the Street Where You Live (Irvine Avenue)

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By Cecelia Wattles McKeig (from The Depot Express newsletter, Spring 2014) Irvine Avenue The new Bemidji Post Office facility opened on Sept 24, 1980. The one block area bounded by Fourth and Fifth Street and Irvine and Mississippi Avenue was chosen as the best site for the new post office facility. In 1979, the council said that while it was a residential area then, business development in that area was predicted with the completion of the Highway 2 bypass. The site also had the fewest and the oldest houses of the three sites considered and the least assessed valuation. Here […]

What’s in a Name? (Funkley)

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by Sue Bruns (from The Depot Express newsletter, Fall 2013) With a population of 5 for the 2010 census, Funkley, Minnesota, is the smallest incorporated city in the state. The village, named for County Attorney Henry Funkley (1867-1951), was incorporated in January of 1904. In the early 1900’s, the town was buzzing with logging action, its population peaking in 1930 at 60 people. In 1953, the population had shrunk to 25, but LIFE Magazine featured the small town in an article about the entire village receiving an all-expense paid, 5-day sight-seeing trip to New York City. The trip was paid […]

The Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club

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By P.J. Reynolds (This story is part of the electronic portion of The Depot Express newsletter, Spring 2014, and did not appear in the print edition) Do you remember your first car? Was it a sports car? Was it a Junker? Was it a lemon? What year was it? Was it vintage? Do you still have it? If you do, and you think it’s vintage you should enter it in the Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club show on July 20th this year, in 2014. But you’re probably wondering how the Auto Club first came to be? Well…It’s the year of […]

Sidetracked

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By Darla Sathre (This story is part of the electronic portion of The Depot Express newsletter, Spring 2014, and did not appear in the print edition. It will be a regular part of future newsletters.) I am a new volunteer here at the Beltrami County Historical Society. I was born and raised in Bemidji, but moved to Brainerd 23 years ago. Do not worry – even while in Brainerd I remained loyal to the real Paul Bunyan on the shores of Lake Bemidji! The last five years there I worked at the Crow Wing CountY Historical Society & Museum, where […]

On the Street Where You Live (Beltrami Avenue)

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By Cecelia Wattles McKeig (from The Depot Express newsletter, Winter 2013) Anyone who has walked or cruised up Beltrami Avenue has surely noticed the beautiful stone house on the northeast corner of 10th Street and Beltrami Avenue. John Moberg, one of Bemidji’s most prominent loggers and logging railroad builders, contracted to have the large brick home at 1002 Beltrami Avenue built in 1908. The contractor was Thomas Johnson who had several building projects going on at the same time. While he was building the Moberg house, he was also in charge of an eight-room house for Earl Geil, a home […]

What’s in a Name? (Solway, MN & Lammers Township)

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Lammers Avenue, Solway, MN by Sue Bruns (from The Depot Express newsletter, Winter 2013) Tremendous stands of timber brought early settlers to the area that is now Solway, Minnesota. According to the Solway: 60th Anniversary publication, “Beltrami County was estimated to have four and one half billion feet of standing white pine” in addition to ash, birch, elm, spruce, popple, and basswood.” When railroads reached the area in 1898, logging operations accelerated rapidly, bringing workers, settlers, and suppliers to the area. Solway, incorporated February 7, 1899, is the only village in Lammers Township (named for George A. Lammers, co-owner with […]

On the Street Where You Live – Carson’s Addition (continued)

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by Cecelia Wattles McKeig (expanded from The Depot Express newsletter, Fall 2013) Plant of Bemidji Brewing Co. Rapidly Nears Completion. Located on the north shore of Lake Irvine in South Bemidji. Company capitalized at $75,000 and its plant in this city will have a capacity of sixty barrels per day, most modern and best equipped brewing plant in the state. Will employ about a dozen men at first. Trade marks being considered. It is probable that it will be the head of Chief Bemidji. The brewery will be the city’s first manufacturing enterprises. (1/29/1904) The residence of C. H. Fullerton […]