Thanks to David Quam, footage of Bemidji in 1937 is now available online! The film includes scenes from the 1937 Winter Carnival Parade, business, sports, recreation, and comedy in the area.
We digitized the Souvenir Program for the Bemidji Airport Dedication on June 1 and 2, 1946. Check out all of the excitement that happened at “The Air Capital of the North.”
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 […]
The O’Kelliher Mercantile Company, Kelliher, MN, 1907. by Sue Bruns (from The Depot Express newsletter, Fall 2013) The Kelliher Diamond Jubilee includes just one sentence about the town’s name: “The town was called Kelliher, after Jerry O’Kelliher, because he was considered a ‘big stem’ in those days.” Other sources name A. O. Kelliher (sometimes spelled A. O’Kelliher) a lumber agent, as the namesake of Kelliher, Minnesota, describing him as “the man who platted the town for the Crookston Lumber Company.” Located about 45 miles north of Bemidji and occupying just a little over two square miles with a population of […]
The Beltrami County Historical Society’s annual Depot Day was Saturday, making for a perfect time to introduce our new blog and drop a quick note about the event. To reach a broader audience more quickly and efficiently, starting today we will relay information, tell stories, highlight photographs and documents from our collections, and make other BCHS content available through this new blog. Some blog posts will be publicity for events and programs, while others will expand on columns from our newsletter or feature unique perspectives and stories from the BCHS director and other contributors. Expect event updates as necessary and […]