What’s in a Name? (Kelliher)

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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 […]

Depot Day & New Blog

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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 […]