What’s in a Name? (Tenstrike)

by Sue Bruns (from The Depot Express newsletter, Summer 2014) In May 1899, a post office was established in a little logging community on the shores of Gull Lake just north of Bemidji. The village of Tenstrike was incorporated on March 11, 1901. From 1901-1915, the little community published a newspaper called the Tenstrike Tribune. The M & I Railroad ran through Tenstrike and into the lake on which two different sawmills operated, sawing logs purchased from settlers. In the early 1900s Tenstrike was home to thirteen saloons, four grocery stores, several hotels, two lodges, a post office, two meat markets, a city hall, several sawmills, a box factory, two cemeteries, and four churches to serve a population of about 2000. The most commonly accepted […]

What’s in a Name? (Kelliher)

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 265 in 2012, the city manages to sustain a variety of businesses and services. Kelliher’s Pre-K—Grade 12 school serves approximately 250 from Kelliher and the […]