$1 per week for tuition? You’d have to go back to 1904 in Bemidji

By Sue Bruns for the Pioneer, Sep 5th 2020 In 1904, Bemidji answered the needs of high school graduates and other adults who wanted training in specific areas of business and opened its first business college. A small ad for Conway’s Commercial College appeared in the Feb. 25, 1904 Bemidji Daily Pioneer, advertising $1 per week tuition, a cut in price from the previous $2.50 per week. The school had recently opened at 108 Sixth Street. In October 1904, the institution’s name was officially changed to the Bemidji Commercial College. The Beltrami County Historical Society’s photo archives include a picture of the Business College class of 1905 with a note that names the 14 graduates. There were 14 graduates in 1905 from Conway’s Business College […]