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TURNING BACK THE PAGES OF TIME: 1913, Free homesteads in Canada

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Park Rapids Enterprise
TURNING BACK THE PAGES OF TIME: 1913, Free homesteads in Canada
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

100 years ago (1913)

An advertisement offered free homesteads in Canada in the "new" districts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.


The 60-acre farms were estimated to be worth $20 to $25 per acre in three years' time. The farmsteads were amenable to grains and cattle.

"Excellent railway facilities" were available, according to the ad.

And the "American settler is at home in Western Canada," the ad said of social conditions. "He is not a stranger in a strange land since nearly a million of his own people have already settled there."


A resident living near Lake Itasca had a "thrilling adventure when treed by ferocious wolves," a front page story reported.

F. Sauers was returning from the Wegmann's store after buying a supply of groceries at about 7 p.m. "Hearing a noise in the underbrush, he turned around and saw a slinking form trailing him. He quickened his pace to a fast walk and soon to a run when he discovered with horror that a large pack of real live wolves was on his trail.

"The first handy tree was made use of to the disgust of the wolves. A few lighted matches dropped from his perch sent the pack scampering" and he hustled home.


The parcels post business is reported by the postmaster to be working quite well in Park Rapids, a story reported.

"The sale of parcels post stamps this month amounted to $40 and indications are that the business will gradually increase."

75 years ago (1938)

"Mrs. Martin Jones and daughters Gladys, Hazel, Dorothy and Evelyn of San Antonio, Texas, who have acquired much publicity resulting from their decision to enter a convent, are former Park Rapids residents," the Enterprise had learned.

The daughters, tutored by a local professor here, started a musical career, subsequently organizing an orchestra, the Texas Rangerettes.

"Four girls are trading swing music for the veil," a St. Paul Pioneer Press story reported of their decision to enter a convent in Texas.


"Pet dog cashes own gift check," a headline stated.

"A dog walked into a bank at Canby one day last week and cashed a check," the story stated.

"As his endorsement, the footprint of his right paw that had been inked appeared on the back of the check.

"Blackie, the dog, had received the check as a Christmas and New Year's gift from his former master and mistress who sold their jewelry store here and moved to the state of Washington."

Blackie remained behind with a friend, Bill Schoenenbach, the check made out to Blackie Schoenenbach.

"It is rumored in Canby that the dog spent the first $2 of the money for wieners."

50 years ago (1963)

"Akeley boxer wins Golden Gloves bout," a headline reported.

Melvin Goodman of Akeley won a regional Golden Gloves tournament in Wadena with a second round technical knockout.


A second annual fishing derby, hosted by the Lions, was to be held the coming weekend, the lucky line dropper pulling up the biggest fish winning a 3 hp Evinrude motor, second and third place winners claiming $25.


The state's deer herd was reported to be wintering well, going into the season "in the finest condition in recent history.

"At this time there is still comparatively little snow on the major deer range in northern Minnesota and so the prospects are very bright for continuing the six-year record of little or no deer starvation."

25 years ago (1988)

A Menahga woman won the Menahga fishing derby with a 2-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass, the largest fish pulled from Spirit Lake during the tournament.


The local Super Valu store was offering a "terrific encyclopedia bargain." Single copies of Funk & Wagnalls were being sold for 99 cents each.


The Akeley School Board trimmed another $18,000 from the budget in an effort to stem the district's projected deficits and satisfy the Minnesota Department of Education's requirements for a special operating plan.