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Logging Town Excerpt: Pokegama Bear

“The Pokegama Bear was a real animal character in Itasca County’s earliest logging days. Until the last drive had floated southward to the waiting Twin City mills no lumberjack could be found who was not familiar with its demise. Frank Hasty recorded the actual event in verse and almost at once musically-inclined woodsman extemporized an [...]

By |2021-05-26T09:08:35-05:00May 19th, 2021|

Odds & Ends Excerpt: Kill Bill

In the Karjala research center is a short publication titled In Their Own Words: Murder and Mayhem- The Bloody Incidents. The booklet consists of a number of interviews conducted with former lumberjacks. Unfortunately, the names of the lumberjacks are only listed at the beginning of the booklet. Names are not matched with anecdotes, making corroboration [...]

By |2021-05-26T09:12:02-05:00April 15th, 2021|

Two Friends

Laurence A. Rossman (1890 -1956) was the most notable and influential newspaper publisher in the history of Grand Rapids. He was born in Chatfield, a community south of Rochester, MN. He worked his way through Carleton College in St. Paul and was outstanding in debate and oration. […]

By |2017-10-24T15:47:53-05:00July 9th, 2012|

Itasca County Cemeteries

My name is Bruce. When I tell people a hobby of mine is photographing grave markers, I get some strange looks and questions like; Why? Well, I started doing it for my family history then I discovered and volunteered to fill photo requests from other genealogists. At Lilah's urging, two years, 11,159 graves and [...]

By |2012-11-19T15:30:49-06:00July 3rd, 2012|

Linda needs your help!

I have a project at ICHS that has me extremely muddled. UPM in 2001 gave ICHS a few thousand photographs of the Grand Rapids Paper Mill. The pictures date from the early 1900s through 1969 (Phase I.) Phase II will be the 1970s to the present. Many of the machines, buildings and people in the [...]

By |2017-10-24T15:47:53-05:00June 28th, 2012|

The Curran Family Collection Story

The John Curran family sports collection was donated to the Itasca County Historical Society Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 by Mrs. Sally Curran and her son Allen. The collection covers the years 1940 to 1980, when Mrs. Curran retired from teaching. The treasures

By |2012-11-19T15:31:21-06:00February 24th, 2012|

Report on Genealogy Class

Saturday October 15th, 2 classes were presented by Loid Mackin from the Minnesota Genealogy Society. The classes were sponsored by the Grand Rapids Library Speakers program and the Itasca County Historical Society. Both classes were well attended and even our own professional genealogists learned some really good research ideas. "Off to a Good Start" involved [...]

By |2011-10-17T20:59:09-05:00October 17th, 2011|