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Things must have started to go a little sour for J.G. about 1904 or perhaps earlier.  Several news clips appeared in the town newspaper, somebody was not happy with him. Unfortunately, both of these tidbits were on the front page.

J.G. Is in the news in Pine River 1904

J.G. Is in the news in Pine River 1904

Pine Tree Blaze, April 22, 1904.

Father Dawes claims to be the “making” of everybody in Pine River who has been successful. While as a matter of fact he couldn’t make a wheel barrow race a success.  Every time he has undertaken anything, whether it is a logging job or the running of a business he has either had dreadful hard sledding or made a complete failure of it.  If anything did not fail that he has been connected with it was because someone has stood over him and kept him in line.  If Dawes was given an estate of thirty or fifty thousand dollars to handle it would only take him a few months to go through it.  If he had his way about it.  Yes Father Dawes you are a wonderful man in your own estimation.  

April of 1904, Pine Tree Blaze, April 29, 1904.

Ex-emperor Dawes is busy nowadays ranting about the town going to the dogs because he isn’t mayor any more, but he never says a thing about the franchise grab he made while he was in office–an absolute 30-year electric light franchise with no limit in which the plant is to be erected nor a single concession to the village, yes even refuses to pay for publishing the franchise.  More yet.

I never did find the next article.

Amarilla and J.G. gave lots 21 and 22 in Block 12 to the Methodist Episcopal Church of Pine River for $1.00 in September of 1902.  Amarilla was to bequeath a lot more to the town of Pine River.

Mrs. Ammarrila Dawes & husband, to The Methodist Episcopal Church of Pine River, filed 10 October 1902 at 9 am. This indenture made this 11th day of September, 1902 between Mrs. Ammarilla Dawes & J.G. Dawes of the County of Cass and State of Minnesota parties of the first part and The Methodist Episcopal Church of Pine River of the County of Cass and State of Minnesota party of the 2nd part Witnesseth that the said parties of the first part in consideration of the sume of one dollar to them in hand paid by the parties of the 2nd part….Lots numbered twenty one (21) and twenty two (22) in Block twelve (12) in the Village of Pine River, according to the original plat on file with the Register of Deeds in and for said county and state….signed by Ammarilla Dawes and J.G. Dawes and witnessed by Hans P. Hanson and Wyman H. Davis the notary public witnessed their free act and deed.

Source:  Cass County Register of Deeds, Cass County Courthouse, Walker, Minnesota, Book W, pg. 407, 11 September, 1901.

Apparently, Amarilla and J.G., were involved in the founding of this church for there appears an Article of Incorporation which was filed for record September 23, 1902.  Although they are not listed as trustees it is evident that they assisted with the process by the giving of the lots of land to the church.

Article of Incorporation Methodist Episcopal Church

Article of Incorporation Methodist Episcopal Church

Know all men by these presents, that we, Robert Forbes, the presiding officer, and Samuel J. Parish, the Secretary, of a Quarterly Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was duly called, held and conducted on Monday September 1, 1902, in the school house of Pine River, County of Cass, State of Minnesota, according to the discipline and usage of the Methodist Episcopal Church and statues in such case and provided, do hereby certify that at the said Quarterly Conference the following named persons to wit: Stephen Jarvis, Frank L. White, Cramer H. Mitchell, Manly T. White and Heber S. Gilbert were duly elected trustees of The Methodist Episcopal Church of Pine River in the County of Cass, State of Minnesota, a religious Corporation said corporation to be known as The Methodist Episcopal Church of Pine River which corporate name was then and there assumed by said Trustees.  Given under our hands and seals this 1st day of September, 1902.  In the Presence of George O. Parrish and S.P. Hanson.  Signed by Robert Forbes, President and Samuel L. Parish, Secretary. Signed by S. P. Hansen, Justice of the Peace Cass County, MN

The above was found in the clerk books after the deed for $1.00 mentioned above.

The instrument continues with an affidavit of the two men doing this of their own free act and deed followed with an affidavit certifying that Mrs. Amarilla Dawes was the same person as Mrs. G.A. Barclay, dated the 8th day of September 1902.

Two years had passed since the death of her husband George A. Barclay so it was probably inevitable that Amarilla would consider remarrying.  She was about 43 years old.  She was wealthy and still looking good.  She was a major land owner which gave her some clout in the town of Pine River.

Here is the other photo I promised that was given to me by a Spracklin cousin one of Amarilla’s half siblings descendant.  It is another view of the one that is featured in the Logsleds to Snowmobiles book about Pine River’s history and featured in a past post.

Amarilla and J.G. Dawes courtesy of a cousin

Amarilla and J.G. Dawes
courtesy of a cousin

So on 2nd September 1902 Amarilla and Jefferson G. Dawes married in Hennepin County, Minnesota. They married in a ceremony at Grace Episcopal Church in Minneapolis.  The article below says it was St. Paul?

Application for Marriage License page 411, by Jefferson G. Dawes to Amminlla Barclay, State of Minnesota, County of Hennepin. Jefferson G. Dawes being dully sworn…has attained the full age of twenty-one years (50) and upwards; the lady he intends to marry is of lawful age to contract marriage (43). He being duly single and she being a widow. Signed by Jefferson G. Dawes on 2 September 1902, W. Evans Deputy Clerk.

The Pine River Blaze of 1902 under local news:

“Mayor J.G. Dawes and Mrs. G.A. Barclay, both of Pine River, were married last week at St. Paul. They returned last Saturday in the evening and were tendered a rousing charivari by a large crowd of men, women and boys. The genial mayor soon put a quietus to the boys by “seting” em up” freely all evening but the women continued to clamor for recognition till Mrs. Dawes finally appeared and promised them a free dance and supper for this evening at the Barclay hall. There is no fault to find with that kind of hospitality by newly married people and Pine River people will certainly enjoy themselves this evening as they also did last Saturday. The Blaze extends congratulations and hopes they will not only enjoy a long and happy life but live to see the day when Pine River will be platted and built up from White Fish Lake to Bungo.”

She, Amarilla, would now be known as Mrs. Dawes.  J.G. would call her “Rilla.”

Amarilla’s daughter Grace gave birth to Leola Vivian on the 12th of May 1902 in the county of Itasca.  It was later decided that she was born in Grand Rapids but I am not totally convinced that it was Grand Rapids.  The delayed birth certificate of my Aunt Leola Vivian was done in 1956 and even though her Uncle Alex, brother to Ronald her father, gave testimony, I am still not sure they lived in Grand Rapids back then.

Vivian born 1902 First daughter of Ronald & Grace

Vivian born 1902 First daughter of Ronald & Grace

Leola Vivian was her formal name but she usually went by Vivian or Vivi.  I wrote about her on my other blog:  The Man Who Lived Airplanes.  That blog is about her baby brother Keith and the paternal side of the family on their father’s side. Starting with the post dated June 5, 2010, Darling Vivian you will find more details and more pictures of Vivian as she was growing up.  Later I post about her school activities, teaching and marriage and maybe a little bit more about her life in future posts.

Vivian was a beautiful little girl. Here is one of the photos featured on the blog mentioned above.

An Oval of Vivian

An Oval with Vivian

Grace, her mother filled out a Baby Book.  I featured that in the post dated “Vivian’s Baby Book!” June 16, 2010. As far as I know it is the only baby book she did for her children. Amarilla is mentioned as being a witness to Vivian’s baby firsts.  She is noted as giving her gifts.

Here is the link to The Man Who Lived Airplanes: http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/

The local newspaper in Pine River had some interesting tidbits of news about J.G., Amarilla and other activities:

Mrs. Barclay left for Minneapolis on Monday.

Mr. Dawes seems to think that nothing is too good for a livery barn in Pine River. Mr. Swenson has been putting the finishing touches on it and you can hardly tell it now from a bank and it isn’t completed yet.

Barclay Co and a European Spa?

Barclay Co and a European Spa?

J.G. Dawes as purchased some street lamps for Pine River and soon our streets will loom up on a dark night like a city built among the stars. Who says Mr. Dawes isn’t doing anything for the town. 

Apparently J.G. opened another room for rent establishment.  The Leef Bros. were managing the Barclay Hotel so this had to be a separate entity?

DANCE:  There will be a dance at the Barclay Hall on Saturday evening October 26th. under the auspices of C.J. [Leef] and family.  Lunch will be served at the hotel.  Good music…”Come everybody.” 

Barclay Hotel Ad 1902

Barclay Hotel Ad 1902

Apparently as some point Amarilla turned the management of the Barclay hotel over to her friends the Leef’s. Below this ad was another:

Mrs. G.A. Barclay & Co.

Mrs. G.A. Barclay & Co.

This appears in the Nov. 15, 1901 pg 1 of the local paper

The Barclay Co. of Pine River has purchased 60,000 feet of logs and 10,000 feet of lumber in Bungo.  Going to be some building carried on in this vicinity just watch. 

The Barclay Mercantile and Lumber Co.

The Barclay Mercantile and Lumber Co.

Christmas Time ad for Barclay:

Christmas Ad - Barclay

Christmas Ad – Barclay

That following March 14, 1902 pg. 3 of the Pine Tree Blaze reads

G.A. Wagner of Lake Preston, S.D. has purchased the blacksmith shop and residence of Mrs. Barclay and will take possession April 1st. Mr. Wagner is known by a number around here as a first class blacksmith and we are pleased to have him make this his home. He left Tuesday and will return in a few weeks with his family.  

Jefferson G. Dawes was very involved in the early years of Pine River especially in 1901.

Warren Huffman, “As I Remember…1894,” Bicentennial Issue 1873-1973, Pine River Journal, Pine River, MN.

Excerpts: “…The first winter was a hard one for new settlers to get started. George Barclay had the one store in Pine River and without the credit that he extended it would have been impossible to stay. George Barclay had his detractors, but he was a kind-hearted man and generous. He was a small man with a high-pitched voice. I remember him well, and we all felt a genuine sorrow and loss when he was shot by an unknown person as he sat reading in the lobby of the Barclay Hotel.

My first visit to Pine River was in the summer of 1895. At that time the town extended along one street and block facing the railway station. Barclay’s store occupied the site of the present locker plant. As I was only four years old at that time I have no recollection of what the other buildings were except the store and hotel. Being a small boy in those early years I have no memory of dates, but some things stand out in memory regardless of dates; such as, the Indian graves...After George Barclay’s death his widow married J.G. Dawes who was a real “go-getter.” Mr. Dawes immediately began putting Pine River on the map….”

Francis Allen, “Early History of Pine River,” pg. 2-3, 1973 Bicentennial Issue, Pine River Journal, Pine River, Minnesota:

Soon after this Jefferson G. Dawes came here and settled… proceeded to plat and organize the city of Pine River. We must recognize the vision of this man as we look over our beautiful little city today, with its wide streets and beautiful parks and swimming pool. According to records in 1901, a petition signed by thirty-four residents requesting the organization of the village was brought forth on December 5, 1901, an election was held, there being thirty votes cast, and the following officers were unanimously elected: J.G. Dawes, President; H. S. Gilbert, J.P. Leef and E.S. Holman Trustees etc.”

Cass County Heritage Book 1897-1997, pg. 55 Cass County Historical Society, Walker, MN.

Pine River votes to incorporate as a village on December 5, 1901 with 190 residents located on 163 acres which center at Barclay and First Streets. This village includes two stores, two saloons, a hotel and livery, a boarding house, a barbershop, a blacksmith shop, a land office, a printing office and a post office. In 1997, 124 years after the founder of Pine River paid $1.25 per acre for land, acreage prices near Pine river range from $500 to $1,250 per acre. The village consists of over 30 retail businesses, plus one car dealership, three hair care establishments, two land offices, two banks, three eating establishments, a library, a medical clinic, a government center, a municipal liquor store and a post office.

Pine River Blaze, Pine River, MN, “Council Meeting, Pine River, MN,” Dec. 19, 1901.

Council Meeting 1901

Council Meeting 1901

At the first meeting of the village council of the village of Pine River, there were present President J.G. Dawes; Trustees J.P. Leef, E.S. Holman and Heber S. Gilbert and Recorder S.P. Hanson. The recorder reported that he had received and filed the official oath of the following village officers: President J.G. Dawes, Trustees J.P. Leef, E.S. Holman and Herber S. Gilbert; Recorder, S.P. Hanson whereupon it was declared that President J.G. Dawes and Trustees J.P. Leef, E.S. Holman and Herber S. Gilbert were duly qualified. Upon motion it was decided that the recorder, the constables and the justices of the peace each give a bond to be approved by the village council, in the sum of five hundred dollars ($500.00), and that the village treasurer give a bond to be approved by the village council, in the sum of one thousand dollars (1000.00). The bond of Recorder S.P. Hanson with J.P. Leef and J.G. Dawes as sureties was on motion approved and accepted. The bond of Constable D. J. Jones with J.G. Dawes and J.P. Leef as sureties was on motion approved and accepted. Whereupon it was declared that Recorder S.P. Hanson, Constable D. J. Jones were duly qualified for their respective offices, upon the filing of their bonds as required by law. Upon motion, Ordinance No. 1, relating to the sale of Intoxicating Liquors was passed and approved, and ordered published in the Walker Pilot, the official paper of Cass County, in the absence of a legal newspaper in the village of Pine River.

After Barclay’s death, Ammarilla took charge of the businesses he had started. Apparently she had an active adviser and partner in J.G. Dawes. Dawes platted the village in 1898 almost exclusively on land owned by the Barclay’s. At the time that the village of Pine River was incorporated in 1901, Ammarilla donated to the village 10 lots for a school, ground for a cemetery, the park land on the north edge of the village site of the present city hall, as well as land on the North Branch of the Pine River {Norway Brook} where the swimming area and the dam are located and property for the building of two churches.” From the Logsleds to Snowmobiles book.

Remember by his own testimony at the Grand Jury in May 1899,  J.G. Dawes was not in Pine River till February 1899.  So I don’t think he was platting Pine River in 1898 and would lean more toward 1899 or 1900.

The Cass County Courthouse has the plat maps for Pine River.  They have a table of contents revised 1/2/2007. Now the City of Pine River might have their own maps and maybe those go back further then 1901.

I was particularly interested in the ones with Amarilla Barclay name, J.G. Dawes and the Urton name.

  • A-60 Urton 1st Add
  • A-61Urton 2nd Add

    1901 Original Plat signed by Amarilla or Mrs. G.A. Barclay

    1901 Original Plat signed by Amarilla or Mrs. G.A. Barclay

  • A-25 Dawes 2nd
  • A-24 Dawes 3rd and 4th
  • A-25 Dawes 5th
  • Pine River Plat of 1900, Original plat 1901, A-15, A-15 (Lots 1-4 B1-11 Torrens)

On the side of this plat map is a lot of writing.  There is a certificate of the Surveyor, Certificate of the Owner which is Mrs. G.A. Barclay.  The land is described and it is very difficult to read but the following was sort of interesting.

That said Mrs. G.A. Barclay has examined the above described land to ____ platted as a Townsite to be known as “Pine River.” That said townsite has been platted for _____ purposes as shown on accompanying map, and that Mrs. G.A. Barclay hereby donates to the Public use forever all the streets and Alleys delineated there on. 

Following that was a certificate from the County Treasurer and Auditor about the taxes being paid and lastly the Register of Deeds certificate that it had been recorded.   There is no mention of J.G. Dawes in the writing.

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