The year of 1894 was a very busy year for the Barclays of Pine River, Minnesota. The following news was reported in the Brainerd Tribune June 2, 1894:
1) “Mr. & Mrs. Barclay came up from Brainerd last Sunday, returning Tuesday for Decoration Day.
Note: Decoration Day is now known as Memorial Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Army_of_the_Republic
2) George Barclay went to Brainerd to-day to attend the G.A.R. ceremonies on Decoration day, he being master of transportation.
Note: George was a member of the G.A.R. Pap Thomas Post No. 30 in Brainerd. Unfortunately their records were lost in a fire in 1910. There are some records at the Minnesota Historical Society but they are from 1914 to 1920 and that is too late for my needs.
3) The mayor and council will visit Brainerd as soon as the palace sleeping cars are running on our new railroad.
This link will take you to an interesting article with pictures and diagrams of what a palace car was like.
4) H.B. Frey came up from Minneapolis last Tuesday, looking after the engineers of the new railroad.
Mr. Frey seemed to be in the business of buying land for he appears in the land records for the St. Cloud office in Minnesota on a great many occasions.
5) Last Monday night about eleven o’clock some persons attempted to go through George Jenkins’ warehouse and got left. The thieves, whoever they were, were not on to their job. They carried a light and made too much noise. They were surprised by one of the hired men who happened to hear them after he was in bed. He got up and loaded his Winchester and ordered them to halt, but not complying with his request he fired and the next morning he found flour, beans and pork, also a piece of a shirt all covered with blood. It’s a pity he did not find the man as George Barclay has suffered likewise. The parties are known and had better be more careful. We don’t want any of the Coxey army up here.”
I didn’t know anything about what or who the Coxey army was so I found this Wikipedia article that explained a lot. Just do a Google search and you will get many hits on this subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coxey’s_Army It had something to do with the 1893 Panic which sort of reminds me of the financial crash a few years back, something about banks failing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_of_1893