More news about the railroad coming to Pine River appears in the Brainerd Tribune for June 9, 1894:
1. George Barclay returned from Brainerd last Friday.
2. The engineers are pretty near through with surveying the line for the new railroad, and work will soon begin. Sooner the better.
3. Last Monday a delegation of railroad magnates called on Mayor Ed Allen to ascertain if the city authorities of Pine River would grant the new railroad the right of way through our main street, where they now have their stakes drove, and after a short council it was granted. Watch our smoke.
4. F. H. Kimball the chief engineer, came up from Brainerd last night.
NOTE: There is a notation that an F.H. Kimball was the architect for the Reading Railroad’s headhouse terminal in 1891 at Wikipedia was this the same man?
June 16, 1894 the Brainerd Tribune reports:
1. Paddy McDonald, the Duluth railroad contractor, was in Pine River last week looking over the route of the new road.
Note: According to the Duluth Township Newsletter pg 5, July 2006:
“Paddy McDonald ran the crew that cleared the trees and brush from along the right of way. He was a well-known pugilist (Boxer) who had fought some very noted heavyweight contenders. He was also the man who was entrusted by the railroad to carry the payroll by dogsled from Duluth to Two Harbors and then Soudan before the track was completed to there. Alone and at night, he carried in excess of $16,000 in gold and silver coins contained in a heavy wooden box with lid nailed down. A formidable foe with either deadly weapons or fists, he was a man to be reckoned with. Now he ran the crews engaged in clearing the line.”
2. Mr. Grant, the Faribault railroad contractor, was here last Wednesday looking over the line of the proposed new road.
3. Last Week George Barclay located some farmers from Todd County who are hunting homesteads in Cass county. Emigration to Pine River will soon commence.
4. We will soon have the cars passing our doors now. The last line that was run passes the front of the house so near that its necessary to tear the old house down and build a new one. We’ll build a solid brick block to start the town booming. Hurrah for Pine River!
5. George Barclay returned from a cruising trip last Sunday and says the country is all on fire over toward Woman Lake. He had a narrow escape from being killed by a falling tree whilst coming home.
Note: I tried to find out more about this fire but online lead me to the big one that occurred in later in September of 1894.
June 24, 1894 the Brainerd Tribune has these items of interest:
1. George Barclay left last Tuesday for the twin cities and Chicago. He will be gone about two weeks.
2. Mr. Foley, who has the contract for building the new railroad , was here last Saturday.
3. When the new railroad is completed as far as Pine River, Mayor Ed Allen will issue invitations to all city authorities between here and St. Paul.
Note: The Minnesota Historical Society has an excellent newspaper collection and I have visited this archive on several occasions 2000, 2001, 2007. The Brainerd Tribune was only one newspaper that I studied. I had prepared a spreadsheet with date events for each person/surname I was targeting. I had studied the society’s holdings in advance so that I knew which newspapers were at what times and dates. I was then able to pull the microfilm reels to access the newspapers quickly. Newspaper research is hard work and takes time, so if you can prepare yourself before going to an archive it helps a great deal to save time. It doesn’t hurt to practice at home before going on your trip. Where do they place obituaries and funeral notices, where are important stories placed, what are the sections of the newspaper etc. Newspapers can add little pieces of information that can make the lives of your ancestors more interesting. Each newspaper is a little different so you need to take your time and get us to the format when you first begin. Also the time frame of the newspaper can mean a different focus. Most newspapers in the earlier part of the 1800’s did not really have obituaries unless you were wealthy and were more business oriented. The gossip columns or the news of different local areas did not show up till about the 1880’s.
So what do you think was George Barclay’s reason to go to the Twin Cities and Chicago for two weeks? I would love to know why he went on this trip. I do know that Grace, his daughter was at school in the Twin Cities at the time. Why Chicago?
The Minnesota Historical Society & Me 2007