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Abner Allen
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

ALLEN Abner B, Bemidji. Editor. Born July 10, 1842 in St Lawrence county N Y, son of Edwin B and Matilda (Tinkham) Allen. Twice married: First in 1862 to Rachel Bliss; second in 1885 to Martha Van Orman. Educated in common schools. Has been previously engaged in newspaper business from 1882 to date; published papers in Jackson 1886-1900. Battle Lake 1900-1901, Pelican Rapids 1901-1902, Morton Minn 1902-1904; engaged in job printing business in St Paul 1904-1906; editor and publisher of the Bemidji Sentinel 1906 to date. Served in 12th Wis Inf in Civil War and was wounded at battle of Kenesaw Mountain. Member Minn Editorial Assn; G A R; B P O E; I O O F and M B A.

Alfred Bagley
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

BAGLEY Alfred M, Bemidji. Manufacturer. Born April 28, 1874 in Argyle Minn, son of Sumner C and Lydia Fernald. Married July 1896 to Flora E Vinal. Educated in public schools of Maine. Moved to Polk county Minn 1890; in lumber business 1890-97; livery business 1897-1906; sold out and is now pres Bemidji Handle Co; mnfrs wooden handles established 1905.

Marion Arthur Clark
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

CLARK Marion Arthur. Bemidji. Judge of probate and court commissioner. Born Dec 18, 1869 in Springfield Wis son of John B and Anna (Fish) Clark. Married Sept 12, 1900 to Florence L Parker. Graduated high school Middleton Wis 1886 attended Archibald Business College Minneapolis 1897. Removed to Minn in 1895 near Ada; clk probate court Norman county 1896-97; taught school until 1899; then removed to Bemidji; clk of probate court Beltrami county 1900; removed to Blackduck Minn and practiced before U S Land Office as atty; elected judge of probate Beltrami Co 1903 which office he still holds; appointed court comnr Beltrami county 1907.

A. M. Crowell
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) Saturday, March 27, 1909; submitted by Jim Dezotell
Attorney Crowell has been a resident of Bemidji for about nine years. He was admitted to the bar at St. Cloud in the year 1874, moved to Todd county the same year, where he practiced law for sixteen years. In 1884 he was admitted at St. Paul to practice before the United States District Court.  He maintained a law office at Long Prairie for sixteen years, where he was state's attorney for a period of six years after which time he moved to Dawson, Lac qui Parle county.  In each place of his residence Mr. Crowell has made his mark in the legal realm, and proved himself the learned barrister that he is.
Since his advent in Bemidji Mr. Crowell has been one of the leading counsel in many important cases, he is well known throughout the state, and his ability as a practitioner before the bar has been fittingly recognized.

Ferris and Hannah Family

Amos E. Hodgdon Jr.
HISTORY OF RENVILLE COUNTY MINNESOTA Vol. 1, by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge Published by H. C. Cooper Jr, & Co., Chicago (1916) Submitted by Veneta McKinney

AMOS E. HODGDON, son of Orrin Hodgdon, was born March 2, 1873, on his father's homestead in Boon Lake township, Renville county. He received his early education in the district school of Boon Lake. The first school he attended was a subscription school and was held in his Grandfather Potter's granary. Mrs. Gibson Richards, then Martha Potter, was the teacher. He also attended the high school at Hutchinson for two winters. At the age of twenty-one he taught school in Boon Lake township, boarding at his home five miles away, receiving $27 a month for his services. Next he bought 200 acres in section 13, Brookfield township, where he farmed for five years and then entered into partnership with J. E. Headley at Acoma, McLeod county, operating a general store and post-office, Mr. Hodgdon being assistant postmaster. This continued for a year and a half, when Mr. Hodgdon sold his share to his partner and homesteaded in Beltrami county, securing 160 acres of land in Turtle Lake township, where he built a small frame house. For six and a half years he was depot agent at Puposky on the Red Lake railroad, his homestead being one-half mile from there. In August, 1913, he moved to Boon Lake township, where he rented a farm. He still owns the farm in Beltrami county. Mr. Hodgdon took part in public affairs and was clerk of the township He helped organize school district No. 108 and was clerk for six years. While at Puposky he organized the first Sunday school, the meetings being held in the depot, and for four years served as Sunday school superintendent. He was a member of the Methodist church, whose meetings were held in the school house, and helped towards securing a parsonage. Mr. Hodgdon has always been a prohibitionist in politics. Mr. Hodgdon was married in 1897 to Jessie Butler, born October 30, 1876, daughter of William Alonzo and Mary (Coolidge) Butler. Mr. and Mrs. Hodgdon have .seven children: Ruth, Harry, Donald, Clyde, Chester, Virgil and Helen. William Alonzo Butler was born in Vermont and was married in New York to Mary Coolidge, a native of that state, reared in St. Lawrence county. He enlisted in Company B, Fourteenth New York Heavy Artillery, and served from 1861 to the close of the war, being wounded several times. After the war he returned to New York and then located in Wisconsin, coming to Minnesota in 1878 and securing 160 acres in section 27, Brookfield township. He died in 1909 at the age of seventy-one years. His wife is still living in Glencoe at the age of seventy-three years. There were seven children : Lizzie, Nellie, Sadie, Jessie, Lorin, Chester and William, who died in infancy. Lizzie married Charles H. Coolidge, of Hector, and they have had four children; Mabel (deceased), Burnie A., Leo M. and Jessie M. Nellie married J. P. Nelson, of Regent, North Dakota. Their children are: Eva. Mamie and Lila. Sadie married J. P. Headley, of Stewart, Minnesota, and has two children : Ray and Harold. Jessie married A. E. Hodgdon, of Boon Lake, this county. Their children are: Ruth, Harry, Donald, Clyde, Chester, Virgil and Helen. Lorin married Lena Wadel and they have two children: Myra and Lois. Chester married Reba V. Ackley.

George Witsel
Source: Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) February 6, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
A Beltrami County Pioneer Was a Soldier For the Sturdy Fighter.

Uncle George Witsel, seventy eight years of age, and one of the pioneers of Beltrami county, who at present lives at Tenstrike, claims the distinction at present of being one of the few surviving veterans of the Mexican war. Mr. Witsel was injured in an accident on the Minnesota & International a short time ago and he was in Bemidji yesterday to adjust claim which he has against the company, accompanied by Attorney C. S. Carter of Tenstrike.

Few people who have passed the allotted three score years and ten of mankind's existence are as well preserved as Mr. Witsel and there are few who retain their mental faculties as clearly as the venerable gentleman. He is the owner of over 300 acres of land in the vicinity of Tenstrike, and is honored and respected by all who know him for his genial personality and his cheerful disposition.

Mr. Witsel comes of the sturdy stock of Vermont and his grandfather fought in the revolutionary war and was present when Lord Cornwallis laid down the British arms at Yorktown. Mr. Witsel well remembers the tales of the jingle nook at his old home in Vermont, when his father, who fought in the war of 1812 and his grandfather told of the days when they fought in the cause of independence. He was born but a short distance from the battle field of Bemis Heights and among the relics at his home at Tenstrike that he dearly cherishes is an ancient padlock bearing the arms of the crown that is supposed to have been lost from the baggage chest of an English general in the retreat from Bemis Heights.

When quite a young man he enlisted for service in the Mexican war and fought under General Taylor through all the vigorous campaigns which he prosecuted. He claims the distinction of having been the soldier who picked up the wooden leg of General Santa Anna, which the famous Mexican general lost in his hasty retreat at the battle of Chapultepec.

Mr. Witsel has been a pioneer practically all his life but he believes that Beltrami county has a future that is second to that of no section of the country. He has cleared a considerable portion of his land near Tenstrike and has a meadow where the first timothy in the county was grown. It was an exceptionally fine specimen.

He has many friends in Bemidji and his visits here are always a source of the greatest pleasure to him.

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