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P. J. Conway
Source: The Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN), January 30, 1904, page 3; submitted by Robin Line
Conway Will Establish One Here-Branch Schools at Cass Lake and Blackduck.

P. J. Conway, who has conducted evening classes in stenography, typewriting and bookkeeping in this city for some time past, has resigned his position as stenographer to the Crookston Lumber company and will establish a Business college in Bemidji at once. Conway has had a large measure of success with his evening classes an excellent instructor and is exceptionally well versed along the lines taught in business colleges.

There should be a fine opening for an institution of this kind in Bemidji and city is to be congratulated upon the determination of Mr. Conway to establish it. Mr. Conway will also conduct branch schools at Blackduck and at Cass Lake.

Ina Ogdahl
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 16, 1922, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.


The School Board has approved the election of Miss Ina Ogdahl to teach music and take charge of the fifth grade to succeed Miss Frazier. Miss Ogdahl comes from Blackduck where she has held the position of music supervisor and assistant in grade work for the past two years. She comes well recommended and will undoubtedly prove a valuable addition to the local faculty. It is planned that she will devote one-half of her time to the fifth grade and the other to teaching music in the other grades. The teacher in whose grade she happens to teach will assume part of the fifth grade work. As a result of this the fifth grade will be run somewhat on the department plan. It is to be regretted that Miss Frazier cannot remain and fill out the year but as long as a change is made it is quite fortunate that the subject of music could be added at least in the grades.

Source: Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) February 6, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
The teachers of the Bemidji public schools who attended the educational meeting at Cass Lake yesterday had a very enjoyable holiday. They were entertained at the Endion hotel at dinner by the Cass Lake teachers and in the afternoon went for a drive to the agency schools. In the evening came the lecture of Dr. Shoemaker, of the St. Cloud Normal school. His subject, "The Uses of the Imagination" was handled in a manner that was a rare treat to all. After the lecture a reception and ball was given to the teachers. Those who attended from Bemidji besides Prof. Edmunds and W. A. Cassler, of the local board of education were the Misses Bright, Johnson, LeLennon, Desjerdines, Campbell, Covell, Minton, Miller and Allen.

Source: Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) April 2, 1909; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

G. M. Torrance, clerk of the city school board, has received notice from A. C. Thomas of Blooming Prairie, Minn., the successful bidder for Bemidji's new $36,000 high school, stating that his foreman, James W. Guthrie, will arrive here Saturday to commence work on the new school.

Mr. Thomas also sent his surety bond to cover the contract price, $36,008, for the faithful performance of his work. Mr. Guthrie will move his family to Bemidji until the school is completed.

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