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Mrs. Mary Armstrong
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, MI) Sunday, July 6, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


Note: From other articles, it appears the naming of Mrs. Anderson could really be Mrs. Armstrong.
Backus, Minn., July 5.-(Special).-Uncle Sam's smallest post office, at Wicklow, Cass county, faces extinction because the seventy-one-year-old post-mistresses insists on retiring. The office is situated in a tiny log cabin twelve miles from the nearest railroad station, in the midst of a towering jack pine forest. Mrs. Anderson, who presides over the destinies of the little office, has been trying to retire for two years.

Mrs. Anderson, despite her age, is still vigorous. Born and reared on a West Virginia farm, she was thoroughly conversant with farm life, so when she learned that eight aces of thick pine timber was awaiting a homesteader up in Cass county she determined to avail herself of her rights as a soldier's widow to pre-empt it. So in 1905 she came to the wilds of Minnesota and had built on her eighty a little log cabin home.

Mrs. Anderson had a few neighbors-perhaps half a dozen families within a ten-mile radius-and soon after she moved in they came to the conclusion that they needed a post office. And who else for the job they asked, than Mrs. Anderson? Finally she consented to take it and on January 1, 1909, received her commission.

"I hadn't picked out a spot on the wall to hang my commission before the neighbors began to call for mail." says Mrs. Anderson. "People who had not received a letter in years and didn’t expect to ever receive one called-just to see how the office was prospering. I guess. I had planned my little home for myself and my two grandchildren who accompanied me here, but I had to turn my best front room into a postoffice. I set up a letter rack here my best rocker was to sit alongside the front window, and the mail bags occupy the place I had picked out for the lounge. Men came walking through the snow in winter and mud in summer and track my front room all up, and between them and Ed-that's my grandson-it kept me busy with the broom and dust pan nearly all the time I wasn’t about the housework.

"The official duties in a big town must be simply awful if my little experience is any criterion." continued Mrs. Anderson. "We have three mails a week and I have to sort the letters and papers for twelve persons and put them in the rural delivery sacks. Two other patrons call at the office for their mail, but the red tape connected with it is what causes me to lose sleep, as full and regular reports have to be made to the postoffice department as if the office were doing $1000 worth of business daily.

"Of course there is a salary attached to the office-perhaps I should say a remuneration. We are allowed a commission on the stamps we cancel and a fee of three cents for every money order we issue. You can imagine the volume of business we transact out here in the country with fourteen patrons on the list. The business for the first quarter of the present year amounted to almost $10

"I didn't want to take the post office in the first place, but my neighbors insisted and two of them volunteered to go on my bond. And now I can't get rid of the office. I have sent in my resignation twice, but the government seems determined to keep me in office whether or not."

J. A. Bailey
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) March 14, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

J. A. Bailey of Backus, Minn., has been chosen commissioner for the third district of Cass county to fill the unexpired term of C. E. Scribner, who resigned.

Ralph Bailey
Source: The Weekly Times-Record (Valley City, ND) April 3, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Ralph Bailey has resigned his position at the Gray Department store and will leave tomorrow morning for Backus, Minn., where he will be manager of his uncle John Bailey's store. Enroute he will visit for several days at Brainerd.

C. W. Bundy
Source: Devils Lake World and Inter-Ocean (ND) June 1, 1916; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
C. W. Bundy of Backus, Minn., came Tuesday. Mr. Bundy is engaged as pitcher for the ball team.

E. B. Cantonwine
Source: Evening Nonpareil (Council Bluffs IA) June 26, 1910; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SNAP-120 ACRE FARM, WELL IMPROVED, 40 acres cultivated, balance easily cleared, $20 per acre. Also, 120 pine saw timber, on nice big lake, $15 per acre. All near Backus, Cass Co., Minn. Best climate, water, game and fish. E. B. Cantonwine, Backus, Minn.

Mrs. William Chenard
Source: Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) Saturday, January 30, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Woman Who Was Shot By Her Husband Expires At Duluth.

In Liqur When the Fatal Shots Were Fired-Cries Like Child When Sobered.

Shortly after 10 o'clock yesterday, Mr. Wm. Chenard who was taken to Duluth from Cass Lake, with three bullet wounds in her body, died from the effects of the wounds at St. Luke's hospital. Mrs. Chenard was shot by her husband in Cass Lake. One bullet entered the abdomen and the other two in her back. An operation was performed yesterday morning, but there was little prospect that the woman would live. Any one of the three wounds might have proven fatal, and the long ride on the train in the bitterly cold weather left her in a completely exhausted condition. The Cass Lake correspondent of The Duluth Herald sent the following account of the tragedy. While under the influence of liquor late Tuesday night, Wm. Chenard fired three shots from a revolver at his wife. The woman was standing but a few feet from the gun at the time it was discharged, and all three of the shots from the weapon took effect in her body. Chenard and his wife had charge of a house of ill-repute on the south side of the track, and Mrs. Chenard was the landlady. It is said that of late that Chenard had become violently jealous of his better half and that he had taken to drinking heavily. On Tuesday afternoon he visited several saloons in the village, and drank freely of whisky. In the early part of the evening he was over town with his wife, and they left for the house at about 11 o'clock. It was near the hour of midnight when the shooting occurred. Chenard and his wife were standing in the middle of the dance hall of the house, the former being exceedingly intoxicated. They had a few words, when Chenard pulled a gun from his coat pocket and leveling it at his wife pulled the trigger. She was facing him, and the bullet struck her in the pit of the stomach. She gave a loud scream and started for the door. Chenard fired twice more before the woman reached the door, both shots struck her in the lower part of the back. Mrs. Chenard in spite of the fact she was terribly wounded, ran into another house close by and fell to the floor. Dr. Rodwell and Smeallie, village physicians were attending a sick woman in the house at the time and they dressed Mrs. Chenard's wounds. The police were called by telephone, and Chenard, who made no attempt to escape, was arrested and taken to the village jail and locked in a cell. He was so intoxicated that he apparently did not realize the seriousness of the act he had committed. When seen in the jail the next morning he was still confused from the liquor and stated that he did not mean to hurt anyone, and that he was just shooting for fun, in order to scare his wife. When he had regained his sober senses he began to understand what he had done and cried like a child.

Chenard was confined in the city jail at Cass Lake until the woman's death yesterday when he was arraigned and bound over to the grand jury on a charge of murder. He has been taken to the Cass County jail at Walker.

Frank Getchell
Source: The Pioneer (Bemidji MN) June 1, 1908; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Frank Getchell, one of Bemidji's bright young men, returned this morning to Backus, Minn., where he is employed in the office of the Hennepin Lumber company, after spending Saturday and Sunday at his home in this city.

Theodore Laguee
Source: Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) Saturday, January 30, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Last June a lad named Theodore Laguee, living at Detroit left home and wandered on foot out to Montana. Recently he returned and made his way to the logging camp of the Brainerd Lumber company at Kabekona bay, where he remained for several days doing odd jobs. A few days ago Foreman Frank Bush received a letter from the boy's mother, who is now residing in Cass Lake and who had heard of her son's arrival in the camp, asking that he be sent home. The boy was not at all anxious to go, but Mr. Bush insisted and gave him a note to his wife in Walker to procure him a ticket for Cass Lake, and he left for home on Tuesday evening's train.

Leslie MacDonald
Source: The Duluth Herald, Tuesday Evening, Oct. 25, 1910, Volume XXVIII - No. 171.
MINNESOTA BRIEFS. Deer River - Leslie MacDonald, who for the past year has been head clerk at the Mohr hotel, has resigned his position and will start a hotel of his own at the new town of Remer, on the new Soo road.

Nathan E. Numbers
Source: The Pioneer (Bemidji MN) April 26, 1907; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Edgar Fenters of Remington, Ind., and Nathan E. Numbers of Backus, Minn., were yesterday sworn in by Lieut. O. H. Dockery, Jr., of Duluth, as recruits for the U. S. Army. The men will go to Fort Snelling this afternoon and at that place be assigned to some regiment in your Uncle Sam's service.

A. L. Undine
Source: Bemidji Daily Pioneer (MN) July 14, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
WANTED - Party to contract for stumping and breaking 40 acres of land or less, 14 miles east of Backus, Minn. Address A. L. Undine, 123 Oliver Ave., Minneapolis, Minn.

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