John Carl Brozich
Chicago: American Historical Society, 1921, Page 858 - Submitted by NP FOFG
Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota : their story and people : an authentic narrative of the past, with particular attention to the modern era in the commercial, industrial, educational, civic and social development.
John Carl Brozich, who was born in northern Michigan and has spent his conscious years in the environment of the great mining district of northern Michigan and Minnesota, is one of the leading citizens of Aurora, where he is local superintendent of the Miller Mine.
He was born at Dollar Bay, Michigan, December 24, 1890, son of George and Catherine (Kobe) Brozich. His parents were both natives of Austria, where they were married. George Brozich came to America in 1885, his wife following him in 1888. He had worked in copper mills in Austria, and his familiarity with the copper industry led him to locate in northern Michigan, at Calumet, and later at Dollar Bay. For a number of years he followed the trade of carpenter, in 1892 moved to the Vermillion Range at Tower and in 1893 went to Biwabik and later to Virginia, then spent another period at Biwabik, and in 1904 moved to Aurora. In 1906 he homesteaded land in Koochiching County and lived there, working his farm until his death in A;pril 1916, at the age of seventy-four. His widow survives him and spends part of her time at Ely and also wither her son at Aurora. George Brozich did a great deal of work as a carpenter at the mines in Northern Minnesota. He located at Tower before a railroad had been built to that point. His family consisted of three sons and two daughters, three of whom are still living. The son George is now connected with the Ely State Bank. The only living daughter is Marie, wife of Jacob Jaksha of Aurora.
John Carl Brozich spent his boyhood in the several localities in Minnesota above named and acquired most of his education in the grade schools at Biwabik and the high school at Ely. At the age of fifteen he began earning his living at work in one of the camps of the St. Croix Lumber Company. After about a year, in 1907, he took up a service which has been continuous, beginning as a timekeeper for the Miller Mine at Aurora. His abilities secured his advancement to other responsibilities and since 1910 he has been superintendent of that mine.
Always public spirited and active in his community, he served as village trustee in 1912-13. During the World War he was a top sergeant in the Home Guards organization and also a factor in promoting the success of the Red Cross and in securing the quota for the Liberty Loans. Mr. Brozich married Gladys Shriver, daughter of Charles W. Shriver. They are parents of one daughter, Charlene.
[Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota : their story and people : an authentic narrative of the past, with particular attention to the modern era in the commercial, industrial, educational, civic and social development.
Source: Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) February 6, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
IS A PICTURESQUE CHARACTER.
For Quarter of a Century Dan Campbell Has Lived in Wilds.
The recent decision of the general land office at Washington by which a claim on the Big Fork river, valued at from $80,000 to $100,000 is awarded Daniel Campbell, has attracted considerable attention, and brought many congratulatory comments from those who have met Campbell and become acquainted with the unusual events of his early life.
Fragments of the history of this quaint, backwoods character, which, patched together make a fantastic tale, are now being related by those who are acquainted with him and his hermit manner of existence. Living as he does at the big falls on the Big Fork river, directly in the path of the traveler through the northern wilds, his tall, slightly bent form, piercing eyes, peculiarly shaped nose and heavy head of bushy black hair are known to many.
Although 70 years old, Campbell has scarcely a gray hair in his head, in spite of the troubles of his early manhood, and he is stronger than many a younger man who has lived a city life. Living for the past twenty-two years the wile, free life of the woods had kept his health in an excellent state of preservation. But this same life has affected him otherwise. The loneliness of the great forests has given him many peculiar traits, for he lived entirely alone, scarcely ever seeing a white man until five or six years ago, and visiting town only about once a year.
It is rather difficult to gather a connected story of the events leading up to Campbell's life of solitude, for the old hunter and trapper never speaks of them himself. When the curious try to lead him on, he immediately becomes morose and taciturn, and scarcely a word can be gotten from him for hours at a time. When the subject is mentioned a revengeful gleam shines from his eyes.
It is said to have been the trickery of a brother that brought "Old Dan" to the woods of Northern Minnesota. Dan, so the story goes, was associated with the brother in big lumbering ventures when both were comparatively young men, and Dan was reputed to be wealthy. He was then, as now, entirely without education, however, and was forced to entrust the handling of the business to his brother, with the better educational knowledge. The brother took advantage of Dan's ignorance in this line, it is said, and by trickery obtained possession of the business of the firm and all the latter's money, afterwards turning his brother out in the world to shift for himself and make a new start in life.
Bitter in heart and in despair over the brutal treatment accorded him by his rascal brother, Dan gave up all hope of winning success in the world, and, buying a small trapper's outfit, a couple of blankets, a few provisions, an ax and a gun, he buried himself in the forests. He built his cabin where it stands today at Big Falls. That was nearly twenty-five years ago. For years nothing was heard of him, and his people though him dead. And all this time he has lived alone, except for a brief period when he had an Indian squaw for a wife.
In the course of time, as the country began to settle up, his claim became valuable. His ignorance of land laws was taken advantage of and his title to the property was contested. After a two years' fight in the courts, the battle has been won, and Old Dan will die rich, for his land will steadily increase in value as the country settles up and the railroad draws near. The Minnesota & International railway will cross his land, which immediately adjoins the platted townsite of Big Falls.
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander
Greeley Alwin M, Big Falls. Publisher. Born Nov 7, 1871 in Maine Prairie Minn, son of Albert S and Eliza F (Clark) Greeley. Married Sept 13, 1902 to Mary Peterson. Educated in district school Sauk Center; graduated Valparaiso Ind Normal School. Learned printer's trade on "Inland Ocean" Superior Wis 1890-92. Established and conducted "Headlight" Athens Texas 1893-94; returned to Minn and owned and edited "Pioneer" Bemidji MInn 1899-1902; established "Compass" Big Falls Minn 1903 and conducts same at present. Postmaster Big Falls; pres Big Falls Real Estate Co.