Thursday, June 15, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: June 15

June 15, 1904 – One hundred and ten weary seekers for land were lined up before the United States land office in Cass Lake this morning waiting for the doors to open. Among the number were four women. The first man to file was Daniel Caldwell, who took 160 acres 16 miles southeast of the village of Northome.

At the end of the first half hour 23 filings had been made. An amusing incident was the breaking into the line of Mary Hamelinen, a Finn, who succeeded in filing despite the fact that she had no number. The filings were pretty well disposed of by noon.

It is said that many squatters went on the land promptly at 9 a.m. and will contest conflicting entries made at the land office.

The four ladies who entered are Louise Moen of Fosston, Inberg Ose of Big Wolf Lake, Bertha Johnson of Virginia and Mary Hamelinen of Eveleth. The land that is most in demand is in town 148, ranges 26 and 27.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Weary seekers for Land File. Four Women in the Line at Cass Lake—Squatters Prepare to Contest.”; June 15, 1904; p. 1.


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