Sunday, February 11, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 11

February 11, 1914 – A fire early today destroyed the Indian school at Nett Lake on the Bois Forte Indian Reservation. The school was recently completed at a cost of $4,600.

Minnesota Native American Reservation Map1

The fire means that the 73 children who have been attending the school will have no chance to go to school until other arrangements can be made.

The origin of the fire is a mystery. According to Albert B. Reagan, Indian agent, there was no heat in the place after 10 last night. His theory is that tramps may have taken shelter there or that the fire was purely of incendiary origin.

The Duluth Herald; “Indians’ New School Burns. Recently Completed Structure at Nett Lake Is Destroyed.”; Feb. 12, 1914; p. 13.



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