Category Archives: Itasca County

A Scandal in Koochiching County circa 1918!

Koochiching County, Minnesota’s north boundary touches the Canadian border. Koochiching broke off from Itasca County and became its own county in 1906.  Keith’s father, Ronald (R.S.) was there to help plat the town of International Falls and at one point … Continue reading

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Alex McDonald – 58 years in Minnesota!

Alexander Thomas McDonald spent 58 years of  his life living in Minnesota. He came down before his parents, Archie and Mary,  in 1897 and  lived in Duluth, Minnesota for a while.  I found an Alex McDonald in the city directories … Continue reading

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Jack and Sarah (Burns) McDonald Settle in Minnesota

Archie, Mary, Jack (John), Sarah and Nellie all settled in Bemidji, Beltrami Co., Minnesota first and lived there till about 1905.  This is one of my favorite photos of Jack.  I do not know where it is taken but I think … Continue reading

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Life in Bemidji!

Archie’s sons decided that their parents were getting too old and brought them down from Chichester to Bemidji after 1901.  Why they went to Bemidji instead of going to International Falls may have had something to do with access.  It … Continue reading

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Brother Gordy!

Grace and Ronald welcomed their first son Gordon who was born on the 3rd of May, 1904 in Grand Rapids, Itasca Co., Minnesota.  He followed Vivian.     His full formal name is:  Ronald Gordon George McDonald I always knew him as Uncle Gordy! … Continue reading

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