(Editor’s Note: The Patriot plans to run a weekly article resurrecting some historical facts, moments, statistics and photos from throughout Sherburne County referencing our readership areas. Information this week was gleaned from the History of Big Lake book, published in 1986. Enjoy!)
One hundred years ago this year (1922), the following excerpts were published from local Big Lake newspapers as part of The Growth of Sherburne County 1875-1975.
• This has nothing to do with Big Lake, but you should be made aware that an Ojibway, known as Ga-Be-Nah-Gwen-Wonce — but more familiarly known as “Wrinkle Meat” — died in Cass Lake at the reported age of 137;
• During one week in December, over $1,000 worth of sheep were shipped from Big Lake;
• Perry Ward from Marietta bought out H.C. West, who was the editor of the Big Lake Mirror (the first edition of the Big Lake Mirror, established by West appeared in mid-October just one year earlier);
• Charles H. Knapp, the cashier of the First National Bank in Big Lake, sold his interests in the bank and resigned as cashier after 19 years of service. R.M. Skinner and A. H. Olden purchased interests in the bank;
• A few social events in the county included a basket social for the Orrock School where $19 was raised, movie pictures shown at the KOTM Hall by the Big Lake Park Association and a Fourth of July celebration in Big Lake drew 15,000 people;
• Johannes Magney of Big Lake died.