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May Drawing Winner

Winner of the May drawing for a Clontarf Prairie Pub t-shirt is Eileen Doherty Bliss!  Your name was chosen from those who left comment on the blog in May.  I will send you an email to get your address.  Congratulations Eileen, and thanks for commenting!

There weren’t many comments in May, but I suppose that is because there were not many posts to the blog in May!  I will do better…more Clontarf history this summer…I promise!  What do you like to see on Clontarf History?  Photographs? Newspaper clippings?  McDermott Store ledger?  Family histories?  Let me know what you are interested in reading about!

Swift County Historical Society Program

Eileen McCormack will be speaking at the Swift County Historical Society  in Benson on Thursday, June 23rd @ 7:30pm.  The following appeared in the SCHS May/June 2011 newsletter:

The Dutiful Son

Mark your calendars.

Thursday, June 23 – 7:30 PM

Program at the Museum in Benson

The Dutiful Son Louis W. Hill: Life in the Shadow of the Empire Builder James J. Hill

Eileen McCormack, researcher for the new biography of Louis W. Hill, will give an illustrated talk on the book, The Dutiful Son. In addition to talking about the life of Louis Hill, the presentation will include a brief look at James J. Hill and his career as a builder of the Great Northern Railway and a Gilded Age capitalist.

Louis HIll’s life was more than railroads. Eileen will discuss his early life, marriage and family, development of Glacier National Park, involvement in banking and settlement along the railroad and his later life and personal philanthropy.

The power point presentation will give guests an opportunity to view pictures of the Hill homes, family, and other aspects of their lives. It will give an insight to what it was like being a member of the Hill family. Eileen welcomes questions about the Hill family and their empire. Society members are asked to invite family and friends to this special program. There is no fee to attend. Refreshments will be served.

If you are in the neighborhood, plan on attending this program.  Eileen really knows her Hill family history.  Before becoming assistant curator of the James J. Hill Family Papers (formerly located at the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul, now at the Minnesota Historical Society) Eileen was an interpreter at the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue in Saint Paul.  Today, Eileen’s company (formed in 2007 with daughter Regan) Archival Solutions provides historical research and archival services for individuals, businesses, and local organizations.

Don’t miss it!

Find a Grave

Finally, I wanted to mention the website Find a Grave.  This site has added 118 graves from St. Malachy Cemetery, Clontarf to its database.  Check it out.  More information to come on how we can add more graves to the listing…this is a fantastic resource for genealogists, family historians, and anyone interested in where their family is buried.  Stay tuned…

Have a great weekend!


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Thanks for coming!

It was great to see everyone who came out for the Swift County Historical Society Annual Meeting last night.  What a nice evening!  We saw many familiar faces and met some new ones, too. 

I have some work to do – the Reardon girls seem ready to do some family history!  I will be in touch with you all soon.  Over the next couple days I am going to try to sort out who’s who in the Reardon clan.

My mother and I received so much positive feedback after our talk last night. It sounds to me that many people in Clontarf are interested in looking into their family history.  Wouldn’t it be cool to start a family history group where people got together every few months or so to discuss their research?  Just an idea…

Thanks to everyone who made last night so special.  Anne – you did a fantastic job with everything.  Thanks, too, to Marlys and the Swift County Historical Society.

Meanwhile, I added the link to the Swift County GenWeb Project  website over on the sidebar under the Blogroll heading .  You can also get there by clicking here.  I haven’t spent too much time looking at the site, but I think there is some useful information.  Make sure you let me know if you find it useful.

One more note.  We have been talking to my grandpa’s cousins Donald and Gerald Regan for six years now and every time we see them, they seem to come up with another tidbit of information.  Last night we were talking and they mentioned that they thought the Kenna family was related to their grandmother’s family (Creden).  Donald and Gerald thought they all came from Ireland together.  I am going to look into this and see what I can discover.  Thanks Donald and Gerald, for another nugget of information.

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Swift County Historical Society: Annual Meeting & Banquet

The May/June issue of The Echo, the newsletter of the Swift County Historical Society, arrived last week.  Marlys (executive director) writes:

The Swift County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting & Banquet will be held at the Hall in Clontarf on Monday evening, July 12.  Doors open at 6PM.  The meal will be served at 6:30PM.

A brief meeting with election of Board Members will be held after the meal. 

The society is excited to have Eileen & Aine McCormick (sic) as presenters for the evening’s program.  Eileen is a former curator of the Hill Family Papers at the James J. Hill Reference Library and current owner of Archival Solutions, an archival & historic research business.  Aine is a writer and family researcher.  The program will include the history of the Clontarf area and family history research activities.

Tickets to the Annual Meeting & Banquet may be purchased at the museum or from a Board Member.  Deadline to purchase tickets is July 1.  Cost per ticket is $12.

If you are going to be in the Clontarf area on July 12th, make sure you get your ticket!  Anne Schirmer (Board Member) emailed me yesterday and said she has tickets to sell.  If you know Anne, you know where to find her!  You can also get tickets at the Swift County Historical Society:

2135 Minnesota Avenue | Benson, MN 56215
Phone: 320-843-4467
e-mail: info@swift-museum.org


Should be a good evening and you can’t beat the speakers!  Don’t forget to get your ticket by Thursday, July 1st!


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