Sunday, November 11, 2012



I am happy to say that I have entered what I consider "phase 2" of my research. My initial goal with the blog was to document my research as I found it. Basically, I wanted to avoid having a pile of research but nothing written down. Recently, as I have discovered additional bits and pieces from other newspapers, the bulk of my work has been updating existing posts. I have done some of this on the blog, and some of it offline in my files.

I have found at this stage that the blog has likely met its limit in terms of helping me with my research. Additional information that I find needs to be put into existing writing. This isn't very conducive to new blog posts. In any event, my research will continue, but updates on this blog will not be common.

If you have interest in the 1897 Red River Valley League, there is still a lot of information on the blog. Feel free to browse the 100+ posts. Use the tags to categorize them by topic, or use the search bar at the bottom of the page. If you have questions or comments, please make use of the comments section on the posts. I will be happy to answer your questions and talk more about this project, which has been a blast for me.

I am confident at this phase of my research that I will put together the story of the 1897 RRVL in published form. I am still in the early stages of this process, but my blog posts have provided at least 75 pages of writing to start from. I am excited to continue to put this information together. In addition to the story of the league, I plan to provide as much of a statistical breakdown as possible for Fargo, and possibly the other league teams. I anticipate an appendix with the Fargo team's schedule and results as well.

There is still research I would like to do. Specifically, there are a few newspaper publications that I hope to peruse. I hope the Crookston Daily Tribune/Crookston Daily Times and Detroit Record will provide some insight the involvement of Crookston and Detroit Lakes with the 1897 league. I'm also interested to see how the Grand Forks Plaindealer differed in its coverage of the Senators as opposed to the Herald. Additionally, I will continue to explore newspaper options in the Wahpeton-Breckenridge area. There was no daily paper for either city in 1897, so I hope to find what I can from the various weekly papers.

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