So, I’m not uncomfortable yet. What gives me pause is that, again, according to that 1949 paper, the area was originally called Nigger Prairie. It was so named because they found a negro who had died and buried him across from the (then) present site of the Congregational church.
Changing the name had nothing to do with modern sensibilities, but I’m glad they saw fit to do so. Thanks to Heather Callah for bringing this story to my attention.
The picture is of John Mullan late in his life.