This Day in Duluth Archive

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March 22, 1910: Duluth’s Ward Ames Sr. dies of Typhoid 

On this day in Duluth in 1910, Duluth businessman Ward Ames Sr. died of Typhoid complicated by Bright’s disease. Ames, sixty-three, was born in Oswego, New York, where he later went into the grain elevator business. He relocated to Fargo, North Dakota in 1881 as the Red River Valley was sprouting with grain. In 1887,…

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March 21, 1974: Tragic fire at the Crossroads Inn

On this day in Duluth in 1974, a fire in Duluth’s Crossroads Inn Hotel at the northeast corner of Superior Street and Lake Avenue killed four and injured several others. Jarry Keppers, author of Fire & Ice:  A History of the Duluth Fire Department, recounted the blaze: “The fire, which was reported at 5:30 p.m.,…

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March 16, 1890: Writer Winifred Sanford is born in Duluth.

On this day in Duluth in 1890, writer Winifred Mahon was born to Harry and Helen Mahon. She grew up on the East Hillside and graduated Central High School in 1907 with another future writer, Margaret Culkin Banning. She married Duluthian Wayland Hall Sanford and they moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, to establish his law…

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March 15, 1921: Death ends thirty-four years of service to Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1921, longtime Duluth public servant Fred J. Voss died from hardening of the arteries, ending his thirty-four years of public service to the City of Duluth. Voss, a German immigrant, and his wife Orin moved to Duluth in 1887 as the community was regaining its status as a city.…

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March 14, 1915: Airplane wins automobile race on ice

On this day in Duluth in 1915, an airplane flown by Duluthian Harry Webster beat Ray Buchanan’s automobile “The National” which was driving on a frozen Lake Superior. Wilson kept his plane at his “aeroshed” along the lake shore at Fourteenth Avenue East and mentioned to newspapers that “the ice on the lake makes an…

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March 13, 1861: Birth of Duluth physician John J. Eklund

On this day in 1861, John J. Eklund was born in Sweden and emigrated to the U.S. with his parents when he was five years old. he grew up on a farm in Chisago County, Minnesota, and later attended Gustavus Adolphus College and the Minnesota Hospital Medical College, now the University of Minnesota Medical School.…

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