Posts by David Ouse

Henry & Henrietta Nesbitt

Victoria Henrietta Kugler (pictured at the White House) was born in Duluth on March 23, 1874. Her parents were Ernest Kugler, born in Germany, and Victoria Kugler, who was born in Hungary. Ernest had come to the United States in 1851 when he was 14 years old. The Kuglers were early residents of Duluth, moving…

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Dorothy Arnold

Dorothy Arnold was born Dorothy Arnoldine Olson on November 21, 1917, in Duluth. Her parents were Victor Arnold Olson and Clara F. (Kolbak) Olson. Victor, who used the first name Arnold, was a brakeman for the Northern Pacific railroad. Clara was a Duluth native. Both of Dorothy’s parents’ families had been in Duluth since the…

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Millie Baker

Amelia Baker was born in Minnesota in December, 1887. Her parents, either biological or foster parents (it’s not clear) were Alfred George Baker and Mary Ann Baker. Alfred was born in England in the 1840s. He immigrated to America around 1860 and fought in the Civil War on the Union side, serving in the 61st…

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Hugh Cameron

Comedy actor Hugh Cameron’s family moved to Duluth from Canada around 1891 (the image at right is a sketch of Cameron from 1893). He was born in Grenville, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada, on May 15, 1877, according to an 1893 Duluth newspaper article, although his birth date is often reported as May 15, 1879. His full…

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Ira Cook

Ira Leigh Cook was born in Duluth on August 17, 1916. His parents were Barnett J. Cook and Lillian (Cohen) Cook. Barnett J. Cook was born in Russia in 1867 and immigrated to the United States in 1883, arriving in New York in September of that year. He came to Duluth around 1885 and soon…

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Tommy Cook

Thomas Mosely Cook was born in Duluth on July 5, 1930. His parents were Emanuel S. and Fern J. Cook, and they resided at 2321 East Eighth Street. Tommy had an older sister, Nancy, born on October 6, 1927. The Cook family had been pioneer merchants in Duluth. Tommy’s grandfather, Moses Cook, came to town…

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Marguerite De La Motte

Beatrice Marguerite De La Motte was born in Duluth on June 22, 1903. Her parents were residing in Superior, Wisconsin, at the time but within about a year had moved to Duluth, where her father, Joseph, practiced law. Her mother, Nellie, was a homemaker. They also had a son, Joseph, born in Duluth on May…

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Carol Dempster

Carol Dempster became a silent film actress and was a favorite of director D.W. Griffith. According to the 1900 Census, Carol was born in Minnesota in December of 1898. Later she often gave her birth date as December 9, 1900, and the place as Duluth. Her father, John W. Dempster, was born in Canada on…

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Senta Erd

Soprano Senta Erd, who grew up in Duluth, led a successful operatic career for many years in Europe. She never forgot where she came from though, and regularly returned to visit friends in the Zenith City. Erd was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on August 6, 1889. Her parents were John B. Erd and Marie…

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Gil Fawcett

Gilbert George Fawcett was born in Duluth on February 2, 1893. He was the youngest of four children of Hugh and Emily. He grew up in a home at 126 West Palm Street in Duluth Heights and attended Lowell School. As a child, he performed recitations and both violin and piano solos and appeared in…

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