Posts by David Ouse

Russell Mayberry

As a kid growing up in Morgan Park in the 1930s, Duluth-native Russell Mayberry dreamed of working in radio. Later dreams of becoming an actor didn’t come true, but Mayberry did find work in television in the early days of that industry in the late 1940s; he worked his way up to become one of…

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Philip Morris

Philip Morris was born Francis Charles-Philip Morris in Duluth on January 20, 1893. His parents were Alphonsus L. Morris and Celia Matteman. Alphonsus was born in Canada about 1865 and first appears in the Duluth directory in 1890, living at 706 East Fifth Street, but he moved frequently in the next couple of years. He…

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Lorenzo Music

Gerald David Music was born on May 2, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were Harry Music and Sophie (Nessell) Music. Harry was a master mechanic and also a drummer. He moved the family to Duluth around 1943 for a job in the Walter Butler Shipyards in Superior. The family first resided at 912…

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Charles Nolte

Charles Miller Nolte was born in Duluth on November 3, 1923. The Nolte family played an important role in the early development and growth of Duluth. Charles’ grandfather, Henry Nolte, came to Duluth in 1882 when he was transferred from St. Paul by the St. Paul & Duluth Railroad. By 1884 he was buying land…

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Ralph Oxman

As a young boy, Ralph Oxman attended a concert in Duluth featuring a famous British cellist, and he fell in love with the instrument. After being mentored by Duluth’s foremost music maker, Oxman would enjoy a decades-long career playing with with some of the finest orchestras in the country. Ralph Sanford Oxman was born in…

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Emily Schupp

The development of modern dance in the United States began in the 1890s with Loie Fuller and, most famously, in the early 1900s by Isadora Duncan. They were moving away from the strictures of ballet to a more interpretive style of dance. About the same time, Duluth-native Emily Schupp was beginning her fascination with dance.…

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Clara Stocker

Duluth-native Clara Stocker devoted her life to the study of music, art, and language and travelled the world to gain her knowledge—then returned after each trip to teach what she had learned to the people of Duluth. Stocker was born in Duluth on May 9, 1886, the daughter of Dr. Samuel and Stella Prince Stocker.…

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Adelaide Thurston

Duluthian Adelaide Thurston dreamed of being an actress from childhood, and through hard work and determination made a career for herself on the stage. Thurston was born Adelaide Belle Sawyer on October 7, 1871, in Red Wing, Minnesota. Her father Harridon S. Sawyer, a Civil War veteran from Pennsylvania, moved to Red Wing after the…

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Irving Copi

Irving Marmer Copilowish was born on July 28, 1917, in Duluth. His parents were Samuel B. and Rose (Marmer) Copilowish, who had emigrated from Russia. Samuel was born on Aug. 10, 1883, in Russia, and immigrated to St. Paul in 1894. Rose was born in Russia on Dec. 15, 1884. The family moved to Duluth…

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Robert Gilruth

Robert Rowe Gilruth was born in Nashwauk, Minnesota, on October 8, 1913. His parents were Henry Augustus Gilruth and Frances (Rowe) Gilruth. Henry was born on a farm near Davenport, Iowa, in 1882. He became an educator and, at the time of Robert’s birth, was superintendent of schools in Nashwauk. Frances was born in Michigan…

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