Posts by Judith Liebaert

The Superior Entry Lighthouse

Before Duluthians dug their city’s ship canal in 1871, the only way in and out of the harbors of Duluth and Superior was the Superior Entry, a natural opening between Minnesota and Wisconsin Points. In those early years, all shipping traffic came and went via the entry, and navigating through the entry could be tricky—Lake…

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Molly (O’Kash) Muench

Molly O’Kash essentially grew up in the Blue Moon Café, a restaurant-turned-bar in Superior’s notorious North End, along with three brothers and five sisters. The daughter of Yugoslovian immigrants she would follow in her father’s footsteps and is remembered as the proprietress of Molly’s Bar on Tower Avenue. Molly O’Kash was born on Valentine’s Day 1914, her parents, Nicholas…

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Dorothy Blaine

Chances are if you mention Dorothy Blaine in Superior, Wisconsin, nobody will recognize the moniker—Blaine was a stage name. A few might know her by her maiden name, Dorothy O’Kash, or by her married name, Dorothy Gamsa—but outside of her family few know the story of Dorothy’s life after her graduation from Superior’s Central High…

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Martin Pattison

Fairlawn Mansion, Superior’s enduring landmark along the East Second Street waterfront, was declared the grandest home in the city at the time of its construction. The 1889 family home of Martin and Grace Pattison and their six children, the 42-room Victorian-era Queen Anne house is the embodiment of America’s Gilded Age and has been featured…

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