On this day in 1908, pioneer Duluthian J. B. Sutphin, died in the home of his son Ralph at 318 Third Avenue West, after a long illness. A native of New Jersey, Sutphin had arrived in Duluth in about 1872, when he was just twenty years old. He started out by trading along Lake Superior’s south shore, and travelled often to Octonagan and Houghton, Michigan. He later opened a meat packing plant in the West End that was later taken over by Elliott’s Meats. At the time of his death he worked as grain weighmaster for the state of Minnesota. Sutphin served as president of the Village of Duluth in 1886 and became Duluth’s mayor a year later, when the city regained its charter. He served until 1890. His term as mayor, the newspaper reported, was “well remembered as one during which the city enjoyed much prosperity.” Sutphin Street in today’s Canal Park Business District is named for him; he owned a dock adjacent to the street, the location of which is now occupied by the Minnesota Slip (where the ore boat William A. Irving is docked today). The newspaper’s report of his death ended with a touching tribute: “Few men have enjoyed a wider circle of friends in Duluth than Mr. Sutphin, and his demise will cause much regret.” Rerad the Duluth News Tribune article about Sutphin’s death here: SutphinDeath_1908-07-16_DNT.
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Vol. 3, Issue 7 | July 2014
- A West End Story
- Climb Historic Central High’s Clock Tour
- July 3, 1907: Gypsies set up camp in West End
- Call the Midwife!
- The Corps of Engineers Building
- Lyman Park
- June 29, 1983: Marjorie Congdon settles with her children
- June 28 , 1886: Mark Twain first visits Duluth
- July 16, 1927: Opening of the Arrowhead Bridge
- June’s Ghost Sign
- July 18, 1916: Sinclair Lewis and first wife arrive in Duluth