This Day in Duluth Archive

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March 26: 1914: Drunk dog causes panic in Superior

On this day across the bay in Superior in 1914, an unnamed bulldog “of the Irish variety” with a snootful of beer terrified pedestrians on Tower Avenue, who assumed the foam dripping from the obviously affected dog indicated rabies. The next day Duluth News Tribune headlines rang out: “Fido Drinks Beer; Foam Clings to His…

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March 24, 1905: New Masonic Temple opens in Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1905, over 1,200 Masons along with their “wives, sisters, and sweethearts”—about 2,000 in all—attended the “housewarming” of the new Masonic Lodge at 4 West Second Street. Designed by J. J. Wangenstein (himself a Mason) the building was the new home to Palestine Lodge #79 and related Duluth lodges and…

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March 23, 1872: First National Bank of Duluth organized

On this day in Duluth in 1872, the First National Bank of Duluth was organized by some of the most prominent men in the Zenith City: J. B. Culver (president, pictured below), George C. Stone (cashier), and directors James D. Ray, Sidney Luce, R. S. Munger, J. D. Ensign and Clinton Markell. The set up…

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March 21: 1918: Death of Henry M. Bradley

On this day in Duluth in 1918, lumberman Henry M. Bradley died in his home at 701 West Second Street. He was 93 years old. Bradley was born in Lee, Massachusetts, on May 7, 1824. He left school at 16, when his family moved to Ohio, and apprenticed in the wool-carding and cloth-dressing trade. He…

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March 20, 1976: Marjorie Congdon LeRoy marries Roger Sipe Caldwell

On this day in 1976, Marjorie Congdon LeRoy married Roger Sipe Caldwell at United Methodist Church in Littleton, Colorado. It was the second marriage for both. They had dated two months before becoming engaged on St. Patrick’s Day. According to biographer Gail Feichtinger, “Though short on cash, forty-two-year-old Roger had other attributes, including a wry…

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March 19, 1891: Birth of Margaret Culkin Banning

On this day in 1891, future Duluth novelist Margaret Culkin Banning was born in Buffalo, Minnesota. Her family moved to Duluth in 1897 after her father became the Register of the Land Office in Duluth and the family moved to 2328 Woodland Avenue in Hunter’s Park. Banning graduated Duluth Central High School in 1907 and…

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March 18, 1919: Biplane flies under Aerial Bridge

On this day in Duluth in 1919, Wilber Larrabee flew his airplane under the top span of the Aerial Transfer Bridge. Larrabee had set two aviation records less than a week earlier, accompanied by his brother Weldon, becoming the first to land a commercial aircraft in Duluth and at the same time setting the record…

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March 17, 1835: Birth of Hamilton M. Peyton

On this day in 1835, future Duluthian Hamilton M. Peyton was born in Geneva, New York. After graduating Rutgers College in 1855, he eventually made his way to Superior and opened a bank there in 1858. The next year he built a small saw mill on Connors Point. In 1881 he formed Peyton, Kimball &…

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