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November 26, 1888: Opening of Oneota School

On this day in Duluth in 1888, the second Oneota Elementary School opened at 4420 West First Street. Designed by renowned architect Oliver Traphagen, the school was a three-story Romanesque Revival–style building constructed of red brick featuring a tall square tower and a smaller round tower, both topped with iron finials. The school had six…

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November 26, 1843: The birth of Duluth pioneer George Spencer

On this day in 1843, future Duluthian George Spencer was born Westminster, Vermont. After attending high school in Boston, Spencer came to Duluth in 1870 to manage the Union Improvement Elevator Company. In 1880 he entered the grain shipping business with Melvin J. Forbes as Spencer & Co. In 1889, he and Forbes parted company…

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