This Day in Duluth Archive

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November 25, 1870: Pioneers establish Duluth’s volunteer fire department 

On this day in Duluth in 1870, Duluth Hose Company No. 1—the foundation of what would become today’s Duluth Fire Department—was first organized. Foreman E. M. Bloomer, assistant foreman T. H. Pressnell, secretary A. S. Chase, steward James Farrell, and vigilance committee members E. M. Bloomer, L. H. Tenney, and George Spencer led the group,…

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November 24, 1920: Superior bank robbery suspects arrested in Omaha

On this day in 1920, suspects in a Superior bank robbery were captured in Omaha, Nebraska. The alleged bandits were suspected of holding up the Superior State Bank on November 16, making off with $7,070—but it could have been much more if it weren’t for quick-witted bookkeeper Nell Mulligan. Mulligan, 22, had defied the robbers…

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November 23, 1923: Bert N. Wheeler shares his pioneer family’s history

On this day in Duluth in 1923, Bert Wheeler gave a speech about his pioneer family at the annual meeting of the Old Settlers Association of the Head of the Lakes. The venue was very appropriate: Wheeler’s family was among the oldest settlers of today’s Duluth, having established the town of Oneota (part of today’s West…

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November 21, 1916: The death of Chester Adgate Congdon

On this day in 1916, Chester Adgate Congdon died of heart failure in St. Paul. In the following days, the Duluth News Tribune contained many tributes to Congdon. Here are some excerpts from the newspaper’s own remembrance: “Death chose indeed a shining mark. It does not seem possible, and it will take Duluth months to…

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