May 30, 1912: Tough Day for Duluth livestock

On this day in 1912, it was a tough day for animals in the Zenith City. During a memorial Day parade in downtown Duluth, a team of two horses hitched to an unattended sprinkling wagon (at that time water was sprayed on the street to keep down dust and wash away horse urine) owned by M. Goldfine “took fright” and dashed down Second Avenue East at First Street, heading toward a crowd of people. With no one at the reigns, the horses veered left toward an alley, and the wagon overturned, instantly killing one of the horses. The Duluth News Tribune said that if the horses did not turn and upset the wagon, parade viewers would “have been struck down.” That same day residents of the 500 block of Eighth Avenue East discovered that an animal had devoured nearly every garden on the block. Mounted Police Office Noreen arrived to investigate, followed some tracks, and found the pig lunching on geranium sprouts at 523 Eighth Avenue East. The News Tribune reported that “The arm of the law immediately embraced the squealer and bodily dumped him, smell and all, into a chicken coop… [then] called headquarters and reported one pig under arrest.”

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