This Day in Duluth Archive

Use our search function to find “This Day” entries for a specific day of the year. Spell out the month and include a comma after the date numeral, do not include a year, and place it all within quotation marks, like this: “May 1,”.

November 10, 1909: fire damages businesses in West Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1909, fire ravaged several building along the 300 block of Central Avenue in West Duluth. One of the buildings damaged in the conflagration was the Traphagen Block, designed by noted Duluth architect Oliver Traphagen and home today to Gannucci’s Italian Market. The building, home to Dr. David Graham’s hospital, was completely…

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November 9, 1872: Birth of Duluth master stone carver George Thrana

On this day in 1872, Ole Georgurious Thrana was born in Steinkjer, Norway, where he apprenticed as a stone carver. Thrana—who went by “George”—moved to Duluth in 1889, when he was just 17 years old and had no friends or relatives in America. His first job in Duluth was working on the First Presbyterian Church,…

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November 4, 1918: Tough day for Duluth Doughboys

On this day in 1918—and the following day as well—the war in Europe took a heavy toll on soldiers from the Zenith City. Duluth native Howard C. Quigley was killed in action in the Argonne Forest. Quigley had been working at the Duluth branch of the American Bridge Company when called into service on April…

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