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This Day in Duluth Archive

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March 19, 1869: Birth of lawyer/inventor John R. McGiffert

On this day in 1869, future Duluthian John R. McGiffert was born in Hudson, New York. After a “liberal education,” he received a law degree from the New York Universoty in 1892 and made his way to Duluth that same year. According to one biographer, “while in school and during his law practice Mr. McGiffert…

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March 16, 1915: Birth of Duluthian and Song writer Sammy Gallop

On this day in Duluth in 1915, future songwriter Sammy Gallop was born to Russian immigrants Morris and Dora Gallop. According to Zenith City’s David Ouse, Gallop grew up in Duluth and attended Central High School, graduating in 1932. The 1932 Zenith, Central High’s yearbook, indicates he didn’t participate in many extracurricular activities. His older…

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March 14, 1913: Death of Duluth pioneer Roger Munger

On this day in Duluth in 1914, pioneer Roger Munger died at 83 years of age in the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Dwight Woodbridge. After he and his brothers, who performed as the Munger Bothers Orchestra, opened the state’s first music store in St. Paul, Munger and his wife Olive moved to Duluth…

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March 12, 1930: First Streetcar to pass over the Aerial Lift Bridge

On this day in Duluth in 1930, a street car crossed the newly converted Aerial Lift Bridge for the first time. The Park Point line went between Piedmont Avenue and the “end of the Park Point carline” at 43rd Street South on Minnesota Avenue. The car ran regularly every 20 minutes, except during the “morning…

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March 10, 1910: Duluth’s Attilo Castigliano named consular to Italy

On this day in 1910, Duluthian Attila Castigliano was named United States consular to the Kingdom of Italy with jurisdiction over the state of Minnesota and northern Michigan. According to one biographer, “The duties of his office involve a general protection of the interests of the Italian people in the district where over seventy-five thousand…

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