This Day in Duluth Archive

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September 6, 1902: Death of Fish Hatchery founder Robert Sweeney

On this day in Duluth in 1902, Dr. Robert Ormsby Sweeney—the man who established the Lester River Fish Hatchery—in 1888, died in his home next to the hatchery. Born a Philadelphia Quaker, Sweeney came to Minnesota territory in 1852 as a trained pharmacist who considered himself an artist by occupation. A pioneer settler of St.…

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September 5, 1870: The dredging tug Ishpeming starts carving a canal

On this day in Duluth in 1870, the dredging tug Ishpeming, owned by W. W. Williams & Co. and piloted by Major John Upham, bit into Minnesota Point along a dirt roadway platted as Portage Street. The undeveloped street followed the same path local Ojibwe called Onigamiinsing or “Little Portage”—the very trail thought to have…

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September 3, 1922: Death of Bernard Silberstein

On this day in Duluth in 1922, merchant and civic leader Bernard Silberstein died at his home in Duluth. Silberstein was born in Budapest, Hungary, on March 4, 1848. He and his wife Nettie, along with brothers Asa and Henry Leopold, were Duluth’s first Jewish residents. Silberstein was the owner of Silberstein & Bondy Dry…

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September 2, 1665: Jesuit Missionary Claude-Jean Allouez arrives at Lake Superior

On this day in 1665, the namesake of Superior, Wisconsin’s Allouez neighborhood arrived at Saulte Ste. Marie, where the St. Mary’s River meets Lake Superior. Missionary Claude-Jean Allouez and six of his countrymen were traveling in the company of “four hundred Indians of different tribes, who were returning to their country,” after trading at Three Rivers in…

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August 31, 1870: Birth of native pioneer and civic leader Bert Wheeler

On this day in Duluth in 1870, Bert N. Wheeler was born to Oneota pioneers Henry and Sarah Wheeler, the last of their eleven children. According to his 1946 obituary Wheeler graduated Hamline University, where he lettered in nine different sports including football, baseball and track, in 1894 and returned to Duluth that same year…

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August 29, 1894: Birth of Senator Henry Dworshack

Today marks the birth of Idaho politician Henry Dworshack, born in Duluth on this day in 1894. Henry Jr. began working for his father, a printer, around age 15 and later worked as associate editor of Labor World and managed Duluth’s Northwest Printers’ Supply Co. in Duluth. In 1924 the family moved to Burley, Idaho,…

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