This Day in Duluth Archive

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February 7, 1913: Superior’s Bishop Schinner resigns

On this day across the bay in in 1913, Superior Diocese bishop Augustine Francis Schinner resigned his post. Born in Milwaukee in 1862, Schinner first became a priest in 1886, serving on the faculty at St. Francis Seminary until 1897, a period during which he also served as the secretary to the archbishop of Milwaukee.…

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February 5, 1924: Forty-one miners perish on the Cuyuna Iron Range

On this day near Crosby, Minnesota, in 1924, 41 miners lost their lives inside the Milford Mine. Experts believe the disaster was touched off shortly after 3 p.m. when the surface caved in at the mine’s easternmost end, creating a connection with a nearby pond called Foley Lake (and sometimes referred to as Lake Milford).…

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February 4, 1925: John Welsh becomes Bishop of Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1925, the Most Reverend Thomas Anthony Welch was installed as the third bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Duluth. He replaced John McNicholas, who had been bishop since 1918 and left in 1925 to become the Archbishop of Cincinnati, Ohio. Welch was born in Faribault, Minnesota, graduated St. Paul’s…

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February 2, 1941: Fond du Lac Winter Sports Complex opens

On this day in Duluth in 1941, the Fond du Lac Winter Sports Complex opened with the Duluth Ski Club’s 19th Annual Duluth Invitational ski jumping tournament on a brand new 60-meter slide. Previous tournaments had been held at Chester Bowl. Most of the 114 entrants had tried the slide the day before, averaging about…

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February 1, 1920: Death of original Park Superintendent Henry Helm

On this day in 1920, Henry Helm—Duluth’s first park superintendent—died on his fruit farm in Forest Grove, Oregon where he had gone to retire. Helm was born in 1844 in Logansport, Indiana, and was living in Monticello, Minnesota, when the Civil War began. He rose to the rank of sergeant with the 8th Minnesota Volunteer…

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January 31, 1959: Buddy Holly, et. al., play at the Duluth Armory

On this Day in Duluth in 1959, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Richie Valens, Jiles Perry “the Big Bopper” Richardson, Dion and the Bellmonts, and others played to a sell-out crowd at the 1915 Duluth Armory for a “Winter Dance Party” promoted by Duluth’s Lew Latto. Three days later, Holly, Valens, and Richardson perished in…

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January 29, 1869: Palestine Lodge No. 79 established in Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1869, Duluth’s masons received dispensation for their own lodge, to be known as “Palestine Lodge No. 79.” It was the first in Duluth. Its original members included civic leaders Colonel J. B. Culver, J. D. Ray, Franklin W. Ely, and Hayes Mayhew. Meetings were held in Mayhew’s residence “just…

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