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This Day in Duluth Archive

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January 11, 1883: Birth of Clarence R. Magney 

On this day in in 1917, future Duluth mayor Clarence R. Magney was born to Swedish immigrants in Trenton, Wisconsin. According to historian Walter Van Brunt, Magney’s father, Rev. Jonas Magney, was “brought to America in 1858 by his parents, who located at Center City, Minnesota, on a farm. Jonas Magney prepared himself for the profession…

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January 9, 1918: Duluth’s first female police officer trained to fire gun

On this day in Duluth in 1918, Duluth’s first female police officer, Miss Roy McGregor, had her initial training in the use of firearms. Jailer Al Root, considered a “good shot,” provided the lesson at the police target range “on the waterfront.” The story concluded that while “results of the practice were not made public,”…

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January 8, 1954: Gene Autrey performs at the Duluth Armory

On this day in Duluth in 1954, the “Singing Cowboy” Gene Autrey gave two performances of “Hot Show of 1954” at the Duluth Armory. The Duluth News Tribune reported that the “Hot Show” included comedian and Autrey sidekick Pat Buttram, musicians the Cass County Boys, human sound-effects machine Rufe Davis, the Melody Ranch Orchestra, and…

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January 5, 1911: Duluth police officer shot and killed by “boy bandits”

On this day in Duluth in 1911, officer Harry Chessmore, 25, was shot and killed by William Melodrowski on a streetcar headed to police headquarters. Chessmore and other officers had arrested Melodrowski, 15, and his companion, Agot Johnson, also 15, on Garfield Avenue. The pair were suspected of tying and gagging Clarence Stubsted and Charles…

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January 4, 1982; Death of Margaret Culkin Banning

On this day in 1982, longtime-Duluthian and novelist Margaret Culkin Banning died in her home in Tyron, North Carolina. She was 90 years old. Banning was born March 8, 1891, in Buffalo, Minnesota. In 1897 her father was appointed by President McKinley to the post of Register of the Land Office in Duluth, and the…

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January 3, 1920: West Duluthian arrested for being a Communist

On this day in Duluth in 1920, federal officials arrested West Duluth resident Carl Haglund on charges that he was an active Communist. Haglund had emigrated from Sweden in 1912 and first took out papers to file for citizenship in 1916, but he never completed the process. Haglund told officials he was not only a…

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January 2, 1914: The new Kitchi Gammi Club opens

On this day in Duluth in 1914, the new Kitchi Gammi Club at 831 East Superior Street opened with a gala new year’s ball. The building was designed by renowned architect Betram Goodhue in the Jacobean style. Goodhue was hired by his friend Guilford Hartley, head of the Kitch’s building committee. The Kitchi Gammi Club…

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