This Day in Duluth Archive

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January 23, 1970: Death of renowned local and state landscape architect Arthur Nichols

On this day in 1970, pioneer landscape architect Arthur Nichols—whose work can be seen today throughout Duluth—died in Minneapolis. Arthur Richardson Nichols was a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, and became the first person to earn a degree through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s landscape architecture program in 1902. He and Anthony Morell went to work…

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January 22, 1943: Fire guts the Duluth Athletic Club

On this day in Duluth in 1943, fire gutted the Duluth Athletic Club at 402 West Superior Street. The six-alarm fire was reported just before midnight, and fire-fighting efforts were hampered by winds and thick smoke, acrid enough that several of the 160 responding firefighters collapsed under its affects. Unable to reach the fire from…

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January 20: 1922: The funeral of Guilford Hartley

On this day in Duluth in 1922, Guilford G. Hartley was laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery following a simple service in his stately home at 1308 East Superior Street. His pall bearers included his brother Hebert, his sons Guilford Jr. and Cavour, and his sons-in law James Claypool, D. H. Lewis, and Walter…

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January 18, 1944: Birth of Denny Anderson, the “Voice of the Northland”

On this day in 1944, at precisely 9:39 a.m., future Duluth television news anchor Dennis “Denny” Anderson was born in Eveleth, Minnesota. While in high school he joined the radio broadcast club and after graduating went on the air for Virginia’s WHLB radio, beginning a lifetime as a radio and television broadcaster. Denny was just…

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January 17, 1893: State legislature considers a state normal school for Duluth

On this day in 1893, Representative J. A. Boggs introduced a bill to create a state normal school in Duluth. Normal schools trained high school graduates to become teachers; the term “normal” comes from the ideal that the education focused on “the norms of pedagogy and curriculum.” Most normals schools were later renamed “teachers colleges.”…

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