This Day in Duluth Archive

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April 22, 1959: Duluth’s Longfellow Elementary goes up in flames

On this day in Duluth in 1959, the 1891 Longfellow Elementary School at 6015 Elinor Street was destroyed by fire. The school had closed in 1956 and was left vacant, used as a storage facility for obsolete school furniture. It soon became a favorite target of vandals. In fact, just weeks before the fire school…

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April 20, 1959: The funeral of Duluthian Julius Barnes

On this day in Duluth in 1959, Duluth’s Julius Barnes, once the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery following a simple service at the Crawford Mortuary chapel. Reverend Robert W. Dickson of Lakeside Presbyterian Church lead the service. He said in part “Julius Barnes was a man who…

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April 19, 1871: Birth of iron mining magnate George P. Tweed

On this day in 1871, George P. Tweed was born in Warsaw, Minnesota, the oldest son of eleven children born to Norwegian immigrants Evan and Anna Tweed. According to one biographer, Tweed “came to Duluth when about sixteen years of age…. At the age of eighteen, after leaving school, he entered the real estate and…

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