This Day in Duluth Archive

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November 3, 1937: Actor Raymond Kark born in Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1937, Reijo Emil Kaskkainen was born in Duluth to Emil Kaskkainen and Ina (Niemi) Kaskkainen, Finnish immigrants living at 515 North Lake Avenue at the time. His parents Americanized his name to Raymond. He attended Nettleton Elementary School and Washington Junior High School, and graduated Duluth Central High School,…

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November 2, 1914: Reports of UFO sightings over Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1914, the Duluth News Tribune reported that several people in New Duluth had seen mysterious lights in the sky similar to those seen earlier that autumn in Chisholm. Helmer Nelson and Fred Sequist told the newspaper that while they were on their way home from a dance in Fond…

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November 1, 1992: Death of Duluth novelist Margaret Ann Hubbard

On this day in Duluth in 1992, Duluth native Margaret Ann Hubbard died at her home at Duluth’s Benedictine Health Center. She was 83. Hubbard was born in Souris, North Dakota—not far from the Canadian border—on October 17, 1909. In 1924 her family moved to the Zenith City and made their home at 918 East…

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October 31, 1873: Final Edition of the Duluth Daily Tribune

On this day in Duluth in 1873, Robert C. Mitchell published the final edition of his Duluth Daily Tribune. The newspaper had begun across the bay as the Superior Gazette, which Mitchell purchased in 1870 and changed its name to Superior Tribune. Duluthians, feeling that Duluth Minnesotian publisher Thomas Foster had become “arrogant and dictatorial…

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October 30, 1857: Birth of Townsend W. Hoopes Sr.

On this day in 1857, future Duluthian Townsend W. Hoopes was born in Pennsylvania. Hoopes spent his early adulthood trying his hand at farming. He settled in Duluth in  the early 1880s and established himself as a real estate developer and business pioneer. Working with the Duluth Street Railway Company, Hoopes helped plan and construct…

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October 29, 1874: The sidewheeler Lotta Bernard wrecks on Lake Superior

On this day on Lake Superior in 1874, the wooden sidewheeler Lotta Bernard foundered in a storm and was stranded at Encampment Island—off the North Shore near Castle Danger, between Two Harbors and Gooseberry Falls—where she broke up. She had been en route from  Fort William (part of today’s Thunder Bay, Ontario) to Duluth when…

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October 28, 1910: Hibbing miner killed in last pistol duel in Minnesota

On this day in Hibbing in 1910, miners and “best of friends” Peter Radovich (first reported as “Redovitch”) and Sam Kacich (first reported as “Katich”)—both natives of Montenegro—faced off in what is thought to be the last pistol duel in Minnesota. The “chums and bunkmates” had known each other for three years. They apparently became…

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October 27, 1917: Leonidas Merritt pays tribute to the past

On this day in Duluth in 1917, Zenith City pioneer Leonidas Merritt sat down with Duluth News Tribune reporter William O’Mally and regaled him with tales of Duluth’s early days. He spoke of F. A. Buckingham, surveyor and namesake of Duluth’s Buckingham Creek, who Merritt counted among the older, eccentric “cranks” in those early days,…

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October 26, 1844: Birth of Duluthian Jerome Cooley

On this day in 1844, future Duluthian Jerome Eugene Cooley born was born in Allegheny, New York. A true Yankee, Cooley’s great-great-grandfather came from England to Massachusetts in 1690. At twenty-one Cooley moved to Minneapolis and entered the lumber business; three years later he relocated to Hinkley to run a saw mill. He married Miss…

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October 25, 1848: Birth of Zar D. Scott

On This day in 1848, future Duluthian Zar Scott was born in Plymouth, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1873 he worked surveying lakes and railroads for the federal government before entering the lumber business in Minneapolis. By 1880 he had relocated to the Zenith City and he and D. E. Holsten…

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