This Day in Duluth Archive

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January 14, 1913: The DM&N Railroad announces new ore dock

On this day in Duluth in 1913, William McGonagle, president of the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railroad, announced that his company would soon hire a contractor to build the world’s largest ore dock next to existing ore docks standing west of Thirty-Third Avenue West. The first West Duluth ore dock, made of wood, was completed 1893…

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January 13, 1920: Death of Marion Fitger

On this day in Duluth in 1920, Marion Fitger—the youngest child of brewer August Fitger and his wife Clara—died suddenly at the family home at 629 East Sixth Street, where she had been born in 1893. She had been ill for just a few days, suffering from tubercular meningitis. Marion Fitger, according to the Duluth…

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January 12, 1914: Duluth Police department under investigation by grand jury 

On this day in Duluth in 1914, newspapers announced that a St. Louis County Grand Jury was investigating the Duluth Police Department on a variety of charges and would soon subpoena forty witnesses. County Attorney Warren Greene conducted the interviews, including those of Chief Chauncy Troyer and Duluth News Tribune reporter Jackson Darrimore. The DPD had been operating…

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January 8, 1918: Report shows Duluth “on the road to horselessness”

On this day in Duluth in 1918, a report showed that the popularity of the horse was in such a steep decline that the city was “on the road to ‘horselessness’.” The report, by City License Inspector M. J. Segal, showed that licenses for horse-drawn vehicles dropped dramatically between 1916 and 1917. In 1916, there…

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January 7, 1879: John Drew elected president of the Village of Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1879, John Drew was elected president of the Village of Duluth. (The title was essentially that of mayor.) Drew was born in Redding, Connecticut, in 1815. His family later relocated to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Drew first came to Duluth in 1870 after purchasing a Superior Street lot for his…

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