W. H. Appleby

In compiling this volume of representative citizens of Duluth and St. Louis County occasion has been afforded to give the records of men in many walks of life; here will be found appropriate mention of worthy citizens of all vocations, and at this juncture we present a resume of the career of one of the enterprising and successful contractors and builders of this city, where he has lived for a score of years and where he has attained to a high degree of success in his chosen field of labor.

W. H. Appleby was born in Toronto, Canada, on the 18th day of April, 1861, and is the second child in order of birth of the nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Appleby. His father, whose death occurred in 1908, was a prominent and successful building contractor. W. H. Appleby received his educational training in the public schools of Toronto, and at the age of nineteen years was apprenticed to learn the trade of a sash and door maker in a factory in Toronto. In 1887 he came to the United States and was here employed at his trade as a journeyman up to 1900. He then came to Duluth and engaged in general contracting, in which he has met with a very gratifying degree of success, being considered one of the most capable and reliable contractors and builders in the city. Among his first contracts after coming here was the building of a number of first-class residences for the Lakeside Land Company, and since then he has erected many of the most expensive, substantial and attractive residences in the city, including the Silberstein home at Twenty-first avenue and First street, the Henry Abrahams home, known as “Oak Hall,” at Twenty-third avenue and Third street, the Pattison home at Twenty-fifth avenue, East, and Greysolon road, besides many others of a similar character all over the city, as well as business blocks, garages, etc.

Politically Mr. Appleby gives his support to the Republican party, and his religious affiliation is with the Congregational Church. He is a member of the Citizens’ Club and enjoys a wide acquaintance throughout the city.

On November 2, 1888, in Duluth, Mr. Appleby was married to Mary McCullen, whose death occurred on February 11, 1911. To this union were born four children, namely: Marion, now the wife of E. M. Nelson; Hazel, the wife of A. E. Freedman; Howard, in the employ of the Oliver Mining Company, and Richard, who is a student in the Duluth High School. A man of high moral character, unimpeachable integrity, persistent industry and excellent judgment, he stands “four square to every wind that blows,” and occupies an enviable position among his fellow citizens.


  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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