Guilford Hartley was born in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1853. As a teenager he moved to Brainerd where he worked in the timber industry and set up his own logging business. In 1883 he married Caroline Woodward of Minneapolis, and the couple later moved to Duluth. He served in the Minnesota legislature and was a delegate to the 1888 Republican presidential convention. Hartley also helped develop the western Mesaba Iron Range. Throughout his life he had interests in lumbering, mining, farming, real estate, the newspaper business, and almost every major industry in Duluth. Hartley helped establish the Northland Country Club and built Duluth’s Orpheum Theatre. His Allendale Farm in the Woodland area of Duluth is now Duluth’s Hartley Park, and his office building still stands at 740 East Superior Street.
From Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood, copyright © 2011, Zenith City Press, Duluth, Minnesota