August 8, 1928: First plane crash in Duluth

On this day in Duluth in 1928, 30-year-old student pilot Julius Brent of 301 101st First Avenue West—along with two boys, Dale Lyerly and Bruce Kunsman of Superior—crashed L. A. Hoffman’s “borrowed” airplane after the vehicle hit power wires and exploded. Brent and the boys first took off from Superior and, “contrary to regulations and…

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August 8, 1869: Birth of Colonel Hubert Eva

On this day in 1869, future Duluthian Colonel Hubert V. Eva was born in Cornwall, England. Eva was the last surviving veteran of the Indian Campaigns. Often called an “Ex-Indian Fighter” by the press, Eva did not care for the term. “It was rather foolish,” Eva said of the battles. “You don’t hunt people like…

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