June 20, 1921: Mayor Snively creates advisory parks board

On this day in Duluth in 1921, Mayor Samuel F. Snively presented a city council resolution to form a “nonsalaried park board to act in conjunction with the city’s welfare department.” The resolution, part of Snively’s plan to make Duluth “the northwest’s most beautiful city,” was passed unanimously. The board’s duties would be to “assist the [parks] department in all manners pertaining to parks, driveways and other projects tending to beautify the city.” Snively recommended the following men to sit on the board: Frederic W. Paine, who sat on Duluth’s original Board of Park Commissioners, Captain Robert Sellwood (owner of the Sellwood building), Otto Swanstrom of of Diamond Calk Horseshoe, Bert Enger, who had just donated the money that created Enger Park, Dr. David Graham and J. M. Davison. Of this board Snively said he “expect[ed] expert advice regarding the city’s park needs in a manner in which they can be reached. I realize my plan to beautify the city is an enormous undertaking and with the city’s present financial condition little progress can be made. But in the end I hope to reach my objective. Snively reached that goal and then some with the help of F. Rodney Paine, Fredric’s son, who served as Park Superintendent under Snively from 1926 to 1938.

Samuel F. Snively. (Image: Duluth Public Library)

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