Lake County Past: Dec. 10From Lake County newspaper archives.
From Lake County newspaper archives.
100 years ago, 1910
There have been several fires in the coal stock piles on the local docks. The fires have been burning for several days and it has been necessary to move thousands of tons to get at the flames.
With the possible exception of four or five families the Journal News this month is going to every family in the city of Two Harbors. Those who are not regular subscribers will get it during the four weeks of December free. Do not be afraid to take the paper from the office during this month, thinking that later you will get a bill and will have to pay for it. We do not get subscribers that way. If you like the paper and wish to subscribe you will get the paper regularly once a week for one year for only $1.50.
75 years ago, 1935
One of the Agates stars of two years ago is making a name for himself on the University of Minnesota basketball team this season. George Gustafson happens to be the first Two Haborite who has made a Gophers basketball team since Lief Strand and Vic Dunder were doing their stuff 10 to 15 years ago. Another famous Agate is “Fat” Johnson on the “frosh” team. Two Harbors talent is making a name for the town around the state.
The one low-priced car that’s really new: Terraplane for 1936! The world’s first safety engineered chassis with Radial Safety Control (patent applied for), Tru-Line Steering, and 88 or 100 smooth horsepower. New at $595.
50 years ago, 1960
The official population of Lake County for the 1960 federal census is 13,702. Silver Bay has a population of 3,723; Beaver Bay township, 942; Beaver Bay village, 287; Silver Creek township, 379.
Representatives of labor, government and civic organizations in Lake county appeared in agreement here Sunday that some inducements may be necessary to secure industrial expansion in this area. Governor-elect Elmer Andersen met with 20 area people in a special session at the Iron Dock hall listing to a multitude of suggestions noting that “we have the resources, we need jobs and are willing to offer inducements to get something going.”
25 years ago, 1985
Word has been received approval has been given to Superior Shores environmental impact statement concerning plans for a marina complex on Flood Bay. Acceptance basically means developers may now move ahead with acquiring state lands, do detailed planning, and begin other preliminary work needed to undertake the marina project.
Whether or not there is ever a seat belt law in Minnesota, motorists and passengers should take it upon themselves to buckle up anyway, says the AAA. Due to the publicity surrounding the possible law in this state, some non-users have started to wear their seats belts, however, a large majority still do not.
Want more history? The Lake County Historical Society is a good place to start. It’s at the Depot in Two Harbors, 834-4898 or visit lakecountyhistoricalsociety.org. There’s also the Bay Area Historical Society in Silver Bay, 226-4534; the Finland Minnesota Historical Society, 353-7380 or 353-7550; and the Historical Committee of the Isabella Community Council, 323-7644.