Lake County Past: Jan. 28From Lake County newspaper archives.
From Lake County newspaper archives.
100 years ago, 1911
The Lake County Poultry Association annual exhibit that closed last evening was one of the biggest ever held, with a large number of fine birds and finely placed pens. The only drawback to the show was the small attendance. The poultry business is but a sideline to the development of the county but it is an important one just the same and is worthy of a much larger patronage than was accorded the show by our people.
Aside from the moving picture and vaudeville entertainments at the Star, our town is a dead one for entertainment this winter. Films: “A Cheyenne’s Love for a Sioux,” “A Christmas Letter,” “A Thin Dark Line.” Vadudeville: “The True Rubes”: singing, dancing, and musical comedy.
75 years ago, 1936
The unusual frigid weather last week caused the Amundsen Service a loss of approximately $1,000 as frost heaved at the outlet of a tank containing about 15,000 gallons of gasoline. The gasoline sprayed in all directions and was impossible for anyone to plug the leak on account of being sprayed with the liquid in weather 25 degrees below zero. Gasoline flowed in the nearby ditches adjacent to the lumber yard and with a west wind it probably would have caused a conflagration if it had taken fire.
Florida plate plan
If you are looking for someone to envy, Florida motorists will do until something better comes along. They keep the same auto license numbers year after year and buy only a new “year tag” which fits in a slot on the permanent plates. Connecticut is going to try the same gag next year and who can say that Minnesota motorists wouldn’t like to join the parade?
50 years ago, 1961
A red carpet welcome in the literal sense will invite customers and visitors on a red carpet that will stretch from the curb into the bank entrance on First Avenue. Savings incentives, prizes, and an opportunity to see the new interior are only part of the attractions. A new and innovative auto bank window near the rear of the building and a concrete driveway and ramp at the window assures easy access for those who wish to do banking from their own cars.
Comparing temperatures is difficult, to say the least. When we say it’s twice as cold or twice as warm from one day to the next, we’re simply asking for trouble. If the temperature is 50-degrees above zero one day and it rises to 100 degrees the next we can say the latter day is twice as warm. But Kenneth Nyberg of Ninth Avenue called in the other day to ask how cold it would be if it were zero one morning, then twice as cold the next.
We confess our shortcomings in the field of mathematics, but after figuring two times zero we came up with nothing or zero. The only thing we can say when such an incident occurs, it isn’t time to pawn your top coat for a summer suit.
25 years ago, 1985
Speaking for about an hour with members of the Two Harbors City Council and others, Don Shank waxed almost poetic as he reminded his audience that this is the 100th anniversary of the opening of the lake-shore route, which provided an important link between Duluth, Two Harbors, and the East Range. It is his hope for a 27-mile tourist trip between Duluth’s Depot Museum and Two Harbors Depot Museum. “It is a historic and beautiful route and it would be a disaster to lose it to a salvage operation.”
It’s cable TV
Superstation Funtime: “The Muppet Show,” “Calliope” (Award-winning childrens series), “The Lone Ranger,” “Bugs Bunny,” “Championship Roller Derby,” and “AWA Championship Wrestling.”
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 Historical Society (353-7380 or 353-7550), and the Historical Committee of the Isabella Community Council (323-7644).