Lake County Past: March 4From Lake County newspaper archives.
From Lake County newspaper archives.
100 years ago, 1911
The second annual meeting of the Lake County Farmer’s Club takes place on March 11. Organized March 20, 1909, with a membership of 20, the growth has been steady, now having a membership of 120. A warehouse has been erected in which is stored all feed and hay kept for the use of the members, from four to six carloads being brought each month.
This is supposed to be a spring month. We will look for the real article a couple of months later. However, it will soon be time for the railroad boys to be coming back for the opening of spring work and we will all be glad to see them return as it will mean the near approach of spring activities.
75 years ago, 1936
The comedy basketball game between the high school team and the team composed of merchants and court house employees Monday night was a huge success from both financial and entertainment points. The gate totaled $97, the largest of the season. The “merchants” did some excellent clowning and played a superb game until it was discovered by the school team that a wire screen had been placed over their basket. The entire crowd enjoyed the games and from the enthusiasm shown it is hoped that another contest will be scheduled next year.
Preparations were made Friday for the descent of a diver to inspect the intake at the water plant and a hole was cut in the ice which revealed 45 inches of solid ice. Beneath this there is known to be 15 feet of floating ice which has been jammed beneath the surface by currents and pressure of the wind driving the ice from the east. It has been decided it is too dangerous an undertaking to make the inspection and nothing will be done until the ice is swept out of Burlington Bay.
50 years ago, 1961
Four races are in prospect for the city election to be held on March 21. All of the races developed on Tuesday, the final day of filing when a total of 12 candidates filed. Posts for mayor include: David Battaglia, Earl Murphy, Iver Amundsen Jr., and Frank Eide.
George Hedin, a senior at Two Harbors High School, has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program competition and will be awarded a certificate of merit.
25 years ago, 1986
Wally and Dorothy Peters south of Highway 61 in Castle Danger have established a feed lot for local whitetail deer in their backyard, where he supplies them with alfalfa and corn. Wally says he puts about three bales of hay and 40 to 50 pounds of corn a day out for the sleek herd that has been coming to the yard since November.
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).