Lake County Past: March 11From Lake County newspaper archives.
From Lake County newspaper archives.
100 years ago, 1911
Strong petitions have been presented to the county board for a road from Duluth to Port Arthur. They have been reviewed and there is now a very good chance that something will come of the agitation. St. Louis County would repair and build up the road from Duluth to the west line of Lake County. Lake County is then to build a road between this city and Beaver Bay and then on to the west line of Cook County. The argument includes that a good trunk wagon road to Beaver Bay would open a large number of acres to settlement. Settlers will follow good roads in this country just as surely as the night follows day.
Stevens and his bear: Stevens and his real, genuine Alpine Bear perform. The bear dances four different styles and does everything but talk. He weighs 328 pounds and stands upright at 6 feet, 11 inches. Prizes to those wishing to attempt to throw the bear two out of three falls in wrestling matches. Miss Clara Lorane will wrestle the animal for the benefit of the ladies.
75 years ago, 1936
Dr. R. L. Burns has announced the annual check-up in the schools for TB in the students in seventh and eighth grades is going to be given next Tuesday. All students in these grades will be given consent forms and the hope is that all parents will sign and return them giving their consents for the tests. All children who show positive reactions will have x-ray plates taken of their chest.
Postmaster Dennis Dwan has called the attention of parents to the fact that boys, presumably, are stuffing U.S. mail boxes with snow and cigarette butts, and urges parents to warn children that Uncle Sam does not look at such offense in the light of a prank. No excuse, he said, is accepted by postal inspectors for ignorance.
50 years ago, 1961
Nothing is more vampire-ish in the gray light of morning than a bat with drooping wings laying in front of the davenport in the living room. After several calls to local neighbors for a net in which to capture the unwanted guest, it was found to be nothing more than the bow tie I had dropped on the floor the night before.
25 years ago, 1986
Last week we told the story of the grazing deer in Wally Peters’ feedlot east of Castle Danger and the small buck he spotted with an arrow lodged in his shoulder since the previous bow hunting season. We are pleased to report that the DNR and Judy Montgomery of the Lake County Veterinarian Clinic were able to tranquilize the buck, remove the arrow and inject disinfectant into the wound. The little buck has survived the treatment and remains in the feed lot area.
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).