Lake County Past: April 1From Lake County newspaper archives.
From Lake County newspaper archives.
100 years ago, 1911
The first carload of horses ever shipped over the D. & I. R. by express passed through here in a special Rock Island horse car. The horses were from St. Croix Lumber Company at Winton and were being shipped to Chicago via the D. &. I. R., the N.P. Limited and the Rock Island.
It’s a Kissel
Mr. E. H. Schreiner has received his new auto. It is a 1911 Kissell car, six cylinder, sixty horsepower, seven passenger. It is by far the finest car owned in the city.
Mrs. Wm. Connor will open a Home Laundry in Two Harbors for the benefit of those who prefer having their laundry handled by the home process rather than by machinery. We shall be pleased to have your work. Leave work at 207 2nd Avenue or call 39-41.
75 years ago, 1936
The Two Harbors High School will graduate this year 90 seniors at commencement exercises to be held June 5th at the auditorium. This year’s class has an increase over last year when 75 graduated.
The city council has authorized advertising for bids for construction of a new trestle for the municipal coal dock to replace the wooden one which is really unsafe to use. The steel girders for the proposed dock were purchased by the city two years ago and have been held stored on the property awaiting a decision to go ahead with the work. The cost of the new structure is estimated at $12,000.
50 years ago, 1961
Don’t be surprised to see the “boss” with broom in hand taking on the task of cleaning up the downtown business area Friday, the 21st. Local businessmen agreed to close their places of business between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 to help the city with sweeping and washing down the streets. At the same time, businesses throughout the city will receive a thorough going-over by their owners or managers doing street sweeping, window washing and general housecleaning.
25 years ago, 1986
The construction of Minnesota’s only two natural rock highway tunnels continue in the planning stages with the models available for public viewing. The tunnel projects will be located along Highway 61 north of Two Harbors at Silver Creek Cliff and Lafayette Bluff. The advantage to the tunnel construction is allowing the improvement to the roadway without having to remove the unique geological features of the North Shore cliffs.
Beaver Bay and Silver Bay are the oldest and newest communities in our part of the state. This year Beaver Bay reaches the venerable age of 130 while Silver Bay finally achieves adulthood at 30.
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).