Lake Co. past: Sept. 30From Lake County newspaper archives.
100 years ago, 1911
The Lake County Agricultural Association Fair came to a close on Saturday and by all standards was a huge success with attendance double that of any previous year and exhibits were far more numerous and better in every way than ever before. Over 5,000 visited this year over the three days and ticket sales were more than doubled from last year. The total number of exhibits this year was over 1,500 and the premiums awarded were correspondingly larger than previous years.
Some people never hand in an item for publication but if we happen to miss an item in which they are interested they are sure to hand us a north pole stare that would freeze the liver of a polar bear.
75 years ago, 1936
Three carloads of western cedar poles for the construction of the rural electrification power line in Lake County were received by the contractors on Saturday. The electricity will not be turned on until the completion of all the units although the line will be built in three sections. Cooperative Light & Power will be glad to extend the line to Beaver Bay in the event the residents of that section can obtain enough subscribers and shareholders to meet REA requirements for the mileage limit.
50 years ago, 1961
“And shortly after midnight, the moose at last moved out of town.” A moose, apparently curious about night life in Two Harbors, clopped-clopped into town about 11 p.m. on Sept. 27 and stubbornly resisted police efforts to drive him off to a more natural habitat.
Policemen Dean Olson and Eugene Smith chased the moose off only to find later the animal had sneaked back into town. The moose finally agreed to leave quietly about 12:45 a.m.
High bridge opening
The new Duluth-Superior High Bridge supposedly will be open to traffic in early December. The center span is 120 feet above water level with the actual roadway of 130 feet. The length is 7,900 feet between abutments and the footings are forty feet below water with pilings 70 to 80 feet in height which make the underwater structure almost as high as the bridge itself. That makes for a pretty good reason for a drive to Duluth in December.
25 years ago, 1986
At the Harbor Theatre: Karate Kid Part II Monday Nite, $1.50
Falk’s film processing: 12 exposures, $2.59
For the hunter: Federal game load shells, box of 25, $2.99
For the ladies: Aqua Net hair spray, $.99
2 BR home, newly redecorated, garage, on 4 acres, $25,000.
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 lakecounty
historicalsociety.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).