100 year ago, 1912
The ice fields are heavy and vesslemen think ships will not begin to run for a month after the usual time this coming spring. The average opening is April 20 but it is believed that the ice problem will delay the free movement of inter-lake boats until at least the middle of May. Those who recollect state that boats have been stuck in the ice off the Duluth harbor as late as June 13 in the spring of 1876 and the steamer Ontario, with 300 immigrants aboard presenting the need to transport food to those aboard across the ice.
J.F. Tesar, director of the Marine Band and Orchestra, is planning on opening a school of music here in the city. He will make a definite announcement in next week’s issue.
75 years ago, 1937
Arrangements have been made for the use of the high school auditorium for the presentation of the moving pictures of the 1936 football games of the University of Minnesota team and will be shown on Tuesday, March 2. Phil Bran will provide the lecture.
New ore cars
With the purchase of 1,550 new ore cars by the Duluth, Missabe & Northern railroad the indication is a larger volume of ore shipments for 1937 than has occurred for several years. In addition to the purchase of cars, the railroad is carrying on a larger repair program in both the Two Harbors and Proctor shops.
50 years ago, 1962
A nationwide search to find suitable shelters reached the Lake County area last Thursday and will shortly begin. The County will survey all buildings, tunnels, and other structures that may serve as public shelters against radioactive fallout for 50 or more persons. If found adequate, the structures would be clearly marked with distinctive yellow and black signs and be used only for national emergencies.
Two Harbors’ new high school swimming pool is really packing ‘em in according to statistics released by Principal Fred Ojala. With at least 1,000 students utilizing the pool for classes which vary in size from 20 to 40 pupils and adult and recreational programs averaging 500 weekly, the school now plans to develop a swimming team next year.
25 years ago, 1987
Workers are busy raising the roof for the new 100-room Superior Shores Lodge on the edge of Flood Bay just east of Two Harbors. The $4.8 million hotel, conference, and restaurant complex should be open in time to get some business from Grandma’s Marathon according to the developer Mark Pearson.