100 years ago, 1912
Prepare yourself to enjoy the greatest show of the season direct from the fields of cotton when Mr. J.H. Boyer brings his special constructed steel Pullman cars, each car seventy-six feet in length, a palace on wheels carrying the Dixie Fashion Plate Minstrels on May 27th. Mr. Boyer has assembled the finest singers, dancers, cakewalkers, comedians and musical artists that money can produce.
There will be a special meeting of all owners of automobiles at the office of John P. Paulson at the Court House Saturday, May 25th at l:30 p.m. You are urged to be present as matters in connection with the assessment and taxation of automobiles will be considered.
75 years ago, 1937
On recommendation of Mayor M. H. Brickley, city attorney J. B. Jelle was authorized by the city council to draft an ordinance providing for a black list to prevent the sale of beer or liquor to persons designated by any one petition that such persons be placed upon the list. Under the ordinance any person holding a license to sell beer may have such license revoked on proof that beer or intoxicants was sold to blacklisted persons.
The Two Harbors Master Barber’s association held a meeting on Monday and took action changing the hours of service. Beginning June 1, barber shops will be opened at 8 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. except on Fridays when they will stay open until 7:30 p.m.
50 years ago, 1962
A large pine tree, roots weakened when gas mains were dug through, toppled in a strong wind last Tuesday and blocked off a good share of 7th St. between 7th and 8th Avenues until city workmen chopped it up. Meanwhile, with the barometer still hovering at low depths, continued wind and rains cast a pall of gloom over the area for what in some areas has been a virtually sunless 17 days this month.
When a reader of Jim’s column wrote that she put herself to sleep one evening trying to come up with another name for his column, Jim tossed out the idea for a contest to rename his column. Mrs. R. M. (Dorothy) Pond inspired this challenge with her suggestions: “Campbell’s Scoop” and “Thoughts and Afterthoughts.”
25 years ago, 1987
Roberta Zapolski, a 1964 graduate of Two Harbors High School, has won the prestigious Ruth Slonim scholarship at UMD. The scholarship is given each year to an outstanding English student entering her or his senior year. She says even at 41, “you don’t have to give up.” She will graduate next spring in the same UMD class as one of her sons while another graduates from high school at the same time.
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).