100 years ago, 1912
The graduating class of 1912 held its commencement exercises at Two Harbors High School where a class of 12 were introduced and a large number of appreciative patrons celebrated the occasion. Rev. W. E. Gratz, formerly of this city, offered his speech on “Opportunity,” numerous musical numbers were presented by the student body and a banquet followed the exercises.
John A. Lindgren has rented the Axel Essen store building on Seventh Avenue and will on Friday, May 31, open up a grocery business therein. Mr. Lindgren will keep a complete stock of groceries and respectfully solicits the business of the people in that neighborhood as well as throughout the city.
75 years ago, 1937
Ralph Holland, through the Tide Water Associated Oil Co., has secured the talking pictures of Admiral Richard C. Byrd’s second and last trip to the South Pole which will be presented at the Workers’ Hall on Friday evening. The picture shows the outfitting of the Byrd expedition, flights over the South Pole and the life of members of the expedition during the months Byrd’s crew was held at Little America by the fields of ice which prevented movement of the ships.
Get drunks out
The latest ordinance regulating the presence of intoxicated persons in taverns will be welcomed by tavern keepers in Two Harbors. In the past, persons who make themselves a nuisance about taverns have been a serious problem due to lack of law making tavern keepers responsible. Under the new law tavern keepers only cannot sell 3.2 beer to such persons, but are now liable to revocation of license if they permit the souse to loiter in such places.
50 years ago, 1962
Three Two Harbors youths – James Graden, Dale Lex and Arlan Anthony – participated in the recovery of the Project Mercury space flight that splashed down May 24. Graden was on the destroyer USS Moals; Lex with Patrol Squadron Seven; and Anthony on the anti-submarine destroyer, USS Fred T. Berry.
Astronaut Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven astronauts for Mercury Project, made the second manned orbital flight by the United States aboard the Aurora 7 spacecraft. It orbitted the Earth three times.
25 years ago, 1987
The Lake County Historical Society has gotten ahold of a new attraction for Two Harbors, the nine-ton pilot house from the ore boat Frontenac. The former Cleveland-Cliffs boat went aground near Silver Bay in the early 1980s and spent a few years at Frasier Shipyard before being cut up last year. Cudda Johnson recently negotiated the purchase of the pilot house which measure 22 feet by 24 feet and is 11 feet high.
Contel workers instructed about 70 Two Harbors youngsters on bike safety with the help of local police. The company donated reflectors and safety flags and gave away two bikes in the drawing.
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).