Lake Co. Past: Aug. 24From Lake County newspaper archives
100 years ago, 1912
Council split on cement sidewalks
The subject of construction of cement sidewalks along First and Fourth Streets met opposition at the city council meeting on Monday with property owners and Socialist members deadlocked. Some felt that it was too late in the season to enable completion, the street yet ungraded and drainage not addressed. With the unyielding of both factions well demonstrated, no action was possible due to an even vote.
How not to shoot a chicken
Young Joe, 9 years of age, was accidently shot through the knee by a companion with a 22-caliber rifle on Wednesday of last week. Joe was holding a chicken which the other youth was supposed to shoot when the accident happened. The injured lad was taken to Two Harbors Hospital and is doing fine.
75 years ago, 1937
Hay feverites even more numerous
In the vanguard of the throng of hay fever patients seeking relief on the North Shore are members of the Two Harbor fever colony so well satisfied with the climate they have built cottages and are permanent autumn citizens of the community. The Two Harbors Information Bureau was kept busy during the past week helping to locate new arrivals to this section who are seeking relief from the malady as well as the heat of southern areas.
Sande goes to Toronto
Ilo Sande, accompanied by his brother, Arthur, left Sunday by motor for Toronto, Canada, to enter the international swimming meet to be held August 31st on Lake Ontario.
J.M. Lambert named postmaster
Mr. J. M. Lambert has received word that President F. D. Roosevelt has confirmed his nomination as postmaster, in addition to hearing that he also is numbered among the 100 leading insurance agents in the New York Life Insurance Co. for the months of June and July.
50 years ago, 1962
Krazy Daze advertising pays
Adding to the fun of the costumes, sales and fun of Krazy Daze in Two Harbors was the ad put in the paper by The Man Store offering “Free pop to ladies on elephants”. Sure enough soon after owners George Waxlax and John Carlstrom opened the doors, a lady strolled into the store, produced a large toy elephant, sat on it, and said, “There! Now where is my bottle of pop?”
680 registered at campground
The popular Two Harbors campground at Burlington Bay has attracted 680 visitors during the current season. The figures were given to the council in the form of receipts of that amount turned over to the city from the camp caretaker. The camp grounds have been the theme of several thank you letters from tourists who have used facilities there.
25 years ago, 1987
Former resident suffers sore feet for her cause
Connie Potter-Colten didn’t need to be reminded of how winding, narrow and busy parts of Highway 61 are on an August weekend. The Silver Bay native is haunted by the highway where her brother died in an accident in 1983 and was doing her part to draw attention to the need for a new inland highway. Setting out from Two Harbors at 4 a.m., she arrived tired and nursing sore feet in Silver Bay at 7 p.m. She says of her continued work on making Highway 61 safer: “My cry may not be very loud, but it will be long-lasting.”
Sisu run honors the wolf
188 runners and walkers, some from as far away as France and Singapore, took part in the 4.4-mile trail race in Brimson on Saturday. It was the year of the wolf and the watermelon colored t-shirt awarded each finisher featured a wolf, wolf track and northern forest scene. Somewhere along the way, it was understood that the Finnish word for wolf was merely the reverse of the vowels of the Finnish SISU: susi.
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 (226-4524), the Finland Historical Society (353-7380 or 353-7550) and the Historical Committee of the Isabella Community Council (323-7644).
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