Lake Co. Past: Sept. 7From Lake County newspaper archives.
100 years ago, 1912
Capt. John Froysett of the Steamer Baltic and diver Soderstrom had a narrow escape from drowning in the lake one day last week. A storm was up at the time and their boat was capsized. If it had not been for the timely arrival of Fred. D. W. Thias with his boat, the Captain and his diver would have gone to the bottom.
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75 years ago, 1937
Ilo Sande, Two Harbors, finished 12th among the 83 swimmers in the international championship swimming contest at Toronto on Tuesday according to a telegram received by his brother, Ed Sande, manager of the meat department of the National Tea store. The warmer waters acted as a handicap to Sande, who was innured to the cold waters of Lake Superior.
Bridge opened Sept. 1
The new Gooseberry river bridge on Highway 61 was opened for traffic with the painting rapidly being done to bring the contract to completion. The new structure provides a 3- foot lane for vehicular traffic and a pedestrian walk on each side to eliminate the hazard to safety which existed with the old bridge.
50 years ago, 1962
Some 13 cars in a DM&IR local train coming down the grade were derailed at Two Harbors and the resulting wreckage was cleaned off the line within 72 hours. The crash occurred about 8 p.m. last Wednesday evening at the west end of Third Avenue.
Goodbye to summer
If the start of school and the opening of football season aren’t enough to convince you that summer is over, just a take a glance at the early morning temperature of the past few days. A brisk 34 degrees was reported at the Duluth International Airport which set a new all-time low for the date. I am sure it must have been even colder than that in the Brimson area.
25 years ago, 1987
A Saturday afternoon tornado ripped the roof of an airplane hangar and damaged cabins on Thomas Lake but no injuries were reported. “We watched it form. It was definitely a tornado,” said Andy Haugan whose airplane hangar was wrecked. The airplane had only minor damage. The tornado came and went in a matter of minutes but left several cabins and docks with damage and trees down.
Captain sails home
Roland Kane has sailed in and out of Two Harbors on boats of the U.S. Steel fleet for 37 years, but on Friday he sailed in for the first time as Captain. He eased the Phillip R. Clarke into place north of Dock 1 to a place he has called home since 1956 and said he would be happy to come here every trip. He took charge of the 767 foot Clarke on Aug. 27 and is happy to be able to captain in a fleet that has only a handful of captain jobs. As he hit the ore dock parking lot he was greeted with a sign saying “Congratulations Captain Kane”.