100 years ago, 1912
A White Steamer driven by Peter LeClair was returning from Duluth and had just started down a sharp hill along Lakewood when he came on two teams going toward Duluth. So close was he on the teams before he could see them in the dark, that it was a case of hit the teams or take the ditch. He chose the second and his Steamer took a side pitch and turned upside down with the wheels in the air. With the help of the team drivers, he was able to right his auto and drive it home under its own power.
New organization in TH
The Two Harbors Entertainment Association has been organized with the purpose of supplying entertainment at low cost. The fact that eleven numbers will be offered for $2 is proof positive that it is not a money making proposition and out to be patronized by everyone.
75 years ago, 1937
The Two Harbors Information Bureau was closed Saturday night after a most successful season in which more than 15,000 people were supplied with literature, information as to the most delightful places to be found in this section and assistance in finding accommodations. At the request of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, the bureau was kept open a week longer than last year. Split Rock Lighthouse was one huge draw for tourists with an estimated 60,000 people enjoying the view of this beautiful expanse of Lake Superior according to Keeper T. J. Covell.
Highway to be surfaced
Immediate construction and surfacing of the stretch of Highway 61 between Gooseberry State Park and Beaver Bay was promised yesterday by Commissioner of Highways Nels Elsberg. Also under consideration is a pedestrian walk for a mile and a half at Knife River. This stretch has been the scene of several fatalities during the past three years.
50 years ago, 1962
Railroads have not had much success in stopping truck freight, but here in Two Harbors the DM&IR slowed ‘em down. Five trucks hauling huge storage tanks for Finland Air Force Base couldn’t squeeze under the DM&IR railroad bridge west of Two Harbors and had to be re-routed on rural roads north of the city. The huge steel storage tanks weighed 13 tons and measure 42 feet long and 11 feet high.
Homes destroyed by fire
The large two-story edifice on Highway 61 known to many as the LeClair house was entirely consumed by flames in the early dawn of Sunday with its occupants barely managing to escape before the house was engulfed. Flames soaring into the skies attracted many people despite the earliness of the hour. Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Conklin and their three children escaped with only their night clothes.
25 years ago, 1987
Yoshihiro “Yoshi” Kagami is a foreign student from Japan who has fallen in love with this county. Yoshi is a sophomore at UMD, majoring in biology and living with Don and Carol Falk in Two Harbors.
Meeting in November of 1986 when Carol called UMD to see if they needed host families, Yoshi said in spite of the language barriers and cultural differences, he is enjoying his stay. His first impressions were not what he expected, however. He had pictured big cities and tall buildings with everything modernized. He found tall men and blonde women and is impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness, the open affection and more casual style of his home away from home. Yoshi states, too, that he will miss the “elbow room” he has found here compared to his more crowded homeland.
Pit bull terrier ban?
Under consideration before the Two Harbors City Councilors is a ban of pit bull terriers within the city limits. Councilor Judy Bellile told other council members that much more study is needed before any one breed of dog could be banned. Councilor Willard Clark said the intent of the ordinance is to protect the general public and especially police officers but agreed more study is needed.