Lake Co. Past: Feb. 1From Lake County newspaper archives.
FISH BOAT FROZEN IN ICE
The fishing season along the North Shore of Lake Superior has been brought to a close. Ice covering the lake for several miles from shore and reaching from Duluth to a distance far beyond Grand Marais is reported. The sudden freezing of the water caught one smack, the City of Two Harbors, and she is reported frozen fast in the ice at a point somewhere between Beaver Bay and Grand Marais. Its crew is reported out of danger. The ice appears to stretch a distance of over 15 miles from shore with the edge beyond the range of vision from points along the shore.
FIRST RURAL ROUTE TO BE ESTABLISHED
Word has been received that Rural Route No. 1 has been accepted by the post office department and will be opened just as soon as certain requirements have been met by the patrons along the route. Extending west and north of the city, service will be provided three days per week as soon as patrons in that area purchase and erect mail boxes at their residences convenient to the roadway. It will be necessary for 70 patrons of the route to get boxes before the route will be established and mail delivered.
TWO HARBORS IS FEATURED
Thomas Owens and Two Harbors are conspicuous in the February issue of the Steel News. Editor, G. L. Lacher came to Two Harbors for the material for the article titled, “An Interview with a Pioneer.”
The article is replete with the history of the organization of the Duluth and Iron Range railroad, the shipment of the first iron ore, and the part played by Thomas Owens in that historic event which has made Minnesota an empire of steel. Mr. Owens arranged for a copy of the magazine for each of the teachers of the Lake County schools.
GIT ALONG LITTLE DOGGIE AND BUFFALO TOO
After Feb. 21 the Treasury Department will put the familiar five-cent buffalo nickel to graze and replace it with a coin honoring Thomas Jefferson. Under the law, a new nickel may be issued every 25 years, so time is up for the old buffalo. One has to wonder if the new nickel will work as well in the slot and pin ball machines.
SMITH SEES HOPE FOR NEW FUTURE HERE
The DM&IR has reaffirmed its decision to suspend iron ore shipments from Two Harbors in 1963, but offered renewed hope that another industry may locate here and utilize the railroad’s facility. The Two Harbors city council has passed a resolution to give a vote of confidence to the Two Harbors Civic Association in their creation of a New Industries Organization for the purpose of seeking new industries in the Two Harbors area.
GENEROUS HEART SAVES A TICKET
City Clerk Ray Gustafson came across a horse tied to the meter post across from city hall on Wednesday and rather than let the animal get a parking ticket, dropped a coin in the meter. The horse is owned by Mrs. E. Wilkie, RFD, Two Harbors, who dropped into town on a business visit.
NAME CHANGED, MILK THE SAME
With the Franklin Creamery, Inc., one of the most respected and civic-minded firms in Minnesota’s great dairy industry, acquiring the Foremost operation at the Head of the Lakes to give dairy farmers and dairy employees in the area a more stable economy, comes the name change from Foremost to Franklin. The bright new plastic cartons of milk are available at your local stores.
EXCHANGE TEACHER FINDS WARMTH EVEN IN FRIGID MINNESOTA
Rosa Maria Bonnilla doesn’t know how she’s going to explain it. She’s good with words – in several languages – but somehow she knows words will fail here when she tries to describe a Minnesota winter to the folks back home. “There’s no way I can describe to my family what 28 below is like”! Rosa is an exchange teacher from Costa Rica who has been visiting and speaking in Two Harbors since early December. While the bite of a cold wind amazed her, Rosa said she is even more impressed by the way climate shapes how people live and feel. People in her country are more outgoing and she expressed the fact that Minnesotans spend more of this time of the year indoors or in their autos, whereas in her country they are out walking or taking a bus thus having more opportunity to converse with others and strangers. People though, says Rosa, are warm here and in Costa Rica.
TWO HARBORS CREDIT UNION HOLDS GRAND OPENING
The grand opening to celebrate the renovation of its new building was a homecoming of sorts. The credit union began 40 years ago in the same building as part of a grocery coop. The business has been in two other locations since them, most recently across the street from its new home. The newly remodeled building features a drive up window and lots of room to keep on growing.