Lake Co. Past: April 19From Lake County newspaper archives.
HEAD OF THE LAKES ICE BLOCK
For the first time in several years there is an ice blockade at the head of the lakes while the passage through the Soo and St. Mary’s River has been opened. Generally that is the last place to be opened. There is a vast field of ice on the north shore of the lake and warm rains and high winds will be necessary to break up the fields before navigation can open.
TWO HARBORS TO HAVE CACHET
President Alfred L. Anderson of the Lake County Development association has authorized the design of a Two Harbors cachet to be used in connection with Air Mail Week, May 15- 21. During Air Mail Week every letter going out of Two Harbors by air mail will be stamped with the legend, “Two Harbors, for the thrill of deep sea fishing”. Fifty licensed pilots have signified their desire to become air mail pilots for May 19 and to make special flights carrying air mail from Minnesota communities. It is expected that there will be approximately 100 special flights made and it is hoped to be able to stop at 200 communities in this state.
COUNCIL TAKES STEP TOWARD AIR STRIP
The Two Harbors city council agreed to take the first necessary step toward establishment of an air landing strip in this area by making formal application to the State Aeronautic Department for a survey of land for the purpose 11 miles north of Two Harbors. Ray Widen, chairman of the Two Harbors Civic Association states: “The land at the Voyageur Inn is available and the city will be reimbursed for its acquisition costs by the Lake County Board of Commissioners”.
WILDFIRE INDEX ON THE RISE
Our recent warm, dry and windy weather has Toivo worried with memories of his days as towerman in the Oak Knob fire tower. He would climb the 100-foot tower each and every nice spring or fall day searching the surrounding forest for any sign of fire. In the extremely dry weather like today, even a small wisp of smoke raised alarm. He recalls one incident where he radioed the coordinates of a spot near a rural residence to a local ranger and the report back praised his “eagle eyes” for spotting the smoke that proved to be an innocent weenie roast.
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).