ON THE ROCKS
The Steamer Weston, commanded by Capt. Jas. A. Fleck, went on the rocks near the city water and light station last Friday evening during a dense fog and a stiff northeastern wind. The tugs Edna G. and Torrent, after a couple hours, pulled the boat off her extremely dangerous position. She was sent to Superior docks where it was found that a large number of her stern plates had been loosened. The Weston is one of the largest carriers on the lakes, said to be a 600-footer, though as a matter of fact, she exceeds that figure some.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT
John Erickson has lost his pet bird. Having had the cockatoo for several years, he is quite disconsolate over the fact that the bird has gone missing. In warmer weather, the cockatoo was in the habit of flying after him from his home to the shops and then home again, but failed to show up for a week or more. Erickson would be very thankful for any information regarding the bird.
ALL TIME RECORD FOR FOGGY WEATHER
A tourist sat in her car by the lake shore Saturday looking for the arrival of a boat she could hear out in the lake. Becoming inpatient over the fact the sound of the whistle came no closer she remarked: “It seems to take a long time for that boat to come into harbors.” She was actually listening to the fog whistle which has set an all-time record for warning passing ships. The fog whistle blew 66 hours in 1937, 110 hours in 1938, but according to Light Keeper L.T. Pederson a new high has been set at 179 hours of continuous operation starting June 30 with no prospect of relief.
FEDERAL BUILDING IS ASSURED HERE
Messages have been sent and received bringing information that the postmaster general and secretary of treasury have allotted $75,000 for the acquisition of a site and the construction of a federal building in Two Harbors. Although the Salvation Army property has been ruled out, the corner of the Thomas Owens Memorial Park and the three lots between the telephone exchange and the A.N Hunger residence have been discussed as possible locations.
JOTTINGS BY JIM AND THE ZIP CODES
Jim states that he is not “overly in hysterics about the widely heralded ZIP code system which the post office says will speed up our mail by 24 hours. In addition to trying to remember the five digits for Podunk Ky. and Mud Flats, Ark., soon we will have to start remembering all the numerous digits for direct distance telephone dialing, social security, car license, house, load and many other numbers. Gone are the days of old fashioned names and we could soon find it necessary to have home computers just to remember all of those numbers. And I still cannot figure out how the post office is going to deliver mail from Two Harbors to Beaver Bay 24 hours earlier because I put 55601 on the envelope. Gosh, the postman knows where Beaver Bay is, but 55601?”
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).