Douglas County Past: A mysterious man falls off a bridge; Franklin School Opening – Superior Telegram


September 17, 1917

Opening of the new Franklin School

The new Franklin School in Allouez opened today after a two-week delay due to ongoing work in the building. The opening of the school was not sufficiently advertised so that many children did not know that they had to register today. A considerable increase is expected tomorrow morning.

The building is now complete and ready to continue the regular work of the primary school and the middle school. Regular classes will start in the morning as books have been distributed and lessons assigned today.

For 91 long years, this sturdy apple tree withstood the elements on the banks of the Nemadji River near the North Pacific Iron Ore Wharf, but the historic tree bowed to the windy northeast that hit Superior on Wednesday evening. Known as the “Old Crab,” the tree was planted in 1856, two years after Superior was founded, by Mrs. Caroline Clark. One man who kept a watchful eye on the tree when most people were oblivious to its historical significance is Senior Abstractor James S. Ritchie. It was his father, one of the first settlers of Superior, who told him all about the tree and its origin. Mr Ritchie is pictured next to the ‘old crab’, holding a few of his apples and proud that the sturdy fruit tree had not died of old age but ‘came down fighting a northeast that reached a maximum speed of 76 miles per hour”. September 19, 1947, Telegram

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Telegram is “back home”

The Telegram moved across Tower Avenue to its rebuilt place of business at 1017-1019 Tower Avenue over the weekend. A procession of carters, linotypers and reporters, the latter carrying typewriters and other fragile but easily transportable furniture, all bear witness to the migration.

In a few days, the business and editorial offices and mechanical equipment will be installed and running as well as ever, making the plant the best-owned by any newspaper in a city the size of Superior in the country. .

The waters of the bay hold the mystery

Swallow the identity of the stranger who falls to his death from the bridge.

A futile search was made for the body of the alcohol-mad foreigner who fell to his death from the Interstate Bridge at one o’clock in the morning on Sunday. Nothing regarding his identity was learned by police and efforts to find him before he boarded a Duluth-Superior car here and got off at 1200 Garfield Avenue were futile.

Fifteen minutes after his descent, he was discovered hanging from the rear doors of a Superior car. The car was stopped while the driver pulled the man out of his perilous position. He then attempted to get into the car, which was carrying 90 passengers, but was refused admission due to his objectionable condition.

As the driver tried to get the man out of the lanes, the drawbridge opened, stopping traffic.

The motorist and a company employee joined the driver in an attempt to calm the stranger, who by then had grown furious and was shouting offensive and profane epithets at society at large.

Finding him beyond reason, the traction workers turned their backs on him, thinking he might abstain if ignored, when, either in a renewed frenzy or with the idea of ​​attracting attention, the man shouted, “I’m going to jump off the bridge.

Before eyewitnesses realized his intention, the drunk threw himself more on the railing than over it, landing on his stomach. He made a struggle that felt like an effort to save himself as he fell to his death below.

Future duck food is being planted in Douglas County lakes through the efforts of the Douglas County Fish and Game Protective League. State Conservation Director Wesley Newcomb, left, and conservation enthusiast Art Revier, Solon Springs planted more than 200 pounds of wild rice in several lakes in Douglas County. The seed is planted only in water which is known to be conducive to the growth of wild rice, one of the best duck foods. Rice is planted by pressing several of the small grains into a small mud cake, similar to a “mud pie”, thus causing the seed to sink to the bottom, where it will germinate and grow. September 17, 1947, Telegram

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Two die when ships crash

The fishing vessel Viking, owned by Samuel Fagel & Sons, wholesale fish merchants, Duluth, collided with a barge in Lake Superior last night outside Duluth; and Samuel Fagel, a junior member of the owners’ firm was drowned along with Captain William Cook, the only other occupant of the death craft.

Captain George Lower of the tug Childs Ferris which was towing the barge said today he believed the Viking had attempted to run between the tug and the barge and had been thrown into the latter with sufficient impact to crush the vessel more light.

Captain William Cook disappeared at the time of the crash and his body has not been found.

The lifeless form of Samuel Fagel was pulled from the water-filled hold of the Viking this morning.

Amnicon Falls will have a new church

A new church in Amnicon Falls will likely be the result of a meeting held there yesterday at the end of a Mass led by Father A Gagnon. Those who will be members of the proposed congregation seemed well disposed towards the proposal. It will be discussed in more detail at the next meeting to be held at the end of a service on Sunday, September 30.

People enjoyed the service held yesterday so much, says Father Gagnon, that they asked him to come back on the fifth Sunday of the month. This service will take place at 9:15 a.m., 15 minutes before the arrival of the train, for the benefit of Sunday visitors to the summer residences.

Group of candidates for football from the Lycée Supérieur. Standing, left to right – McGowan, L. Anderson, Kuehlthau, Carlson, M. Lynch, Johnson, Wheratt; kneeling – Butler, Haugsrud, R. Robinson, Steele, Torvick, Hancock, A. Robinson; seated – H. Lynch, McIntyre, Brown, Lapinske, Manning, Christmas. September 18, 1917, Telegram

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Where is the status line?

Oh where, oh where is our dividing line?

Oh where, oh where can it be?

Superiority may well adopt that as something of a slogan, with the resumption of hearings on the Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary line begun in the United States District Court room at the Federal Building this morning. All the legal talent put to good use by the two states and others interested in the location of the border appeared for this morning’s renewal of argument.

Wisconsin’s claim is that the boundary line follows the old channel of the St. Louis River, used before the dredging of the present channel, which stretched near the Minnesota shore. If so, the Carnegie Fuel Company and the Zenith Furnace Company locate about half of their factories in Minnesota and half in Wisconsin.
The happy angler pictured here is NA Porter of 2129 E. Third Street, who landed this 23-pound northern pike in Lake 26 off Highway 35 early one morning recently. This grandfather of the species was 43 inches tall, which is about the height of Porter’s granddaughter, Mary Kay Porter, who stands proudly next to the fish. September 17, 1947, Telegram

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September 19, 1917

Truck driver doesn’t like poles

John Fox, an auto delivery truck driver for Hawkins Laundry, supports the move to have electrical and telephone wires buried underground. He did his best last night trying to pull out a telephone pole at the northwest corner of Ogden Avenue and 14th Street with his truck. The attempt was not entirely successful and resulted in damage to the automobile.

September 19, 1947

Checkers’ faces matter after a long taxi ride

A warrant charging Curtis Liind, 26, 3922 East Third Street, with issuing checks without sufficient funds was issued by Judge Claude Cooper on Friday following complaints from a top taxi company and a tavern operator of Douglas County.

Lind, according to information provided to police and sheriff’s departments, allegedly took a taxi from Superior last Saturday, spent the weekend horseback riding in Minneapolis, returned to the Head of the Lakes, and then paid for his trip with a check without $50 value.

The warrant also charges Lind with spending three checks — each for $25 — at the Happyland Tavern just outside the city limits on Interstates 2 and 53. The plaintiffs are Fran Gucinski, operator of Happyland, and AJ Tremaniar, driver of the cab that Lind took to Minneapolis. and back.

Over 300 exhibits were displayed in the Cooper School and St. Patrick’s Parish School Junior Garden Show held at the Cooper School on Wednesday and Thursday under the sponsorship of the Score Garden Club o ‘ Floris and Cooper School. The event was open to all grades from both schools, from kindergarten through eighth grade, with 114 children entering the exhibits. Shown judging exhibits from left to right are Robert Gradin, Mrs. Oscar Steen and Mrs. EJ Johnson. September 18, 1947, Telegram

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Articles and images courtesy of retired librarian Judy Aunet of the Superior Public Library.


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