Douglas County Past: 17-year-old survives being dragged in front of disc harrow

Headlines from Douglas County's past.

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Gary Meader / Duluth News Tribune

May 13, 1947

Bennett school gets grant from emergency fund

The state emergency board has approved the grant of $3,620 to the Bennett school district to maintain the school through the balance of the school year, State Sen. Arthur A. Lenroot Jr. reported Tuesday.

The school board of Bennett petitioned the emergency board in April for funds to maintain the school for the rest of the school year, stating that the money was particularly needed for teachers’ salaries.

According to information given the state emergency board, salaries of the Bennett teachers had not been paid since February.


Picking night crawlers in own backyard, Sig nabbed as “prowler”

The eighth grade patrol of Girl Scout Troop 11 had its annual spring party recently at the Onaway clubhouse. Hanging decorations are, left to right, Mary Girouard, Margaret Lacy, Marilyn Dauplaise, Margaret Stack, Kay Lundgren and Edith Dauplaise. May 15, 1947 Telegram
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Fishermen sometimes land in the clutches of the law for violating fishing laws but it is a rare occasion when an angler gets the law on his neck for stooping to pick up the wiggly night crawlers that come out in the night.

Sigurd Lee, 302 E. Seventh St., Apt. F, found out the other night that even picking up night crawlers in his own back yard may be called to the attention of the police.

Lee was innocently searching in his backyard for the earthworms when two women in the same apartment building where he resides saw someone moving around among the autos in the rear of the building and called the police. In no time at all Lee was explaining his acts to the policemen of the squad car patrol. On being asked for identification he took the officers into the apartment building and lo and behold who should identify him but the two women who had reported his actions to the police.

May 14, 1947

Half-million trees will be planted in Douglas County

Douglas County’s spring tree planting program has been held up considerably because of poor weather but a half-million small pine trees will be placed out within the next few weeks, Alex Yorman, Brule, state forester for the area, said Wednesday.

The planting is being done under the supervision of Yorman and Ed Anderson, county forester, with a crew of approximately 35 men engaged in the program.


Trees are being planted near county trunk highway T south of Crystal Lake and west of the Nancy flowage in the town of Wascott, where a crew of 20 men is doing the work.

A crew of eight men will be planting trees in the county demonstration forest between Solon Springs and Gordon.

Three men will operate state tree-planting machinery in the Gordon area.

Thirteen student pilots recently finished their training at the Superior Aero-flight school and received private pilots certificates from the Civil Aeronautics Administration. Eleven of the pilots are Superior veterans, taking their course of instruction under the GI Bill, and the other two are high school students from Cloquet, Minn. Pictured are nine of the Superior pilots and their three instructors, left to right, front row, Stanley A. Hofstedt, George D. Dousette, Gerald E. Vogen, Bruce J. Buchanan, and Roy H. Granhelm, veterans, and in the rear row, Vernon Anderson and Carl Peterson, instructors, William J. Patterson, Norbert D. Jolicoeur, Frank C. Heurkens and Gordon A. Henrikson, veterans, and Charles Willits, instructor. May 13, 1947 Telegram
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Tick crash victim still unconscious

James Lally, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Lally, 2317 E. Fifth Street, was still unconscious Wednesday afternoon with a fractured skull at St. Francis hospital, received Saturday when a car driven by his brother, Patrick, 17, plunged down an embankment while the boy was removing a woodtick from his leg. The mishap occurred on county trunk K about five miles south of the junction of highways 2 and 53.

Patrick was released from the hospital Monday after being confined with chest injuries and lacerations of the back.

May 15, 1947

Bigamist count brings probation


Arthur J. Giese, 47, Isabella, Minn., was placed on probation for one year by Judge A. Walter Dahl, following Giese’s plea of guilty to a charge of bigamy in Superior court.

Giese, a woodsman, said that he thought he was divorced from his first wife, Viola Bently, of Fargo, N. D., when he married Mary Jane Pardee of Maple last May.

Giese married his first wife August 10, 1935, and after a marital dispute left to work in the woods. Mrs. Giese instituted divorce proceedings, and Giese said he thought she had been granted a divorce.

Investigation by the district attorney’s office revealed that he was still married, however, and the bigamy charge resulted.

Douglas County waters get 3,530,000 walleye pike fry

SOLON SPRINGS – Walleye pike amounting to 3,530,000 fry were planted in Douglas County Monday from the Spooner State Fish hatchery. Waters planted were: Lake Minnesuing, 1,000,000; Lake Nebagamon, 2,000,000; and Safford Lake (Red Lake), 350,000. Planting was supervised by Conservation Warden Wesley C. Newcomb, Solon Springs, and co-operators were Paul Philman on Lake Minnesuing, Otto Finell on Lake Nebagamon and Jack DeMuth at Red Lake resort on Safford Lake.

The northern pike fry stocking was completed on Sunday with Crystal and Bond lakes being planted with 50,000 each. Previously the Gordon flowage had been stocked with 381,529 northern pike fry.

To the tiny heifer calf belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Erland Jokela, Maple, goes the honor of being the first offspring of the artificial insemination program inaugurated by the Douglas County Breeders Association. Shown with the calf are County Agent E. E. Anderson, Mrs. Jokela, Ernest Ronn, artificial insemination expert, and Mr. Jokela. The calf was born April 28. Other Douglas County farmers who have also reported new calves from this method are Einer Makela, Wentworth, Arthur Hokkala, Maple, John Bustra, Maple, Mrs. Signe Magnuson, Brule, Oscar Anderson, Maple, Konsta Makela, Maple, George Luoma, Maple and Arnold Saari, Poplar. May 13, 1947 Telegram
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May 16, 1922


Dragged before a disc harrow

Runaway team drags 17-year Fred Zachau for several city blocks

Fred Zachau, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Zachau, 261 West Second street, owes his life to his own presence of mind. He is today recovering from severe and painful bruises in St Francis hospital, East End.

Late yesterday afternoon the lad was entrusted with a team of horses hitched to a large disc harrow with which a piece of ground on West Tenth street was being prepared for planting. Finishing the work, the boy started homeward with his team and the disc. He was sitting on the steel seat as the device rattled over the pavement.

On the way the team of horses became frightened at a passing street car and without warning bolted forward at top speed.

Jerked before discs

Young Zachau was jerked forward from his seat and fell behind the flying hoofs of the team and directly in front of the 10 whirling steel discs of the harrow.

Realizing that a horrible death awaited him if the metals passed over him with their half-ton weight, Zachau gripped the reins, which he retained in his hands and drew himself forward. In front of him the steel shod hoofs of the two frightened horses sent a shower of sparks. Behind him the revolving discs ground.


In this manner the lad was dragged for several blocks until the horses crashed into a telephone pole near his home, bringing the team to a painful halt.

The boy was rushed to the hospital when he related his tale to his parents. His injuries proved to be less serious than at first believed and it is expected the boy will be returned to his home tomorrow.

Eleven-year-old Luevane Johnsted, 1308 John Avenue, was today announced the winner in the contest for the selection of a name for the E. M. Johnson ice cream parlor, 1214 Tower Avenue. “Quality Sweet Shop” was the name submitted by Miss Johnsted, who was awarded a five pound box of candy. May 13, 1922 Telegram
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May 16, 1922

Salvation Army lass and lover are held by police

William Frazer, age 24, and Bernice Simpson, age 20, are held at police headquarters here at the request of the police authorities at St. Cloud, Minnesota.

No charge has been placed against the pair, but according to news dispatches received from St. Cloud, the young woman who was a prominent member of the Salvation Army corps and the adopted daughter of Commander Swanson of that place, ran away with Frazer on the night of April 29, after attending a rally service.

She had been married but a short time to Alonzo Simpson of St. Cloud.

The growing intimacy between the young Salvation Army lassie and Frazer, who was described in the news dispatches telling of the flight as a dashing young Montanan, had been noticed by Commandant Swanson who attempted to break it off.


The pair were taken into custody late yesterday by Sergeant Henry O’Brien, Detective Martin Widness and Officer Peter Ostrom at the Lake Superior Mission where they had been living since coming to Superior.

May 16, 1947

Solon Springs youngster suffers eye injury

SOLON SPRINGS – The condition of Gene Slosser, Solon Springs lad injured in the eye recently while playing, is reported “good” by attendants at St. Mary’s Hospital, Superior. The eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Slosser was hurt while playing with his sisters, Elaine, 10, and Dianne, 5.

The tumbling group presented above will appear in the “Gym Review” at which girls of East High School will honor their mothers on May 15 at the school. Members of the tumbling team include Ann Quam, Alice Armitage, Norma Quam, Jeanne Witzig, Shirley Mickelson, Barbara Pasternak, Mary Amys, Lillian Reed, Ruth Maki, Geraldine Gucinski, Donna Sleva, Marie Pasternak, Gloria Wiskerchen, Jean Nelson. Team captain is Eileen Hennessy. At the close of the program all mothers will be invited to dance with their daughters to the strains of yesterday, such as “Tip-Toe Through the Tulips” and “This is the Life.” May 14, 1947 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

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

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