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Douglas County Past: Pioneer hardware dealer Bingham dies at 90; house fire displaces 10

From the Nov. 11, 1957 Telegram: "Ten persons in the Fred Schumacher family escaped uninjured when a 4:26 a.m. Monday fire caused an estimated $1,550 damage to their home at 2401 Missouri Ave."

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Gary Meader / Duluth News Tribune
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Nov. 11, 1947

Two fined for shooting deer

Charles W. Shields, 44, 2934 A W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee and Edwin Smith, 49, Wascott, pleaded guilty in municipal court Wednesday afternoon to a charge of hunting and killing deer during the closed time and were sentenced by Judge Claude F. Cooper to each pay a fine of $50 and $4 court costs.

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Shields and Smith were arrested by Wesley Newcomb, conservation warden, and Ed Manthei, special warden, southeast of County Trunk Highway T about two miles from Smith’s home. Newcomb said he followed the men’s tracks until he found a dead 11 point, 180-pound buck and then followed the men’s tracks to make the arrest.

City records lowest temp

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Old Man Winter continued to tighten his grip on northern Wisconsin as the weatherman announced that the coldest weather of the season had arrived in the state.

Lowest reported official temperature Tuesday was four above at Superior. The weatherman predicted partly cloudy weather Tuesday through Wednesday with snow flurries Tuesday night in the head of the lakes area.

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Three students of Northwestern High School, Maple, received recognition Thursday noon at the Androy Hotel where the Kiwanis Club observed Farm-City Week and had Milo K. Swanton, chairman of the Farm-City Week activities in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan as speaker. From left to right are Richard Lundeen, Lake Nebagamon; Jack Jensen, Wentworth; Swanton and William Lundberg, Poplar. The youths won top honors at the national dairy products judging contest held earlier this year at Waterloo, Iowa. They are Future Farmer of America members. Nov. 14, 1957 Telegram
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Nov. 11, 1957

10 driven from home here by fire

Ten persons in the Fred Schumacher family escaped uninjured when a 4:26 a.m. Monday fire caused an estimated $1,550 damage to their home at 2401 Missouri Ave.

Superior firemen reported that a defective chimney caused a fire which started on the first floor and spread from a wall to the attic of the two-story frame house.

Six of the Schumachers' 11 children and two grandchildren were at home at the time of the blaze in addition to Mr. and Mrs. Schumacher.

The house is livable, firemen said.

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Nov. 12, 1947

Variety is keynote of museum wood carving display

Attracting much attention, two exhibits were done by local woodcarvers. One is an exhibit of quaint paint carved wooden figures carved by Mr. Barstow. Other articles done by him include some primitive wooden idols and figures.

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Pictured examining and arranging part of a display of wood carving this month at the Douglas County Historical museum are the two Barstow children, Tommy and Bonnie, children of one of the exhibitors, Barney Barstow, and Albini St. Marie, pictured center, another exhibitor. The wood carving display is being sponsored jointly by the museum and the Superior Art Association. Nov. 12, 1947 Telegram
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The other local exhibitor, showing some of his work for the first time at the museum, Albini St. Marie is well known for the extent and perfectness of his work. He has been doing wood carving for the past 18 years. His home is filled with cases of his most prized and unusual pieces, but he has never before shown them outside of his home. Most of his work was too delicate to be moved, but he chose a few pieces to exhibit at the museum. In his selection is a group of farm implements. They include an old grindstone, a wheelbarrow, a small sleigh, a prancing horse and a watchdog.

Frozen iron ore slows loading operations

Ore-loading at the Head of the Lakes has been slowed considerably as a result of steaming operations made necessary by the cold weather before ore cars can dump their contests into the holds of waiting ships. Here train-loads of ore jam the Great Northern yards while steampipes thaw out their loads. In addition to the regular steaming plant, a half-dozen locomotives are being utilized to provide steam for thawing out the frozen iron ore so that it can be dropped from the railroad car through the loading chutes of the dock.

Nov. 12, 1957

A.T. Bingham dies at 90

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Albert T. Bingham, 90, 1717 Hammond Ave., retired pioneer hardware dealer and resident of Superior 68 years, died at his home Monday night of a lingering illness.

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Albert T. Bingham, Nov. 12, 1957 Telegram
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Born in Friendship, Wis., June 13, 1867, Mr. Bingham came to Superior in 1889 and opened a roofing and cornice business at 522 Ogden Ave. in partnership with his brother, the late J.F. Bingham. In May 1893, the Bingham brothers bought the Solle Hardware at the corner of Fifth and Tower Ave., where they operated until 1899 when they moved to 716 Tower Ave. and added hardware to their stock. On Aug. 9 that same year, Mr. Bingham was married to the former Viola Pflager of Friendship.

The Binghams continued at 716 Tower until 1927 when they moved to 1009 Tower Ave. and established the Bingham Hardware, which is still operating under their name. Both brothers retired in 1940.

Mr. Bingham died on the anniversary of his retirement, Nov. 11.

He was a charter member of Hammond Ave. Presbyterian Church, a member of Superior Lodge 236, F&AM, and a member of the Superior Rotary Club.

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Guard Roger Lowney, left, can walk right under the extended arm of center Dale Westerback. The two Superior State cagers rank high in coach Carl Vergamini’s plans. Lowney is a 5-9 former Superior East star who transferred to SSC from Stout. Westerback, also of East, stands 6-7. He is a returning regular. Nov. 14, 1957 Telegram
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One of the most unusual workers at the city’s sewage plant site off Bay Street is John F. Thompson, Duluth, seen emerging from the water near one of the buildings. His job under the water is to cut out a plug in the overflow pipe. Assisting him is his daughter, Marie. It is her job to keep in contact with her father through an intercom unit on land and see to it that the portable compressor operates properly. Diving is a family tradition. Thompson’s father was also a diver. John Thompson has been in the business for 35 years. Nov. 12, 1957 Telegram
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Ore-loading at the Head of the Lakes has been slowed considerably as a result of steaming operations made necessary by the cold weather before ore cars can dump their contests into the holds of waiting ships. Here train-loads of ore jam the Great Northern yards while steampipes thaw out their loads. Nov. 12, 1947 Telegram
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Great Lakes freighters surround the Knudsen Shipbuilding Co. drydock Tuesday as part of a fleet of 10 boats tied up in the bay area. From left to right are the Merton E. Farr, William B. Dickson, the J.H. Hillman Jr. in the dry dock; the Thomas Wilson and, showing its stern, the A.E. Nettleton. Docked at the old WSBR building is the William B. Schiller and the Henry C. Frick. The Leon Fraser is in the slip west of the Butler yards while the Harvey H. Brown and the Andrew S. Upson are in the Hughitt slip. Nov. 13, 1957
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram
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Mrs. William Allan and Mrs. William E. Pederson are interested customers in the Easter Seal Society products, now on sale in the post office lobby. In charge of the sales for the day were left, Mrs. W.C. Haensler, chairman of the handicap committee of the Women’s Club and Mrs. William Kerstin, chairman of the Ladies Eagles Auxiliary. Nov. 13, 1957 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram
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The Superior Junior Chamber of Commerce has donated and erected a safety scoreboard sign on the main highway leading into Superior. The sign, presently noting 106 traffic days free of death within the city, is located in Itasca. Robert Snell is chairman of the project. Nov. 14, 1957 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

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

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