Douglas County Past: Ice freezes 9 outgoing vessels in place; saloon men 'double up' for licenses

Headlines from Douglas County's past.

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Gary Meader / Duluth News Tribune

April 29, 1947

Car thievery here irks chief, drivers warned

With the reporting Monday night of the theft of an automobile from in front of a Superior recreation establishment, Police Chief A. E. Buchanan Tuesday issued the stern reminder to motorists to always make sure both ignition and doors are locked when cars are left out, and above all, not to leave the car keys in the glove compartment.

Buchanan stated that this newest theft is the fourth so far this year in which the cars have not been recovered.

In most cases, all car thefts have been due to the fact that drivers have either (1) left the doors and ignition unlocked; (2) left the keys in the glove compartment; or (3) made it possible for thieves to get the car started by ingenious means in order to drive it away.


Four injured when vehicle strikes horse

Four persons received injuries Monday about 5:30 p.m. when an auto driven by Walter A. Vehnekamp, 33, Danubry, struck a horse at Moose Junction about 30 miles from Superior on Highway 35.

Vehnekamp was traveling south on Highway 35 when his car struck the animal, which weighed 1,500 pounds.

Shown above is the triple-trio, which will present three numbers at the spring concert being presented by the combined junior and senior choirs and senior orchestra of Central High School. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are: Clarice Kelly, Joan Palm, Caroline Sell and Lois Peterson and in the second row, Mariann Doran, Mary Schrieber, Carol J. Berger, Shirley Bickford, accompanist, and Deloris Basterash. April 29, 1947 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

Police nab juvenile boys in window-breaking spree

A window-breaking spree of vacant buildings in the city has ended for a group of juvenile boys between the ages of 7 and 10 with their apprehension by police, it was announced Tuesday.

Two separate groups of boys have been arrested and have admitted breaking windows of a vacant store building at 1006 N. Seventh Street, owned by Molly Beese, in which three large panes were shattered, and smashing three windows in the Park Place Wesleyan Methodist Church.

Grandson of Gordonite selected for France trip

Dale Freeman, Newfield, N.Y., grandson of Eleanor Arsenault of Gordon, has been selected by the Louis Agassiz Fuertes council of the Boy Scouts to represent it at the world jamboree in France in August. Dale, 16, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Freeman of Newfield.


Sub-chaser at Knudsen yard

The navy sub-chaser, PC-782, which will be used by the naval reserve unit at the Head of the Lakes, is now moored at the Tower Bay slip and will undergo major repairs at the Knudsen Brothers Shipbuilding and Drydock company.

Company officials said that diesel engines on the craft would be overhauled while the craft is moored at the Tower Bay Slip, awaiting a chance to get into the Knudsen drydock, now occupied by Great Lakes ore carriers.

After the engine overhauling is completed, the ship will be moved to the drydock for hull repairs.

La Crosse soldiers on guard duty “somewhere in Superior.” Detail leaving camp to go on guard duty watching valuable railroad property. May 2, 1917 Telegram
Superior Public Library / Superior Telegram

April 30, 1917

Police and courts

The case against Lou Wilford and George Wilford, charged with frequenting a house of ill fame, was dismissed in municipal court today. The Wilfords were arrested in a recent raid.

April 30, 1947


Police seek owners of recovered property

Lose any flashlights, anklets, shoes, blankets, sugar or tools?

Superior police have a collection of the above items at headquarters taken from Anthony Jerome, 24, of Cass Lake, Minn., who is now serving time at Green Bay reformatory on grand larceny and auto pilfering charges.

This merchandise was stolen by Jerome in break-ins of several cars in Superior around the first part of April.

Anyone who calls at headquarters and can identify the items on display may have the same, the police state.

Woman seriously burned as she cooks breakfast

Mrs. Leo Rodmaker, 1625 N. Third St., was confined to St. Mary’s hospital Wednesday with first- and second-degree burns of the back received Wednesday when her clothing caught fire as she was preparing breakfast.

Hospital attendants said that Mrs. Rodmaker was standing in front of a gas stove, cooking, when a tassel on her robe came in contact with one of the burners, igniting her clothing. She was taken to the hospital at 7:45 a.m. by the city ambulance. Attendants said her condition was “fair.”

A childhood accident which cost him his right arm has not kept A. A. Jordan, 4601 W. Fifth St., Duluth, from following his favorite hobby – fishing. The Duluthian was on hand bright and early for the opening of trout season in Wisconsin, and pulled this 8-pound-2-ounce beauty from the Brule river after a tough battle. The fish measured 26 inches in length. Jordan caught it with a 5-ounce fly rod, using a worm for bait. May 1, 1947 Telegram
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St. Louis river and bay opens to fishing Thursday

Fishermen will be able to add a few more varieties of fish to their menu Thursday with the opening of the season in the boundary waters of Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the St. Louis river and bay.

Although the season in boundary waters opens Thursday on white bass, rock bass, crappie, calico, silver and strawberry bass, pike (walleye or sauger), northern pike, perch, catfish, bullheads, sunfishes, bluegills and roach, the pike is of the most interest locally. In seasons past local fishermen have made some nice catches in the St. Louis river and bay, chiefly in the area of the Arrowhead Bridge and Grassy Point.

May 1, 1917

East enders oppose bars

A delegation representing industries located on the bayfront at East End waited on members of the city commission yesterday afternoon and requested that the council refuse to grant saloon licenses in the vicinity of their plants. The delegation included representatives of the elevators, mills, railroads and coal docks.

The commission was asked not to grant licenses on West Second Street, which is within a couple of blocks of the mills. Before saloons were voted out last spring there were two bars at the corner of West Second Street and Becker Avenue, owned by James Ensworth and Lars Larson, proprietor of the Scandia Hotel.

Nine outgoing vessels stuck

Nine vessels which left the Superior-Duluth harbor since midnight are fast in the ice this side of Two Harbors.

All of the freighters proceeded without difficulty for about 17 miles when they were stopped by the heavy ice fields. All of them were fast shortly after noon today and reported that they were unable to make any progress.

The steamer Harvester, pioneer ice breaker of the 1917 season, was due here early this morning, but is fast in the ice just off Two Harbors. A tug, the Edna G., which went to her assistance is also stuck in the ice and unable to return.

Other boats remaining in the local harbor will wait for word from the vessels already out before attempting to leave the shelter of the harbor.

Two boys were hurt yesterday

Elmer Harris, 5 years old, 415 John Ave., is confined to his home with a broken nose and is minus three teeth and Allan Emmert, age 11, 2127 Tower Ave., is in the hospital with a broken arm and thigh as a result of accidents, both of which occurred at about 5:30 yesterday afternoon.

The Harris boy was run over while he was playing in the street by an automobile driven by John Jemmert. His injuries were not serious and he is confined in bed at his home.

The Emmert boy sustained his injuries when he fell from the roof of the residence of his parents, a distance of 40 feet. In spite of the distance of his fall he is reported getting along well today.

May 2, 1917

Saloon men “doubling up”

While only 60 licenses will be issued there will be almost double that number of saloonkeepers in Superior after July 1, when saloons will be reopened in this city. Over 20 applications have been filed with the city clerk and in practically every instance a license is requested by a partnership concern.

Judging by the applications there has been a systematic attempt made by former saloonkeepers to “double up” so as not to lose out as a result of the commission’s decision to limit the number of licenses to 60. Each application filed with the city clerk is accompanied by $1,000, making over $20,000 which has been deposited with the city by persons who are hopeful of securing licenses.

Tyomies locates here permanently

The Tyomies Publishing Company has decided to permanently locate in Superior and has purchased the building the plant now occupies at the corner of Sixth Street and Tower Avenue for $25,000. The building was formerly owned by the Osage National Bank of Osage, Iowa.

The company moved to this city in October 1914 from Hancock, Michigan. The present plant employs about 45 persons and its annual payroll is about $50,000.

The decision of the company to locate in the city permanently is due to the fact that this is the center of the Finnish population besides having the advantage of good railroad facilities. The railroad service here enables the company to get its papers all over the central states with more dispatch than would be possible for any other city. The local paper is the largest Finnish daily published in America.

May 2, 1947

Guide school opens Friday at Solon High

Classes for the instruction of guides who direct or assist other persons in hunting and fishing to be conducted by Conservation Warden Wesley C. Newcomb at the Solon Springs high school will begin on Friday evening at 8 o’clock.

Quite a number of men and boys have indicated their desire to attend these classes and all persons interested in guiding are especially invited to attend. Boy Scouts and any boys interested in the outdoors are also invited.

This is a photo of the front of the newly-remodeled Veterans of Foreign Wars clubrooms, completion of which has taken over a year at a cost of nearly $140,000, including furnishings. Shown viewing the club are, left to right, Floyd Sanders, Ernest LaLonde and Lawrence Ryan. LaLonde is general chairman in charge of the four-day program of grand opening events scheduled by the post. April 29, 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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