Douglas County Past: A thunderstorm wreaks havoc in Superior; detective sees success disguised as lumberjack – Superior Telegram

August 19, 1907

Lightning and high winds wreak havoc

The elements were in conflict yesterday and one of the worst electrical storms to cross the head of the lakes in years wreaked havoc on property and, in one harrowing case, ended the life of a small child in Duluth.

No fatalities are reported in Superior, but several buildings have suffered and telephone and telegraph service are in a crippled state.

The Richelieu hotel felt to some extent the violence of the storm. Several windows were blown out and a large bay window on the Ogden Avenue side of the hotel was completely shattered by the force of wind and rain. A terrible clap of thunder shook the hotel so much that part of the ceiling of the dining room fell on the head of a diner and cut his head open.

The storm raged furiously through the East End and extensive damage was sustained to the property in general. Newton Creek overflowed, the tall mountain ash in front of Tom Jacobs’ Second Street residence and Becker Avenue was split in two by lightning, angry lightning tore Ald’s house apart. Morriset striking Mrs. RG Neville who remained dazed for half an hour, but left the structure intact.

A clap of thunder struck the Children’s Home yesterday and for some time consternation reigned. At the time of the shock, about 20 children were gathered in one room and when the lightning tearing through the exterior walls and the shaking of the house’s foundation became evident to the youngsters, they scattered throughout the house.

The winner of Superior’s first women’s golf tournament is Marion Anderson, left. The second is Phyllis Culhane, who aims her ball before releasing a putt. The tournament took place under the direction of Barney Carlson, Nemadji pro, and the city’s recreation department. Telegram of August 19, 1947

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Ten injured in collision

At 6:40 a.m. yesterday morning a work train and freight on Omaha met at the curve just east of M Avenue in Central Park and 10 workers who were occupying a coach of the work train were bruised and cut during the redesign. The trains were traveling at a good speed but were able to check some before they hit and this is credited with the lack of fatalities.

Isaacson is a detective

Officer Isaacson is the regular patrolman in South Superior and walks around that end of town quite a bit. There are those who now think he should be on the job in a big city as Chief of Detectives and they apparently have good reason to think so. Yesterday, Officer Isaacson dressed up as a lumberjack. The disguise was so good that even Chief McKinnon didn’t recognize him.

After trying the disguise on a few friends, Officer Isaacson began a crusade against those who were believed to have lid-tilt inclinations and as a result of his activities, Judge Parker’s court docket this morning resembled the great book of great manufacture. concern after a particularly profitable month.

Dennis J. McGrath runs a candy store on Third Street. He has long been suspected of catering to the thirsty on Sundays and once before he has been arrested on these charges. Since then, he stayed away from the clutches and until Officer Isaacson adopted Sherlock Guck’s tactics, he was immune. Yesterday, however, he allegedly sold a bottle of Peerless to an ordinary lumberjack and this morning he pleaded not guilty to selling liquor without a licence.

D. Gauthier runs a saloon on 3rd Street and would also have contributed to the pseudo woodcutter’s collection. He pleaded not guilty and his trial was adjourned for a week.

Tom Geranto is a bartender at Smith & Pawlikowski and he, they say, took pity on the thirsty lumberjack. The owners will be arrested instead of the bartender.

Joseph McLaren is a bartender at the Moriset saloon on Third Street and Officer Isaacson says the lumberjack got liquid refreshment from him. The case has been adjourned for a week and the owner will be arraigned at that time instead of the bartender.

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Planning her trip to Camp Fannie Bailey Olcott, located on the shores of Half Moon Lake near Eveleth, is Delores Harison, left, who discusses her time at the Red Cross training camp with Miss Lillian Whelan, center and a friend, Patricia Hutchison. Miss Harrison was chosen by a committee of members active in Junior Red Cross work as a regional camp delegate. This is the first time in Superior Junior Red Cross history that a delegate has been sent to Camp Minnesota-Arrowhead. Harrison will be a 10th grader this fall at East High School. Telegram of August 20, 1947

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August 20, 1907

Lake Sainte-Croix claims a victim

SOLON SPRINGS – WB Peck of Duluth drowned in Lake St. Croix at 5am yesterday afternoon.

Mr Peck and his two little girls, Marjorie, aged 10, and Dorothy, aged 14, had been out on the lake in a boat and, as they approached the shore on the trip home them, Mr. Peck said he would swim ashore and he jumped in the water and started off. He entered the lake at a place where the small stream meets it in the middle of the picnic area. Here the water is very cold because of the spring water from the stream. We have seen that it immediately affected Mr. Peck.

The little girls threw their oars towards the drowned man and tossed him the wings of water they had in the boat. He couldn’t get any and the girls at the same time were left with no way to move their boat. Nic Lucius was on the shore within easy reach and went to the rescue like others, but the body had gone down for the last time when the boats arrived on the scene. The body was recovered at 9 a.m.

Soon to have phones

The Douglas County Co-Operative Telephone Company is now a reality, and county farms will soon be connected to the city by telephone lines. The Articles of Incorporation were posted to the Secretary of State yesterday and the posts are removed in anticipation of the line stretching.

Officers were elected yesterday and Henry Ward of the City of Superior was chosen President George H. Selden, Vice-President; HD Coyne, secretary and E. Erickson, treasurer.

‘We expect the line to be operational within a month or six weeks, given the delays,’ Mr Ward said yesterday. “And then we can call the city and tell our problems to the police or whoever else we care about. The men are getting the poles out and the wire and other accessories are all ready as soon as they can be used. The cost will be very moderate, and I think the convenience will be worth it. Douglas County Farmers are up to date and don’t forget.

August 21, 1907

More saloons are coming out in the county

Railroad workers attract saloon keepers. There are now many more saloons in the county than there were before Wisconsin’s Central Highway began to align with the Head of the Lakes. Saloons sprung up all along the line from South Superior to the county line below Gordon.

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BENNETT — Three received certificates at recent confirmation events at Emmanuel Lutheran Church here. Those in the class were, left to right, Joanne Peterson, Mary STerling and Mary Lou Carlson. Their pastor is the Reverend Roger Anderson of Duluth. Telegram of August 21, 1947

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August 22, 1947

The explosion of a stove causes a fire in five family apartments

The explosion of a kerosene stove on the third floor of a five-family home at 412 23rd Avenue East sparked a fire that caused damage of $200 to the building and $300 to the contents at 9:23 a.m. Friday .

Firefighters said the fire started in the third-floor apartment occupied by Carl Halberg, owner of the building. The neighboring apartments occupied by Mrs Anna Novak and Miss Sana Mackela, on the first floor, and Norman Kolstad and Peter Vengrin on the second floor, were not damaged.

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Dr. CJ Rollefson’s family is one of the notable science-minded families, not only at Superior, but featured nationally in research. Dr. Rollefson, a retired member of the Superior State College faculty, taught physics for many years at the college and was a practicing physician. The 50th wedding anniversary of Dr and Mrs Rollefson recently featured a family reunion, which was attended by four of their sons, all eminent scientists, and their families. Participants were, left to right, front row, Andre, Robert, Dorothy, Karl, Gerhard Rollefson; second row, Mrs. Karl Rollefson, Dr. CJ Rollefson, holding her granddaughter Betty, Mrs. CJ Rollefson, Mrs. AH Rollefson; last row, Karl, vice-president and chief engineer of the Muter Company, Chicago; Ms. GK Rollefson, Gerhard K., Professor of Chemistry and Laboratory Director, University of California, Berkeley, Calif., also a consultant to the Los Alamos Laboratory of the Atomic Energy Commission; Miss Valborg Rollefson, teacher in the higher public schools; Aimar H., Chief Geophysicist, Hoard Exploration Company, Houston, Texas; Ms. Ragnar Rollefson, and Ragnar, Professor of Physics, Chair of the Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin. Telegram of August 21, 1947

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

Robert M. Larson