The handwritten note was written by Bert Onsgard. It says:
“In year of 1923 I started the Duluth Zoo at 71st and 72nd and Grand Ave.Duluth with this little deer Billy. That great Mayor Snively gave me permission to start the Duluth Zoo. I believe he was one of the greatest men Duluth has ever had and a wonderful man to work with. I donated 13 years of time to the City to get this great zoo started right.”
Bert E. Onsgard
This photo was published in the West Duluth Centennial memory book, published in 1994 by the Western Area Duluth Business and Civic Club.
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