Bygones: 100 years ago, a drunken-driving crash in Duluth

Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at


News Tribune, March 17, 1921

  • Leonard Young, principal at Duluth Central High School, is asking the parents of students whether they think fraternities should be abolished or authorized at the school. Principal Young said there are currently five fraternities operating at Central, contrary to Board of Education rules.
  • Several people were injured yesterday afternoon when a heavy touring car said to have been going 50 miles an hour crashed into a horse-drawn wagon at 600 Garfield Ave. Witnesses said the driver seemed to be under the influence of moonshine.
  • The plans for St. Louis County's new jail on West Second Street in Duluth were disclosed yesterday. One feature is a schoolroom, which will distinguish it from other Minnesota jails and give it less of the atmosphere of a place of incarceration.
  • St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, will be honored tonight at banquets and entertainments around Duluth. The day will be observed tonight at St. James School auditorium with a three-act play called "The Right Man," and dances will be held in every part of the city.

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