Bygones: 100 years ago, Duluth planned unveiling of Jay Cooke statue on Superior Street

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

Duluth News Tribune archive / Newsbank

News Tribune, Sept. 28, 1981

  • Officials of Fagen-Pulsifer Construction Co. are resuming construction of an office building in Hermantown, but now using union labor. Work on the site at 2810 Miller Trunk Highway was stopped last week after several confrontations between nonunion workers and union protesters.
  • Northern Minnesotans are still cleaning up today after strong winds, some as high as 48 mph, swept through the region over the weekend. Repair work will continue this morning on a Minnesota Power transformer that was blown down in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Cloquet.

News Tribune, Sept. 28, 1921

  • An unveiling ceremony and formal presentation to Duluth of the Jay Cooke statue at Ninth Avenue East and Superior Street will be held Oct. 15. The statue is made of bronze and will be erected on a granite base bearing an inscription describing Cooke's accomplishments.
  • Commissioner Leonidas Merritt is working on a resolution exempting Duluthians from taxes on new homes for a period of two years after they are completed. He will ask City Attorney Richards to rule on the legality of the proposed resolution.

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