Bygones: 100 years ago, Duluth's mayor handled Santa Claus mail

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, Dec. 11, 1981

  • Northeastern Minnesota's continuing recession and a sluggish national economy took their toll on Duluth's business activity during September. The Duluth Business Index was 146, down 5 points from August, compared to a normal seasonal decline of 3 points for September.
  • Heading into their busiest season, Spirit Mountain Recreation Area officials are working with a reduced staff because of a contract dispute with the employees' union. Director Bruce Simons said yesterday he has been unable to negotiate a new contract with the union since September.

News Tribune, Dec. 11, 1921

  • At last night's Naturalization Banquet in the Duluth Masonic Temple, diplomas were given to 85 future American citizens, graduates of programs at the YMCA and the Denfeld, Lester Park and Morgan Park night schools. Diplomas were presented by U.S. Naturalization Commissioner R.K. Doe.
  • Duluth Mayor S.F. Snively yesterday consented to receive and answer in his office all letters mailed to "Santa Claus" by Duluth boys and girls. According to postal officials, hundreds of such letters are received at the Duluth post office every Christmas season.

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