Bygones: 100 years ago, Duluth's public safety commissioner was found incompetent
News Tribune, July 14, 1920
- A report released yesterday from the special grand jury investigating the June 15 lynchings criticizes Duluth Public Safety Commissioner W.F. Murnian for his department's failure to stop the lynch mob. The report finds Mr. Murnian is not competent to head the Public Safety Division.
- A second report on the police actions during the June 15 lynchings by a Duluth mob will be released this week, it was announced yesterday. The investigation was done by members of the governor's staff and is separate from the special grand jury probe.
- Duluth City Engineer E.K. Coe said yesterday a lack of funds is the reason for the curtailed construction program this year by the Public Works Division. Mr. Coe said there will be no bridges built in Duluth until next year.
- Swimming races and a log-rolling exhibition are the latest features added to the program surrounding the Duluth-Syracuse rowing regatta this Saturday at the Duluth Boat Club. Besides the main race, there will be two other rowing races in which Duluth crews will participate.
Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.