Bygones: 100 years ago, the first wireless phone came to Duluth

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


News Tribune, Feb. 27, 1921

  • Thousands of people will flock to Duluth for the seventh-annual automobile exposition which opens tomorrow in the new Armory. Hundreds of exhibits began arriving at the Armory yesterday, and virtually every new model of well-known cars will be on display.
  • Every detail necessary in preparing for registration day and conducting the municipal primary and general elections in Duluth has been completed, according to City Clerk Fred Ash. All election judges, three for each of the 72 precincts, have been notified of their appointments.
  • The Western Duluth Good Government Club met last night to plan for a meeting on March 10, two days before the primaries, to explain the importance of the election. Every voter in the district west of the Point of Rocks is expected to attend.
  • What is said to be the first wireless telephone in the Head of the Lakes has been installed by William D. Wagner. Mr. Wagner said yesterday that his experimenting with the radio-phone has allowed the successful transmission of sound over a distance of 25 miles.

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