Bygones: Ashland, Superior were drug-smuggling hubs a century ago

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


News Tribune, Feb. 15, 1921

  • Federal authorities revealed yesterday that they have discovered an extensive drug smuggling operation in northern Wisconsin. They say Ashland and Superior are headquarters for the distributors of cocaine, morphine, and other drugs that are coming across the border from Canada.
  • Sixty representatives of Protestant churches and Jewish synagogues in Duluth last night pledged support for a campaign to raise $1 million for improvements to St. Luke's Hospital. Plans call for an X-ray laboratory, convenient operating rooms, and accommodations for up to 250 patients.
  • Duluth city councilors last night assured Woodland and Hunters Park residents of their support for building a properly equipped and manned fire station in their neighborhood. Public Safety Commissioner W.F. Murnian introduced an ordinance providing $16,000 for purchase of a site and construction.
  • Great Lakes passenger vessels would be allowed to carry their full capacity six weeks longer than at present under a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, before May 1 and after September 15, ships are limited to numbers of passengers equal to their lifeboat capacity.

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