Bygones: Christmas news from 100 years ago

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


News Tribune, Dec. 26, 1920

  • Approximately 550,000 Christmas trees, valued at about $275,000, were harvested from northern Minnesota forests this season. W.T. Cox, state forester, said yesterday cutting of the trees on higher land is causing considerable damage to forests and should be discontinued.
  • Every disabled veteran of the World War in St. Louis County hospitals has been taken care of with Christmas cheer provided by the Duluth Chapter of the Women's Auxiliary. Members have visited and brought home-baked goodies, candy, books, and Christmas gifts to the convalescent soldiers.
  • The 2,000 children attending yesterday's municipal Christmas celebration in the Duluth Armory viewed a pageant put on by 250 students of Irving Junior High School. "Pilgrims' Hope," directed by Miss Laura MacArthur, told the story of the pilgrims' struggle to establish a home in America.
  • The formal opening of the new West Duluth Branch of the YMCA., 605-611 N. Central Ave., will take place next Thursday night. The building, furnishings, and site, valued at $160,000, were all provided by a gift from Julius H. Barnes.

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