Bygones: Duluth Health Department addresses rat problem


News Tribune, Aug. 15, 1920

  • A Labor Day parade of 8,000 union workers is being planned for Sept. 6 by the Duluth Federated Trades Assembly. Chairman Joel Lichten said yesterday Labor Day will be celebrated with the parade at 9:30 a.m. and a picnic at Fairmount Park at 2 p.m.
  • M.P. Orchard, secretary of the Duluth Health Department, has asked the federal Public Health Service for information on the bubonic plague and on rat extermination. Although there is no evidence of bubonic plague here, Mr. Orchard said many buildings in town have rats.
  • The issuance of $400,000 in school bonds will be voted on next week in a special election in Duluth. If approved, the Board of Education would issue the bonds at six percent interest and use the funds for construction and furnishing of school buildings.
  • Two of the very latest models of moving picture machines have arrived in Superior from New York City for the Princess Theater. The machines will place the Princess in a position equal to any theater in the country.

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

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