Bygones: Fire-damaged mail delivered in Duluth

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


News Tribune, May 11, 1921

  • Duluth Finance Commissioner Leonidas Merritt next week will propose to the City Council that the city adopt a per capita tax. Commissioner Merritt argues that a per capita tax would raise more funds for city services without increasing taxes on property.
  • Some of the mail salvaged from an air mail plane destroyed by fire in Wyoming on May 5 was received at the Duluth Post Office yesterday. Although the envelopes are badly scorched, the contents are undamaged and will be delivered in Duluth today.
  • Street improvements in Duluth are being held up because of the city's inability to pay its share of paving costs. Finance Commissioner Farrell said yesterday the city's permanent improvement fund is already overdrawn to the amount of $24,000 this year.
  • Duluth Parks Superintendent Capt. Henry Cleveland said yesterday removing gooseberry and currant bushes from parks will save the white pine trees from white pine blister rust. An epidemic of this tree disease is said to be flagrant in Northeastern Minnesota.

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