Bygones: Public calls for elimination of fraternities at Duluth's Central High School

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


News Tribune, May 7, 1921

  • Several speakers at last night's Duluth School Board meeting were critical of the impact of fraternities in Central High School. After hearing demands from faculty members and private citizens to eliminate the fraternities, the board decided to take final action at their next meeting.
  • A New York court yesterday reversed its earlier decision that the $600,000 bequest from the late Andreas Miller to the city of Duluth be subject to a transfer tax. The money will be used to build a city hospital on Second Street and Fifth Avenue East.
  • A committee of five civic organizations yesterday approved a plan to use a McDougall-Duluth Company building in Riverside to house summer tourists in Duluth. The building, used as quarters for shipbuilding workers during the war, is currently vacant.
  • A dental inspection of 12,758 pupils in Duluth schools during the present school year found one in every 200 pupils had perfect teeth. Eighty percent of those examined by city dentists needed immediate dental treatment, the report states.

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