Bygones: St. Lawrence-to-Atlantic Ocean ship canal project meets roadblock

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


News Tribune, March 3, 1921

  • A record crowd of more than 10,000 persons attended the Automotive Dealers' Exposition yesterday and last night in the Duluth Armory. Tonight will be Society Night, with all dealers appearing in evening dress, and tomorrow night the auto queen will be coronated .
  • The St. Lawrence-to-Atlantic Ocean ship canal project, of vital interest to Duluth, is thought to be endangered with the recent replacement of Obadiah Gardner, chairman of the International Joint Commission. Opponents of the waterway are suspected to be behind the change.
  • A large crowd is expected at the five-bout boxing event which the Duluth Athletic Club will stage tomorrow evening at the Shrine Auditorium. Efforts to get Jack Dempsey to referee the fights failed when a telegram did not reach him in time.
  • Superior police officers are busy selling tickets to a dance to be held at the Badger Inn on Easter Monday. Money raised from the dance will be used to pay for new police uniforms and overcoats this spring.

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