Nov. 2, 1944

State theater changes hands

The Mans-O’Reilly Theater company has purchased the State and Harbor theater properties in Two Harbors and are now operating the State.

Paul H. Mans and Donald O’Reilly both have many years of successful operating experience. Prior to entering the exhibiting business, which they have been in for 15 years, they gained their knowledge or the motion picture industry working for both Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer.

The new owners are in a position to offer this community high class new releases and give the kind of entertainment most appreciated.

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The Mans-O’Reilly Theater company’s postwar plans are to pen up in Two Harbors as fine a theater as may be found in the northwest. At present the State is undergoing a complete renovation and restoration.

Northshore Briefs: Multiple fires in county

  • A fire between Fred Williams and McCourts which started of unknown origin caused a great deal of excitement among those living near and in line of the fire on Friday of last week. Quick action and the help of Ed Jensen soon got the fire under control. It could have done considerable damage if it hadn’t been fought so vigorously.

  • A brush fire which broke out near the mouth of the Manitou River Sunday afternoon and covered an area of about four acres, was extinguished by local firefighters.

  • The U.S. Forest Service wants to express great thanks to the people of the Brimson community for the wonderful cooperation in fighting the fire last Sunday at the old Mellin farm. Within one and a half hours, the fire was under control. From the community Wilho Niemi and Uno Rikala got together crews to battle the fire which covered an area of four acres.

Dr. E.P. Christensen to leave Two Harbors

When Dr. E. P. Christensen retired from his position as head of the Two Harbors hospital Nov. 1, the community lost a man who has lived close to its heard as a friend and doctor for more than 37 years. His knowledge and time have been given unselfishly and unstintingly to the welfare and promotion of projects for the general good and he will be sorely missed by all who have benefited by having a man of such high character and ability in both medical and civic affairs.

During those 37 years, Dr. Christensen has ushered thousands into the world and watched over as many as they passed on, caring for them through sickness and accident.

Coming to Two Harbors in August 1907 from an internship served at the Presbyterian hospital in Chicago, following graduation at Rush Medical College, his service began under Dr. J.D. Budd until the latter’s retirement in 1915 at which time Dr. Christensen and Dr. R.L. Burns bought Budd’s hospital and changed the name to Burns and Christensen hospital, which changed to the Two Harbors Hospital in 1937.