News Tribune, Aug. 4, 1920

  • St. Louis County Commissioner Joseph Becks is proposing a new highway that would eliminate the steep grades and dangerous curves of Thompson Road. Mr. Becks plans an entrance to Duluth via the Carlton Road and Commonwealth Avenue which he says could be constructed inexpensively.
  • The St. Louis County Board of Education yesterday approved the hiring of a teacher this fall for a new school in Babbitt with 16 students. The community has grown up around the ore concentrating plant of the Mesabi Iron Company.
  • A log raft 1,500 cords of Canadian pulpwood is afloat in Lake Superior somewhere between Isle Royale and the Apostle Islands. The pulpwood, valued at $15,000, was separated from a raft of 4,000 cords while being towed in a heavy storm.
  • There is an acute shortage of coal at some Duluth schools, according to L.A. Nichols, secretary of the Board of Education. There are ten tons at Bryant School and 16 at Franklin School, and the other schools average about five tons each.

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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