Bygones: 100 years ago, a potato shortage in the Northland


News Tribune, July 1, 1920

  • Displays will be arranged today for the annual Duluth Peony Show that opens tomorrow. The Duluth Commercial Club will present a silver cup for the most attractive exhibit, and five silver medals will be given for the best single blooms in various colors.
  • The work of compiling statistics for the school census of Superior will begin today. The census will include the name, age, and school attended for every person in the city between the ages of four and 20.
  • Recent heavy rains have ruined the potato crop in the Hibbing area, and less than half of last year's harvest is expected this year. Potatoes are presently selling at $4 to $5 per 100 and even at that price they are difficult to obtain.
  • A record-breaking crowd is expected at Duluth's Athletic Field this weekend when the Clyde Iron Works and Crosby baseball clubs play a three-game series. The Clydes have been practicing every day and have earned a reputation as a powerful hitting team.

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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